Architect Rem Koolhaas has transformed this former distillery in Milan into a miniature village dedicated to culture, Prada style.
This month, people can’t stop talking about the capital of Lombardy. In the wake of the launch of the Universal Exhibition, the long-awaited opening of the new Prada Foundation. One has to admit that Miuccia Prada has done things on a huge scale. This gigantic art centre unfolds on almost 47,500 acres belonging to a distillery dating back to 1910, rehabilitated by the OMA agency and its star architect Rem Koolhaas. Located south of the city, the former warehouses, laboratories and silos form a unique architectural maze.
The seven rehabilitated buildings are joined by three new constructions: a pavilion all in concrete and glass, a tower painted in gold (undergoing completion) and a cinema. The buildings are impressive for their surface areas and lofty volumes, with an exhibition area of over 11,000 sqm, laid out and renovated by the OMA agency and Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.
An Introduction (until January 10th 2016) presents 70 contemporary artworks from the collection, ranging from Yves Klein to Donald Judd via Lucio Fontana, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Elmgreen & Dragset.
Above, a work by the highly controversial British artist, Damien Hirst, entitled Lost Love – 2000.
Not forgetting the Bar Luce, the future “place to be”, designed by American movie-maker Wes Anderson himself. Entirely decked out in terrazzo and Formica, it pays homage to Italian films made in the 1950’s.
Below, Captain Steve Zissou at the helm of the Belafonte, in search of the jaguar shark. Welcome to the world of Wes…