Milan, museums reopen. Del Corno: "opening culture is an unpostponable necessity."

Several Milanese museums, from the Museo Novecento to the Fondazione Prada, will reopen from March 2 to 7. For Culture Councilor Filippo Del Corno, opening cultural venues is a necessity that can no longer be postponed.

It is called Welcome back to the museum! the special initiative that the City of Milan is launching for the reopening of the city’s museums, and it will take place throughout next week, March 2-7, involving the whole city, not just the civic museums. The public will be able to return to visit renovated museums, such as the Museo del Novecento and the Museum of Natural History, or museums closed since last Nov. 4, such as the Museum of Science and Technology and the Prada Foundation, and there will also be the opening of new exhibitions at Palazzo Reale and other exhibition venues; and the fifth edition of “Milano Museocity,” this year with a title particularly evocative of the urgency of a resumption of cultural activities for the well-being of the entire community: Museums heal the city.

From March 2, in fact, the Museo del Novecento, the Museum of Natural History, Fondazione Prada and WOW Spazio fumetto reopen for the first time since November 4. The Museo del Novecento presents itself to the public with a renovated itinerary thanks to the refurbishment of two entire floors of the Arengario. The new rooms, also renewed in their interior design, represent a different narrative of art from the 1920s to the 1950s, enriched by the works of artists who were missing from the previous exhibition itinerary despite their centrality in the history of that period (such as Burri, Pomodoro, Vedova) and by new “dialogues” and scans of the exhibition route.

The Museum of Natural History also reopens on March 2 with the renovated Mineralogy section, which features new layouts and new lighting design, displaying some 600 specimens from the museum’s Collection, one of the most important in Europe. The rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions feature an exhibit to the figure of Ettore Artini (1866-1928), who was a university professor of Mineralogy and, from 1912 to 1928, Director of the Natural History Museum. Also completely new is the Museum’s website.

In addition, the greatest women artists who lived between the 16th and 17th centuries are the protagonists of the exhibition Le signore dell’arte that opens at the Palazzo Reale, also from March 2: Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Lavinia Fontana, Elisabetta Sirani, Fede Galizia, Giovanna Garzoni are just some of the 34 artists whose extraordinary work is recounted through an itinerary of more than 130 works from 67 public and private, national and international collections.

The fifth edition of “Milano Museocity,” promoted by the Municipality of Milan Culture and carried out in collaboration with the Museocity Association, will run from March 2 to 7, involving more than 85 public and private institutions (including art museums, history museums, science museums, artist’s houses, archives and business museums spread throughout the city, with some forays into the metropolitan area) and offering an in-person program declined on the new needs of distancing and restricted entrances, as well as many digital initiatives.

“Reclaiming heritage, getting back in direct contact with beauty and rooting the awareness that keeping places of art and culture open, programming and supporting the commitment of the city’s public and private operators,” explains Councillor Filippo Del Corno, “is a necessity that can no longer be postponed: these are the reasons and objectives of the program of initiatives that will take place during the week of March 2-7, which we thought of as a celebration for the city, but which we know is actually a cure for our community, as the title of the new edition of Museocity rightly emphasizes. A celebration attended not only by civic institutions, but also by many Milanese institutions, which have shared in recent months concerns and strategies for the cultural renaissance of the city.”

Image: Milan, Museo del Novecento, Fontana Hall. Ph. Credit Thomas Pagani

Milan, museums reopen. Del Corno:
Milan, museums reopen. Del Corno: "opening culture is an unpostponable necessity."

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