Exhibitions, galleries, museums, and also events, fashion, sport, finance, the 2016 Expo and much more: Milano may have not the Rome’s cultural heritage, but there’s plenty of things which can take you here. After the Himalayas and the ancient Nepalese wonders, I was honestly craving for some good contemporary art.
A place where I’m sure to always find something interesting is the Pirelli HangarBicocca. Funded as a no-profit foundation in a converted industrial plant, it boasts 15,000 sqm of exhibit, one of the largest in Europe.
I first went there as a mere wanderer, but my eye soon got caught by the photographic opportunities the present exhibitions offer.
The installations are meant to play with the senses, and are actually really effective in doing that. So, I just played with the sensor, and the exposure too. I didn’t want to give a sight of the show as it is, but as a way it could be perceived. All the shots are taken out of the installations as I personally sensed them and do not represent them in full. If you want to have a clear view, you just gotta go there: the entrance is free of charge.
The first ambient you will find is occupied by Architecture as Art, in which you can see how several architects and studios have translated their own art in new paradigms, belonging to an innovative way of conceiving forms and spaces. The works are scattered all around the floor, plunged in a shady atmosphere which invites you to explore, rather than merely witness.
In the second wing of the structure, you will experience the Carsten Höller’s Doubt. Here, you’ll be subject of a guided tour through the senses. Your perception of shapes, colours, motion, and the interaction between them will intentionally challenge your intellect, and probably blow your mind.
Last but not least, the permanent Anselm Kiefer’s The Seven Heavenly Palaces, a post-apocalyptic scenario inspired by the Hebrew spiritual myth contained in the ancient book Sefer Hechaloth.
Photo: Matteo Fabi