Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Via Gesù, 5
20121 Milano (IT)
April 9 - 30, 2013
Stepping into the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi is a real feast for the senses. Tucked between Via Santo Spirito and Via Gesù in the centre of Milan (just off the famous Via Monenapoleone & Via della Spiga), this late 19th-century neo-Renaissance palazzo opened it’s doors as a museum in 1994. Up until then it was the residence of Fausto & Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi – the two brothers of noble descent who were passionate art collectors. Bagatti Valsecchi’s were seeking to recreate a 16th-century palazzo in their own home, where each room was embellished with only the finest finest-quality finishes and furnishings, not to mention numerous works of Renaissance art, Murano glass and Flemish tapestries. In order to preserve the feel of a private home, the museum today refrains from labelling any of the artefacts. Instead, audio guides and information sheets are available on request.
As though this museum wasn’t spectacular enough, the recent intervention by two Ladies takes the experience of visiting Bagatti Valsecchi to a whole new level. The two Ladies in question are patroness Goga Ashkenazi – billionaires, oil-magnate, serial entrepreneur, currently Chairwoman & Creative Director of fashion label Vionnet, and Rossana Orlandi – highly respected art and design curator, who brought together the work of 16 exciting artists and designers.
The rooms host artworks from Nacho Carbonell, Front Design, Studio Deform, Paul Heijnen (previously), Niels Hoebers (previously), Tomáš Libertíny, Yukiko Nagai, Frédérique Morrel (previously), Dirk Van Der Kooij, Marten Baas, James Plumb (previously), Martin Smith, President Von Pelt, Enrico Marone Cinzano, Massimiliano Locatelli Cls Architetti, Manuela Crotti and Giampiero Milella.