Palazzo dell'Arengario

Palazzo dell'Arengario
General information
Architectural style Fascist
Location Piazza del Duomo
Town or city Milan
Country Italy
Coordinates 45°27′49″N 9°11′24″E / 45.4635°N 9.1900°E / 45.4635; 9.1900Coordinates: 45°27′49″N 9°11′24″E / 45.4635°N 9.1900°E / 45.4635; 9.1900
Current tenants Museo del Novecento
Construction started 1936
Completed 1956
Renovated 2000s
Technical details
Material Façade: Candoglio marble
Design and construction
  • Piero Portaluppi
  • Giovanni Muzio
  • Pier Giulio Magistretti
  • Enrico Agostino Griffini
Other designers Façade: Arturo Martini
Renovating team
Piazza del Duomo in 2007; Palazzo dell'Arengario is on the left

The Palazzo dell'Arengario is a Fascist-era complex of two symmetrical buildings in Piazza del Duomo, the central piazza of Milan, Italy. It was completed in the 1950s and currently houses the Museo del Novecento, a museum dedicated to 20th-century art.[1] The word "arengario" refers to its original function as a local government seat in the Fascist period.


The Arengario was designed by Piero Portaluppi, Giovanni Muzio, Pier Giulio Magistretti e Enrico Agostino Griffini. Construction began in 1936, but experienced several delays and suffered from the World War II bombings; it was eventually completed in 1956.[2] The façade is decorated with reliefs by Arturo Martini.

In the 2000s, the palace was restored and adapted by Italo Rota and Fabio Fornasari to house the Museo del Novecento, a museum of twentieth-century art inaugurated in 2010, especially renowned for its unique collection of Futurist paintings. During the restoration works, a "media façade" (i.e., a 487 m2 LED screen displaying news on upcoming events, advertising, and more) was affixed to the façade of the left-hand building.[3]


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