CategoryModern & Contemporary Art
A symbol of Milan’s rich history and exhibiting works from the vast Intesa Sanpaolo art collection. The Galleria d’Italia Piazza Scala is housed over three adjoining mansions of undeniable charm (Anguissola, Beltrami and Brentani), one the former seat of Banca Commerciale Italiana.
Designed by leading Italian architects between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the museum sits proudly at the entrance to the famed Piazza, opposite to the renowned opera house, La Scala (Teatro alla Scala). The design of the museum is truly remarkable, with some of the bank’s period furnishings still in place, including some original bank counters which have been tastefully integrated into the design of the new museum.
The exhibitions are split into two main periods:
The 19th century exhibition
An exhibition that retraces one hundred years of Italian art history from the 19th century. From the exceptional series of bas-reliefs by Antonio Canova, to the pre-futuristic works of Umberto Boccioni.
19th century Lombardy art offers a fascinating insight into the Milan of bygone times which includes masterpieces of the Duomo, the former Naviglio canals and highlights from the battle scenes during the Risorgimento.
Famous masterpieces include The two Foscari by Francesco Hayez, Confession by Giuseppe Molteni, The Battle of Cernaja by Gerolamo Induno, Interior of Milan Cathedral by Angelo Inganni, View of the Naviglio Canal from the San Marco Bridge by Giuseppe Canella, The Gathering of Silkworm Cocoons by Giovanni Segantini, Portrait of Fattori in his Studio by Giovanni Boldini, Unable to Wait by Telemaco Signorini, La Leçon de Chant (The singing Lesson) by Federico Zandomeneghi, Dream and Reality by Angelo Morbelli and Dance of the Hours by Gaetano Previati.
The 20th century exhibition
An ambitious project presenting 189 works of art from the 20th century arranged in 12 sections.
Artistic movements of the period covered include Art Informal, Spatialism, Nuclear Art, MAC Concrete Art Movement, Kinetic and Programmed Art, Arte Povera, Conceptual Art and Italian Pop Art. Artists include Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Bruno Munari, Renato Guttuso, Afro, Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Pietro Consagra, Emilio Vedova, Mimmo Rotella, Enrico Baj, Piero Dorazio, Tancredi, Gastone Novelli, Piero Manzoni, Mario Schifano, Enrico Castellani, Giulio Paolini, Alighiero Boetti and Emilio Isgrò.
The basement houses the original vault transformed by architect De Lucchi in line with the new life of the venue. From a closed, off-limits area, the vault provides a glimpse of what cannot be displayed in the gallery rooms. Guided visits to the vault are possible by appointment only, with specialised tour guides.