They've been saying it for years, that the neighbourhoods just northeast of central Milan will soon boom and finally feels as if the area has really come into its own. A sprinkling of fresh new bars, restaurants and project spaces have opened for this year’s Salone del Mobile, from student-designed bars, to pop-ups that have become permanent, the area around Lambrate is full of exciting stuff. Who is responsible for this groundswell of hipness to the north? Much of the credit for the revitalisation is due to a burgeoning generation of young Milanese, who have taken advantage of the emptying-out of old factories and industrial spaces to plant new seeds for the future of creative Milan – and it looks bright.
Clocking in at a whopping 15000 sqm, Pirelli HangarBicocca is one of the largest private art galleries in Europe, and hosts Anselm Kiefer’s seminal sculptures, The Seven Heavenly Palaces, and rotating exhibitions. A must-visit.
“A gallery fully dedicated to Italian self-production” – Subalterno1 hosts both historical pieces and young designers. It’s a great place to see the best of independent Italian design.
Ventura Centrale once again breathes new life into the Centrale’s abandoned spaces, with a rich creative offering of contemporary, visioning and high-end design.
Massimo de Carlo Gallery Ventura
The pieces at the Massimo de Carlo Gallery are a sight for sore eyes. For the past 30 years, they’ve been bringing the best of the international art scene to Milan in their ex-industrial Via Ventura location.
The brainchild of gallerist Claudio Loria, Leclettico shows an irreverent array of both contemporary and twentieth century art and design.
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