http://flyingsquidstudios.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1171 Fondazione Prada grew out of the gallery founded by Miuccia Prada and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli, in 1993.
With the opening of a permanent cultural complex in Milan, the Fondazione offers new opportunities to enlarge and enrich the processes of learning.
The main interest is ideas, and the ways in which mankind has transformed ideas into specific disciplines and cultural products: literature, cinema, music, philosophy, art and science.
Art is the Fondazione’s main and given instrument of working and learning. A territory of freethinking in which established, indelible figures– as well as emerging approaches– are welcomed.
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This emphasis on range and repertoire of knowledge is reflected in the spatial composition of the Fondazione Prada in Milan. Formerly a distillery dating back to the 1910s, the transformation leads to an architectural configuration that combines preexisting buildings with three new structures. The combined result is a campus of post-industrial and new spaces, alternately intimate and expansive, while the courtyards provide a common public ground, open to the city. This rich spatial array will encourage quick and improvised reactions to cultural stimuli.
Finally, the Fondazione new institutional structure embodies the overall aim towards reinvention.