1. Practicing orienteering at Fondazione Prada
Let’s say it out loud: I have no sense of orientation, that’s true. But Milan’s Fondazione Prada doesn’t help. With almost no information signs leading the visitors to its several fancy sections, and a lot of employees trying to help you instead, the exhibition centre is to me like a tiring labyrinth. Showing a stunning collection, with impressive panoramic view of Milan, but still a tiring labyrinth. There is a map, sure, but I don’t do maps in museums.
Damien Hirst (on the left) and Jeff Koons (above)’s works at Milan’s Fondazione Prada – October 2019
2. Discovering the exhibition "Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures"
This time, even if in Milan just for a few days, I forced myself to do something I really love: visit at least a museum/exhibition. And I chose this one, obviously. If you still don’t know what Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures is, I will tell you right now. It is a travelling exhibition curated by Wes Anderson (yes, the director)-Juman Malouf (designer, illustrator and writer), who selected pieces and objects from Wien’s Kunsthistorisches and Naturhistorisches museums, arranging them like in a fascinating, old wunderkammer.
3. Enjoying an aesthetic symphony
Well, I must say that the exhibition, per se, is nothing sensational. Most of all because the city didn’t feel the urge of another collection of mirabilia and naturalia. It was only a bunch of years ago that Milan’s Poldi Pezzoli and Gallerie d’Italia hosted the exhibition Wunderkammer and that Oran Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence was shown at the Bagatti Valsecchi museum.
That said, I appreciated it, visually speaking. Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and other Treasures is an aesthetic symphony that one needs to absorb just like it is, an ensemble of associations mainly based on techniques, colours and genres. And the collections, set up within precious and silent boxes, are clearly valuable and interesting. Along this itinerary, there is no need of captions. Also because if you try to read them in the printed booklet, you will probably get lost and confused. For once, just look at the artworks and go with the flow of your impressions.