The Museo del Novecento (“museum of the twentieth century”) is a museum of twentieth-century art in Milan, in Lombardy in northern Italy. It is housed in the Palazzo dell’Arengario, near Piazza del Duomo in the centre of the city. The museum opened in December 2010, and displays about 400 works, most of them Italian, from the twentieth century. Apart from a single room housing works by foreign artists including Braque, Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, Matisse, Mondrian and Picasso, all the work in the museum is by Italian artists.
A major section is devoted to the Italian Futurists, with works by Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Fortunato Depero, Luigi Russolo, Gino Severini, Mario Sironi and Ardengo Soffici.
Other spaces are dedicated to individual artists such as de Chirico, Lucio Fontana and Morandi. There are also sections devoted to the various art movements of the twentieth century, including Abstractionism, Arte Povera, the Novecento Italiano, Post-Impressionism and Realism, and to genres such as landscape and monumental art.
Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo’s large canvas Il Quarto Stato, painted in 1902, is given a space of its own.
In 2015 the museum received a large donation of works, including work by Daniel Buren, Joseph Kosuth, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.
Collocato nel Palazzo dell’Arengario – voluto da Mussolini per «parlare alla popolazione» ma di fatto poi mai utilizzato – il Museo del 900 mantiene questa sua vocazione di dialogo con la comunità.
The tour allows the visitor to approach the main themes of Twentieth century’s art in a captivating way. This is achieved through a constant dialogue between painting, sculpture, architecture, music and photography. From Pellizza da Volpedo’s Quarto Stato, to the ingenious works of Kinetic Art, from avant-garde to the return to pictorial tradition, the visitor is able to discover the rich collection of the Museum through the analysis of the main masterpieces displayed.