Palazzo dell'Arengario

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Coordinates: 45°27′48″N 9°11′24″E / 45.463472°N 9.189972°E / 45.463472; 9.189972

Piazza del Duomo in 2007; the two buildings of the Arengario Palace are on the left

The Arengario Palace (in Italian: Palazzo dell'Arengario) is a complex of two symmetrical buildings located in Piazza del Duomo, the central plaza of Milan, Italy. It was completed in the 1950s and currently houses the Museo del Novecento, a museum dedicated to 20th-century art.[1] The word "arengario" refers to its original function as a local government seat in the Fascist era.

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The Arengario Palace was designed by architects Piero Portaluppi, Giovanni Muzio, Pier Giulio Magistretti e Enrico Agostino Griffini. The construction began in 1936, but experienced several delays and suffered from the World War II bombings; it was eventually completed in 1956.[2] The facade is decorated with bas reliefs by Arturo Martini.

In the 2000s, the palace was restored and adapted (by architects Italo Rota and Fabio Fornasari) to house the Museo del Novecento, inaugurated in 2010. The museum is especially renowned for its unique collection of futurist paintings. During the restoration works, a "media facade" (i.e., a 487 m2 LED screen displaying news on upcoming events, advertising, and more) has been affixed to the facade on the lefthand side building.[3]

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