The Secret GardenGallerie d’Italia, Milan
As part of the FuoriOrticola 2019 event organised by Orticola di Lombardia, the 19th-century cloister of the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan will be turned into a luxuriant garden under the direction of Marie Claire Maison editor Cinzia Felicetti.
A haven of rest in the heart of Milan
Part meditation garden, part al fresco art gallery, The secret Garden is a refuge from the hectic pace of city life where visitors can lose themselves in a multisensory experience to satisfy the eyes and mind.
Inspired by Herman Hesse’s story Liebenslied, at the heart of the cloister stands a sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro, Disco in forma di rosa del deserto, framed by a riot of small shrubs, herbaceous perennials and snowy petals.
Completing the fairy-tale atmosphere is a natural soundtrack weaving together birdsong, gushing water and rustling leaves – specially created by composer Alberto Maria Gatti – with perfumed notes of woodlands and flowers.
Tribute to the romantic garden
Its closeness to the Garden of Alessandro Manzoni, a well-known gardening enthusiast, enhances the intensity of the multicoloured, immersive experience in the cloister.
The garden as an untainted space that appeals to the senses and surpasses forms: The secret Garden’s tribute to romantic art.
Thursday until 10.30 pm (last admission 9.30 pm).
Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
Closed on Mondays
Combined tickets valid for the exhibitions and permanent collections may be purchased directly from the ticket office:
– full-price: €5.00 (also available from TicketOne)
– reduced: €3.00
– reduced: €1.00 for European Museum Night (Saturday 18 May)
– free entry: every first Sunday of the month
Information and bookings