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MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (Modern Art Gallery)

Via Don Minzoni 14 - 40121 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6496611

Fax +39 051 6496637

Reference maps: B-2

Date of last update: 25/03/2019, 11:26

MAMbo is the Bologna Modern Art Museum.

Mambo is 9,500sqm dedicated to visual culture and experimentation. Housed in what once the city’s centralised Forno del Pane, or Bread Bakery, it is now a centre of creativity and modern thought.

The museum MAMbo is part of Bologna Welcome Card network. Free entry for the Card  holders. 

The Permanent Collection of the museum traces the history of Italian art from World War II to present day, as captured by the former Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna.

Through restorations, new acquisitions, donations and long term loans, the Collection has long been an object of steady study, renovation and growth. Since October 2012, the permanent collection is organized in nine thematic areas that document some of the most innovative aspects of artistic practice from the second half of the 20th century to present: Arte e ideologia (Art and Ideology; 1977 – Arte e Azione (Art and Action); 1968. I – Nuove Prospettive (New Prospects); 1968. II - Arte Povera e dintorni (In and Around Arte Povera); Forma 1; L'Informale (Informal); Arcangeli, l'Ultimo Naturalismo (Arcangeli, the last of Naturalism); Focus on Contemporary Italian Art and New acquisitions.

MAMbo is the main seat of the Istituzione Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, which also includes the Museo Morandi and Casa Morandi, Museo per la Memoria di Ustica (Ustica Memorial Museum), Villa delle Rose and Residenza per artisti Sandra Natali (Artists’ Residence).

Since November 2012, MAMbo has been the temporary location of the Museo Morandi collection. The new exhibit analyses the motifs and periods that characterized Giorgio Morandi's activity and offers a second reading of his artistic development through works of contemporary artists that emphasize the significance and extraordinary novelty of his work.

The museum devotes large-scale solo exhibits to well-known Italian and foreign artists. These special exhibits open to new thought and dialogue between the artwork and the unique surroundings.

This activity began in 2007 with “Vertigo. The century of off-media art from Futurism to the Web”: a show curated by Germano Celant and Gianfranco Maraniello that highlighted methods, documenting the instances of stylistic and technological contaminations from history’s avant-garde styles up to our own day.

This was followed by some notable exhibitions, for example: Luigi Ontani, Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, Giuseppe Penone, Giorgio Morandi (in collaboration with the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art) Trisha Donnelly, Sarah Morris, Seth Price, Gilberto Zorio, Matthew Day Jackson, Marcel Broodthaers, Plamen Dejanoff.

MAMbo also introduces and teaches contemporary aesthetics. The Education Department’s objective is to bring visitors all ages and backgrounds in contact with the contemporary forms of expression, through in loco learning tools.

The Bologna Modern Art Museum collaborates with cultural and academic institutions to promote opportunities for reflection, like conferences and meet-ups between scholars and with the general public, stimulating the debate on contemporary culture.

Pythagorean Theorem

Pythagorean Theorem

It is the best and most popular masterpiece Rizzoli created at the Certosa, the first and finest example of adhesion to the refined style of Art Nouveau. 

The group of sculptures stands out against the concave light-blue mosaic background. The Angel leads the Soul of the deceased skywards while slumped in his arms. The two figures seem to detach themselves from the earthly world as they soar.

Pasquale Rizzoli (1871-1953)
Gallery annexed to cloister VI, west wing

Permanent Collection and Morandi Museum:

  • Full € 6.00 - reduction € 4.00 (visitors over 65,visitors from 18 to 25, groups of min. 10 people, Comune di Bologna Youth Card and Family Card holders, special agreements.
  • Card Musei Metropolitani di Bologna: personal annual pass for the free admission to the permanent collections of the museums joining the initiative, reductions for the temporary exhibitions and additional discounts and benefits for other museums and cultural activities.
  • € 25,00 full price
  • € 20.00 reduced price
  • Admission is free: first Sunday of each month, for young people up to 18, Membership MAMBo, University students with membership card, groups of high school students, 2 leaders for each school group, 1 leader for each group of 10 people, 1 adult with a child who attends workshops planned by the museum, tourist guides with badge, journalists with badge, disabled people and their helpers, AMACI card,ICOM card, people as indicated in clause 4, paragraph 3, letter a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i – Decree n. 507 dating 11/12/1997 and further modifications  (also students and teachers of  Conservatory and other schools as specified in the letter h of the decree), Bologna Welcome Card holders.

MAMbo and Morandi Museum:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10am - 6:30pm; Thursday: 10am - 10pm. Closed on Monday.

2019 Spring holidays opening hours: 

21 April (Easter): 10:00 am - 6:30pm
22 April: 10:00 am - 6:30pm
25 April: 10:00 am - 6:30pm
1 May: 10:00 am - 6:30pm

Motor disability and difficulty of movement

The museum is accessible for the most part. People using an electric wheelchair can find it a bit difficult to go from the second to third floor and in most cases they will have to get back to the ground floor and take a second lift to continue their visit. Exhibit spaces allow visitors using a wheelchair very good mobility. The viewing of the works on display is excellent. The library, educational laboratories and the conference hall can be reached easily. Handicap restrooms are located on each floor.


Hearing disability

Orientation is possible with the help of maps drawn on the walls and characterized by different colours. Extensive and easily readable texts help as well. The signage is clear and consistent and facilitates the understanding of the museum. The understanding of works requires the assistance of the museum staff which is aware of hearing disability issues; staff members are  already partly trained to work with and used to welcoming groups of hearing-impaired people. There are no explanatory panels and captions are very few; as a matter of fact, they just indicate the artist's name and the title of the work. This choice, which reflects the intention of the museum curators, can negatively affect accessibility. If present, explanations of artworks are immediate and effective. There are no written signs or light signals concerning the acoustics of the hall for temporary exhibitions. Sometimes there is music input during exhibitions without any visual notification. Restrooms, located on the ground floor, are well-marked and easy to find. There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the restrooms or in the lift.


Visual disability

The permanent exhibit at MAMbo can be partly explored tactilely with the assistance of museum educational staff and by reservation only. Operators show great commitment to compensate for the lack of specific training in working with the visually impaired.

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