Art & Fashion- Art Mecca’s in Italy

If you are an art lover into fashion, or an avid fashionista into art, please continue reading.

An ex- Communist and a feminist, Miuccia Prada is the head of one of the most recognized brands in fashion industry. The avant-garde fashion designer runs her family’s business but besides being passionate about fashion, she has an eye for some killer artwork.

As the youngest granddaughter of Mario Prada, Miuccia created the Prada Foundation (Fondazione Prada) in 1993, as a platform for analyzing present times through the staging of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as architecture, cinema and philosophy projects.

Prada Foundation gained a lot of success by opening a museum in Venice that represents a collection of modern and contemporary art. It was built with the same passion as their renowned fashion empire. The museum’s building is an 18th century palace on the Grand Canal and it stands as an art piece itself. Since it’s opening in 2011, it stands both as the museum and the headquarters of Prada Foundation which has launched five research exhibitions until today, concurrently with a preservation and repair program of the palace which is being developed in several stages.

Five years later, after seven long years of preparation and multiple private events and previews, Prada Foundation successfully opened the gates of a second museum location, former distillery dating back to the 1910’s. Located in Largo Isarco, in the south of Milan, the compound develops on an overall surface of 19.000 m2 .The museum has multiple entrances, including a 60-meter tower (torre) which is currently undergoing construction work and will be open to the public in the foreseeable future.

If in Italy, make sure not to miss these two unique art corners. You’ll be presented with three permanent exhibitions in Milan: Robert Gober/Louise Burgeois, Dan Flavin at Chiesa Rossa and Processo Grottesco and well-equipped bookshops at both locations that offer some of the most relevant monographs, limited editions and art miniatures.

The Foundation continues to nourish new ideas. Even though we often criticize art for being commercial, these two venues are still a place for freedom, thinking and creativity.

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Miuccia Prada outside her foundation's new exhibition complex in Milan designed by Rem Koolhaas.