An Extraordinary Journey
Following its successful pre-opening on the occasion of Milan Design Week inside Palazzo Mezzanotte, the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange, the Museo del Design 1880-1980 will now open its doors to visitors in its new location, 9 Via Borsi, Milan from July 9th 2015, with the support of Expo in Città, the City of Milan and the Region of Lombardy. One of the most important collections of design in Europe is the basis of the museum project, designed and founded by Raffaello Biagetti (Florence 1940 - Ravenna 2008) with the clear aim of exploring 100 years of history through the masterpieces of the great Italian and International designers of the age. The museum collection is a treasure that has remained so far still untouched and has been brought to light by Musei Italiani. It all starts in the Eighties. The role of curator was entrusted to Giovanni Klaus Koenig who, with the help of Filippo Alison and Giuseppe Chigiotti, built up the collection, creating a strongly educational itinerary, involving figures such as Gae Aulenti, Dino Gavina and Piero Castiglioni. The Museum tells the story of furniture design from 1880 to 1980 through a journey through chronological islands: it starts from Art Nouveau, continues towards the great Viennese School and the Bauhaus. It goes through the Fifties, characterized by major Scandinavian, Italian and American designers, and on through the Sixties, when the Italian economic boom was the real protagonist. The revolutionary expressions of radical design and the appearance of movements such as Alchimia and Memphis close the itinerary of the exhibition. The Museo del Design 1880-1980 arrived in Milan thanks to Musei Italiani, a newly born organization whose aim is to promote Italy’s cultural heritage, by surveying the existing deposits and the involvement of companies and institutions to set up a system of enterprise and value. Musei Italiani is proud to open the doors of this new venue within the Milan Design District, a location that can host and enhance the reconstruction of the original setting within a contemporary and highly expressive architectural context. Visitors will be welcomed into a real Museum, able not only to tell them history but also to develop new projects and services, including an area where objects of design will be on sale, including pieces by brands such as Serapian and Canepa, both characterized by their pursuit of the highest quality “made-in-Italy” as well as by their passion for artisanal creativity. The Museum will offer manifold activities, all of them aimed at spreading design and making people fall in love with it, as well as to re-launch the project with an eye to visitor experience. It will become a meeting place and point of exchange and will involve schools through guided tours and organized competitions. All this will be made possible thanks to the great contribution provided by Faram that has been supporting and helping Musei Italiani since its very beginning. Visitors should not miss the appointments with the protagonists of contemporary design, that will give them the opportunity to be guided by great masters in an extraordinary journey through time, where personal stories intertwine with those of the great icons on display. The Museo del Design 1880-1980 is a time machine that takes us through an educational itinerary, able to describe the evolution of creativity and the history of design. Designers on show: Antonì Gaudì, Gebrüder Thonet, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Adolf Loos, Joseph Hoffman, Walter Gropius, Jean Prouvé, El Lissitskij, Marcel Breuer, Mies Van Der Rohe, Renzo Frau, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gerrit Rietveld, Peter Keler, Aleksandr Rodčenko , Gunnar Asplund, Mart Stam, Eileen Gray, René Herbst Le Corbusier, Hans Coray, Gio Ponti, Giuseppe Terragni, Ignazio Gardella, Harry Bertoia, Carlo Pagani, Alvar Aalto, Charles Eames, Isama Noguchi, Arne Jacobsen, Osvaldo Borsani, Ico Parisi, Eero Saarinen, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Carlo Scarpa, Gae Aulenti, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso, Gaetano Pesce, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Mario Bellini, Giancarlo Piretti, Vico Magistretti, Bruno Munari, Alessandro Mendini.
Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10:30 - 20:00
Wed: 10:30 – 23:00
Entrance fees: Full price: €10 - Reduced €8 Contacts:
Tel: +39 02 83413302