A new permanent museum in Milano, accessible to all, free. A cultural district in the city where you can walk and be able to say "here, the walls know history too ". It’s OR.ME Ortica Memoria: 20 works of urban art among the largest in Italy made by the collective of artists OrticaNoodles, in which each mural tells a story of the twentieth century Milano.

 

Each mural tells a story, but it is also a work born with the inhabitants of the neighborhood.

 

Walk with us through the streets of the Ortica district and meet the history of the 20th century.

The wall of the women who have made the 20th century great

WHERE: Istituto Alberghiero Pasolini, wing of the school building on via Trentacoste 9-5

 

The twentieth century was the century of women, the century in which they reached milestones that were unattainable until a short while ago. They have won the freedom to choose their lives in work, in marriage and, for the first time in history, in motherhood.
They struggled to get all this. They sweated to show that they could be all they could dream.
And this thanks also to the illustrious examples also present in the city of Milano that have inspired other women.
This mural is dedicated to them, who have taught us so much, who we have admired. They have taken care of us, looked after us and taught us that if you really want tt, everything is possible.
Here are depicted: Camilla Cederna, Alda Merini, Ersilia Majno, Alessandrina Ravizza, Anna Kuliscioff, Antonia Pozzi, Maria Maddalena Rossi, Liliana Segre.

The wall of legality

WHERE: Railway bridge Via Rosso di San Secondo corner Via San Faustino

 

The work is dedicated to those who fought, and often lost their lives, in the name of legality, of a higher sense of justice.

 

Beyond any ideology, beyond all convenience, with perseverance as admirable as frequently misunderstood, they are the protagonists of unequal, courageous and noble but obstinate struggles, tenacious, rigorous and lucid against a real enemy, which often led to a tragic end.

 

Here are represented: Giorgio Ambrosoli (lawyer, killed 11 July 1979), General Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa (killed by the mafia on 3 September 1982), Emilio Alessandrini (magistrate, killed by terrorists on 29 January 1979), Mauro Brutto (journalist, killed in 1978), Walter Tobagi (journalist and writer, killed by terrorists on 28 May 1980), Tina Anselmi (politics and partisan), Lea Garofalo (judicial witness, killed by the 'Ndrangheta on November 24, 2009).

Popular music

WHERE: along the railway bridge of via San Faustino (near via San Faustino 10)

 

In music, the Ortica is one of the most sung Milanese neighbourhoods along with Porta Romana and the Navigli. It is well known that the area was and is full of trattorias and taverns whose customers, between a glass of wine and a slice of salami, have always lingered in the song, beautiful or ugly.

 

The meeting place of these singers was the old Trattoria del Gatto Nero in via Ortica, in a building founded in the fifteenth century. Here it is the tradition that every evening or almost someone would come to cheer up the evenings, and often it did not close until dawn came knocking on the shutters.

 

The colourful mural is dedicated to the most prestigious and well-known authors/performers of the Milanese song, as Ornella Vanoni, Enzo Jannacci, Dario Fo, Ivan Della Mea, Giorgio Strehler, Giorgio Gaber and Nanni Svampa.

The wall of cooperation

WHERE: Cooperativa Edificatrice Ortica via San Faustino 5

 

Work dedicated to the Italian Cooperative Movement.
The historical photo (dated 1914) from which the mural was taken portrays the members of the Section of Cinisello of the Società di Miglioramento e Resistenza tra i Lavoranti Muratori di Milano, a construction cooperative founded in 1887. The socio-cultural identity of the cooperative is rendered by the two paintings representing Jesus Christ and Charles Marx.

The wall of the partisan and the bishop

WHERE: residential building on via F. Villa 6 on the side of via Giovanni Antonio Amadeo (facing Via Giovanni Antonio Amadeo 57)

 

The Italian Liberation Day after the Second World War, on April 25th, is one of the key events of the Ortica district. This is why we wanted to pay tribute to this work to two people who have frequented the neighbourhood in the dark periods of fascism and heroics times of resistance, and who have witnessed with their lives what they believe in: Bishop Marco Ferrari and partisan Luigi Morandi.

The words of freedom

WHERE: Cavalcavia Buccari

 

On April 25, 1945, the partisan insurrections put an end, a few days before the arrival of the allied troops, to the Nazi-fascist occupation of Milan and Turin. It is the end of the dictatorship of Mussolini, of the Second World War, of the civil war. And it is on the 70th anniversary of that event that this small masonry work is born, that in its small represents the beginning of the project Or.Me Ortica Memoria.
It represents the words chosen by the students of the schools of the district and that, in their opinion, better represent freedom and resistance.

Mural of sport

WHERE: Società Sportiva Scarioni, via Tucidide corner via Cavriana

 

Mens sana in corpore sano, that’s what the ancient Romans recited.
Sport has always been important in Italy, and Milan is not far behind. So much so that its football teams, Milan and Inter, have always been at the top of the rankings so that the San Siro stadium is called the "Scala" of football.
And just from there that the mural comes alive, paying homage to the symbolic teams of the city and representing two of their flags: Mazzola and Rivera.
But we don’t want to talk only about football: there are athletics, a symbol of determination and effort, swimming, tennis, boxing, cycling, artistic gymnastics, skiing.
In choosing the samples represented in the murals, we also tried to favor those sportsmen who, with their lives, have not only given prestige to the sport for which they have struggled, but have also tried to give testimony of the civil value that sport can have in a society healthy, becoming promoters of important social battles.
The following are represented: Gianni Rivera, Sandro Mazzola, Pietro Mennea, Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Sara Simeoni, Novella Calligaris, Deborah Compagnoni, Nadia Comăneci, Martina Navrátilová, Wilma Rudolph, Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay).

Mural of Labour

WHERE: Wall of the railway facing via Ortica 23

 

Milano is the city of labour and the cradle of the workers' movement. Here in 1891 the most ancient Camera del Lavoro (Labour League) of Italy was born, with the aim of fighting exploitation and unemployment, and in 1906 established the Confederazione Generale del Lavoro (General Confederation of Labor), the first general union.
The Mural of Labour is a tribute to the industrious and supportive city, tells the battles of Milanese workers for the improvement of living and working conditions, recalls the struggles of workers for a more equitable and democratic society.
Teresa Noce, who is portrayed in this masonry work, symbolically embodies the parable of the workers' movement: she was a partisan, a member of the Constituent Assembly of Italy, a trade unionist - general secretary of textiles - and the parliamentarian to whom we owe the maternity law.

Ortica comes from 'garden'

WHERE: Via Ortica 12

 

The name of the neighbourhood "Ortica" does not derive from the pungent plant “nettle” that we all know, but from "garden", a place suitable for cultivation and irrigable from the nearby river Lambro.

It is to this name that the mural was dedicated. Remembering the agricultural past of the small village with flowers and colours. In fact, the Ortica in the chronicles is always painted as a place where the soil was fertile, and you could also catch the silver coloured fish that gleamed in the Lambro (which at the time was much closer to the town and less polluted).
And remember at the same time through the red poppies, the symbol of peace and flower dedicated to the victims of the world wars that have upset the '900, those who have fallen for us all.

Dedicated to anti-fascists and political deportees

WHERE: via Tucidide under the ballast of the Buccari overpass

On the occasion of Italy’s 75th Liberation Day, this mural is dedicated to all persecuted anti-fascists from all backgrounds and cultural, political, social, religious and gender orientations. It represents lesser-known Milanese anti-fascists.

An impactful artwork that wants to proudly demonstrate how many citizens refused to concede to the single dominant ideology of fascism, always keeping alive the hope of a better world.

 

The subjects represented were chosen thanks to collaboration between the Milanese Memorial Associations ANPI, ANED, ANPPIA, ANPC, BELLA CIAO MILANO. The vibrant red, black and purple colours represent passion and blood, the tragedy of death and the sacrifices that many people made in the name of freedom.

The Alpini in the two wars

WHERE: at the end of via Ortica in the tunnel leading to via Cima

 

The two world wars were the deadliest episode in history, an unimaginably horrific era when some of the greatest tragedies in the past were consummated. A 'local' point of view has been chosen to illustrate these two conflicts in a diptych illustrating (with ecological paint) the railway underpass at the end of via Ortica.

 

It narrates the two wars from the Italian perspective and pays tribute to the corpus of Alpini troops who, in 2019, celebrated the centenary of the foundation of the National Alpini Association founded in Milano on July 8th, 1919.

Or.Me: in the footsteps of the immigrants

WHERE: via San Faustino in the tunnel leading from via Cima

 

Sixty million Italians reside abroad, almost as many as the Italians who live in Italy. According to jus sanguinis, they all have at least one (if not more) Italian ascendants and, for most of the twentieth century, Italians managed to reach every corner of the globe.

 

Ortica is an area of Milano where immigration from all over Italy is commonplace, mainly railway workers take up residence in the district.

 

But the mural also tells that story of those currently arriving in Ortica from frightening situations in Africa. They live together beyond the pedestrian bridge, in a building in via Corelli, hidden well away from the Milanese conscience. The sad and vacant eyes of the children are depicted at the centre of the mural.