Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, is the latest addition to the museum landscape of Milan. It is a centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the cultures of the world, and focuses on the relationship of these cultures with the city of Milan.
The museum’s permanent collection gathers the collections from different Milanese government agencies, which are the result of donations made from the second half of the 19th century to the present day by missionaries, explorers, scholars and collectors, but also from less honourable sources like spoils of war and colonialism.
The geographical origin of the works includes the Middle and Far East, South and Central America, West and Central Africa, and some items of Southeast Asia and Oceania.
The museum is designed by the British architect Sir David Chipperfield. His firm David Chipperfield Architects is responsible for the design of many other cutting-edge museums like the Neues Museum in Berlin, the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri and the Liangzhu Culture Museum in Hangzhou, China.