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Museo del Novecento

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Address: Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
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+39 0288444061
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9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Mon 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue - Wed 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thu 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Museo del Novecento, located inside the Palazzo dell'Arengario in...

The Museo del Novecento, located inside the Palazzo dell'Arengario in Piazza del Duomo, hosts a collection of over four thousand works that catalyze the development of 20th century Italian art. The Museo del Novecento was established on 6 December 2010 with the goal of spreading knowledge of 20th century art and offering a more comprehensive insight into the collections that the city of Milan has inherited over time. Beside its core exhibition activity, the Museum is active in the conservation, investigation and promotion of 20th century Italian cultural and artistic heritage with the final aim of reaching an ever wider audience. With an eye toward the city, the Museo del Novecento develops around multiple locations. The Permanent Collection follows a chronological path where collective exhibitions alternate with solo art shows. The grand spiral staircase inside the building welcomes visitors and introduces them to the visit of the Museum with the Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate) by Pellizza da Volpedo. The bookshop and the restaurant are the Museum's meeting places. The Neon by Lucio Fontana represents a final embrace to the city. Reflecting Milan's feverish cultural dynamism, the Permanent Collection is essentially the story of several private collections that have been brought together thanks to the generosity and passion for art of many private collectors. Since its inception, the collection has been augmented by major gifts from artists, collectors and philanthropists who play an active role in the growth of the Museum's heritage, which today reflects the rich trajectory of art from the early 20th century through the present. An outstanding example of architecture and, today, an impressive installation communicating directly with the city, since 2010 the Palazzo dell'Arengario has accommodated the Museo del Novecento. This landmark building, designed by Griffini, Magistretti, Muzio, and Portaluppi, was renovated by the Rota Group to host a richly layered collection of 20th century Italian art. The transformation of the Palazzo dell'Arengario was dictated by the need to organize the composition of Milan's Civiche Raccolte d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) around two distinct poles. While the historic premises of Villa Reale were meant to host collections dating from the 19th century, the Palazzo dell'Arengario was singled out for the exhibits of 20th century artwork. The latter was particularly meaningful for the harmony existing between its architecture and the collection it was meant to display. This project enabled to best exploit the interior premises, while turning the building into one of the major cultural places in Milan. The grand spiral staircase inside the building is probably the most impressive architectural feature of the Museum: a functional element that connects several levels, from the subway up to the panoramic terrace overlooking the Duomo.

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Amazing collection of art work

This is the second time I visit this museum, so much to see, and much more interesting done with a guided tour. You get to listen to amazing anecdotes, understand much better the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 31, 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2017

This is the second time I visit this museum, so much to see, and much more interesting done with a guided tour. You get to listen to amazing anecdotes, understand much better the modern pieces of artwork present throughout the museum in an amazing location. Just wonderful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

I really enjoyed both the building and the collection. Even though there are some gaps (Burri and Fontana) it gives a great overview of modern art and almost contemporary art in Italy. .

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

The Museo del Novecento, a museum of modern and contemporary Italian art could best be described as “interesting”. My wife said that she wanted to see what modern art in Italy was like, after people like Leonardo and Michelangelo. Asked what she thought after viewing the works on display, from Italy’s leading modern artists, her response was “I think it’s... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

It’s definitely one of the best museums of contemporary art, you can see many Italian artists, but also works from many different painters including Braque, Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, Matisse, Mondrian and Picasso.

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Bergamo, Italy
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

The museum has quite wide range of works but it is very easy to get lost or not to find the painting you are looking for. You get a map at the entrance but it is still not clear and the staff is not so present to prevent you going in the wrong direction. Since the price has also increased... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Beautiful gallery with a large range of Italian modern artists. Tried to book a private guide but the gallery were not that accommodating - if you wish to book one you need to call well in a weeks advance.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

It was a nice museum, especially the 60's part. I liked the paintings and the sculptures there, it's recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Though the museum has few really outstanding works, it has many example of very good work. For instance, the collects boast a wide range from the sculptor Martini as well as the best example of optical art and abstract art this reviewer has seen. Well worth a visit: it was empty the morning we were there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

So far, and after many trips in Europe, this is the best museum I visited and gives the visitor a real picture of Italy.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

I really didn't know if I would like modern art. But I found I was was more curious. Loved the different art work , sorry some pieces I really didn't get , but I am not a art critic. Did like it . I would go in in with a open mind.

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Staying in Centro Storico

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Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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