Opened on December 6th, 2010, the Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century) is a structure of 8500 square metres.
About 400 works of art are on display including paintings, sculptures and installations, most of them belonging to the Civic Art Collections in Milan, which also include the important collections of the spouses Antonio and Marieda Boschi Di Stefano. The exhibition is arranged chronologically: from the work by Pellizza da Volpedo it moves through futurism, works of art from between the two wars and then Abstractism, Spatialism and Arte Povera. Particular emphasis has been given to artists that are of great significance to the city of Milan, such as Boccioni, Carrà, Morandi, de Chirico, Arturo Martini, Fontana and Manzoni. In addition, three rooms are dedicated to the Marino Marini Museum which was previously set up in the gallery of Modern Art in Via Palestro.
Not to be missed the Sala Fontana, its breathtaking view on the Cathedral and the big neon hanging from the ceiling.
The Museum's mission is to work on several levels to promote an intercultural approach and engage an audience ranging from professionals, to children and passing visitors.
In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum of the Twentieth Century also offers spaces for temporary exhibitions like Spazio Mostre, and the Sala Focus - where art works in storage are displayed in rotation with in depth notations - and the Sala Archives of the twentieth century for exhibitions of art works and documents.
Special attention is also paid to research for the safeguarding and conservation of artistic heritage of the XX century and the present century with a specific interest in new artistic movements.
Evidence of this is the cooperation established with the Institute for Art History, Università degli Studi in Milan and with the Università degli Studi in Udine and the Istituto Superiore for Conservation and Restoration in Rome.
The museum also acts as a cultural institution of excellence for research, insight and the study of artistic phenomena, forms and languages of the recently concluded century. In this respect, the Archives of the Twentieth Century dedicated to Ettore and Claudia Gian Ferrari is an institution responsible for the conservation and consultation of archival material and art works produced in the century, of the documentation relative to the museum collections and the links that the Civic Collections of Art had with other civic institutions during the period of the twentieth century.