After the long closure caused by the pandemic, the exhibition Mirabilia, curated by the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, can at last be visited again with the reopening of the Triennale.

With no charge for entrance, it will be open to visitors until 4 April, for the time being from Tuesday to Friday and 11 am to 8 pm, extended until 9:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Only a limited number of visitors will be allowed in at a time and all the safety norms will be strictly applied.

The Fondazione Cologni and Milan Triennale have embarked on a collaboration to present in the Quadreria of the Triennale di Milano a series of exhibitions entitled Mestieri d’Arte e Design. Crafts Culture that offer a new perspective on the contemporary applied arts.

The first fruit of this collaboration has been Mirabilia, which brings together a series of extraordinary objects made by great Milanese artisans, between the heritage of the Renaissance and contemporary high craftsmanship. On show around forty works that represent the ‘secrets of the trade’ of artisan workshops and manufactories in Milan, produced as one-off pieces of profound artistic and cultural significance. Special and noteworthy works, objects or rather ‘goods’, for which the value of the handmade evokes the centrality of artisan talent and the dialogue with the creativity of design for which Milan is rightly celebrated.

Sever since the days of Visconti and then Sforza rule, Milan has been one of the most important centres for the production of ‘masterpieces’, often made using rare and refined techniques: from cloth of gold to the working of rock crystal, from damascened armour to jewellery and lace and from cabinets inlaid with embossed silver to musical instruments. This precious heritage has remained as an undercurrent in the productive fabric of Milan. And if today the Lombard metropolis is the acknowledged capital of design and fashion, it is in part because this vocation for excellence in craftsmanship is embedded in its genes; a vocation that has always known how to keep abreast of the spirit of the times, and often to anticipate it.

The exhibition is enriched by four refined Renaissance objects, lent by important cultural institutions, that present parallels with contemporary creativity Thus another of the aims behind Mirabilia is to connect up around the values of high craftsmanship the principal Milanese institutions linked to the applied arts, such as the Fondazione Milano, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Biblioteca Trivulziana, Civiche Raccolte di Arti Applicate del Castello Sforzesco and Civica Scuola di Liuteria del Comune di Milano.

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