MAMbo - Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (Bologna Museum of Modern Art), inaugurated in 2007, is part of the Modern and Contemporary Art Area of the Musei Civici Bologna.
The museum, located in an old bakery, offers a journey through the history of Italian art from the end of the Second World War to today, and is continually being renewed. Alongside the permanent collection, extensive exhibitions dedicated to important Italian and international artists are held. Since 2012, MAMbo has also temporarily hosted the Morandi Museum.
The section "Rilevamenti d'archivio. Le Settimane Internazionali della Performance e gli anni '60 e '70 a Bologna e in Emilia Romagna", recently added to the museum, documents the Settimane Internazionali della Performance (international performance art weeks) held between 1977 and 1982. The 49 artists who took part in the first edition held in 1977 included Marina Abramović and Ulay. Important artists have been hosted by MAMbo, such as Marina Abramović and Ulay who in 1977 created Imponderabilia. During this performance the two artists positioned themselves naked, facing one another, at the entrance to the museum, forcing visitors to rub against them in order to gain entry.
Among the works on display, one worthy of note is Homage to the Hollywood Squares (featuring Bridget Riley) by Francesco Vezzoli (2008). In this large square tapestry, the artist uses the medium, which has always featured in his work, to ironically rework references to Bridget Riley's Op Art and the textile art of Anni Albers.
In the Morandi Museum, visitors can also admire Fiori (Flowers, 1950), a topic covered by Morandi throughout the entire arc of his artistic research, gradually favouring dried or silk flowers to natural ones, and Natura morta (still life).
Museo Morandi is the largest and most important public collection in the world dedicated to Giorgio Morandi, with over 250 works including paintings, watercolours, sketches and etchings. The museum's exhibition route analyses the topics and seasons of the artistic oeuvre of one of the greatest international artists of the twentieth century.
MAMbo also has an Education Department.
MAMbo is a member of the Bologna Welcome Card circuit. Access is free of charge to Card holders.
Telephone: +39 051 6496611
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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.
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.
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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Closed on Mondays (except holidays)
Extraordinary openings: 10, 24 April, 1 May at 10am-7pm