Milan Open Air Art is an exploration of the city through the modern and contemporary art around its public spaces. Oldenburg, Cattelan, Azuma and Pomodoro are just a few of the names that have contributed to making Milan an Open Air Art museum.
In early 2000 the City of Milan installed a sculpture entitled “Needle, Thread and Knot” at Piazzale Cadorna. The artists behind the Pop project, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, used needle and thread in the monumental work as symbols of the fashion industry, while the colours red, yellow and green represent the lines of the metro system - the sculpture being located right outside bustling Cadorna station.
Another stop on the tour is quiet Piazza d’Affari, in front of Milan Stock Exchange building. Designed by Italy’s most distinguished contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattelan, the controversial sculpture is of a hand with a huge, raised middle finger, and has been a topic of discussion for many years. The 11-metre-high artwork is made from finest Carrara marble, the same stone that was used to build iconic sights like the Pantheon and Trajan’s Column in Rome, and Marble Arch in London.
For something more ‘historical’, from the early decades of the XX century, we’ll show you one of the city’s first doorbells, an amazing and ironic sculpture by Italian artist Adolf Wildt. Then fast forward to the 1970s to free your imagination with a metaphysical piece by De Chirico and other public installations in the Triennale Museum area.
The art experience continues with other innovative masterpieces, those already part and parcel of the stunning cityscape as well as brand new works in areas still under redevelopment.
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