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Saturday, May 18, 2019

ArtTable TOURS | Milan

Start Date: 5/18/2019 11:30 AM EDT
End Date: 5/25/2019 11:30 AM EDT

United States 

Organization Name: ArtTable

Mary Beth Brown
Email: travel@arttable.org
Phone: 2123431735


May 18–25, 2019

This trip is sold out. To join the waitlist, please conact: travel@arttable.org

Please join ArtTable for a very special trip to Italy. We will meet in Milan, where the strength of the contemporary scene may surprise you. From there we will travel beyond the city to visit several small private museums and collections that are both off the beaten path and of world class stature. Parma will be our home base for two nights. This is an opportunity to divert from the well-known and well-trod paths of the major Italian cities and museums and experience some very personal collections still in the hands of their founders. By the time the journey is over we will have had an in-depth experience of one of Italy’s most cosmopolitan cities, punctuated with sublime collections located throughout the Italian countryside–savoring Italian cuisine and fine wines along the way–during the glorious spring month of May!

Highlights of the trip include:

A guided tour of the Pinacoteca di Brera
The Brera houses one of the main collections of Renaissance art in Italy, with over 500 works dating from the 14th-20th centuries. Includes masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Mantegna, Bellini, Caravaggio, Tintoretto and Veronese. There is a small section on modern art which includes paintings by Modigliani, De Chirico and Carrà.

A guided tour of  Pirellli HangarBicocca
A converted former industrial plant in Milan that once housed a locomotive factory is now an institution for producing and promoting contemporary art. This dynamic center for experimentation and discovery covers 15,000 square meters, making it one of the largest contiguous exhibition spaces in Europe. It presents major solo shows every year by Italian and international artists, with each project conceived to work in close relation to the unique architecture of the complex. As well as its exhibitions program and cultural events, Pirelli HangarBicocca also permanently houses one of Anselm Kiefer’s most important site-specific works, The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015, commissioned for the institution’s opening in 2004.

Villa Necchi Campiglio
Villa Necchi provides an oasis of calm in the centre of Milan. It was built between 1932 and 1935 by architect Piero Portaluppi. The house has remained intact, both on the outside and the inside, and provides a fascinating view into the lives of those who once lived and worked there. The collection of decorative arts and furnishings further help the visitor to imagine what life must have been like in the villa in the 1930s. Villa Necchi played a central role in the 2009 film “Io Sono Amore” (I Am Love), starring Tilda Swinton.

Armani Silos
Silos is Giorgio Armani’s own museum, dedicated to his fashion designs of the last 40 years, displaying around 600 of his works. The museum is located in the fashionable Tortona area in Milan, in a renovated building that was constructed in 1950 as a granary for the Nestlé company. A total of 4500 square meters is spread out over 4 floors.

Prada Osservatorio
Osservatorio by Fondazione Prada is a new exhibition venue dedicated to photography and visual languages, located at the 5th floor of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II by the Duomo. Founded in 2016, the space aims to explore the new trends of contemporary photography, investigating on new media and techniques and creating a platform for  cultural and artistic exchange between the artists and visitors.

Guided tour of Fondazione Prada
The Milan venue of Fondazione Prada, conceived by the architecture firm OMA—led by Rem Koolhaas—opened in 2015. Hailed for its architectural importance, it combines seven existing buildings with three new structures (Podium, Cinema and Torre), transforming a distillery dating back to the 1910’s. The 9-story “Torre” (tower) was completed & opened to the public in March, 2018. The exhibition program highlights Prada’s superlative collection of 20th& 21st century art.

Guided tour of Museo del Novocento
Opened in 2010, the Museum of the 20th century resides within the Palazzo dell’Arengario, near the Duomo. Housing Milan’s superb collection of 20th century art, the museum follows a timeline from the beginning of the century up until today. On view are paintings by Picasso, Modigliani Mondrian, Kandinsky, Boccioni, Carrà, Soffici, de Chirico, Sironi, Martini, Morandi, Fontana, Manzoni and Kounellis to name a few. The building is a sleek contemporary design, blending with the historical surroundings in which it sits.

Private tour of Villa e Collezione Panza
One the finest and best-known contemporary art collections in the world is housed in this 18th century neoclassical villa surrounded by an 8-acre private park near Varese. Giuseppe Panza di Biumo has been collecting art since the 1950’s. Minimal art and Monochromes sit next to Renaissance furniture and African and Pre-Columbian art, arrangements decided upon by di Biumo’s own keen eye.

Afternoon MA*GA Museum
The MA*GA Museum, open since 1966, is an important contemporary art museum housing a collection of more than six thousand works of art. Located in the historical Leone da Perego Palace, the origin of the Museum dates to 1949, when the Gallarate National Visual Arts Awards was created, with a view to establishing a contemporary art museum by purchasing the works exhibited in the various editions of the event.

Labirinto della Masone
A startlingly fantastic experience! Thirty years ago, villa owner Franco Maria Ricci hosted writer Jorge Luis Borges, for whom labyrinths were a favorite theme. A discussion between the two men turned into an important life avocation for Ricci and was ultimately realized and opened to the public in 2015. Now consisting of a museum containing work from the 16th to 20th centuries, a library, archive and the largest labyrinth in existence, made entirely of bamboo (approximately 200,000 plants), a visit here is a multi-sensory experience.

Spigaroli at the Labyrinth
Award-winning local chefs whose menu is based on Parma’s typical cuisine.

Afternoon Galleria Nazionale, Piazza della Pilotta
Like a local Louvre, the Palazzo della Pilotta complex is a former palace that today houses museums devoted to art and archaeology. You enter through the soaring, cathedral-like Teatro Farnese. Built in the 1600s and blown up in World War II, the stunning wooden theater was reconstructed in the 1950s and leaves you gawking. So do the artworks in the Galleria Nazionale.

The collection starts with medieval panel paintings of saints and martyrs and continues into the mannered portraits of the 19th century. Along the way, highlights include High Renaissance works from the Florentine school, Canaletto’s gold-bathed cityscapes of Venice, and Da Vinci’s sketch of a young girl’s face, “La Scapiliata” (sometimes on loan). Multiple rooms are devoted to works by Correggio, notably the spooky, nocturnal “Lamentation of Christ.”

Private tour of Collezione Maramotti
Achille Maramotti, founder of the fashion group Max Mara, has been collecting important contemporary art, primarily paintings, for more than 30 years. A large part of the collection – and temporary exhibitions—is exhibited in the former Max Mara factory, an industrial building converted to an exhibition space in 2005. The Collection includes works by Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Ross Bleckner, Alighiero e Boetti, Francesco Clemente, Jorg Immendorf, Alex Katz, Sigmar Polke, Kiki Smith, Cy Twombly and Christopher Wool, among others. “The Max Mara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery,” is awarded biannually.

We will then take a short drive to Pistoia for a private tour of the Gori Collection in the afternoon. Since the 1980’s, Giuliano Gori has been inviting artists to create site-specific sculptures at his extraordinary 17th c home and private park in Tuscany, Villa Celle. Each artist has chosen a site, where the work sits permanently. Artists include Alice Aycock, Alberto Burri, Daniel Buren, Luciano Fabro, Anselm Kiefer, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Serra, and others.


Member price (double occupancy): $5,200 + $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $5,950

Member price (single occupancy) $6,205 + $750 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $6,955

Guest price (double occupancy) $5,200 + $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $6,300

Guest price (single occupancy) $6,205 + $1,100 tax deductible contribution to ArtTable = $7,305

Members are encouraged to bring a guest on this trip-- in order to register your guest, please contact
Mary Beth Brown a
t travel@arttable.org

7 nights, 7 days (5 nights in Milan; 2 nights in Parma)

-Hotel for 7 nights (5 nights in Milan, 2 nights in Parma)
-Breakfast at both hotels
-WiFi at both hotels
-6 lunches 
-5 dinners (wine included) 
-Ground transportation throughout the trip
-Museum admissions, Tours and Guides
-Taxes and gratuities

-International flights
-Airport transfers 
-Room incidentals
-Travel insurance 
-Alcohol at lunches

PAYMENT SCHEDULE **all payments will be paid directly to ALTOUR**
November 20, 2018 / 1st payment: $2,000 per person

January 18, 2019 / 2nd payment:
-Member (double occupancy) $3,200 per person
-Member (single occupancy) $4,205 per person
-Guest (double occupancy) $3,200 per person
-Guest (single occupancy) $4,205 per person

March 15, 2019 / 3rd payment. This payment is the tax deductible contribution to ArtTable:
$750 or $1,100 depending on if Member or Guest. 

Cancellations received in writing:
Until December 3, 2018: $1,250 will be refunded 
From December 3, 2018 to February 15, 2019: 40% of monies paid will be refunded 
After February 15, 2019: all monies paid are non-refundable but transferable
Travel insurance protection is strongly recommended; Altour can help with this.


This trip is being organized by Marella Consolinilongtime ArtTable member and Managing Director, Arts & Culture of Altour. 

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