I recently spent two days in Milan with my dad and brother and my sibling made us discover a great bar located Inside the Fondazione Prada: the bar Luce.
Designed by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce is a lovely place to have a coffee, a small aperitivo or just hang out. In Anderson’s words, the bar ‘is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.’
The arched ceiling recreates a ‘miniature’ version of the vaulted glass roof of the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery. For those who’ve seen his movies, Anderson’s style is immediately recognised. The interiors have strong influences from Italy’s 50’s and 60’s culture and aesthetics.
Bar Luce is the perfect touchdown base before or after visiting one of the exhibitions at the Fondazione Prada. The Foundation’s main interest the ways in which mankind has transformed ideas into literature, cinema, music, philosophy, art and science. Art is the Fondazione’s core instrument to work and learn.
Some of the projects currently showcased are:
SPIRITI: an art project by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine commissioned by the Fondazione in reference to Fondazione Prada Milan venue’s history—a former distillery dating back to the 1910’s. It’s a collection of 15 video fragments that try to render the intangible sense of the spaces. Daily screenings until 16th September 2015.
IN PART: Curated by Nicholas Cullinan, the exhibition is staged in the Nord gallery and explores the idea of the fragmented body, investigating the tension between the part and the whole. Until the 31st October.
Bar Luce, Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milano. Open every day, from 9am to 10pm.