Prada's artistic contribution to Milan is not limited to its acclaimed spaces in the city (the Foundation and the Observatory), but also characterizes a slightly suburban worship place. Prada presentes a very interesting installation at S. Maria Annunciata Chiesa Rossa, near Piazzale Abbiategrasso, a religious space that, in 1996, Reverend Giulio Greco decided to revamp, decorating it with a site-specific installation realized by the great master of light: Dan Flavin.
Chiesa Rossa's work was one of the last ones that the American artist created before his death, and which, posthumously, was installed by the Prada Foundation in collaboration with the Dia Center for the Arts in New York and the Dan Flavin Estate.
Dan Flavin, a great minimalist exponent, boasts works on display all over the world - often site-specific - with an interesting and acclaimed reflection on the contrast between the works of art and the surrounding architecture. The basic modules of his works are the famous fluorescent neon tubes, with an industrial echo, in dialogue with the natural light that invades the enclosed spaces. This is also the case of what can be seen today in Chiesa Rossa: the work, designed and created for the Milano place of worship, sees a series of tubular modules embedded in corners where green, blue, pink and golden neon lights, meet the natural light inside the Church. The chromatic flow between nave, transept and apse mystically awakens a feeling of natural and imaginary progression of dawn, day and night. Despite Dan Flavin's numerous installations all over the world, the added value of visiting S. Maria Annunciata in the Chiesa Rossa is that the artist, an expert theologian, was able to combine his religious knowledge with contemporary art.