From May and during the summer of 2015 the two spaces are ideally joined by two exhibitions of antique art curated by Salvatore Settis. The new Milan facility, by the architecture studio OMA guided by Rem Koolhaas, expands the range of spatial typologies in which art can be displayed and shared with an audience.
With a detailed architectural configuration that combines existing buildings and three new constructions, the place is the result of the transformation of a distillery dating back to the 1910s. Located on Largo Isarco, in the southern part of the city, the complex has a total area of 19,000 sq meters, of which 11,000 are used for exhibitions.
The building at the entrance to the new center welcomes visitors with two spaces based on special collaborations: an educational area for children developed with the students of the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, and a bar created by the filmmaker Wes Anderson that reimagines the atmosphere of typical cafes in Milan.
For the opening of the new Milan facility, Fondazione Prada will present a range of different activities. Robert Gober and Thomas Demand will make site-specific installations to dialogue with the industrial structures and the new spaces. Roman Polanski will explore the cinema dynamics behind his films, in a project that will become an original documentary and a program of screenings.
A selection of works from the Prada Collection will be presented in theme exhibitions. The shows Serial Classic, in Milan (from 9 May to 24 August), and Portable Classic, in Venice (9 May to 13 September), curated by Salvatore Settis in collaboration with Anna Anguissola and Davide Gasparotto, complete the program. The two exhibition projects, with exhibit design by OMA, analyze the themes of serial production and copies in classical art, and the reproduction on a small scale of Greek and Roman statues from the Renaissance to Neoclassicism.