MUDEC - Museum of Cultures

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MUDEC - Museum of Cultures

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

The exhibition itinerary of the permanent collection "Objects of encounter" of the MUDEC inaugurated in 2015, represented a journey through time and space accomplished through the encounter/clash with the "other than oneself", starting from the seventeenth century up to the days our.

After five years, reflecting on the role and responsibilities of ethnographic museums in the contemporary debate, in 2020 it was decided to reorganize the permanent itinerary of the MUDEC through the analysis of the effects of the advent of an interconnected world - for Milan and seen from Milan – from the modern age to today: thus “ global Milan. The world seen from here ”, inaugurated in September 2021, the result of a participatory museography process, conducted by the Conservatory and the Mudec Networks and Cultural 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, the advent of globalization in the early modern age is addressed through the great geographical discoveries, Milan's entry into the Spanish Empire and the city's consequent relationship with the Americas .

The second room is dedicated to Asia and to 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 here, with particular regard to Italian events.

This historical part of the itinerary is followed by a thrust into the contemporary world 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 path 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 promote a more empathetic understanding of the migrant perspective.

The management of the MUDEC is made up of a public-private partnership which sees the collaboration between the Municipality of Milan and 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE.

The scientific management is entrusted to the Municipality of Milan which deals with the conservation and enhancement of the heritage, through temporary exhibitions in the Focus Rooms, conferences and events in the "Khaled al-Asaad" Space of Cultures. 24 ORE Cultura instead deals with the creation of exhibitions temporary (hosted both on the first floor and in the new Mudec Photo spaces) 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, the MUDEC has hosted more than fifty exhibitions ranging from ethnography to contemporary art via art photography.


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Via Tortona, 56
20144 Milan


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