Milan Museum of Modern Art of the 20th century

Museums and Galleries

For those who are nostalgic for the turbulent 20th century, a wonderful “time machine” has been created - the Museum of Modern Art in Milan. In it you can find recent life realities through the eyes of mostly Italian artists.

History of the Milan Museum

The Milan gallery of the last century opened relatively recently. The city authorities' dream to unite the art collections of the last century in one place was realized in 2010 with the opening of the Museo del Novecento.

The implementation of the project began with the selection of the most fully reflecting the spirit of the century of works of art. A special scientific commission worked on this. As a result, more than 400 masterpieces were collected. They were decided to be placed in the Arengario Palace, which at that time was forgotten.

Italo Rota and Fabio Fornazari created a project for the reconstruction of the complex for the museum. According to him, the old facade was preserved, panoramic glazing was added and global interior changes were made.

The history of this building is quite interesting. It was built in 1956 and is a complex of two buildings with monumental towers. The palace faces the main city square with its facade. It was planned that this complex will become the residence and venue of Benito Mussolini's performances. The idea failed, and the building became associated with the fascist regime.

Museum exhibits

The first floor of the gallery presents works of classics and avant-garde artists. Among them are paintings by Amadeo Modigliani. His skill in conveying lyrical images is embodied in the portrait of Paul Julie. There are also works by Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, etc.

The second floor of the museum acquaints visitors with the world's largest collection of the futuristic genre. There are many oddities here that break all patterns. For example, in J. Balla's painting "A Girl Running on a Balcony" the world is shown from many points in time. The work conveys the sensation of movement, like a film strip. Futurist Boccioni puts the audience at the center of his plots. This is the painting "Under the Pergola in Naples", completely creating the effect of being present in it.

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The third floor is given over to exhibits of conceptual art. The top of the tower is crowned with a room of creations by master Lucio Fontana. Here is one of his main works - the installation "Structure in neon".

The wall of the gallery at the entrance is decorated with an impressive painting "The Fourth Estate" by the artist Pelizza da Volpedo, created by him at the turn of the century. It depicts workers walking in front. They are like a driving force pushing the development of mankind.

All levels of the tower are connected by a spiral staircase. Climbing up it, people see how the whole history of the 20th century unfolds before them step by step.

Tickets and how to get there

You can get to the museum by metro. The nearest station is Duomo. The gallery is located at Via Marconi 1, 20122 Milano.

Phone Museo del Novecento: +39 02 8844 4061.

The museum works:

  • Mondays from 14.30 to 19.30;
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays from 9.30 am to 19.30 pm;
  • Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30 am to 22.30 pm.

Tickets cost 5 euros, for students and other preferential categories - 3 euros. Admission is free every day, except Friday, after 14.00 pm. On Friday admission is free from 15.30.