The GAM (Modern Art Gallery) is one of the most interesting museums in Milan. It is located in the beautiful setting of Villa Reale, the eighteenth-century Neoclassical masterpiece. Established in 1921, along with the PAC (Pavilion of Contemporary Art) which is also located inside Villa Reale, it is a landmark for XIX century art in Italy.
The GAM permanent exhibition displays the largest collection of works of art from XIX century. The collections are arranged on the first and second of the Villa and give the visitor a clear path of knowledge. The first six rooms are dedicated to Neoclassicism, among which works by Canova and Appiani, whose portraiture activity is well illustrated. Following the path you are immersed in the art of Hayez, represented by works such as “Maddalena” and many rooms dedicated to his great activity as a portraitist; this art is also represented by artists such as Giuseppe Sogni and Natale Schiavoni.
The Romantic current is displayed here by works of art by Faruffini, Mosè Bianchi, Induno, Piccio. One room is dedicated to Scapigliatura, the provocative movement founded by writer Cletto Arrighi with paintings by artists as Tranquillo Cremona and Daniele Ranzoni.
The GAM has thirty exhibition rooms and you can visit the private collections of Grassi and Vismara families. These collects have Italian painting masterpieces as well as works by masters such as Manet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Renoir and sculptures Carra, De Pisis, Modigliani and Morandi.
The gallery also organizes temporary exhibitions and events each month. There is “La finestra sul cortile. Scorci di collezioni private” will begin at November 23 until February 26, 2017. Inspired by the famous Hitchcock movie it will be exhibited works from two important Italian collections, the Panza Biumo and Berlingieri. It will be showcasing works of the nineteenth century and imported contemporary artists like Christo, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Giulio Paolini, Richard Serra, Rudolf Stingel, Giovanni Fattori, Francesco Hayez, Edouard Manet and Giorgio Morandi just to name a few.
Last November 6th it was “La domenica al Museo”, an initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture which allows free entry to the GAM every first Sunday of the month. The next meeting will be so for Sunday, December 4th and will be offered throughout all the year. A chance to visit freely not only GAM but also other museums in Milan that joined the initiative, including the Museo del Novecento, the Castello Sforzesco Museum, the Museo del Risorgimento, Palazzo Morando and the Archaeological Museum.
Another interesting initiative is the “GAM Atelier Il mio Amico Museo” which will be held on 19 and 20 November. The event is aimed at children and families; the gallery makes available easels, palettes, brushes and acrylic colors and tempera paint to make sketches observing the Villa Reale park. Guided by some GAM operators, the boys will be able to sign their first masterpiece. All works will then be photographed and included in the digital museum “La GAM dei bambini”.
Museum website: www.gam-milano.com