CategoryExhibition Space, Modern & Contemporary Art
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Fondazione Prada Milan is an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art and culture. It is housed in a complex that for many years functioned as a distillery, but that has been changed by OMA – the architecture firm co-founded by Rem Koolhaas – into a collection of modern spaces.
To the existing four buildings, OMA has added three new structures: an exhibition space, a multifunctional auditorium and a nine-story tower that will hold Prada’s collection, resulting in a total of 19,000 m2, out of which 11,000 m2 is dedicated to exhibitions.
The entrance building houses two special areas: a kids’ area designed by students from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, and a bar where film director Wes Anderson has recreated the typical mood of old Milan cafés.
The Fondazione Prada was created in 1993 by Miuccia Prada – the youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada and heading the family-owned luxury goods manufacturer since 1978 – and her husband Patrizio Bertelli, as a platform to analyse present times through the staging of contemporary art exhibitions as well as architecture, cinema and philosophy projects.
The complex in Milan is an addition to the Fondazione’s exhibition space in Venice, the Ca’ Corner della Regina, a historic palazzo on the Grand Canal and hosting exhibitions since 2011.