Fondazione Stelline Milano
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Fondazione Stelline

The Fondazione Stelline (Stelline Foundation) was established in 1986 by the Region of Lombardy and the City of Milan with the aim to stimulate the development of cultural, social and economic initiatives. In recent years the attention has shifted more and more towards the promotion and research of national and international contemporary artists and their works.

The permanent collection consists of 30 pieces of contemporary art, some of which are installations made specifically for the site. Regularly changing exhibitions complement the collection.

The Foundation is housed in the historical Palazzo delle Stelline, once the monastery of St. Maria della Stella and since the 17th century a girls orphanage (see also Museo Martinitt e Stelline). The Palazzo is located opposite the famous church of Santa Maria delle Grazie which contains The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

Practical Information

Corso Magenta 61, Milan, Italy
+39 02 4546 2411
Opening Times
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 20:00
Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 10:00 - 20:00
How To Get There

Metro : Red line (1) station: Cadorna or Conciliazione, Green line (2) station: S. Ambrogio

Tram : 16 (stop: Magenta), 19 (stop: Baracca)

Bus : 50, 58, 94 (stop: Carducci)

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Past Exhibitions

Gianfilippo Usellini, La Nonna delle Case (1926)

Gallerie Milanesi tra le due Guerre

The exhibition Gallerie Milanesi tra le due Guerre at Fondazione Stelline rediscovers the artistic vitality of Milanese galleries between 1919 and 1939. During the interwar period galleries like Pesaro, Bardi and Scopinich were following up on the revolutionary experience of the Futurists and organised exhibitions … [read more]

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Essere è Tessere

The exhibition Essere è Tessere (Being is Weaving) at Fondazione Stelline in Milan celebrates the 90th anniversary of the textile company Canclini by displaying works from the Canclini collection. The collection includes modern and contemporary art by internationally acclaimed artists like Arman, Alighiero Boetti, Chiristian … [read more]

Vanessa Winship, untitled – from the series Imagined States and Desires: A Balkan Journey

Vanessa Winship

Fondazione Stelline in Milan showcases Vanessa Winship, the first woman to win the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson award for photography. Over 100 black and white photographs give a broad overview of the artist’s work, from the beginning of her career as a young photographer in the Balkans, … [read more]

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Josef Albers – Sublime Optics

The exhibition Josef Albers – Sublime Optics at Fondazione Stelline displays 78 works by the German-American Bauhaus artist Josef Albers (1888–1976). It includes rare early drawings, stained glass assemblages, sandblasted glass constructions, and abstract paintings – from his very first drawing to his very last … [read more]

Stefano De Luigi - iDyssey (2012)


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