Municipality of Milan

May 15, 2024
The Museo delle Culture magazine
Mudec—Museo delle Culture di Milano
Via Tortona, 56
20144 Milan
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MU—MUDEC United is the magazine of the Museo delle Culture which is available both at MUDEC and internationally in major bookstores and museum bookshops.

The second issue of the magazine MU—MUDEC United—according to its editorial code—proposes articles related to the exhibition Exposure. Art, culture, fashion in and out of the showcase and its programme, accompanied by in-depth articles with a transversal slant on the theme of exhibiting and exhibiting oneself.

The new issue tells a wide range of stories that revolve around a fundamental theme of life, starting with that of the museum, namely desire and what it entails: stories of theft (if we also think of the cinema), of non-return, of glass that separates and blocks circulations or conversations between living beings, of expositions and subtractions of (and from) the self, of precious objects and digital subjects that show off, to arrive at the phantasmagoria of fashion.
MU—MUDEC United in this case is the showcase of the showcase, an incubator of thoughts and shapes, indispensable once again, to rethink MUDEC in particular as well as the very idea of a museum in general. It is an incubator that changes according to the theme being narrated, and in this case becomes a kind of precious treasure chest of “extravagance”, designed to reflect and make us reflect on the way human beings position themselves in relation to the world; a world/earth that in turn is enveloped by a curtain-window (the atmosphere) that does not contain an increasingly opaque and overly boiling air, and that exposes us too much—our own fault—to the risk of our own demise.

MU—MUDEC United includes contributions from valuable contributors from the world of art, writing and research in many places around the planet: Andreas Angelikadis (on the intersections between “heritage” and queerness), Paul Basu (on the perspective of contemporary anthropology on the subject), Federico Campagna, Mariuccia Casadio (on the history of high street fashion windows in the last century), Lorenzo Castore (on Bertolucci’s house as a showcase of an extraordinary life). And, again, Rachaporn Choochuey (on structures that protect people from the dangerous rays inside the Earth-case), Theo Eshetu (on putting healthy danger and exposure into ethnological collections), Alex Foti (on democracy as a glass house and smashing windows), Marco Giusti (on the great scene of theft/robbery in the cinematic masterpiece Topkapi), Guido Guerzoni (on the hyperproblematic conservation and collection of historical human remains), Wissal Houbabi (on first and second generation Italians’ views of shop windows “protected” in a unique way by African bodyguards), Katya Inozemtseva (on curating the Exposure exhibition), Arto Lindsay, Kit MacIntosh (on disco-teque), Wayne Modest (on current issues in conservation), Giuseppe Ricupero, Sara Rizzo (on the other side of Exposure at MUDEC), Tobias Rees (on bacterial transparent cases and bubble chambers in physics) and others.

MU, under the editorial direction of Carlo Antonelli, is designed by studio FM milano and distributed by the publishing house NERO, in conjunction with its partners: Italy—A.L.I. Agenzia Libraria International  / Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada—Les presses du réel / United Kingdom—Art Data / USA—Printed Matter, Idea Books / Netherlands, Germany, Austria and all other countries—Idea Books.

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