MILANO CITTÀ MONDO

Milano Città Mondo is a project of the Municipality of Milan, Mudec and Ufficio Progetti Interculturali, Reti e Cooperazione, born in 2015.
It represents a window into the city’s cultural complexity, thanks to an incessant focus on suburban contexts, hybridisations of codes and aesthetic canons, youth creativity and international and diasporic identities. Its context weaves a strong relationship between public art, intercultural projects and museum heritage in a contemporary dimension.
Milano Città Mondo promotes intercultural activities, exhibitions, lectures, laboratories and courses in the Space of Cultures “Khaled al-Asaad”.
It deals with reflections and experiences that narrate identity, history, current events and processes of transcultural representation taking place in a Milano that more and more proposes itself as a cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic metropolis.

From 2023 onwards, its programming intends to ideally reconnect the threads with the museum’s original mission. The museum is where the presence of ethnographic collections works as a flywheel to open the debate to contemporary cultural issues in an interdisciplinary sense, invading the city in a physical and relational sense.
Milano Città Mondo, through the city network of associations, institutions, activists and academics grown over the years, currently promotes participatory activities. This way, the ongoing museum’s exhibition projects become, to all intents and purposes, its public program.

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OLTRE LA VETRINA

‘Oltre la vetrina’ (i.e. ‘Beyond the showcase’) is the public program of the exhibition ‘EXPOSURE. Art, culture and fashion inside and outside the showcase’.
The themes of the exhibition will be explored in depth through an articulated program of events, meetings and workshops, as well as through the podcast of the same name, ‘Oltre la vetrina’, produced with the support of Chora Media.

Internationally renowned experts in culture, science and anthropology will lead practical workshops and face-to-face meetings.
MUDEC’s challenge is to make known and accessible to a wider public the contemporary debate that accompanies the theme of exhibition and cultural appropriation in its various forms: that of human remains or the demand for the return of illegally removed works, as well as the ambivalence of the showcase, which safeguards, protects and preserves the object, while depriving it of its function of use and its cultural and ritual value.

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MCM 2023 #Rainbow

As part of Mudec’ s renewed vision, in which the synergy between the museum’s various souls is increasingly strong, MCM programme becomes the palimpsest of the temporary exhibition ‘Rainbow. Colours and wonders among myths, arts and science’.

MCM#Rainbow focuses its attention on the theme of the Rainbow as an element symbolising cultural, spiritual and political values, and its programme is enriched with the special edition of the Black Arts Movement School Modality Milano session on the Rainbow, borrowed from the American context and conceived specifically for the Italian situation.

MCM#Rainbow schedule includes meetings, readings, screenings, presentations on the theme of the rainbow and a podcast: “The wonder of colour” conceived by sinologist Sergio Basso.

Black Arts Movement School Modality Milano Session on the Rainbow (BAMSM)

Milano Città Mondo promotes the public program of “Rainbow. Colors and wonders between myths, arts, and science”. The focus of the programme is Black Arts Movement School Modality Milan Session on the Rainbow: a week, from 22nd – 26th May, aimed at students, artists, researchers, activists with a migratory background, and all those interested in exploring the relationship between art, expression, and resistance (art, music, poetry, narrative, theatre…) in both the Italian and American contexts. In addition to the creator of the American school, Romi Crawford, the Mudec edition will have a co-curator, Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau’, an expert on the Italian and European context and will feature contributions from artists and educators.

What role do museums and schools play in the context of cultural leveling? Can institutions recognize their own colonial legacy and make structural changes? Artistic institutions better tools to recognize and valorize cultural, artistic, and theoretical contributions, as well as pedagogical and learning practices that emerge from other cultural domains. The school, with its intercontinental and intergenerational dialogue, offers itself as a space in which to activate conversations and in-depth discussions on these issues.

Romi Crawford’s presence in Milan favours the comparison and analysis of the characteristics, styles and central themes of the American and Italian contexts, as well as the highlighting of the historical bearing and topicality of the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Lessons and meetings filmed as part of the ‘Tik Tok Mundi’ project by the Università Statale di Milano, Polo di Mediazione Interculturale e Comunicazione, and the material collected in a digital publication in this web-site: Milano Mundi

Thanks to the collaboration with ANISA Sezione di Milano, a qualified training institution for teachers under MIUR Directive 170/2016, teachers will receive a certificate for their training hours.