Getting to know the Fondazione Prada Milano venue

Housed in a 19,000-sqm renovated distillery building dating to 1910, the Prada Foundation Milan venue is divided into 11 sections and is located in the industrial southern part of the city. The architectural complex is as diverse as the art installations it hosts. ‘New, old, horizontal, vertical, wide, narrow, white, black, open, enclosed’ are the spatial contrasts that make for a dynamic experience walking around this venue.

Fondazione Prada Milan's courtyard.
The architectural project was led by Rem Koolhaas and developed by Dutch architectural firm OMA. The goal was to expand the ways in which art can be shared with the public and integrated into discussions of literature, cinema, music, philosophy, arts and science.
View from inside 'Podium', building 5 of Fondazione Prada Milan venue.
The foundation hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions in a variety of art forms from the 20th and 21st centuries. Among the permanent programme is the four-storey golden tower hosting Haunted House, an installation conceived by Robert Gober and Louise Bourgeois. Despite the name, there isn’t an element of suspense to this installation which starts from the top floor, where the landscapes of the surrounding neighbourhood are invited into the tower's small rooms.
The Haunted House's golden tower. Ph. @pvcpvcpvc
With the goal to enlarge and enrich our learning processes, performances, conferences and other events are also part of the foundation’s agenda, always worth checking on its website.
Art by Karl Wirsum, part of the current exhibition Famous Artists From Chicago 1965-1975.
Almost as popular as the institution is its cafe, Bar Luce, which was conceived by movie director Wes Anderson. The cafe’s 1950s style features a pinball machine and jukebox, wallpapered walls and warm yellow lighting, creating a strong contrast against the industrial grey complex. Bar Luce offers continuous hours of drinks, food, free wifi and comfortable chairs in which to relax after visiting the exhibits.
Bar Luce
Tickets are mandatory to visit the art installations but the courtyard and Bar Luce cafe are open to the public. The Haunted House golden tower is not part of the exhibition route because it hosts a maximum of 20 visitors per time and requires booking at the ticket office. Tickets to the exhibits in the Milan venue also include one visit to the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio, located inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, within seven days of purchase. Mon, Wed, Thu 10.00-19.00. Fri, Sat, Sun 10.00-20.00.

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Address Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy

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Getting to know the Fondazione Prada Milano venue

Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy

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