At last the collection of works by Italian 20th-century artists is on display in its new headquarters, designed by Italo Rota, at Palazzo dell'Arengario. A place to go often, not just visit. The catalog of the works on permanent display.
On 6 th December 2010, Milan’s Museo del Novecento will open to the public, renewing the Cimac (Civico Museo d’Arte Contemporanea – Civic Museum of Contemporary Art) project, which has been closed since 1998. The museum is based on the best points of the city’s existing civic collections, and it will display works of Futurism, Spatialism, Arte Povera and the greatest artists of the century, including Boccioni, Carrà, Soffici, de Chirico, Sironi, Martini, Morandi, Fontana, Manzoni, Kounellis and many others. The 270 works on display are catalogued into 26 thematic sections on permanent display: a selection of the more than 2,000 works belonging to the museum. These include: “The Fourth Estate” by Pelizza da Volpedo – which will be exhibited in a separate space, also visible from outside the museum – the Triptych of the States of Mind and the sculpture “Forme uniche di continuità nello spazio (Unique forms of Continuity in Space)” by Umberto Boccioni and Lucio Fontana’s neon structure (La struttura al neon per la IX triennale di Milano), lit up and visible day and night from Piazza Duomo. The collection is be arranged according to the design drawn up by the scientific committee: Massimo Accarisi, director of Centrale Cultura, Claudio Salsi, director of the Settore Musei, Marina Pugliese, director of the project, Lucia Matino, former director of Milan’s Civic Art Collections, Piergiovanni Castagnoli, former director of the Gallery of Modern Art in Turin, Flavio Fergonzi and Antonello Negri, respectively professors of contemporary art history at the Università degli Studi of Udine and Università degli Studi of Milan, and Vicente Todolì, director of the Tate Modern in London. A place to go often, not just visit: the building will house the museum but also a library for research into Futurism and Arte Povera, a film library, a workshop for kids and a large, high-quality restaurant. At the bookshop, designed by Michele De Lucchi, discussions and entertainment will take place as well.