MILAN — Giorgio Armani once again expressed his love for Milan in the introduction he wrote for the catalogue of the “Bramante in Milan” exhibition, which he financed by donating 300,000 euros, or $370,000 at current exchange rate, to the Pinacoteca di Brera here.
The museum will host the exhibit until March 22.
“During my first Milanese explorations, in those Sundays when as a curious boy from Piacenza I was strolling around the city, I once found myself in the small Church of San Satiro and I was stunned by its beauty,” Armani wrote. “It was my first meeting with Bramante and today I’m happy to be able to express all my admiration by taking part with Brera in the organization of this exhibition, which will illustrate, also through never-before-seen drawings, the works and thoughts of this giant. It’s a collaboration which I would define quite natural because the Pinacoteca and its treasures are my neighbors in a district that still has both the aristocratic and popular atmosphere, which is one of the most fascinating aspects of Milan.”
On Wednesday, during a press conference presenting the exhibition, Caterina Bon Valsassina, Lombardy’s regional director for cultural and environmental heritage, highlighted the link between Bramante’s architecture and the work of Armani.
“Giorgio Armani’s fashion collections respect the same principles, sometimes a bit severe but never too exaggerated, of harmony and elegance characterizing Bramante’s architecture as shown by the churches of San Satiro and Santa Maria delle Grazie,” Bon Valsassina said.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary since the death of Bramante, the exhibition is focused on the 20 years, from 1477 to 1499, which the eclectic artist spent in Milan. To underscore his influence on the artists of his period, the exhibition, which includes about 50 pieces, mixes paintings, drawings and manuscripts by Bramante with a series of works from other artists coming from both public and private international artistic institutions.