BINASCO, Milan, Italy – Visits booked in advance, controlled admission, slots staggered every 45 minutes, clearly defined routes, rigorous cleanliness and hygiene, and social distancing will enable coffee lovers and enthusiasts to once again enjoy the MUMAC museum collections, which in recent months have been presented virtually and are now ready for the return of visitors, who can experience them from a new perspective.
The museum’s reopening is devoted to culture, design and beauty, paying the utmost attention to visitors’ safety.
The first special event, scheduled for Thursday 10th September, coincides with the launch of the Le Vie del Compasso d’Oro 2020 project organized by ADI (Industrial Design Association) to celebrate the winners of the coveted ADI Compasso d’Oro design award from 1954 to the present day, as well as those who have obtained an Honourable Mention or have been selected in any edition of the award or in one of the editions of the ADI Design Index.
MUMAC is part of the Vie project, exhibiting the only espresso machine to have ever won the Compasso d’Oro – La Cimbali Pitagora, designed by the Castiglioni brothers in 1962 – as well as several other iconic pieces that are very relevant to the initiative, such as La Cimbali M39 (designed by Gianfranco Salvemini), which was included in the 2005 Index, and the most recent Faema machine, the E71E (designed by Guelfo-Borrelli, Italdesign), which was included in the 2019 Index and is in contention for the 2020 Compasso D’Oro: to find out more, read the special feature on our blog “We love Coffee”.
A second special opening is scheduled for Sunday 13th September in collaboration with MUMAC Academy with the “Espresso e non solo: alla scoperta della sostenibilità” (Espresso and beyond: discovering sustainability) course for coffee lovers, which will be followed by a guided tour by Enrico Maltoni, a collector and co-founder of MUMAC.
During the visits, guests will have an opportunity to see – for the first time after two years of loans to the most prestigious museums in Europe (Triennale di Milano, Musèe des arts dècoratifs of Louvre in Paris, Deutsches Museum in Munich) – the very rare D.P.47 on display. Considered the most beautiful espresso machine ever made, it was designed by Gio Ponti for Pavoni and renamed “La Cornuta” (literally, “The Horned One”) because of the shape of its group heads.
Every visit will include admission to the special exhibition in Hangar 100 – a multifunctional exhibition space adjoining MUMAC –, “LaCimbali Technology Heart, Human Mind Lab”, the new LaCimbali experience centre dedicated to the brand and its products. The Lab is an experiential space that combines invention, technology, design and sensory effects to present the brand through a visit that features product islands, interactive display cases, coffee-themed backlit walls and a lounge area designed by Kartell, culminating with a multisensory room in which real and virtual coexist.
Subsequently, from Tuesday 15th September, MUMAC will remain open for free visits, always by appointment, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM (last admission) and from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM (last admission).
There is a limited number of participants for all visits and events and they can only be booked via this link on the mumac.it website, following the specified anti-Covid guidelines.
Thursday 10 th September: Vie Compasso d’Oro ADI: open from 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM (last entry) and from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM (last entry)
Sunday 13th September: Special opening from 2.00 PM to 5.30 PM (entrance scheduled at 2.00/2.45/3.00 PM for Coffee Lovers course /3.30/4.15/5.00 PM subject to booking confirmation)
From Tuesday 15th September: every Tuesday and Thursday from 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM (last admission) and from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM (last admission), excluding specific days when the museum is closed (see calendar).
Maximum number per group: 10 people