Bologna - Via Don Minzoni, 14



Entry price: € 6.00
reduction € 4.00 Free admission on Wednesday (Permanent Collection) and children under 6


Always open
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 12am to 6pm; Thursday from 12am to 10pm; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 12am to 8pm


Telephone: +39 051 6496611
FAX: +39 051 6496637
INFOLINE: +39 051 2193294

Bologna Modern Art Museum
With its permanent collection the museum traces the history of Italian art from World War II to the present day, as seen through the experience of the former Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, opened in 1975 in the spaces specially designed by artist and architect Leone Pancaldi.

The museum cooperates with cultural and academic institutions to promote opportunities for reflection involving scholars as well as the general public, stimulating the debate on contemporary culture. With its 9,500 square meters, MAMbo is the main seat of the Istituzione Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, which also includes Villa delle Rose, Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, Museo Morandi and Casa Morandi.

Mambo’s seat is located in the former “Forno del pane” (Bread Oven) premises.

The birth of MAMbo is part of the urban recovery of the Manifattura delle Arti, which includes the DMS university campus (in the former Manifattura Tabacchi), the Film Archive (in the former Macello) and Cassero (in the former Salara). The museum’s presence in this city, from its origin as a center of production and trade, strengthens the idea of a museum as a new center of cultural manufacture, testing, research and innovation

The first section was built in 1915 by Mayor of Bologna Francesco Zanardi, as a municipal bakery aimed at solving the citizens of Bologna’s supply problems during World War I.

The building was subsequently enlarged between 1928-29 to host the Ente Autonomo dei Consumi, closed in 1935. During the Seventies the former bread oven underwent other changes, to finally become a municipality storage space. The recovery and transformation project that will eventually lead it to become MAMbo’s new home starts in the second half of the Nineties, and goes through several steps - demolition, recovery and structural consolidation, rebuilding of interiors – with a special care to the respect and enhancement of existing architectural features.

The basement today hosts the Educational department and the conference room, while on the ground floor are the entrance, the services to the public, the temporary exhibitions halls (with the large "Sala delle Ciminiere" still displaying the former bakery’s chimneys), a bookshop and a restaurant.

The mezzanine houses the contemporary art library, while the first floor is reserved to the permanent collection exhibition halls, alongside the "Manica Lunga" corridor in which one can still see the original façade’s arches and columns with corn-ear capitals. The second floor houses the offices and warehouses. Outdoor spaces are designed to connect the MAMbo complex to the Manifattura delle Arti through the Cavaticcio garden.

MAMbo supports the most innovative artistic practices and helps outline the routes of contemporary art, through an exhibition program focused on research and experimentation.

Fonte: redazione locale di Bologna


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