For the last two decades, the Fondazione Prada’s activities have analyzed intentions and relevance through an evolution of projects. These have included ‘Utopian’ monographic artist commissions, contemporary philosophy conferences, research exhibitions and initiatives related to the field of cinema. With the opening of a permanent cultural complex in Milano, the Fondazione offers new opportunities to enlarge and enrich our processes of learning.
The venue received 24 solo shows presented in the Milan venue from 1993 to 2010 and based on projects especially conceived for Fondazione by Italian and international artists; 3 architectural projects presented in the Milan venue from 2001 to 2011; 2 special projects realized for the city of Milan: Dan Flavin’s permanent installation for Santa Maria Annunciata in Chiesa Rossa (1997); 4 solo shows presented in Venice from 1995 to 2009; 4 group shows presented in the Venetian venue from 2011 to 2014; 6 special projects; 10 cinematographic projects; 2 international multidisciplinary conferences, among many other events.
The new arts centre for Fondazione Prada is converted from a century-old distillery in Milan.
OMA and its research arm AMO renovated seven buildings at the complex in Largo Isarco, southern Milan, and designed three new ones to accompany them – a cinema and gallery that are already complete, and a tower that is still under construction.
The building was converted by Rem Koolhaa’s firm. Upgrading the old factory buildings and warehouses with new finishes the additional structures were designed to suggest vintage similar industrial character, despite being built using modern materials and techniques.