MAGA Gallarate – Museum of Modern Art
The MAGA (Museo Arte Gallarate) is a museum in Gallarate, northern Italy, mostly focused on Italian modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The museum, founded in 1966, is housed since 2010 in a 5,000-square-meter (53,800-square-foot) complex comprising a former industrial building and a new entrance pavilion characterized by a post-modern style curved brick facade designed by architects Maria Luisa Provasoli and Pier Michele Miano; the bar of the museum was designed by Catalan artist Marti Guixé. Reopened in 2013 after being damaged by a fire, the complex is situated on the outskirts of Gallarate, a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Milan.
MAGA museum Gallarate, exterior view from north-west
Collection and permanent exhibition
The collection of MAGA comprises about 5,000 pieces – paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, artist’s books, prints, ceramics, photographs, and design objects – made by various artists, mostly Italian, after 1950.
The collection covers various post-war art and design movements, such as abstract art, concrete art, kinetic art, environmental art, transavanguardia, post-modern, new realism, new futurism, multimedia art, and Italian radical design.
Pieces on view on a rotational basis in the MAGA’s permanent exhibition include works by Mario Sironi, Emilio Vedova, Bruno Munari, Mario Radice, Enrico Prampolini, Gillo Dorfles, Afro Basaldella, Carlo Carrà, Emilio Scanavino, Dadamaino, Fausto Melotti, Enzo Mari, Enrico Baj, Emilio Isgrò, Carol Rama, Alberto Garutti, Studio Azzurro, Enrico Castellani, Piero Gilardi, Giuliano Mauri, and Lucio Fontana, among others.
Events and activities
The museum’s program of events features special exhibitions, talks, concerts, guided tours, art workshops, and educational activities particularly aimed to children and schools.
The program of special exhibitions is multidisciplinary and includes events covering various subjects such as contemporary visual arts, fashion, design, and architecture.
The MAGA also contains a library, an auditorium, a museum shop, and a cafe.
The museum’s entrance lobby
Views of the museum’s permanent exhibition galleries
Cover image: main entrance of the MAGA museum in Gallarate, Italy
All photographs courtesy of MAGA – Museo Arte Gallarate
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