The Museo del Novecento is a cultural institute of the City of Milan and depends on the City of Milan's Central Directorate of Culture.
The Museum is located inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario in Piazza Duomo in Milan. Opened in December 2010, the Museum was born from the desire to present a path dedicated to Italian painting and sculpture of the 20th century.
The works owned by the City of Milan come from the collections donated by citizens and from the purchases made during the last century by the Gallery of Modern Art.
After several temporary locations, such as Villa Reale, Pac and Cimac, in 2000 came the decision to convert the spaces of the Arengario in the new Museo del Novecento. The alderman Salvatore Carrubba, with the Central Culture Director Alessandra Mottola Molfino and the Director of Civic Art Collections Maria Teresa Fiorio, decided to launch a public tender to renew the spaces. The winning project was the one by the Group Rota (Italo Rota and Fabio Fornasari).
The new Museum returns its collections to the citizens. It gives the proper recognition to those collectors, gallery owners, and institutions who have collaborated to form one of the most important Italian art collections of the 20th century for more than a century. The Museum shows the public about 400 selected works from the 4000 owned by civic art collections and periodically offers temporary exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art.
The path “begins” in 1902, with Quarto Stato of Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, dedicated a room along the spiral ramp with free access.
The Collection also includes Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky and Amedeo Modigliani. The exhibition continues with Futurism, and monographic spaces dedicated to Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Arturo Martini and Fausto Melotti.
There is a room dedicated to informal works on the third floor and Lucio Fontana dedicated to the entire third floor. Through a path, which connects the Museum to the Royal Palace, you access the final section, which deals with the period between the early sixties and early eighties. From Kinetic and Programmed Art, we reach pop experiences and analytical paintings, while conceptual art is represented in its Italian and international declinations.
The museum’s path ended in the 1980s with Mimmo Paladino, Nunzio Di Stefano, Paolo Icaro, Giuseppe Spagnulo and Alighiero Boetti.