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Milan: Sunday noon at Fondazione Prada
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Leonardo Meletopoulos | 1 October 2016

What can a Greek student in Milan and his friend visiting from Athens do on a mid-September Sunday besides just being lazy? Well there’s “God save the food” for brunch in Tortona or Brera, Excelsior and Antonia for a strong dose of fashion-guilt but since 2015 there’s also the new Fondazione Prada venue in Largo Isarco.

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The new Milan venue conceived by architecture firm OMA—led by Rem Koolhaas is the result of the transformation of a distillery dating back to the 1910’s, featuring a “haunted house” clad in 24-carat gold leaf and a cinema camouflaged by mirrors.

The old factory buildings and warehouses as well as the additional structures suggest a similar industrial character.

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The Fondazione is not a preservation project and not a new architecture. New, old, horizontal, vertical, wide, narrow, white, black, open, enclosed – all these contrasts establish the range of oppositions that define the new Fondazione. – Rem Koolhaas

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“True Value”, the first exhibition by Theaster Gates (Chicago, 1973) in Milan, presents the artist’s rendition of an abandoned hardware store.

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The coolest thing thing about fondazione Prada is neither the distinct industrial architecture nor the contemporary art exhibitions.

Bar Luce, designed by film director Wes Anderson, is truly a destination on it’s own. While Anderson thinks that it would make a pretty good set for a movie, he believes that it would be an even better place to write a movie. The arched ceiling recreates a “miniature version” of the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – one of Milan’s symbolic buildings, whereas the furniture and fixtures are reminiscent of Italian Pop culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and 1960s.

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Bar Luce has definitely some of the most delicious Panini’s in Milan while make sure to get an ice cream just before leaving and getting back to reality.

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