The Museum of Cultures aims to be a hub in continuous dialogue with the global communities within Milan. The Museum of Cultures originated in the 1990s when the Municipality of Milan obtained the industrial region of Ansaldo to provide it over to the ethnic pursuits.

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The permanent collection features collections from various Milanese government agencies; the result of contributions during the mid-19th century to the present day. These contributions were made by missionaries, explorers, and other notable personas, but some have come from less honorable sources such colonialism and spoils of war

The MUDEC began life as a work of archaeological retrieval. The project of the Museum of Cultures started during the nineties when the Milan procured Ansaldo to provide it over for activities. The factories have been changed into studies, workshops, and spaces. In this case, the municipality of Milan designed a hub dedicated to civilizations of the planet. The Museum of Cultures had to be rethought in the light of a complexity that couldn’t have been imagined by the end of the 90s.

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The Mission of MUDEC

MUDEC provides a diverse offer that includes ethnographic galleries, temporary exhibitions, and workshops addressed to young people.
MUDEC is administered by a partnership of private and public institutions. The goal is to make it an institution centralized on the world’s cultures.
The museum also houses the MUDEC Academy that organizes learning applications and workshops specializing in arts, art, design, cuisine, and fashion.

The building stays substantially true to the initial project’s aim of being light over being dense. In opposition to the surrounding buildings, the outside border has no openings. Its body is an atrium characterized by its shape to resemble the concept of a coated square. The surfaces are parabolic and act as a lantern during the day hours.

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Surrounded by buildings from various periods, the architecture filters the gaze of the viewer by putting curves and the lines into contrast, recalling the theme of communication.

Within an array of square bodies covered in zinc-titanium – as an indication of respect to the industrial context of Ansaldo – mimicking the appearance of the former plants, the construction can be read from the outside. These amounts maintain the exhibition galleries and various services that are public. The angular and stiff boundaries of these zinc boxes protect the heart of the Museum, which appears to light up with lines that specify the structure of the opaline-glass atrium.

The geographical origins of the collections are from Oceania, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, Central, and West Africa, and the Far and the Middle East.


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