Milan – Piazza Scala Art Gallery

The collection of Art of the Intesa-San Paolo banking foundation

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The Gallerie di Piazza della Scala (or Gallerie d’Italia – Piazza Scala) is an exhibition space located in Palazzo Anguissola Antona Traversi, Palazzo Brentani, and the Palazzo della Banca Commerciale Italiana, in the center of Milan.

The collection “From Canova to Boccioni. The collections of the Fondazione Cariplo and Intesa Sanpaolo” spans an entire century of art history: 19th-century Italian art. The journey begins with a magnificent sequence of thirteen plaster bas-reliefs by Antonio Canova inspired by Homer, Virgil, and Plato, and ends just as emblematically with four masterpieces by Umberto Boccioni, fundamental to understanding the decisive transition from Divisionism to Futurism. The museum’s rooms contain works by the great masters of the 19th century, such as Francesco Hayez, Francesco Filippini, Gerolamo Induno Sebastiano De Albertis, and Giuseppe Molteni.

The artworks in the collection “Cantiere del 900.2” bring together a heritage from the various credit institutes that merged into the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, and outline a cultural journey that spans the entire 20th century. In the current collection, the events and protagonists of 20th-century Italian art are widely represented: from Boccioni’s four masterpieces to the works of Balla, CarrĂ , de Chirico, Funi, Mafai, Sironi, Rosai, Spadini, Tosi, Zanini (in addition to an important presence of authors from the early 20th century of a “regional” character), to the most conspicuous part that covers almost all the trends proposed in Italian art of the second 20th century, including Renato Guttuso, Piero Manzoni, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Salvatore Garau, and Mario Schifano.