There are a few months to go to the beginning of Expo 2015, the World Fair that, from 1 May to 31 October next year, will make Milan the world capital of topics linked to nutrition.
“Feeding the planet. Energy for life.” is, in fact, the theme chosen for the event which, according to tradition, will be enhanced by myriad initiatives. This year has already seen a significant increase of Expo’s visibility in the city. The eagerly-awaited tickets for Expo are now on sale! www.expo2015.org
Expo Gate: the new gateway to Milan
The two booth-like pavilions of Expo Gate were recently opened in the heart of the city. Designed as an info point and a place to share and exchange ideas on topics related to Expo 2015, for 18 months they will serve as a stage for multimedia interdisciplinary events connected to the World of Expo. Expo Gate is located in via Beltrami, in a highly central position between the Castello Sforzesco – the site of the Universal Exposition of 1906 in Milan – and via Dante, the street along which the flags of countries participating at Expo Milano 2015 are displayed. Its location symbolizes its role as a gateway between Milan and the Expo, in the same way as Milan has always been considered a bridge between Italy and the rest of the world.
Open daily from 10am to 8pm, besides serving as an info and ticket point where visitors can obtain information about the event, purchase merchandise and buy tickets in advance, Expo Gate is also a true breeding ground of ideas.
Expo Gate is a double modular transparent building boasting a framework that is not only light in terms of shape but also in terms of environmental impact. Designed by Alessandro Scandurra, the structure’s two pavilions is arranged around a central square supported by two large reticular, aerial frameworks. The flexibility and transparency of the structure serve as an example, paving the way for new, more direct
communication systems and exhibition sites. In fact, two large ribbed vaultscreen-like structures will act as a support for the ongoing transmission of information in real time.
Milan, City of Art
From April 2014 and for the whole of 2015, Milan reconfirms its status as a cultural hub and a city of art, in an ongoing collaboration with the museums of Europe Over few months, the city is set to host a lineup of 3
important artistic programs showcasing more than 20 must-see exhibitions designed to highlight the legacy of Italian and European works of art. Designated exhibition spaces include Palazzo Reale, Castello Sforzesco, Museo del Novecento, GAM-Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo Morando-Costume Moda Immagine, Palazzo Moriggia-Museo del Risorgimento, Museo di Storia Naturale and Acquario Civico.
The first date, “La Primavera di Milano” (from April to August 2014), has featured the exhibitions of artists who have put Milan on the international art map including the likes of Manzoni, Luini, Munari and architect Beltrami.
The second cycle, dedicated to European identity, promoted to mark the Italian semester of the Presidency of the EU, is entitled “Milano cuore d'Europa” (September 2014-April 2015) with a display of artworks by foreign masters as Chagall, Segantini, van Gogh, Fontana, Klein and Giacometti.
Lastly, during the six months of the World Fair (May-October 2015), cultural offerings will centre around “Expo in città 2015” with exhibitions dedicated to Lombardy art from the era of the Visconti to that of the Sforza (from February 2015) at GAM, to Leonardo da Vinci (from April 2015 at Palazzo Reale) right up to Giotto at Palazzo Reale and Michelangelo at the Castello Sforzesco (from September 2015).