Fondazione Prada will open a new exhibition space dedicated to contemporary photography and visual arts called “Osservatorio [Observatory]” in shopping arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II starting Dec. 21.
While Prada counts two stores in the Galleria, the space will be housed on two floors in a central building of the arcade above the central octagon. It will be at the level of the glass and iron dome covering the 19th-century venue. The restored space will cover 8,640 square feet.
Osservatorio will open with the exhibition “Give Me Yesterday,” curated by Francesco Zanot, which will run until March 12, and comprise works from 14 Italian and international artists: Melanie Bonajo, Kenta Cobayashi, Tomé Duarte, Irene Fenara, Lebohang Kganye, Vendula Knopova, Leigh Ledare, Wen Ling, Ryan McGinley, Izumi Miyazaki, Joanna Piotrowska, Greg Reynolds, Antonio Rovaldi and Maurice van Es. The project, said Fondazione Prada, “explores the use of photography as a personal diary from the beginning of the years 2000 until today.”
This is an additional location for the foundation, which was first established in 1993. Its sprawling headquarters were unveiled last year in a complex covering 205,000 square feet in Largo Isarco, in the southern part of Milan. The project was developed by OMA, led by Prada’s longtime architect, Rem Koolhaas. Fondazione Prada’s Venetian outpost continues to operate in the 18th-century palazzo Ca’ Corner della Regina.
The restoration of the Galleria, completed in 2015, was supported by Prada, together with Versace. In September, Prada’s Pasticceria Marchesi 1824 opened above the brand’s men’s wear boutique in the Galleria.