From our continental correspondent: Comics Museum of Milan opens its doors
Milan, the publishing capital of the Italy, and as such very instrumental in the birth and growth of the Fumetti, the Italian comic, is proud to present Wow!, its very own museum on the history and medium of comics.
According to a report by BoDoï, the museum’s location previously functioned as a tram depot and an ice cream factory, but has currently been entrusted to the Franco Fossati Foundation, with the purpose of developing it into a museum on comics, and on Milan’s history in that medium. At the very least, it will provide a safe place for the foundation’s very rich collection of more than half a million vintage editions, correspondence, original art, figurines and specialised literature.
Once it is completely up and running, the Museum will present a permanent selection form its collections, and temporary exhibitions on a special floor which will also host events on animation, illustration and pulp literature. Special attention will be paid to educational and creative activities aimed at children.
The first exhibition is dedicated to the pioneers of the Italian comic, starting in 1908 with the legendary Corriere Dei Piccoli (the Kids’ Journal), over the great Italian heroes (Alan Ford, Martin Mystere, Dylan Dog) to the contemporary authors, who have become closer to the tradition of the French-Belgian Bande Dessinée.
The museum’s website is currently still a bit “under construction” as they say, but it already offers a nice little gallery of vintage Italian comics, and also serves as a good diving board for the (to me, at least) unknown world of Italian online comics. And in the mean time, you can check out the museum’s Facebook page, which is quite up to date, and offers a good overview of their events and plans for the future.