Anticipation is mounting ahead of Fondazione Prada’s opening on 9th May.
In the build up, Italian filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have released a series of 15 films inside the new Fondazione, titled Spiriti.
Recorded during OMA’s final month of construction, the short tableaux capture moments of stillness on site and offer tantalising glimpses of its interior spaces as it heads towards completion.
Based in the Largo Isarco area of the city’s south side, the Fondazione Prada occupies a disused industrial site. Architects OMA have repurposed existing 20th century buildings – including a derelict distillery that dates back to the 1910s – and added several new buildings, such as a tower. At the heart of the site is a colossal 11,000 sq m exhibition space, and its crowning jewel is a bar designed by film director Wes Anderson.
Fondazione Prada will be inaugurated by exhibition Serial Classic, curated by Salvatore Settis. A corresponding exhibition, Portable Classic, will run at their 18th century palazzo in Venice. Site specific installations from Robert Gober and Thomas Demand, and a new documentary by Roman Polanski will also feature in the new Milan space.