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Gallerie d’Italia

Italian art from 19th and 20th century in a modern and contemporary museum

Gallerie d’Italia

Piazza della Scala, 6, 20121 Milano MI
+39 800 167 619
Mon closed
Tue-Wed 09:30–19:30
Thurs 09:30–22:30
Fr-Sun 09:30–19:30
Tickets: 5–10 €

Within the setting of Piazza della Scala, you will see Palazzo Brentani, Palazzo Anguissola Antona Traversi and the former Banca Commerciale Italiana, which houses the treasure trove of the  Gallerie d’Italia – Piazza Scala Milan's art collections. Italian art from 19th and 20th century in a modern and contemporary museum located in a magical Palazzo.

The exhibition itinerary of the Gallerie d’Italia in Piazza Scala, spans an entire century in the history of art: the Italian 19th century. And starts off with a magnificent series of thirteen plaster bas-reliefs by Antonio Canova, inspired by Homer, Virgil and Plato and belonging to the Fondazione Cariplo, and ends equally symbolically with four masterpieces by Umberto Boccioni – including Tre Donne and Officine a Porta Romana (“Three Women” and “Factories at Porta Romana”, 1909-1910) – belonging to Intesa Sanpaolo’s cultural heritage and crucial in order to understand the transition from Pointillism to Futurism.

Paintings by Giuseppe Molteni, Giovanni Migliara, Luigi Bisi, Giuseppe Canella, Luigi Premazzi, Angelo Inganni embody the renewed interest in an important pictorial season – that of Lombard Romanticism – that is still little known and insufficiently valued.

The 20th-century artworks section features authors such as Fontana, Dorazio, Turcato, with a focus on the movements that flourished in the immediate aftermath of World War II: Spatialism, which took shape in relation to Fontana’s proposals; Nuclear art, promoted in Milan by Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo; Informalism, driven by Burri, Corpora, Scanavino, Concrete art (Dorfles, Munari, Reggiani); the Gruppo degli Otto (“Group of Eight”, Afro, Birolli, Corpora, Moreni, Santomaso, Turcato).

FYI: The museum has a vault with about 500 paintings and art works; every third Thursday of the month there are guided tours which we consider as a #must.

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