PLEASE NOTICE: According to the latest Government Decree (D.P.C.M. November 4, 2020), Pirelli HangarBicocca is closed to the public until new provisions. Find all the info on the official website.
Milano is a world-leading city for contemporary art with numerous cultural venues dedicated to modern art lovers, one of which is Hangar Bicocca. If we also mention that entry is always free it would be hard to find a better destination for delving into the awesome creative sphere of our contemporaries!
Hangar Bicocca is situated within the ex-Ansaldo Group warehouses which originally produced coils for the electric locomotive engines: the 7000m2 have now been transformed into a spectacular exhibition space where the historical heritage of a former workplace dialogues with the creativity of contemporary artists and architects.
The cavernous interior is completely painted dark blue and the exterior is cladded with a silver metal shell but the structure has preserved its industrial architectural features.
One epic-scaled work is a permanent exhibit: The Seven Heavenly Palaces by the German artist Anselm Kiefer. Seven imposing towers, weighing 90 tons each and rising to heights varying between 14 and 18 metres, are made of reinforced concrete with angular construction modules from shipping containers. They are positioned within an immense area and flanked by large canvases, which enrich and expand the installation.
The remaining available display space is dedicated to temporary exhibitions (always free of charge) featuring the most important artists of recent years. All the exhibitions and events presented and curated by Hangar Bicocca focus on originality and an experimental nature, with particular emphasis on the creation of site-specific projects that dialogue with the unique characteristics of this venue.
Hangar Bicocca also organises an extensive calendar of collateral events and workshops dedicated to children. A space to experience, immersed in beauty.
Are you on the lookout for other places dedicated to contemporary art in the city? We can suggest: Fondazione Prada, Museo del Novecento, City Life park and the unique site-specific light installation by Dan Flavin at the Chiesa Rossa.