Recently a fabulous new museum (right near the Duomo ) called the Museo del Novecento popped up.  The architecture encases an outstanding  glass and steel contemporary museum that spirals up through the center of an existing classical 19th century structure. The art is all  Italian and focuses on Italian contemporary art from 1900 – 2000.

Aside from the art , which I thought was outstanding,  the interior of the museum is fresh and allows you to view the surrounding area as you circle up to the top of the exhibit… and the view from the above is fabulous!  I need to pontificate for a moment, so please excuse me, but I think this is an awfully clever way to experience  the art… and the encasing of the new within the old just highlights the significance of the connection between  all painting and sculpture throughout the ages…nothing happens in a vacuum , but is simply a different interpretation of reality, one which social customs and mores permit at the time.

Some of it was particularly wonderful  and exciting to see and for me it was an eye opening tour through the best of the best in contemporary Italian art during the “Novecento. “
I want to give you a list of some of the artists that I particularly loved …plus some of the art that caught my breath.


Here is my “A” list:

Umberto Boccioni : Elasticity/ Giacomo Balla: Girl Running on a Balcony/Girogio Morandi: Still Life with Mannequin/ Giorgio Chrico: The Brioches (you probably recognize his name and his connection with Surrealism)/ Arturo Martini: The Thirst ( a wo nderful sculpture depicting a woman holding a baby leaning down on to the ground to drink water from some unknown source…)/ Carlo Carra: Lying figure on one e lbow/Sligo Sassu : Red Men/ Lucio Fontana: Spatial Concept New York 10/Alberto Burri: Blackwhite/ Carla Accardi: Purple Red/ Ben Gest: Jessica and her Jewelry.

Trust me, there are really so many outstanding pieces in the museum that my list could go on and on and on…My advice is to google them and learn as much as you can about them if you want to expand your knowledge of the art scene in Europe during that period…. And don’t miss it on your next trip here!

P.S.  Not to tout this place too much, but only in Italy would you find  elegant pink velvet cushions on the benches and huge bamboo poles in the waiting area!  PLUS, they control the amount of people that can enter the museum at a time; so you never feel overwhelmed by crowds…just so damn civilized, and I love it!

Ciao ciao ’til Monday!