Fondazione Prada opens new venue in Milan: May 9, 2015
The new Fondazione Prada venue in Milan will open to the public on May 9, 2015. Prior to the opening, the Fondazione will hold preview days from May 2-8. The new complex space was designed by a team of architects from the firm OMA, led by Rem Koolhaas, and is configured by combining three new structures together with pre-existing buildings of a former distillery dating from the turn of the 20th century, located on Largo Isarco, in an area south of Milan’s city center. The complex is spread over an area of 19,000 square meters, 11,000 of which will be used for exhibitions. There will be a children’s center, and a coffee bar designed by film director Wes Anderson, who is recreating the style of a typical old Milanese cafè.
Founded in 1993, Fondazione Prada now operates several contemporary art exhibition spaces including a venue in Venice, located in the palace of Ca’ Corner della Regina, since 2011. During 2015, both locations will be thematically linked by two ancient art exhibitions curated by Salvatore Settis, in collaboration with Anna Anguissola and Davide Gasparotto: Serial Classic in Milan will run from May 9 to August 24, 2015, and Portable Classic, in Venice from May 9 to September 13, 2015. These two projects, whose display system has been conceived by OMA, analyze the themes of seriality and the copy in classical art and the reproduction of small-scale Greek and Roman sculptures from the Renaissance to Neoclassicism, respectively.
From May and throughout the summer of 2015, the Fondazione Prada will present a wide variety of activities. Robert Gober and Thomas Demand will realize site-specific installations in dialogue with the industrial architecture and the new spaces in the complex. Roman Polanski will explore the cinematographic inspirations behind his artistic vision, which will translate into a new documentary and a series of film screenings. Selections of artworks from the Prada Collection will be presented in a series of thematic exhibitions.