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Hangar Bicocca

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Hangar Bicocca is in the Bicocca district, in the north-eastern outskirts of Milan – bordering Cinisello Balsamo and Sesto San Giovanni. The name Bicocca comes from “villa delizia”, a XV century house built by the noble Arcimboldi family. “Bicocca degli Arcimboldi” is located within an urban context massively modified since the end of the XIX century, when the first metallurgical factories were built here.

The story of this building is linked to that of Breda, a company that, along with Pirelli, Falk, and Marelli, has heavily industrialized the north-eastern part of Milan since the early years of the last century.
Breda originally made steam locomotives, railway carriages, and boilers; after the First World War, war materials were included in its productions.

The current Hangar Bicocca – former “Ansaldo 17”, was purchased by the company Prelios (the former “Pirelli Re”) and in 2004 it was transformed into an exhibition space for contemporary art.
Today, Hangar Bicocca dedicates its 18.000 square yards to production, exhibition, and promotion of contemporary arts. It also offers a rich calendar of free creative initiatives and workshops, dedicated to the youngest and related to current exhibitions.
There is also an area for consulting magazines, books, and catalogs which can also be used as a theatre for screening selections offered with the help of MIC (Interactive Cinema Museum), film reviews, guided tours, as well as meetings with curators and artists.

Among the permanent works of art: “The seven celestial palaces” by Anselm Kiefer, “The sequences” by Fausto Melotti, and “Melting pot 3.0” by Stefano Boccalini.


“The sequence”, a large sculpture by Fausto Melotti, is soberly framed within a contemporary garden designed by the landscape architect Marco Bay in 2008. In its rectangular layout, rows of boxwood spheres are arranged on three lines, alternated with gramineous plants (Miscanthus siensis, Pennisetum alopecuroides, and Panicum virgatum sp.). Other decorations are made of verbena (Verbena bonariense) with light flowering and stonecrop (Sedum ‘Matrona’) with coppery foliage.
The perimeter is delimited by soft and curvilinear borders, made with hornbeam groves (3.500 specimens of Carpinus betulus) of different heights and large sophoras (Sophora japonica), hawthorns (Crataegus monogyna), hollies (Ilex aquifolium), wild privets (Ligustrum vulgare), along with other types of ornamental grass (Stipa gigantea, Molinia caeurulea). The overall result offers colors and movements in every season of the year.

On-site facilities: bistrò, library, outdoor exhibiting space

Landscape architect’s contact information:
Studio Marco Bay, via San Spirito 22, Milano, tel. 02 782248,

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