MUDEC - Museum of Cultures

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Robert Cape

Until 19 March 2023

MUDEC - Museum of Cultures

The MUDEC - Museum of Cultures of Milan was founded in 2015 to present the civic ethnographic collections to the public in the new headquarters of the former Ansaldo, designed by David Chipperfield in the design district of via Tortona.

The exhibition itinerary of the permanent collection "Objects of encounter" inaugurated in 2015 represented a journey through time and space accomplished through the encounter / confrontation with the "other than oneself", from the seventeenth century to the present day.

After five years, reflecting on the role and responsibility of ethnographic museums in the contemporary debate, in 2020 it was decided to reorganize the permanent path through the analysis of the effects of the advent of an interconnected world - for Milan and seen from Milan - from modern age until today: this is how “ Global Milan. The world seen from here ”, inaugurated in September 2021, the result of a participatory museography process, conducted by the Conservatory and by the Mudec Cultural Networks and Cooperation Office . Through a selection of objects from the collections of the MUDEC and other institutions, the visitor can familiarize himself with complex concepts such as globalization, imperialism, mercantilism.

After a focus on the Settala Collection, at the beginning the advent of globalization in the early modern age is tackled through the great geographical discoveries, the entry of Milan into the Spanish Empire and the consequent relations of the city with the Americas .

The second room is dedicated to Asia and the production of diversified luxury goods for the domestic and foreign markets, such as porcelain, lacquer and silk, much loved and imitated in Europe.

Africa is the protagonist of the third room: crucial issues such as trade relations, colonization and decolonization are dealt with, with particular regard to Italian events.

This historical part of the path is followed by a thrust into contemporaneity dedicated to contemporary Afro-descendant artists active in multicultural Milan: a participatory museography project created with the collaboration of academics, experts, activists, cultural mediators, artists.

The itinerary is accompanied by immersive multimedia installations that allow the visitor to explore the themes proposed independently and a series of video-interviews with interlocutors of diasporic origin - curated by the Milano Città Mondo project - which foster a more empathic understanding of the migrant perspective.

The management of MUDEC consists of a partnership between public and private which sees the collaboration between the Municipality of Milan and 24 ORE Cultura - 24 ORE Group.

The scientific direction is entrusted to the Municipality of Milan which deals with the conservation and enhancement of heritage, through temporary exhibitions in the Focus Rooms, conferences and events in the "Khaled al-Asaad" Space of Cultures. temporary (housed both on the first floor and in the new spaces of Mudec Photo) and the management of additional services, including: auditorium, Mudec Lab with creative and multimedia workshops dedicated to children, Mudec Design Store, bookshop, restaurant and bistro high quality.

Since its inauguration, MUDEC has hosted more than fifty exhibitions ranging from ethnography to contemporary art passing through author photography.


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Via Tortona, 56
20144 Milan


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