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What I Understood about Mudec, the New Museum of Cultures

Via Tortona, 56, Milano, MI, Italia
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Opening hours of exhibitions every day (Mon 14:30-19:30; Tue-Wed-Fri-Sun 9:30-19:30; Thu-Sat 9:30-22:00) info@mudec.it

Milan has waited for more than 15 years for its Museum of Cultures. Now that it is here, the city has to understand what it is and what it can offer. I tried to do it few days ago with a visit to the brand new facility in via Tortona, in the former industrial Ansaldo area, bought in 1990 by the municipality of Milan. Now Milan can finally offer that area to a multidisciplinary complex dedicated to different cultures from the world. The Mudec. 

Mudec Museum of Cultures Milan A Place in Milan

Mudec|© Caterina Zanzi

WHAT IS THERE. 17thousand square meters of Mudec are occupied by rooms with exhibitions, a design store, a conference room and Mudec Junior, a space dedicated to the small ones. There is also a library, but only upon appointment, with 4000 books, a restaurant and a bistro, both managed by Giacomo, the restaurants brand that is already present in Palazzo Reale and Arengario restaurant.

FROM THE OUTSIDE. After having seen the pictures on the website I was expecting a more spectacular architecture. On the contrary, the entrance from via Tortona is quite sad and still to be finished. The hall is a huge room where you hear the echo of your own steps (no, there were not many people visiting). The stairs leading to the first floor are impressive, but I suggest you look up rather than down: you would be disappointed by the floor.

FROM THE INSIDE. There are two exhibitions at the moment (in addition to the permanent one, that will open in October and is for now available only upon appointment): one is dedicated to Africa (until 30th August), the other is about expositions of late ‘800-beginning of ‘900 in Milan. I really wouldn’t know which one is less relevant. I am not an art expert, but I have seen some exhibitions. The first one, dedicated to African art, displays items, masks and objects considered part of the ‘art nègre’: less than 300 artworks, not enough to get an even slight idea of what the real creativity of this continent is. The second exhibition shows how Milan had welcomed and shown to the public several non-European cultures during some exhibiting events of the past. Apart from some maps of ‘old Milan’, the exhibition is full of yawning and boredom. I am looking forward to the Barbie exhibition programmed at Mudec from the end of September: it must be more interesting for sure.

THE PRICE. A single ticket is 15 euros (!). The lucky ones, under 26 and over 65, get to spend 13 euros. Oh, but there is the audioguide included!

Long story short, a new museum in the city is always a good idea, but are we sure we really needed Mudec?

Mudec Museum of Cultures Milan A Place in Milan

Mudec from the outside |© Caterina Zanzi

Mudec Museum of Cultures A Place in Milan

A gallery at Mudec|© Caterina Zanzi

Mudec Museum of Cultures Milan A Place in Milan

A part of the exhibition |© Caterina Zanzi

Mudec Museum of Cultures Milan A Place in Milan

A quote from the Africa exhibition |© Caterina Zanzi

Mudec Museum of Cultures Milan A Place in Milan

The bistro |© Caterina Zanzi

Mudec Museum of Cultures Milan A Place in Milan

The store at Mudec|© Caterina Zanzi

MUDEC
via Tortona 56, Milan.
Opening hours of exhibitions every day (Mon 14:30-19:30; Tue-Wed-Fri-Sun 9:30-19:30; Thu-Sat 9:30-22:00)
+39 0254917 | info@mudec.it

Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.

Via Tortona, 56, Milano, MI, Italia

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