Traces of widespread culture

No closing time or opening hours: many of Milan’s museums have continued to remain virtually open via Pausa Caffè MuseoCity.

An experience that may not be rare, but is nonetheless unique, designed by the Associazione Milano MuseoCity and developed in partnership with MUMAC, which from the outset supported this project devoted to the hashtag #LaCulturaNonSiFerma (CultureNeverStops), an initiative closely related to its own world of a museum, on the one hand, and coffee on the other.

Every director and curator offered truly unique personal and cultural insights: from the enrichment of humanistic education by Domenico Piraina, director of Palazzo Reale, as well as of the scientific museums of the City of Milan (Aquarium, Planetarium and Natural History Museum), who now also knows about different fish feeds or how the lights that reproduce the starry sky work, to the anecdote about the married couple who accumulated in their house, Casa Boschi Di Stefano (now a museum), hundreds of works of art and were so passionate that one evening the wife sold the fur coat that she wore to the Teatro alla Scala so she could buy a painting.

A particularly stimulating interview was conducted with Emilio Isgrò, “the full-time canceller” who, with the Istituto Emilio e Scilla Isgrò, encourages young artists to make their voices heard to renew society.

Little gems worth discovering included the Studio Museo Francesco Messina in a deconsecrated church, the Archivio Giovanni Sacchi and the Circuito Lombardo Musei Design thanks to the endless inspiration they still arouse, as well as the Museo Fratelli Cozzi in Legnano, which over the years has collected Alfa Romeo cars together with a dedicated archive of advertising material that contains an anecdote about how Italian history identified the Giulietta as the Girlfriend of Italy.
MUMAC, which has been taking part with its own initiatives in MuseoCity and Museo Segreto since the first edition, is also among the podcasts recorded with interviews featuring Barbara Foglia, MUMAC’s manager, and Cinzia Cona, MUMAC’s curator, designed to illustrate the museum’s different aspects.

“Special guests,” Adler concludes, “included the Councillor for Culture for the City of Milan, Filippo Del Corno, who in recent years has been highly committed to supporting all the arts, and Michele Lanzinger, director of MUSE – Museo delle Scienze di Trento – and a member of the ICOM Italia Board of Directors, who showed how his scientific training has conditioned not only the architectural choices made together with Renzo Piano to ensure continuity between the mountains and the museum, but above all his solid and deep-rooted commitment to increasingly transforming the museum into a facility at the service of the community, which not only preserves and exhibits, but also shares as part of an open dialogue.”
An open dialogue just like the Pausa Caffè MuseoCity podcasts, which have been listened to, within just two months since their launch, 4,000 times, thanks to a love of culture represented by the Associazione MuseoCity, which has new, invisible surprises to listen to that will be released at the end of July…