The ADI Design Museum Compasso d’Oro, a new museum dedicated to design, will open in Milan
A few weeks ago it was announced the opening in Milan of a new museum dedicated to design, which is incredible news for all lovers of the sector, who will finally have the opportunity to admire all the most iconic objects created by Italian and international artists.
With over 3,000 square metres of exhibition space and more than 2,000 pieces on display, the ADI Design Museum Compasso d’Oro will exhibit all the extraordinary items that have been awarded the prestigious prize since 1954, the year in which Gio Ponti had the amazing idea of showcasing the value and quality of Italian design products.
The museum, whose opening has been announced for 2020, will be located in the former industrial area between Via Ceresio and Via Bramante, one of the many areas of the city that has recently been redeveloped, renovated and redesigned. With the arrival of the ADI Design Museum Compasso d’Oro, the district is destined to become the new hub of contemporary Milan design and architecture, a place open to dialogue and different visions of the world.
The project for the new museum is the result of the collaboration between the Lombardy Region, the municipal administration and the ADI Foundation, an organisation created to protect and disseminate the culture of design and promote its historical heritage and future prospects, always with a view to sustainable design, respectful of the ethics of quality in relation to individuals, civil society and the environment.
The presentation of what is destined to become the largest museum of design in Europe was attended by the President of the Lombardy Region, Attilio Fontana, the Councillor for Tourism, Territorial Marketing and Fashion, Lara Magoni, and representatives of the ADI Foundation.
“ADI and the Foundation have chosen to go beyond the disciplinary boundaries of design to open up to the reality of today in all its manifestations,” says ADI president Luciano Galimberti. “What has been for sixty years a precious collection of design today becomes a cultural centre that stands for an active role in the vast network of national museums”.
Alberto Bonisoli, Minister of Cultural Heritage, also spoke about the project, according to whom this initiative, for the realization of which the Government will invest 10 million euros, “is an important sign of the will of this executive to make possible a project that is fundamental not only for design but for the entire Italian culture”. The minister added: “We have very high ambitions because we want Italy, with a strong tradition in the field of design, to become one of the most important realities in the world in the sector. Not only that. The design is a fundamental part of our cultural heritage, particularly that of the city of Milan. Precisely for this reason, the activity of protection and enhancement of the same will be a constant of my activity as Minister.
For now, the information we have about the new project is limited; among these are the names of the curators of the exhibition, who will be Italo Lupi and Migliore + Servetto Architects. Moreover, we know that the museum is based on the idea of a “narrating exhibition space”, an exciting and engaging place where both the general public and those who want to deepen their knowledge of the sector will be welcome.
For more information, please visit the website of the ADI Foundation.