Museums open their doors in Milan, and the ‘Milano MuseoCity’ returns on March 1

Last Updated: 20 Febbraio 2024By Tags: , ,


Starting from Friday, March 1st, the eighth edition of ‘Milano MuseoCity’ will take place. This event is promoted by the Comune di Milano in collaboration with the Associazione MuseoCity ETS.


It provides an opportunity to visit both public and private museums, artists’ archives, museum houses, art foundations, and business museums which are not typically accessible. The theme chosen for 2024 is ‘Mondi (Worlds) in Milan’, which unites the 109 participants in a tribute to one of the city’s most unique features: its ability to embrace diverse cultural stimuli and interconnect them, thus giving life to a unique and vibrant culture.

Milano MuseoCity, Palazzo Morando, Courtesy Comune di Milano

This year, there are two special projects: ‘Musei in Galleria‘ and ‘Musei in Vetrina‘. The ‘Musei in Galleria’ project aims to create a cultural exchange by reinforcing the concept of the diffuse museum, which is one of MuseoCity’s founding values.


Nine art galleries associated with ANGAMC (Associazione Nazionale Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – National Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries) will host a work of art or a project from an equal number of museums and archives in the MuseoCity network. The following galleries are taking part: 10 A.M. ART with Leonardo3 Museum, Cardi Gallery with MAS – Museo d’Arte e Scienza, Dep Art Gallery with the Emilio Scanavino Archive, M77 Gallery with the Emilio Isgrò Foundation, NP ArtLab – Martelli Fine Art with Benevelli Archive, Nuova Galleria Morone with the Piero Manzoni Foundation, Osart Gallery with the Agnetti Archive, Salamon Fine Art with the Federica Galli Foundation, Tommaso Calabro with the Fausta Squatriti Archive.

Milano MuseoCity, Galleria Campari – Credit Galleria Campari

‘Musei in Vetrina’ illustrates Milanese creativity and the close relationship between art and industry. The showcases of eleven Made in Italy brands (Alessi, Artemide, Atlas Concorde, Cassina, De Padova, Kartell, Lavazza, Marazzi, Missoni, Molteni&C, Poltrona Frau) present ad hoc displays that, through archive materials and iconic pieces, tell the story of their respective corporate cultures: a way to make “Milano MuseoCity” even more participatory and widespread.

He was echoing the ‘Musei in Vetrina’ project and underlining the concept that gave rise to it, the exhibition ‘Exposure. Art, cultures, fashion in and out of the shop window” at the MUDEC invites the public to enter literally and metaphorically into the museum’s extensive showcase to understand the multiple meanings an object can take on in a display case. The exhibition presents works by Theo Eshetu, Monia Ben Hamouda, Mark Dion, Sam Durant and Damien Hirst in dialogue with the museum’s collections.

Milano MuseoCity, ADI Design Museum


The MuseoCity event is back with its “Museo Segreto” section, which features 63 new works that are presented in an innovative way. This year, the event is paying special attention to children by collaborating with Alchemilla to promote workshops for kids in various venues. These workshops will take place at the Atelier Pharaildis Van den Broeck Archives, Rachele Bianchi Archives, Casa Museo Spazio Tadini, and Alik Cavaliere Art Centre. Children can take part in these workshops and express their interpretation of art, starting from the works selected for Museo Segreto.


This year, many new participants are joining the event, including Fondazione Fiera Milano Historical Archives, Sisal Historical Archives and Museum, Touring Club Italiano Historical Archives, Banco BPM, Giuseppe Iannaccone Collection, Gio Ponti Archives, Kasa dei Libri, Palazzina Appiani – FAI, and many others. In addition to this, Palazzo Reale is presenting Alex Trusty’s exhibition “Contemporary Museum Watching”. This exhibition features about 60 unpublished shots taken between 2015 and 2023 in more than 80 museums. Alex Trusty captures everything that happens around the work of art, especially from the viewer’s point of view.

Milano MuseoCity, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana © Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana Andrea Pignagnoli


There are several exciting events taking place, including:
Stefania Tansini‘s contemporary dance performance “L’ombelico dei limbi” at the PAC. The performance is inspired by French playwright and actor Antonin Artaud.

Il giro del mondo in 5 Giornate” exhibition, promoted by the Associazione Culturale Profumo di Milano. The exhibition displays unique pieces of art and craftsmanship from all around the world. These ethnographic relics of prestigious workmanship were selected to restore to the public the imagination and fascination of Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days”. The interesting exhibits are lent exclusively by some of the artisan workshops of the Galleria&Friends network, which keep them in their historical archives.
A concert promoted by the Leonardo3 Museum at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where visitors can listen to music played on reproductions of musical instruments inspired by those invented by the genius of Vinci.
A yoga session at the Museo del Novecento, where visitors can immerse themselves in the neon light of Lucio Fontana.
At the Bicocca Nursery, researchers from the Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences – Biome Research Team, accompany visitors to discover the dense network of interactions between micro and macro organisms.
The event will conclude with the screening of the film “Mondi a Milano” (Worlds in Milan) at the Teatro Filodrammatici. The film is dedicated to the MuseoCity network and directed by Giovanni Pitscheider. It was realised with the support of MUMAC – Cimbali Group’s Coffee Machine Museum.

The events of ‘Milano MuseoCity 2024’ will be documented by the association Donne Fotografe.

Milano MuseoCity, Fondazione Pirelli © Fondazione Pirelli – Un salto a Milano


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