For the exhibition "Somaini and Milan" in the space of the Archives, on the fourth floor of the Museo del Novecento, "Gli encounters" are exhibited with more than one hundred works including drawings, projects, models, sculptures, paintings and photographs documenting Somaini's collaboration with contemporary authors. Among these Lucio Fontana, Ico Parisi and Giorgio Bassani, for the Competition for the Monument to the Resistance in Cuneo (1962-63), and the architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni with whom the sculptor started a proven partnership for about twenty years.
The "The Meetings" section is part of the exhibition "Somaini e Milano", promoted by the Municipality of Milan | Culture, Palazzo Reale, Museo del Novecento and Somaini Foundation, curated by Fulvio Irace, Luisa Somaini and Francesco Tedeschi based on a project by Enrico Crispolti. Set up in three locations, the exhibition traces the work of the internationally known Maestro from his formative years to the last season, exploring the different areas of his multifaceted creative research and bringing to light the collaboration with the protagonists of the contemporary Milanese culture. The project stems from the systematic study of the artist's laboratory, conducted on the occasion of the publication of the “Catalog raisonné of sculpture” by Enrico Crispolti and Luisa Somaini (Skira, Milan 2021).
The important exhibition focuses on the research on sculpture at the Palazzo Reale, deepens Somaini's relations with the artists of his time at the Museo del Novecento and investigates the international profile of the sculptor in the headquarters of the Foundation dedicated to him. In Piazzetta Reale the installation “Development of an anthropomorphic work” (1979) is the sign of the initiative.
At the Museo del Novecento on display the images taken in the artist's atelier in Lomazzo by Giorgio Casali, Ugo Mulas and Enrico Cattaneo who introduce his creative laboratory, characterized above all by the use of high pressure sand jet. The documentary material from the artist's archive, from Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine (Museo di Milano collection), from the Civic Art Gallery of Como, from the Bottoni Archive, from private collections and galleries, testifies to the complexity and circularity of Somaini's laboratory also for architecture, as demonstrated by the floor mosaics made in homes private or in buildings with public access.