The great Italian designer and architect, among other things designer of the Museo del Novecento in Milan, left us today

Italo Rota left us in his home in Milan at the age of 70. One of the brightest minds on the contemporary panorama of Italian design in the world.

Creative, architect and designer, Rota trained at the Albini studio, first, and Gregoretti, then; together with colleagues Fornasari, Auxilia and Montanari, he designed the Museo del Novecento in the Palazzo dell'Arengario in Piazza Duomo in Milan, inaugurated in 2010 and which has become the symbol of a new way of enjoying art, or any form of expression - a theme that has always been particularly close to Rota's heart. His contribution to the museum world represented an important mission for his career.

His gaze, way of thinking and planning was always aimed at the future: a visionary but extremely concrete approach, always oriented towards implementing those explosive ideas that distinguished him.

Shortly after graduating in 1982 from the Polytechnic University of Milan, he worked alongside Gae Aulenti for the design of the Orsay Museum in Paris, city where he moved until the mid-1990s: for the Ville Lumière he also designed the Museum of Modern Art at the Center Pompidou, again with Aulenti, the the illumination of Notre Dame, the new rooms of the French school at the Cour Carré of the Louvre and the renovation of the center of Nantes.

For INTERNI he was - and is - family. A friend and a precious presence, who contributed to making the soul of the FuoriSalone unmistakable, among others, by co-signing with Carlo Ratti - CRA Associati, the multiple installations created year after year for the Brera Botanical Garden, Milan, including: Walk the Talk in 2023 and Feeling the Energy in 2022.

He also leaves us as director of the New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA), which he represented and guided with the spirit of those who passionately learn from the past and today, always looking to the future.

Stefano Boeri, president of Triennale Milano, communicated the news to Ansa: "we will certainly have the funeral home in the Triennale, which is his home", he declares. In fact, Rota began working for the Milanese institution at the age of thirty without ever stopping.