The artist’s walls project at the Cittadella degli Archives in Milan

The artist’s walls project at the Cittadella degli Archives in Milan
The artist’s walls project at the Cittadella degli Archives in Milan

Piero Figura, The restructuring of the Teatro alla Scala, 2002

It will be inaugurated on January 15, 2022, in the form of a major event open to the whole city, Artist walls, a street art project designed for Cityella of the Archives of Milan, a place that houses all the documents of the Administration and of the history of the Lombard capital, located in the Niguarda / Bicocca area. Artist walls is a project born in 2015 by Rossella Farinotti which has as its goal the urban redevelopment of the area through contemporary creativity, with over 60 artists involved so far in giving a new face to the Citadel. Furthermore, in 2018, the artistic duo Vedovamazzei he created the permanent public work for the Citadel The rising city. Tribute and Boccioni, a 7 meter long neon installation placed on the highest part of the archive tower which represents the signature of Umberto Boccioni.


Activated in 2012 and open to the public in 2016, the Citadel of the Archives holds all the documents owned by the Municipality of Milan, for a total of 36 kilometers of paper and over 150 thousand folders containing about 1.5 million files and files; a place where “The ‘inside’ and the ‘outside’ must coincide: what I see on the outside, the first impact, the fundamental one with the city and its passers-by, must represent, or give an important signal, of what the building contains”, explain the director Francesco Martelli and the curator Rossella Farinotti. “Milan in Italy was the city of the avant-garde – Futurism was born here – of design, of the bourgeoisie and of the nobility who have always supported great artists and thinkers; the city of great ideas and its developments; the city of collecting and major cultural events. And Milan still is ”.


2021 artist walls, the care of Isorropia Homegallery, saw the creation of 40 murals along the south side of the Citadel, overlooking the park in via Racconigi, all inspired by the history of Milan kept in the archives for a total of 1,500 square meters of murals. There are ten artists called in this edition, who have been asked to reflect and reinterpret more or less known characters, places and episodes in the history of the city: they are an example The Civic Aquarium of Milan 1906 and Andrea Bianconi, Giorgio Strehler 1921-1997 from Andrea Crespi, The Vigorelli Velodrome and the National Blue 2021 from Luca Di Maggio, The renovation of the Teatro alla Scala, 2002 from Piero Figure, The first electric lighting in the Municipality of Milan 1877 from Omar Hassan |, The Gorla massacre 1944 from Matteo Messori, Painters and sculptors of the historical avant-gardes, Palazzo Reale 1980 from Maria Pogorzhelskaya, The Marino Marini Museum 1973 from Gianluca Ragni, The Caimi Seaside Center 1939 from Adelisa Selimbasic e The futurist brawl in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 1910 from Waro. Here are the pictures. But the transformations continue not only outside the building: inside the Municipality of Milan just last December announced an investment of over 17 million for a new sophisticated archiving system, thanks to this novelty the Cittadella will become the largest archival center Europe of its kind.

– Desirée Maida

Milan // 15 January 2022
2021 artist walls
The Citadel of the Archives
Via Ferdinando Gregorovius, 15

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