he eagerly anticipated opening of the ADI Design Museum, the museum of the Compasso d’Oro, is finally here. Introduced last year in Milan, but later closed due to the pandemic, it will officially open to the public on May 26, 2021.
With 5000 squared meters of space dedicated to design, its history and its icons, the ADI Design Museum is one of the largest museums in Europe and includes all of the winning pieces of the Compasso d’Oro prize since it was established in 1954. Located in the ex-industrial zone between Ceresio and via Bramante, facing the new Piazza Compasso d’Oro, it hosts a permanent collection of over 2000 objects in its impressive 1930s’ architecture, with three naves which once were home to a tram deposit and an Enel power plant.
But don’t go in expecting a classical educational museum. This space offers much more for both enthusiasts and the general public with thematic exhibits and the evolving story of design in permanent exhibitions, temporary installations, a creative workshop, café, bookshop and a space dedicated to restoration.
It is a true of hub of design which hopes to be an inclusive cultural and social space. It will open its doors with the permanent collection curated by Beppe Finessi “Il cucchiaio e la città” (from the slogan of Ernesto Nathan Rogers), with an installation by Ico Migliore, Mara Servetto and Italo Lupi, along with another eight exhibits.
It’s an occasion that can’t be missed. Tickets can only be acquired online, by app, on its website, or in person through cultural liaisons which use specific POS payment systems (discounts are available for members of the ADI Museum and the Triennale Museum).
Where: Piazza Compasso d’Oro 1, Milan, Italy
When: from May 26, 2021