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Società Per Le Belle Arti Ed Esposizione Permanente (Society For Fine Arts And Permanent Exhibition)

Officially inaugurated on 25 April 1886, the “Permanente” – as it has now customarily come to be known – has the legal status of an autonomous cultural institution; a museum and exhibition venue, a Foundation by royal decree since 1884. Its full name, “Società per le Belle Arti ed Esposizione Permanente” [Society for Fine Arts and Permanent Exhibition], is indicative of the character of free artistic association with which it was founded in Mi-lan in 1882, sister to the many parallel initiatives implemented in Europe in the second half of the 19th century. Thus, for more than a hundred years, the “Permanente” – partly through authoritative international cooperative ven-tures – has been involved in promoting culture, mounting historical exhibi-tions and avant-garde shows, interdisciplinary events and information and didactic programmes.
The Society has its own Art Collection that is a panoramic view into Italian modern and contemporany art. It is particulary focused on the artistic and cultural life of Milan during the 19th Century. The Permanente also has a Library and Archives that contains several documents, pictures, books and source material related to the history of the Institution.
The Society and Museum are housed in a two-storey Palazzo, with a neo-classical structure, in the centre of Milan. It was commissioned by the Foundation from the architect Luca Beltrami, who was also involved in the Parisian projects to build the Trocadero and the Universal Exhibition Build-ing and was responsible for the rebuilding of Castello Sforzesco in Milan. In 1953 – after the war – the “Palazzo della Permanente” was rebuilt according to ... [ Read all ]

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Permanent Collection

Since its opening in 1886, the Permanente's Art Collection has grown, thanks to acquisitions, donations, gifts and bequests. Today, with more than 200 paintings, sculptures and drawings, it is one of the completest evidence of how Milan's and Lombardy's Art has changed over the years, as well as offering a panoramic view of the italian art in the 19th Century.

Previous Exhibitions

Mostra del Libro Antico (Ancient Book Show)
15 - 18 March 2007

Arturo Martini
7 November 2006 - 4 February 2007

Premio Cairo Communication e Premio Arte Mondadori
10 - 22 October 2006

Il ritorno della Bellezza
9 May - 4 June 2006

Premio Agenore Fabbri
8 - 30 November 2005

Filoluce. Da Balla a Boetti, da Fontana a Flavin.
11 May - 3 July 2005

Mostra Antiquariato (MIFAS - The Milano International Fine Art and Antiques Show)
1 - 17 April 2005

Frida Kahlo
9 October 2003 - 8 Febraury 2004

Nella materia. Dal Futurismo a Kiefer alfabeti nell'arte del Novecento - Da Burri a Kounelis metalli e ossidazioni
27 May - 29 June 2003

Jean Cocteau, a poet in time

Massimo Campigli - Essere altrove, essere altrimenti
26 October 2001 - 27 January 2002

Miracoli a Milano, 1955 - 1965. Artisti, gallerie e tendenze
5 July - 21 September 2000

Una stanza a Montmartre. Il paesaggio francese nella pittura italiana da Boldini a Birolli
7 November 1998- 3 January 1999

James Esnor
15 April - 15 June 1997

Forthcoming exhibitions

Premio Cairo Communication e Premio Arte Mondadori
21 October - 6 November 2007

Premio Agenore Fabbri
23 November 2007 - 3 January 2008

Getting there

La Permanente is located at 34 Turati Street, between Cavour Square and Repubblica Square.

Subway: Yellow Line (3th Line)Turati or Repubblica stops.

Bus: 94, 43.

Tram: 11, 9, 29, 30, 1, 2.

By train: to the Stazione Centrale
By foot: from the Stazione Centrale about 10 minutes. From the Duomo about 10 minutes through town center.

The Museum does not have a parking garage. However visitors can park in the surrounding area. Parking rate is € 1.50/hours.


Mobility Access
All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Lift between first and second floor.

No photographs or videotapes allowed

Baby strollers are permitted at all times

Cellular phones
The use of cellular phones is not permitted in the Museum's Galleries.

Food and drink
Food and drink are not permitted in the Museum.

No smoking
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Museum.


Museum's spaces available for corporate and private events.

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