Osservatorio is the new Fondazione Prada’s exhibition space dedicated to photography and visual languages, located in the very heart of Milan: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
It is based at the 5° and 6° floors of one of the Galleria’s main buildings, above the central octagon, at the level of the glass and iron dome that covers the arcades, realized by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1867. The location was fully restored, providing an 800 sqm exhibition space.
Osservatorio is a place where trends and expressions in contemporary photography are explored, investigating the constant evolution of this medium and its connections with other disciplines and creative realms. At a time when photography has become part of the global flow of digital communication, through Osservatorio’s activities Fondazione Prada will question the cultural and social implications of current photographic production and its reception. Fondazione is thus extending the range of tools and approaches through which it interprets and interacts with present times.
The first exhibition is “Give Me Yesterday” curated by Francesco Zanot, until 12 March 2017.
The show includes more than 50 artworks by 14 artists (by Melanie Bonajo, Kenta Cobayashi, Tomé Duarte, Irene Fenara, Lebohang Kganye, Vendula Knopová, Leigh Ledare, Wen Ling, Ryan McGinley, Izumi Miyazaki, Joanna Piotrowska, Greg Reynolds, Antonio Rovaldi, Maurice van Es) that explore the use of photography as a personal diary.