Музей современного искусства Новеченто открылся в Милане десять лет назад. Сейчас в экспозиции – около четырехсот произведений. Порядка шести тысяч – в хранилищах. Расширение позволит открыть для демонстрации еще сто экспонатов. Также одна из целей обновления – сделать музейный комплекс, расположенный сегодня разрозненно в нескольких исторических зданиях, цельным и завершенным.
Ten years after inauguration of the Museo del Novecento, the Municipality of Milan is launching “Novecentopiùcento”, an international design competition for the extension of the museum that is currently housed inside the Arengario in Piazza del Duomo - specifically in the east tower and in the so-called Manica Lunga - and in the rooms on the second floor of Palazzo Reale.
Over recent years, partly as result of the extraordinary combination of art and architecture most clearly represented by the spiral ramp and by the room housing the Neon artwork by Lucio Fontana, both designed by Italo Rota & Partners, the museum has become one of the symbolic locations of Milan. Born with the aim of spreading the knowledge of twentieth century art, today the museum displays almost four hundred works, with a further six thousand in storage, presenting to the public collections that the city has inherited and acquired over time. The intention is to bolster the idea of a living museum in a process of continual transformation, the culmination of which is the extension, subject of this competition.
“Novecentopiùcento” means exhibiting a further 100 works to the public, completing the chronological and thematic narrative of the 100 years of the twentieth century and shifting the focus to the start of the twenty-first century. “Novecentopiùcento” also means implementing services according to a new idea of museum that, together with the typical and established functions of conservation and display of the heritage, aims to enrich its cultural offer and to engage the community.
From an architectural and urban standpoint, the main purpose of the intervention is to convert into a museum space the building called in this document “Second Arengario”, which currently houses municipal offices, differentiating it from the “First Arengario” which houses the current Museo del Novecento.
The aim is to improve the entire Arengario, which was designed in the 1930s by Griffini, Magistretti, Muzio and Portaluppi as the monumental entrance to Piazza del Duomo, mirroring the arch of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The square will thus regain a sense of completeness and balance.
It will also fortify the image of the Museo del Novecento as an active cultural space and a symbol of modernity and change, the symbol of a city that never sleeps and that recognises innovation as central and offers plenty of space for contemporary art and culture.
For all these reasons, it has been concluded that the design of the new museum should be the result of a competition that focuses on enhancing and consolidating its role as an international exhibition space, while simultaneously confirming the role of Milan as a centre of attraction for the best Italian and foreign minds in the construction of the city’s future.