Fondazione Prada

Next destination in Milan was Fondazione Prada. From the center of Milan, you can take a Tram No 24 towards south. It will drop you off at about 300 meters away from the entrance.

I quickly visited this golden building called Haunted House.

My objective was to view the work of French/American Artist, Louise Bourgeois, which I had seen the same work probably 20 years ago at Serpentine Gallery in London. It actually inspired me to build my portable exhibition space, Golden Birdcage.

We had only a few hours to spend at Fondazione Prada, so we quickly move to the tower that was newly designed by the Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas. At the entrance, there are many clear plastic tubes in order to create optic illusion when the cars passed by.

Once we enter the tower, we were invited to an elevator that was completely covered in pink marble. I didn’t touch it but it seemed to be plates of thin marble placed right next to each other. It gave me an unusual feeling of beauty that I haven’t experienced before. It felt like I am walking into the cosmetic world instead of an art institution.

First room that caught my eyes was Upside Down Mushroom Room by a German artist, Carsten Höller. Gigantic Mushrooms were suspended from the ceiling as if they were growing out of the ceiling.  I remember seeing his work at Centre Pompidou in Paris. I would love to shoot here with some girls dressed in my clothes.

We walked down each floor using the staircases. They also provoked sense of beauty created by play of illusions.

Next floor, there was a beautiful work by a German artist. I forgot to check artist’s name.

One floor below, Belair Trilogy by Walter de Maria was displayed.

Tulips 1995-2004 by Jeff Koons

You should go to the bathroom before walking out of the building. It will confuse you first when you enter, because you don’t find the toilet. This building was all about appealing to your visual senses and make you rethink about how you see the world.