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“Fun quick tour of Italian modern art beside the duomo”

Museo del Novecento
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Museum of the Twentieth Century in Milan...
Ranked #43 of 1,008 things to do in Milan
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed March 22, 2013

A relatively small collection housed in a fun building. Laid out over several floor win a number of relatively small spaces. Relaxing intimate atmosphere. You wont spend long but come away with a good feel for Italian art since 1890. Spectacular views of the Piazza and Duomo from the top floor

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This little gem is located to the right of the Catherdral suare facing the Cathedral's right flank. Its only 5 euros adult entry fee and will take about an hour or so to walk around. I say walk BUT there are lifts and escalators all over - so not issue with access.

The gallery is located on several floors. You access the first room above ground level via a
spiral ramp which apparently is a play on the Guggerhein museum in New York. You are then met by escalators up and down to the rooms and corridors containing the art. Lifts also provide access to the rooms.

The art is mainly from italian artists and includes some Picassos. Paintings, scultptures and installation art is exhibited. You can view the works up close under the watchful eye of the attendants. We were able to do so with few other people about - possibly because it was February.

All in all my favourite part of my short visit to Milan.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Moder art at its best, just close to the Duomo of Milano and to the Palazzo Reale. The contrast is awesome. But nice. you will see a lot of Italian paintings of 1900, and also one of the Merde d'Artist, you will start thinking if you really like the place and if these are really artists, but it is just provocation! Very nice and certainly worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

lot of works by the "futuristi" is exposed here. You can also see few Picasso's works and lot more. there is also a small cafe inside. It is really a must if you are an art lover and if you have some free time to spend in Milan. It is also in a very confortable location just few hundreds mtrs from the "Duomo".

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

If you want to spend an amazing half day in Milan, this is for sure a must to see. The museum follows the timeline from the beginning of the century till nowadays and I a long journey that requires an audio guide if you are not expert. In case that you are an expert, you can enjoy anyway a more detailed explanation with comments for experts.

Thank Marco B
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