Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, opened in 2003, represents a journey through the Italian art of the twentieth century.
The spouses Antonio Boschi and Marieda Di Stefano were fond for collecting art and cultivated sincere and direct relationships with many artists among the greatest on the Italian and international scene. Throughout their life, they collected an impressive amount of works of art in what was their home. They left the apartment, together with the whole art collection to the Municipality of Milan in 1973.
Now a public house museum with free entrance, it showcases about three hundred Twentieth-Century art masterpieces, out of the over two thousand pieces that form the collection. The eleven rooms of the house have been set up as a picture gallery, which still retains the flavour of an actual house. Furnishings (that mostly aren't the original ones) were carefully chosen by the Foundation Boschi di Stefano to match with the arworks.
The exhibition itinerary spans from the first decade of the twentieth century to the end of the nineteen-sixties.
Starting from the entrance, where visitors are greeted by portraits of the Boschi couple and by ceramics made by Marieda herself, a corridor is dedicated to artists of the first and second decade of the last century, including Boccioni, Severini and Marussig.
The adjacent study room is dedicated to 1900, with works by Funi, Carrà, Casorati, landscapes by Tosi and Guidi.
The monographic room dedicated to Mario Sironi follows, with the famous Venus of the Ports (1919) and some sculptures by Arturo Martini, such as La Vittoria (1934).
From there you pass to the room which includes works by the artists of Corrente, including Eldorado (1935) by Renato Birolli, and two walls dedicated to an extraordinary selection of still lifes and landscapes by Giorgio Morandi and Filippo de Pisis respectively.
The sitting room, with the original piano (take advantage of the unique atmosphere of the frequent piano concerts hosted in the house) in the center, is dedicated to the School of Paris and includes The school of gladiators (1928) and the Trophy Makers (1926-28) by Giorgio De Chirico, the Annunciation by Alberto Savinio ( 1932),, and paintings by Campigli, Paresce, Mafai.
After the corridor dedicated to the Chiarists, with works by De Rocchi, Semeghini, Lilloni, the monographic room dedicated to Fontana follows: in addition to two of the famous "cuts" (Spatial Concept. Expectations, circa 1959), the period of the Holes, Stones and Chalks is well represented. Rare ceramic sculptures by Fontana are also showcased.
A highly articulated room follows, dedicated to postcubist (Moreni, Giunni, Brindisi, Piccoli), spatialists (Crippa) and nuclearist (Dangelo, Baj and Dova) artists.
The last room is the one dedicated to the Informal Art, with a work by Emilio Vedova (Immagine del tempo, 1953), two by Piero Manzoni (Rettangolo and Ipotesi prima. Rettangolo interrupted, 1958) and then Vago, Carmassi, Chighine, Bionda to represent a taste of the two collectors inevitably undersized by the chronological setting.
Many other works are part of the permanent exhibition in Museo del Novecento hidden in the deposits or on loan. To help bring to light this huge hidden part of the Boschi Di Stefano legacy, in 2017 a temporary exhibitions space was created in what used to be ceramics school founded by Marieda, on the mezzanine floor in the same building.
MORE ABOUT THE HOUSE
The Boschi Di Stefano House Museum is located inside a building dating back between 1929 and 1931. Built under the artistic direction of the architect Piero Portaluppi (also the author of Villa Necchi Campiglio) The building, which took the name of "Casa Radici-Di Stefano", is the result of two distinct interventions, even if coordinated and attributable to the same clients: the portion on via Aldrovandi, owned by the Società Anonima Immobiliare Aldrovandi, managed by Gino Radici ; the one on via Jan, managed by the Picena Real Estate Company, controlled by Francesco Di Stefano (Father of Merida). These two sections were built simultaneously by the Di Stefano & Radici company.
The apartment housing the Boschi Di Stefano House Museum presents, inside, some of the most interesting elements of Portaluppi's architecture, albeit simplified to create a house for civilian use: the facades with horizontal tripartition; the slight asymmetries; the design of the moldings; the window frames; the iron works. One of the particular aspects of the building is the corner solution that sees the edge of the building shine through from the interlocking of the volume of the bow-windows.
Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano of the Circuit of the House Museums of Milano along with Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and Villa Necchi Campiglio.