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Accademia di Brera

In April 2016 I had the opportunity to shoot at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. I documented the Cosentino booth, designed by Cecconi Simone. It was my first time in Milan during design week, and I was realy amazed by the scale of the show and the amount of effort and thought put into designing a booth that will be demolished in less than a week ( I will probably include photos in a future post ). After shooting the exhibit I had a free day before my flight back home. While wandering the streets of Milan I came across the Academia di Brera, an arts academy in the trendy design district of Brera. The Academy, unlike any arts school I've photographed in North America, is a historical building dated to 1776. It was built by Maria Teresa as part of the Enlightenment period in Europe. The classic architecture and the many sculptures around the building stood in sharp contrast to the needs of an academic building to grow and adapt to the modern age. While the entrance still represent the original classial design, as soon you enter the interior hallways and classrooms, you discover numerous juxtapositions of old and new, sometimes brutally forced to live together under the same roof. Below is a selection of photographs taken while visiting the academy.