Artsy: Can you describe the neighborhood where your gallery is located? Why did you choose to open a space in that particular area—and generally, in Milan?
Nicolò Cardi:The gallery is located in the Brera neighborhood, which is the traditional area for galleries. It’s very central and easily reachable. I decided to open a gallery in Milan because it’s my city: it’s the city where my father opened his gallery in 1972 and where I’m always happy to go back, even for a few days, since I actually live between London and New York.
Artsy: Can you describe the current art scene in Milan? What is new and exciting? How would you describe the collector base? How does Milan fit into the larger Italian art scene?
NC: Milan is an art city by tradition, with Accademia Di Brera established in 1776. The art scene in Milan is interesting considering the number of galleries that have their space in the city. They are well known in the international art world and they show international artists and great projects. In the last few years, new small galleries have been established and they are making their way in Milan and abroad working on interesting projects with young artists—both Italian and international from all over the world. There are also several nonprofit spaces that are interesting to follow. There’s a new generation around Accademia Di Brera and the other art schools that is very active in the city and work well with the established galleries. There are a lot of collectors in Milan that have followed the activities of our gallery since the beginning; they are discreet and sophisticated, and have incredible collections. Milan is for sure the first art city in Italy, followed by Turin.