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A museum for Industrial Design in Milano, 1949-64

At the end of the 1940s, the debate surrounding the need for an industrial design museum re-emerged. This study reconstructs three projects developed for the city of Milan between 1947 and 1964 in three different locations: a Museum of Architecture and Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts or Modern Museum for the Applied Arts at the Palazzo dell’Arte, a section or permanent exhibition at the Museum of Science and Technology, an International Museum of Modern Architecture and Industrial Design at QT8. It highlights, on the one hand, the urgency of the question – which led to the development of specific museological concepts for industrial design by supporters such as Gio Ponti or Alberto Rosselli – and on the other hand, considering that nothing came of it, the difficulties connected to the ways in which design began to spread throughout Italy in the twenty years that followed World War II.

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, numero 3 marzo 2014

Fiorella Bulegato

A graduate architect and associate professor at the Università Iuav in Venice, in 2006 she earned her Ph.D in industrial design and architectural technology at the Università di Roma La Sapienza in Rome. From 2010 to 2014, she was a researcher, and from 2012 to 2014 deputy director of the Undergraduate Programme in Industrial Design at the Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino. She has written essays and articles in specialized magazines, and has been responsible for the documentary and iconographic research for many exhibitions and publications. Her publications include: “Il design degli architetti in Italia, 1920-2000”, with E. Dellapiana (Electa, Milano 2014); “I musei d’impresa. Dalle arti industriali al design” (Carocci, Roma 2008); “Michele De Lucchi. Comincia qui e finisce là”, with S. Polano (Electa, Milano 2004); the index and complete list of works in the book by S. Polano, “Achille Castiglioni tutte le opere 1938–2000” (Electa, Milano

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