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Milan in the legendary ‘60s


An exhibition now open at Palazzo Morando in Milan celebrates the cultural and artistic effervescence of Lombardy’s main city during 1960s.

If for long time the beauty of Italy was associated to cities of art, Venice, Florence and Rome, today’s tourists flows are more and more oriented to Milan, in such a way that also this city has lately been among the most visited places of Belpaese. An exhibition now being held at Palazzo Morando in Milan (Via Sant’Andrea, 6) celebrates its dynamism and power of innovation focusing on 1960s, years in which the county seat of Lombardy has forged its identity laying the foundations to become, in the following decades, one of the world’s capitals of creativity and to gain a leading role as moral and economic capital of the country. The exhibition “Milano Anni 60” develops in a pathway made of photos, posters, magazines, pieces of furniture, design objects, etc. and is mainly focused on three aspects that give a precise picture of the city in those years.

The first is about the urban development resulting from the economic boom, that saw the birth of iconic buildings like Pirellone, Torre Velasca and Torre Galfa, as well as the development of suburban neighbourhoods such as Quarto Oggiaro, Gallaratese, Gratosoglio, Comasina. Another aspect object of analysis is tradition, particularly music. In 1960s Milan didn’t only see the establishment of Italian artists such as Enzo Jannacci, Giorgio Gaber, Adriano Celentano but also the arrival of big international names both of Jazz with Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, and of rock and pop music with the great live concerts of Beatles, Rolling Stones, Billie Holiday and Jimi Hendrix. Finally there is the creative fervour that characterised the city in that period; from art, with the work of Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, to design, with the projects of Marco Zanuso, Bruno Munari, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Bob Noorda, up to photography, with the pictures of Uliano Lucas, Gianni Greguoli, Fedele Toscani, Fabrizio Garghetti and many more. Curated by Stefano Galli, the exhibition will be open until 9th February.

Above: The Beatles on the top of the Duomo. Milan, 1965.