Fondazione Prada will inaugurate the next 21st of December an expositive area thought for photography and visual arts in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. The new space will be hosted on two restored floors of about 800 square meters in the Prada building, above the central octagon and at the level of the glass and iron dome covering the Galleria realized in the nineteenth century.
The first exposition planned will be “Give me yesterday”, curated by Francesco Zano and running until the 12th of March, featuring works from 14 Italian and international artists: Melanie Bonajo, Kenta Cobayashi, Tomé Duarte, Irene Fenara, Lebohang Kganye, Vendula Knopova, Leigh Ledare, Wen Ling, Ryan McGinley, Izumi Miyazaki, Joanna Piotrowska, Greg Reynolds, Antonio Rovaldi and Maurice van Es. The exhibit will explore the use of photography as a personal diary from the beginning of the years 2000 until today.
The institution, founded in 1993 by the entrepreneur Patrizio Bertelli and his wife Miuccia Prada, inaugurated its new Milanese venue last year in largo Isarco, in a space of 19,000 square meters developed by Oma led by Rem Koolhaas. While the eighteen century Ca’ Corner della Regina palace is its Venetian venue since 2011.
The restoration of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, supported by the two Milanese maison, Prada and Versace, completed in 2015. In September, the historical Pasticceria Marchesi 1824, acquired by Prada group in 2014, opened its doors in Galleria, on the mezzanine floor of the building that houses Prada’s Men’s boutique, and it is added to the famous shop on via Santa Maria alla Porta and the location on Monte Napoleone.