The Poldi Pez­zoli Mu­seum con­tin­ues its growth with the open­ing of three new rooms de­signed to fur­ther en­hance and di­ver­sify its cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions.

Where Milan - - CONTENTS - By Gi­u­lia Minero

The Poldi Pez­zoli Mu­seum con­tin­ues its growth with the open­ing of new spa­ces

Since it first opened its doors to the pub­lic in 1881, the Poldi Pez­zoli Mu­seum – an el­e­gant ‘palazzo' hous­ing a won­der­fully eclec­tic col­lec­tion of art lo­cated just steps from via Mon­te­napoleone – has been a favourite cul­tural haunt of the Mi­lanese. For­merly the pri­vate res­i­dence of no­ble­man Gian Gi­a­como Poldi Pez­zoli (1822-1879), the mu­seum's per­ma­nent col­lec­tion fea­tures a se­lec­tion of paint­ings, an­tique fur­ni­ture, ce­ram­ics, tex­tiles and glass ob­jet d'art, plus an area ded­i­cated en­tirely to Re­nais­sance weaponry. In keep­ing with the vi­sion­ary project of its for­mer owner, the mu­seum was re­cently en­hanced with three new rooms. These are har­mo­niously con­nected to the his­toric heart of the palazzo via a long corridor that opens onto the Por­trait Gallery (see photo), where sig­na­ture pieces in­clude Re­nais­sance paint­ings by artists such as Bot­ti­celli, Man­tegna, Piero della Francesca and Tiepolo, fol­lowed by a se­cond room ded­i­cated to rare pres­ti­gious ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds. This unique ex­pe­ri­ence sheds light upon the taste and pas­sion of one of Europe's most im­por­tant col­lec­tors be­tween the 18th and 19 cen­turies. A col­lec­tion of time­pieces, orig­i­nat­ing from a pri­vate Mi­lanese col­lec­tion, is the high­light of the third ex­hi­bi­tion space that of­fers an over­view of the tech­ni­cal and artis­tic evo­lu­tion of the watch from the 16th through 20th cen­tury. Thanks to a col­lab­o­ra­tive agree­ment with Pisa Orologe­ria, this space will host a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled ‘Il Tempo degli Orologi' un­til the end of March. This ex­hi­bi­tion com­prises a se­ries of ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, in-depth analy­ses and mu­si­cal pro­grams ex­plor­ing the tech­niques of gold­smithing, the art of dec­o­rat­ing cases and di­als with enamel, and themes re­lated to the col­lec­tion of ob­jet d'art both past and present (www.pisaorologe­ >> Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm. Closed on Tues­day. Via Man­zoni, 12. M3 Mon­te­napoleone. T: 02 794889. www.museopoldipez­

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