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Contemporary Arts Pavilion

This cross-disciplinary gallery is recognized as an important space in the global contemporary art scene and is a popular destination for art lovers and students.

The Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (Contemporary Arts Pavilion) is Milan’s premier contemporary art gallery, recognized for the exciting temporary exhibitions it hosts. See painting, photography, sculpture and video work from artists around the world. The pavilion is a destination for both art and architecture lovers, as the building itself is an excellent example of 1950s Italian architecture.

The gallery has played a central role in the Italian art community since opening in 1954. Milan has long been known for its important collections of art, but until the mid-20th century there were few large collections dedicated to contemporary work. The Contemporary Arts Pavilion was built in the 1950s to fill that gap.

The 12,916-square-foot (1,200-square-meter) gallery was designed by architect Ignazio Gardella. Take your time wandering through the open and modern space. Gaze through the large windows that overlook a series of lakes in the garden. The wide hallways and high ceilings provide a spacious environment different from anything else in Milan. After the building was partially destroyed by a Mafia-related explosion in 1993, it was entirely reconstructed by Gardella and his son.

Learn about the current movements within contemporary art at the pavilion. The gallery dedicates itself to education through a range of activities. As the only large-scale gallery dedicated to contemporary art, and without a permanent collection, the Contemporary Arts Pavilion is a great place to be introduced to new artistic movements. Join a free guided tour on Sunday evening or read through the paper guide included with admission as you walk through the gallery. A full program of the exhibitions and events is available on the website.

The Contemporary Arts Pavilion is located in downtown Milan and can be reached by bus, tram or metro. Visitors arriving by car will find street parking for a fee in the area. The gallery is open daily and there is an admission fee.


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