The exhibition was organized on the occasion of the eightieth anniversary of the foundation of the Milan State University and displays the historical collections of the various institutes which, all together, go to make up the university as a whole.
The exhibition layout used display cases of varying shapes and was characterised by the lack of any univocal progression. Each visitor may decide on the order in which to view the exhibits, on the basis of personal interests or simply allowing themselves to be seduced by the shapes of the objects glimpsed in the display cases. The visitor can thus create a route which, while lacking any particular internal logic, will be imbued with an aesthetic coherence that is absolutely personal.
This choice was facilitated by the spatial qualities of the architecture of the “Rotonda di via Besana”, its regular, powerful system of arches, pillars and windows constituting the perfect counterpoint to the autonomous, offbeat rhythm caused by the geometry of the display cases.
In order to make it easier to understand the seven “thematic areas” into which the material on display was divided, the floor of the exhibition was designed to act as a sort of “Colour Code”.
The platform design is the fruit of collaboration with the well-known contemporary artist David Tremlett who has created a number of art works in public spaces.
Mario Bellini Architects
Mario Bellini with Giovanni Cappelletti
David Tremlett, Eugenio Ferretti, Andrea Cometta
Massimo Valsecchi, Antonello Negri
Exhibition fit out
Arché Allestimenti, Settimo Milanese (MI) manager: Andrea Galtarossa