“This is a gift, a great gift being made to Milan and has the characteristics of the cultural re-launch of the city”. So said the Mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, when he spoke yesterday at the press conference presenting Hangar Bicocca in Milan, recalling the major impulse Pirelli gives to the promotion of culture and contemporary art. So Hangar Bicocca re-opens this evening with renewed areas, an international programme, interactive events, new services for the public and totally free exhibitions.
A new model of institutional culture in which major contemporary art projects dialogue with people who wish to come closer to the language of today’s artists. Among the new and more relevant developments are 12 hours of opening daily from 11 am until 11 pm four days a week; an area for children with games, books and an art tutor; a great digital info wall with informative content and the opportunity of connecting to the international system of art; and a restaurant entrusted to a young and dynamic team, Dopolavoro Bicocca.
A significant international artistic programme will be guaranteed by a prominent name in the field of contemporary art Vincente Todolì, already director of the Tate Modern in London, who has been nominated artistic advisor to the Hangar as of 2013.
The opening of Hangar Bicocca coincides with the inauguration of two exhibitions: one is NON NON NON, the retrospective devoted to visual artists Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, unquestioned interpreters of 20th and 21st century artistic culture; the other is a new version of the celebrated installation Shadow Play by Hans-Peter Feldman, a German artist and among the most accredited in the world, who will continue to dialogue with permanent installations.