Contemporary Photography Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Photography, the first public museum in Italy dedicated to contemporary photography, occupies the south wing of the seventeenth-century Villa Ghirlanda Silva in Cinisello Balsamo-Milan. Since 2004, the year of its opening, it has been an active structure in the field of conservation, cataloging, study and dissemination of photography. It has a heritage of about 2 million photographs, including black and white and color prints, slides, negatives, videos, installations by over 600 Italian and foreign authors. The collection, in continuous development, is organized in 38 photographic collections, which derive from public commissions carried out since the mid-1980s, from acquisitions, donations and deposits. The set of images constitutes a significant cross-section of photography from the second post-war period to today and presents important themes such as the transformations of the contemporary landscape, portrait, social photography, reportage, artistic research. The Museum also houses the largest specialized photography library in Italy and one of the largest in Europe, which now has almost 20,000 volumes and magazines, coming from purchases, exchanges with other institutions and from numerous private donations. The Contemporary Photography Museum Foundation is made up of the Municipality of Cinisello Balsamo and the Metropolitan City of Milan (founding bodies) and the Triennale di Milano (Institutional Participant). Lombardy Region and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism support the institution.