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Miuccia Prada, whose fashion designs have remained a rare source of Italian pride, has created a new permanent home for her Fondazione Prada that is anything but minimal.

The vast, 19,000 sq. meter venue, which opens to VIPs this weekend and to the public on May 9, is housed in the former industrial complex Largo Isarco. Many of the renovated buildings preserve their original features.

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Fondazione Prada will open a new permanent exhibition space in Milan on May 9 with a range of planned artistic activities, some of which have been selected to create a bridge with its existing Venetian venue.

Robert Gober and Thomas Demand will create site-specific installations in response to the new building’s architecture, while director Roman Polanski will delve on his cinematographic inspirations with a new documentary and a screening of some of his films. A selection of artworks from the Prada Collection will also be curated around different themes.

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Fondazione Prada, an Italian institution dedicated to contemporary art and culture, will unveil its expanded headquarters in Milan in May 2015. Established by the fashion power couple Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli in 1993, Fondazione Prada focuses on art, cinema, design, architecture, and philosophy. Instead of exhibiting studio work, the foundation helps artists produce site-specific projects that they have always dreamed of constructing. Fondazione Prada has organized exhibitions with a swath of celebrated artists, including Anish Kapoor, Dan Flavin, Louise Bourgeois, John Baldessari, and Walter de Maria.

Fondazione Prada has selected OMA, the firm co-founded by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, to helm the expansion project, which will turn a former industrial complex from the early twentieth-century into Milan’s largest contemporary art gallery.

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