The museum joins several other institutions in Milan dedicated to the contemporary arts, in an area known for its wealth of galleries and museums. The Fondazione Prada is Italy’s leading private foundation for contemporary art, having been founded in 1995. It is one of the largest private museums in the world, and one of the world’s largest private collections of contemporary art. It is housed in the restored industrialist’s mansion in the industrial district of the city and houses many of the world’s most renowned works of art. It has an extensive collection of Italian and international contemporary art, ranging from the early 20th century to the present.
The museum’s collection of contemporary art includes works by Alberto Giacometti, Henri Matisse, Jasper Johns, Wolfgang Tillmans, Takashi Murakami, Takayuki Hamanaka, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. The museum is also home to the Fondazione Prada collection of contemporary art. The museum’s reputation was cemented by its current director, Paola Navone.
A collaboration between the Italian firm Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and the Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto has been announced for opening in 2020. The museum will be located in Trento and its first exhibition will be on the work of prominent Italian and international artists such as Jasper Johns, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Robert Morris.
Bonacossa has left Artissima as of June 15, 2020. “To all those who are interested in the future of contemporary art in Italy, may I also suggest you keep an eye on Artissima and its work for artists,” he said in a statement issued Thursday.
In a statement, Gioni said that he couldn’t be prouder to be returning to the fold and heading an institution that is not only dedicated to the contemporary, but to the future. He added that he is looking forward to working with Bonacossa on the museum’s master plan to open its doors in 2022.
As the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, museums, history centers, and other cultural institutions are racing to open their doors. The primary goal of such institutions is to preserve knowledge and educate future generations about their culture, and protecting those goals presents a challenge that’s more complex than taking a few extra precautions.
The presentation was part of a series of discussions of the current state of the art world led by Invest in Art and Art Brussels editors Brett Levinson and Susanna Rustin, and moderated by guest journalist Johnathan Levy. Other speakers were: Sigrid Rausing, director and founder of the Rausing Art Foundation; Brett Levinson, editor-in-chief of Art Collector magazine; Lia Hirsch, chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Mark Lipman, director and producer of Film Arts: Exploring Art, Film, and the Moving Image.
I also got the chance to photograph a talk given by Jonathan Levy about the contemporary art market in the USA. The presentation included a discussion of the consolidation of the market, the erosion of the art world’s diversity, and the evidence of the flattening of the art market. The title of the talk was “The Empire Strikes Back.” 827ec27edc