The project of the new Museum of Etruscan Art was presented on November 15, 2016 by the Mayor of Milan, Beppe Sala, and the Fondazione Luigi Rovati. The museum will be inaugurated after an articulated restoration operation entrusted to Mario Cucinella Architects. It will involve the renovation and extension of the historic property of Palazzo Bocconi-Rizzoli-Carraro, located in Milan, Corso Venezia 52.
In this historic Palazzo, conservation work will be important, as will the new elements entrusted to the creative and rigorous guidance of the architect Mario Cucinella. The building consists of five floors with a total area of about 3,300 square meters. The core of the museum exhibition will be an important collection of Etruscan bucchero and impasto pottery, comprising over 700 items. Held by experts to be the most comprehensive collection of vases from the Archaic period, it provides a frame of reference for major museums around the world.
The collection has been brought back to Italy by virtue of a forward-looking agreement with the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and the collaboration with the Superintendences and the Carabinieri for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage. The operation took place on the backdrop of the paramount activity of repatriation of the archaeological heritage of our country by private individuals.
Set up in Milan, the central node for the influx of tourist and cultural flows that move over an increasingly extensive and integrated territory, the museum aims to serve as a centre of excellence in the field of the conservation, study and promotion of ancient artefacts, becoming a pole of attraction for the Etruscan archaeological sites located throughout the country.
The museum aims to serve
as a centre of excellence
in the field of the conservation,
study and enhancement
of ancient artefacts,
becoming a pole of attraction
for the Etruscan archaeological sites
located throughout the country
The challenge will be to create an archaeological museum that does not limit itself to exhibiting objects, but also brings our origins back to life in a modern and dynamic way, partly through the use of new technologies that contribute evocatively to contextualising the individual exhibits within a broader historical and cultural layout.
The new museum’s policy is to make study, thought and dialogue its basic principle and point of arrival: it is intended to be a laboratory in which to experiment with new activities, create international partnerships, organise conferences and seminars, play as research centre and a point of reference for restoration, but also a meeting place and centre for disseminating knowledge and beauty for the community, with special attention to schooling.
The Etruscan Museum of Art project is supported by Fidim, one of the first holding company in Italy to modify its bylaws to pursue community purposes (benefit activities) under the Law of December 28, 2015 no. 208.