Fondazione Prada general director Cristian Valsecchi

MILAN — Fondazione Prada has appointed Cristian Valsecchi its first general director.

Born in Bergamo in 1974, Valsecchi also serves as general secretary of both the Turin Museums Foundation and the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums.

Previously he worked for several art institutions, including Artissima, Venice’s Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto and Bergamo’s Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery.

Fondazione Prada, which was founded in 1993 by its presidents Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli, currently counts two outposts — the 205,000-square-foot headquarters in Largo Isarco, in the southern area of Milan, which was opened in 2015, and the Venetian location housed inside the 18th-century palazzo Ca’ Corner della Regina. In addition, the art institution operates an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary photography and visual arts called “Osservatorio [Observatory],” which opened in Milan’s shopping arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in 2016.

Last week Fondazione Prada officially unveiled the new Torre [tower], the last building to be finished inside the Largo Isarco complex designed by Rem Koolhaas, with Chris van Duijn and Federico Pompignoli, from his Rotterdam-based architecture firm OMA. Covering nine stories and around 21,600 square feet, the Torre hosts the “Atlas” permanent exhibition, displaying works created from 1960 to 2016, along with a restaurant, a bar and a private club.

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