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Contrary to popular perception of Milan as only the centre of the fashion industry, the city also boasts long-standing renown for experimentation and cross-pollination in the art field. Historically speaking, Milan was the birthplace of Futurism in 1909 and of Spatialism in 1947, respectively founded by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Lucio Fontana with the aim …

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4. Cover for Vaults of Milan_Cabinet (working title) by Fabrizio Ballabio

A striking and, perhaps, characteristic feature of Milan’s post-war reconstruction was the extent to which design would permeate the most disparate forms of cultural production. In architecture, evidence of this is to be found in the achievements of Angelo Mangiarotti, Gio Ponti or Luigi Caccia Dominioni, whose buildings have sprung from the rubbles of Milan’s …

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Last autumn I read a book called The Fiction of Autobiography: Reading and Writing Identity, by Micaela Maftei. In this beautiful essay about memory and the self, Maftei talks briefly about the work of the neurologist and writer Israel Rosenfield. According to him, memory is something the brain can create, rather than something the brain …

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In the 2015 preface to his very well-known book Milan Since the Miracle: City, Culture and Identity, John Foot draws a parallel between the innovations brought in Milan by EXPO 2015 and what happened in the 1950s and 60s when the city became the centre of culture and innovation after the World Wars. Whilst describing the …

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Milan should be observed as a Flemish painter would do: focusing on details, while maintaining a bird’s eye-view. Indeed, we are not dealing with the tiny topography of cities like Bruges or Brussels, but with a place that nevertheless had its own Baron Haussmann. His name was Cesare Beruto, and he was responsible for the …

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