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Pirelli HangarBicocca

Art space by Pirelli Fondazione HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Via Chiese 2, 20126 Milano
+39 02 6611 1573
Thur-Sun 10:00–22:00

This former industrial zone and hanger was turned into an experimental art space in 2004 thanks to the Pirelli company, makers of high-performance tires and a long-time supporter of the arts.

HangarBicocca hosts frequent exhibitions, performances, film screenings, and festivals designed to give viewers a close-up-and-personal art experience. HangarBicocca's massive spaces are ideal for large installations, at least two of which are permanent. Any visit begins with "La Sequenza," a gigantic, iron sculpture by Fausto Melotti located at the entrance. Inside one building stands Anselm Kiefer's "The Seven Heavenly Palaces," which brings to mind Jewish symbols and the terrifying consequences of World War II in a moving reflection on the fragility of civilization.

Key info: Pirelli HangarBicocca is far away and difficult to get to. But if you have the time, it's worth spending an entire day here. Check out Dopolavora Bicoca, a little restaurant — think the cafe at MoMA — where fine cooking meets traditional street food. The menu features vegetarian options, pastries and homemade deserts, and the wine list updated every two months. Hours: Wed. 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Sun. 11 a.m. to midnight.