Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation, established in 2004, which has converted a former industrial plant in Milan into an institution for producing and promoting contemporary art. This dynamic center for experimentation and discovery covers 15,000 square meters, making it one of the largest contiguous exhibition spaces in Europe
Pirelli HangarBicocca presents major solo shows every year by Italian and international artists, with each project conceived to work in close relation to the architecture of the complex, and explored in depth through a calendar of parallel events
„The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015“
Curated by Vicente Todolí
On the occasion of the 26th Milano Musica Festival the visibility of the permanent installation The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015 will be limited from 19 to 21 October 2017 and from 26 to 29 October 2017. The area of the permanent installation will be closed to the public during the concerts. On 25 September 2015 Pirelli HangarBicocca unveiled the new installation by Anselm Kiefer: the new display, curated by Vicente Todolí, is an expansion of The Seven Heavenly Palaces, the permanent work conceived for the opening of Pirelli HangarBicocca in 2004 and based on a project by Lia Rumma.
Fausto Melotti (Rovereto 1901 – Milan 1986), an artist, writer and theoretician, was one of the most prominent figures of the cultural scene in twentieth-century Italy. The work is a composition of identical modules with three levels of depth and an alternation of solids and voids that makes it impossible to see it as a whole. Here we see the culmination of the artist’s research, which lasted for over forty years and which aimed to create an anti-celebratory, anti-monumental form of sculpture. La Sequenza contains the themes that were dear to Melotti, for in it we find a theatre space, created by “wings” that open up one after the other, and which can be fully traversed. There is also the concept of modulation – a rational element that comes from the rhythms and carefully studied proportions – which is a subjective, irrational element typically found in traditional sculpture. Then there is that of the theme and variations – a quintessentially musical element – which comes from an alternation of positive and negative volumes. Lastly, we find the architectural element, which is given by the size of the sculpture and by the rhythm of the iron sheets that rise up like the columns of a classic or rationalist construction.
September 21st to February25th, 2018
Curated by Marina Pugliese, Barbara Ferriani and Vicente Todolí
In collaboration with Fondazione Lucio Fontana
“Ambienti/Environments” is focused on Lucio Fontana’s pioneering work in the realm of installation art, with a selection of his seminal Ambienti spaziali—seen together for the first time—that highlights the farsighted, innovative genius of this twentieth-century master.
The Ambienti spaziali (“Spatial Environments”), rooms and corridors that the artist began to conceive and design in the late 1940s, were almost always destroyed once the exhibition was over; they are Fontana’s most experimental yet least-known works, due to their ephemeral nature. Some of the environments on view have been reconstructed for the first time since the artist’s death through the research of art historian Marina Pugliese and art conservator Barbara Ferriani, co-curators of the show, with the collaboration of Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
Take Me (I'm Yours)
1 November 1st to January 14th, 2018
Opening Tuesday October 31st 2017, 7 pm
From an exhibition idea originally conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Christian Boltanski in 1995. Curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi, Roberta Tenconi
“Take Me (I’m Yours)” is a group exhibition that rewrites the rulebook for experiencing a work of art. Visitors to the show are invited to flout convention and do all the things they aren’t normally allowed to do in a museum: the works can be touched, used, or changed; they can be consumed or worn; purchased and even taken free of charge, or carried off in exchange for some personal item.
The exhibition is also a project that continues to evolve and be transformed. At “Take Me (I’m Yours),” the public can not only take home one of the thousands of copies of each work—helping to physically empty out the space—but alter the appearance of the show by taking part in performances where the interaction may involve an experience rather than an object, in keeping with the notion of immateriality that increasingly pervades both art and everyday life.
Board of Directors: Maurizio Abet, Nina Bassoli, Gustavo Bracco, Elena Pontiggia
Address: Via Chiese 2, 20126 Milan, Italy
Gallery Hours: Thu - Sun: 10 AM – 10 PM