Pirelli HangarBicocca Celebrates 20 Years Of Diverse Perspectives

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca has unveiled its exhibition program for 2024-2025, marking its 20th anniversary.

The schedule features eight exhibitions, including a unique Urban art project specifically designed or repurposed for its former industrial spaces. The solo shows aim to showcase diverse perspectives on current social and geopolitical issues, featuring artists from different backgrounds, generations, and cultures. The calendar, developed by the curatorial department led by Artistic Director Vicente Todolí, will take place in the 15,000-square-meter Pirelli Hangar Bicocca.

In 2024, the program includes exhibitions by Nari Ward and Jean Tinguely in the Navate space and Chiara Camoni and Saodat Ismailova in the Shed space. Additionally, artist eL Seed will intervene on the exterior walls of Pirelli HangarBicocca starting July 2024. The 2025 lineup comprises Yukinori Yanagi and Nan Goldin in the Navate space and Tarek Atoui and Yuko Mohri in the Shed space.

Founded in 2004, Pirelli HangarBicocca is a transformative force in contemporary art. Located in Milan, this institution emerged from converting a former industrial plant into a dynamic space for producing and promoting avant-garde artistic expressions. Pirelli HangarBicocca quickly became a cornerstone for Milan’s cultural landscape, gaining prominence as a leading player in the international contemporary art scene.

The institution’s mission, rooted in accessibility and openness, took shape in 2004 by commissioning Anselm Kiefer’s monumental site-specific work, ‘The Seven Heavenly Palaces.’ This marked the inception of a commitment to making art accessible to all, a commitment that continues to define Pirelli HangarBicocca’s ethos.

Over the years, Pirelli HangarBicocca has become a vital reference point for Milan, fostering an environment encouraging research, experimentation, and communication in contemporary art. The institution’s innovative approach is reflected in its diverse exhibition program, featuring solo shows by artists from various backgrounds, generations, and cultures.

As Pirelli HangarBicocca celebrates its 20th anniversary, it remains a testament to the power of adaptive spaces and forward-thinking curation, continually shaping the contemporary art landscape in Milan and beyond.

Pirelli HangarBicocca plays a pivotal role in the international contemporary art scene. The institution remains dedicated to making art open and accessible to all through ongoing research, experimentation, and communication.

The Public Program to date:

The following exhibitions have been presented since 2004: Anselm Kiefer’s permanent installation, solo exhibition by Mark Wallinger, group exhibition “Playground & Toys”, solo exhibition by Marina Abramović, group exhibition “START@HANGAR”, group exhibition “COLLATERAL”, group exhibition “NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK: EMERGENZE”, group exhibition “URBAN MATTERS”, solo exhibition by Daniele Puppi, solo exhibition by Lucy + Jorge Orta, solo exhibition by BLU, solo exhibition by Alfredo Jaar, solo exhibition by Anthony McCall, group exhibition “FUORI CENTRO”, solo exhibition by Carlos Casas, solo exhibition by Christian Boltanski, solo exhibition by Phill Niblock, group exhibition “Terre Vulnerabili” 1/4, group exhibition “Terre Vulnerabili” 2/4, group exhibition “Terre Vulnerabili” 3/4, group exhibition “Terre Vulnerabili” 4/4, solo exhibition by Surasi Kusolwong, solo exhibition by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. Since 2010 Pirelli HangarBicocca has housed the permanent sculpture La Sequenza (1971-81) by Fausto Melotti.

From 2012 to 2013 the following solo exhibitions were presented: Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Hans Peter Feldmann, Wilfredo Prieto, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Carsten Nicolai, Tomás Saraceno, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mike Kelley.

Since 2013, under the direction of Vicente Todolí, the following exhibitions have been presented: Ragnar Kjartansson, Dieter and Björn Roth, Micol Assaël, Cildo Meireles, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Joan Jonas, Céline Condorelli, Juan Muñoz, Damián Ortega, Philippe Parreno, Petrit Halilaj, Carsten Höller, Kishio Suga, Laure Prouvost, Miroslaw Balka, Rosa Barba, Lucio Fontana, the group show Take Me (I’m Yours), Eva Kot’átková, Matt Mullican, Leonor Antunes, Mario Merz, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Sheela Gowda, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Cerith Wyn Evans, Trisha Baga, Chen Zhen, Neïl Beloufa, Maurizio Cattelan, Anicka Yi, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Dineo Sheshee Bopape, Gian Maria Tosatti, Ann Veronica Janssens, Thao Nguyen Phan, James Lee Byars. In 2015, an expansion of Anselm Kiefer’s installation The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015 was presented, adding five paintings.

Top Photo: Anselm Kiefer’s installation The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015  Photo: P C Robinson © Artlyst 2023

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