Luce dietro tracce incompiute

Mariana Castillo Deball

October 19th, 2023 – September 8th, 2024
Free admission

“Luce dietro tracce incompiute” is the textile installation by Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball, which with its monumental dimensions welcomes visitors inside the heart of the Museum, the Agora. As part of the museum’s vision aimed at contemporary themes and practices, the MUDEC – Museum of Cultures presents for fall 2023 its second site-specific project, which is a teaser for the upcoming exhibition Exposure, planned for March 2024.

Working with the collections of MUDEC and Fondazione Ratti, Mariana Castillo Deball selected twelve textile fragments from different geographies and periods of time, based on which she subsequently created her own watercolors. These images were then printed in large format on fabric and assembled with additional textile elements at the workshops of NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts – together with a group of students directed by Salvatore Averzano. In this way, three-dimensional “palimpsests” were made, shimmering with different meanings and stories.

For the first time, the intervention on the glass surface changes the very status of the architecture, transforming it into a reflective volume on which the sculptures, made of lightweight, semitransparent textiles, appear. The natural light filtering through this composition of textile fragments, creating a new cartography.

A program of guided tours of the collections’ storerooms will allow the public to discover the Museum’s pieces reinterpreted by Deball in her installation. This recreates the often-invisible link between the exhibition space and heritage, which becomes accessible.

Curated by Katya Inozemtseva and Sara Rizzo with the support of 24 Ore Cultura and Fondazione Deloitte.

Guided tours of the collections’ storerooms: October 26th, November 9th, November 16th, November 23rd, November 30th 2023 – free admission, reservation required at the link.

Other free guided tours of Mariana Castillo Deball’s installation and the MUDEC storerooms will be available for groups of at least 10 people, depending on the availability of the Conservatory, except on public holidays and weekends.

Please send a request to at least 10 days in advance of the desired date.

October 19th, 2023 – September 8th, 2024

Monday 14.30 – 19.30
Tuesday – Wednesday – Friday – Sunday 9.30 – 19.30
Thursday – Saturday 9.30 – 22.30


Mudec – Museo delle Culture
via Tortona 56, Milan