PRADA’S NEW MILAN

Credited with organizing more than 25 solo exhibitions with artists like John Baldessari (2010), Tom Sachs (2006), Steve McQueen (2005), Sam Taylor-Johnson (1998) amongst others since it was established in 1993, Fondazione Prada is an institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture. Until now, the foundation has only been based in Venice but this weekend, co-director Miuccia Prada is opening the doors to a second home: a 118,000 square-foot exhibition space in Milan.

The venue is set to appeal to art aficionados of all stripes, with Rem Koolhaas, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, leading the building design (Koolhaas and his design firm, OMA, have worked extensively with Prada on other projects for over 25 years), and film director Wes Anderson designing a one-of-a-kind bar. Controversial filmmaker Roman Polanski will debut a new documentary, detailing his artistic inspirations, while Robert Gober and Thomas Demand will exhibit art installations and Salvatore Settis will curate exhibits both in the new Milan space (entitled “Serial Classic”) and in Venice (“Portable Classic”).

“Fondazione Prada intends to strengthen its multidisciplinary vocation by highlighting the autonomy and specificity of each creative language,” the organization wrote in a statement. “An open flexible structure—consisting of curators, writers, filmmakers and thinkers, all invited to contribute to the elaboration and realization of new projects—will guide this new course and allow to constantly reinvent the program as well as activate a restlessly evolving intellectual process.”

The exhibition spaced is opening to a selection of VIPs this weekend and to the public May 9th. For more info, click here.

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