Università degli Studi di Milano opens the courtyard of Ca’ Granda on Via Festa del Perdono to art, transforming it into an outdoor sculpture museum. This is the objective of the project La Statale Arte, a new major cultural event of Università degli Studi of Milan, calling for the installation of solo shows by Italian and foreign artists in the 17th-century spaces of the work by Richini.

In the same perspective of utilization and a public role for the monumental complex of the Ca’ Granda that has already involved previous initiatives, La Statale Arte focuses on the impact of dialogue between the setting of the Richini Courtyard – with clear Renaissance influence, though built in the 1600s – and the language of contemporary sculpture. A perfect place for a conversation between historical heritage and interpretations of the present, which will also host site-specific works.

La Statale Arte kicks of with Durk, curated by Donatella Volontè, the first solo show in Milan by Mikayel Ohanjanyan, the Armenian artist who won the Leone d’Oro for the Armenian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

For two months, from 29 January to 19 March, the courtyard and loggia of Ca’ Granda will host two site-specific installations by Ohanjanyan: Tasnerku + 1 (Twelve + 1) and Dur (Door).

The installations will be open to the public every day of the week, except Sunday. Guided visits will be offered, in the company of students from the courses in Sciences of Cultural Assets and Art History and Criticism, to learn more about the works and the artistic language of Ohanjanyan in an evocative itinerary from the courtyard to the upper loggia. The appointment is for every Friday at 17.30 and Saturday at 11.00, in front of the headquarters of the State University, at Via Festa del Perdono 7. The free guided tours last for about one hour.

Photos by Valentino Albini