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Fondazione Prada, Milan

Whilst in Milan for this year’s iSalone, Edison visited the Fondazione Prada.

The Foundation itself has existed for over twenty years however the initial phase of the vast new ‘cultural complex’ in a former distillery only opened last year.

Not quite on the tourist map just yet, this gem of an exhibition space really is worth a detour to see – Edison found some exhibits quite unsettling but his wonderful images give an idea of the scope and scale of the buildings and collection.

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

The gilded ‘Haunted House‘ is a permanent installation by Robert Gober which was part of the original distillery. It looks deceptively inviting shimmering in the Italian sunshine but contains challenging exhibits, including works by Louise Bourgeois.

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

‘The Giacometti Variations’ are sculptures inspired by Giacometti but designed by John Baldessari to create an immobile fashion show (the clothes were also designed by Baldessari rather than Prada as you’d assume)

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada

A close-up of a decapitated Albert Einstein in this Goshka Macuga installation which creates a connection between 73 bronze heads of historical figures (others represented include Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King and Karl Marx) linking them together in a great DNA-like structure.

Fondazione Prada

How the finished complex will appear when all phases of development are complete.

Fondazione Prada