Artsy: Why did you choose to open a space in that particular area—and generally, in Milan?
AB & VS: Milan is the city where we grew up and where our first encounters with contemporary art took place. The city has always had a great potential thanks to its historical, economic, and social patterns; a potential that is in full blossom these days. Fluxia was born from the desire to bring the international debate on contemporary art in a city where, five years ago, this kind of energy was still latent. Lambrate is the perfect location for linking the past to the future.
Artsy: Can you describe the current art scene in Milan?
AB & VS: Milan’s role in Italy can be described as an incubator: it’s the place where new energies grow before spreading out over the country. Magazines like Mousse
have their headquarters here, and both are active throughout the year by organizing exhibitions, talks, and events. Organizations like Peep-Hole, together with the many galleries and artist-run spaces, are part of the city’s cultural backbone. Foundations like Hangar Bicocca and Triennale
are leading a cutting-edge program and miart is becoming an important international appointment for the art public. The collector base is solid and has an active, supportive role. It includes, in general, collectors from all of northern Italy.
Artsy: What are your favorite local haunts in Milan? Can you name your go-to places to eat, drink, and see art?
AB & VS: The historical center is having a new life. We suggest a night walk starting from the Duomo square towards Brera, where the Academy of Arts is located. The place to end up for a gourmet pizza and a refreshing drink is DRY
, Via Solferino 33. Brera is also very lively during the day thanks to the students of the local Academy of Arts. An often forgotten place to visit there is the Pinacoteca (Brera Art Gallery). Also, for a real Milanese experience, one shouldn’t miss the aperitivo
with a Sbagliato cocktail at the legendary Bar Basso