Art: New looks for old rooms. The Kiron collection at Villa Arconati-FAR

Fondazione Augusto Rancilio hosts in the ancient halls of the first floor of Villa Arconati-FAR some of the contemporary artworks of the Parisian Gallery KIRON. A patrimony made up of around 3000 works, gathered by Espace KIRON between the 1980s and 2000s, which today is entrusted to the management of the Foundation, which makes this heritage available to the public.
The Parisian KIRON Gallery was a multi-purpose space born with the intention of giving place, voice and support to young artists, allowing them to start their own careers. The collection was born, therefore, in the form of "enterprise" in which young artists, in exchange for the hospitality given by KIRON, periodically donated their works. We can therefore talk about modern collecting / patronage based on a form of dialogue and a personal relationship with the artists.
FAR offers a selection of works by six of the most representative artists of this conspicuous collection:

  • Antonì Taulé with his perspectives. Painter and architect, he paints hyper-realistic works that reinterpret the theme of the breach, of an architecture that opens onto another space in a contemporary key.
  • In contrast there is the expressionist painting of Pierluigi Bellacci and Varozza, who reinvent the painting of gesture based on the sign and color with a return to a primitive art marked by instinct.
  • The same character is found in the works of Jean-luc Guerin, a darker and more informal painter, who remembers how painting can be the recording of an emotional state, a sort of biographical diary.
  • Andrè Queffurus, the only artist who is no longer living, with his painting goes back to Cubism and Fauves painting, reworked in a modern perspective.
  • Emanuele Gregolin local painter very attached to the history of Villa Arconati, he is an artist who joined KIRON after the Paris gallery closed.
  • Egidio Costantini, the "master of glass" who collaborated among others with Oskar Kokoschka, Marc Chagall, Jean Arp, Max Ernest and Peggy Guggenheim, but above all with Picasso.
  • Starting from Sunday 31 March, the exhibition will be enriched by two works by Pablo Picasso - Centauro testa (1962) and Flamenco (1954) - "translated" in the immortality of glass by the master Egidio Costantini: not a simple copy in glass on artist's drawing, but real works made with two hands thanks to the art of two minds and two hearts that worked together to create their own art through glass.

Fondazione Augusto Rancilio confirms itself, therefore, as a reference point for the enhancement of Italian contemporary art, which finds fertile ground in Villa Arconati-FAR to continue the path of promotion and support of young artists started by Kiron.



The exhibition offers a dialogue between artists of different generations active in Milan: Mario Raciti (Milan 1934) and Valdi Spagnulo (Ceglie Messapica 1961). Not two assorted artists with two exhibitions in the same place, but two languages ​​called to provoke a formal and poetic short circuit within a historically well-defined framework. United by a research developed around the possibilities of an abstract story through painting (Raciti) and sculpture (Spagnulo), the dialogue that the exhibition seeks to establish between them, despite the distance of an artistic medium, aims to highlight a reflection around the theme of lightness, be it obtained through a leaning of the graphic sign, or the result of a metal structure bent by hand and studded with luminous interventions, obtained thanks to the hybridization of polished metal and plexiglass, which, due to transparency, enriches the luminous quality of sculpture.

Exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci and Luca Pietro Nicoletti
Exhibition wing - ground floor, every Sunday until October 27th 2019. The exhibition can be visited in coincidence with the openings to the public, included in the entrance ticket to the Villa.



In line with the spirit that animated Espace Kiron in Paris between the 1980s and the 2000s, the Augusto Rancilio Foundation gives space to young contemporary art by presenting the work of Alessandro Gioiello (Savigliano 1982) and his visual investigation of language and consumption of images made through the iconographic reinvention and material of the lesson of the ancient masters. The visitor will be able to appreciate the two main strands of Gioiello's research around the collage technique, which allows for unexpected and surreal insertions that unhinge the order and the canonical iconography of the portrait and the view, and to a sophisticated procedure for returning fragments of works art of the past through the application on velcro of fragments of wool fiber, with a long exercise of patience that leads to a rarefied restitution of the original.

Exhibition curated by Alessandro Botta and Luca Pietro Nicoletti.
Women's wing - noble floor, every Sunday until October 27th 2019. The exhibition can be visited in conjunction with the openings to the public, included in the entrance ticket to the Villa.

Leonardo In Villa: Leonardo Da Vinci returns to Villa Arconati-FAR

Leonardo 500On the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, Fondazione Augusto Rancilio, with the collaboration of exceptional partners, hosts two exhibitions dedicated to the Tuscan Genius and many events. Leonardo da Vinci and the Arconates have, in fact, a history in common that has lasted for over 400 years and hides within the walls of a seventeenth-century Villa just outside Milan.

The History
When Galeazzo Arconati, a seventeenth-century Milanese nobleman, decided to transform a country villa into one of the most refined noble residences in Lombardy, the decision to associate the name of the great Tuscan master with his name was extremely desired. Galeazzo was, in fact, one of the greatest collectors of Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts of his time. His own preparatory drawings and preparatory cartons of pictorial works like that of Saint Anne, now in London, ten collections of manuscripts and, above all, the Codex Atlanticus, a summary of all the studies of the Tuscan master acquired by the heirs of Pompeo Leoni.
The name, Atlantic, derives from the size of the album used by Leoni to collect the Vincian sheets (64.5 X 43.5 cm), similar to those of an atlas. The Count donated the Code to the Ambrosian Library in 1637 with only two clauses: that his descendants could always have access to study it in private and that he would not be removed from Milan. After the Napoleonic plundering, the Codex Atlanticus - together with Leonardo's other manuscripts donated by Arconati to the Ambrosiana - was brought to Paris and was later the only one returned to Italy. It is also thanks to Galeazzo Arconati, therefore, that even today this precious code is kept in the Ambrosian Library in Milan.

The exhibitions

With Leonardo A Villa Arconati-FAR. The Atlantic Codex and the encounter with the culture of our time

2nd exhibition cycle - THE FLIGHT. The exhibition, after more than 400 years, reports the Atlantic Codex of Leonardo da Vinci in Villa Arconati-FAR and, together, offers visitors a journey into curiosity and imagination. The Code, in fact, returns to the villa thanks to the original of the first complete reproduction curated by the Accademia dei Lincei between 1894 and 1904 and made available by Anthelios. An exceptional exhibition that will allow visitors to admire the entire Code during the 2019 and 2020 season.
An occasion to expose the tables of the Tuscan genius but above all to tell how his work is still current. The curiosity that drove Leonardo to the innovation of the technical knowledge of his time is the same that inspires scholars and scientists in their work today. The exhibition will be an opportunity to meet the present and think about the future. In addition to the work of Leonardo it will be possible, in fact, to see works of technology and participate in appointments with representatives of the world of culture and science.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Anthelios Edizioni. The meetings are organized in collaboration with Anthelios Edizioni, Comune di Bollate - Department of Culture and Peace, Associazione Vivere Castellazzo.
The exhibition can be visited in coincidence with the public openings of the Villa, with a surcharge of € 3 on the entrance ticket to the Villa.

A like Leonardo. Fluorescent experience

A story in images that develops in environments never opened before. A path that focuses on the visitor, bringing together Leonardo and the uniqueness of Villa Arconati. Three dark rooms, lit only by Wood's lamps and accessible thanks to a new fluorescent toner printing technology. Ancient images and present objects acquire new meaning thanks to an emotional vision stimulated by unconventional colors and holographic effects through dedicated glasses. The visitor will be catapulted into a unique and immersive experience.
The goal is to discover the story no longer through the reality of the facts, but thanks to personal perception, each on its own. A way of visiting that has been experimented for the first time in Italy that favors the involvement of many types of public, accepting the different needs of visiting.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Alveare Coop. Sociale Onlus - Bollate, which has been operating since 2001, creating job opportunities for disadvantaged people; Beehive's goal is to create a laboratory for fluorescent printing in which fragile and disadvantaged people can work, creating articles mainly intended for rehabilitation therapy (cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's, low vision, etc.). Technical partners of the exhibition are: M.C.System srl, Umbra company specialized in the re-engineering of conventional printers for the use of special and fluorescent toners and CBC (Europe) Srl, a company of the Japanese CBC Co. group and developer of fluorescent toners.
The exhibition can be visited in coincidence with the public openings of the Villa starting from May 5th 2019, included in the entrance ticket to the Villa.

Theatrical Performance Nobili e Servi

A fun comedy in Milanese dialect and Italian language that tells the story of the construction of the Castellazzo degli Arconati from the living words of those who were protagonists of the genesis of this place: the count Galeazzo Arconati. Galeazzo Arconati was the one who started the project to transform the medieval building into a "delight villa". To him we owe the arrival in the villa of the imposing statue of Pompeo Magno, which for centuries arouses the admiration of those who are able to see it live.
The Count Arconati was also the owner of the Atlantic Code by Leonhardo Da Vinci and it was he who donated this unique text to the Ambrosian Library in Milan in 1637.
Galeazzo Arconati had an illegitimate son ... Father Luigi Maria Arconati, Dominican friar. What role did the son of Galeazzo play in donating the Code? Nobility and servitude are the two faces of a story that tells of Castellazzo and its beauty that smells of eternity.
Next performance on Sunday 28 July 2019, 8.30 pm € 15.00
Possibility of themed aperitif from 19:30 € 10 (booking recommended at number 393.6638140)

Leonardo at Villa Arconati-FAR


The project is realized by: Augusto Rancilio Foundation, Municipality of Bollate, Anthelios Edizioni, Cooperativa Alveare
With the participation of: Consorzio SIR, Genera Società Cooperativa Sociale onlus, ACLI Zona Bollate Groane
In collaboration with: San Guglielmo Parish, Proloco Bollate, Vivere Castellazzo, CSBNO, Compagnia del Tempo Perso
Thanks to: AEM Foundation and CAP Group
With the patronage of: Città Metropolitana, Fondazione Comunitaria Nord Milano onlus