Towards the Grande Brera – Palazzo Citterio and the Birth of Brera Modern


January 11, 2018

Join us for an exclusive preview of exciting new developments for modern Italian art in Milan. Dr. James Bradburne, the director of the Pinacoteca di Brera, looks at the long and complicated gestation of the project to transform the Palazzo Citterio (adjacent to the Palazzo di Brera) into a showcase for the museum’s great collections of modern Italian art. Scheduled to open to the public in early 2019, the project brings to completion a vision spelled out by the legendary director of Brera in the 1970s, Franco Russoli.

This evening’s program will also be the first opportunity for visitors to see a new addition to CIMA’s exhibitionAlberto Savinio’s La cité des promesses of 1928, one of the modern masterpieces from the Emilio Jesi collection of the Pinacoteca di Brera, which will be on view at CIMA until the end of May. It joins L’ile des charmes, as two of the six works Savinio produced for the art dealer Léonce Rosenberg. These two paintings will be the centerpiece of a Study Day on February 3 examining Rosenberg as a patron and the commissions he made of Savinio, de Chirico, Picabia, Léger, Ernst, and other artists, for his Paris apartment.

Free; reservations required.

Please note the early hour of 5:30pm for this program.



James M. Bradburne is a British-Canadian architect and museum specialist. He was appointed Director General of the Pinacoteca di Brera of Milan in October 2015, one of twenty such appointments made by the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini as part of a historic shake up of the state museum sector in Italy. Previously, from 2006 to 2015, he served as the founding director of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, one of Italy’s first public-private partnerships and Florence’s largest temporary exhibition space.