“The restoration and conservation of the contemporary open us to new challenges: research on new and old materials is in many cases an integral part of the artists’ path. Museums and cultural spaces must therefore adapt, acquiring skills and new procedures. “
Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation born in Milan in 2004 from the conversion of an industrial plant into an institution dedicated to the production and promotion of contemporary art.
A dynamic place for experimentation and research, with its 15,000 square meters it is one of the largest horizontal exhibition spaces in Europe and every year presents important personal exhibitions of Italian and international artists. Each exhibition project is conceived in close relationship with the architecture of the building and is accompanied by a program of related and in-depth events. Access to the space and exhibitions is totally free and dialogue between the public and art is favoured by the presence of cultural mediators. Vicente Todolí has been the Artistic Director since 2012.
The building, once the site of a factory for the construction of locomotives, includes an area dedicated to public services and educational activities and three exhibition spaces characterised by the visible presence of the original architectural elements of the last century: ‘Lo Shed’, ‘Le Navate’ and ‘Il Cubo’. Le Navate, in addition to the area dedicated to temporary exhibitions, host Anselm Kiefer’s famous permanent work, The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015: since the inauguration of its seven reinforced concrete towers, it has made Pirelli Hangar Bicocca one of the places not to be missed in Milan.