Milan, 18 September 2023 – Fondazione Prada, a cultural institution created in 1993 by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli, operates in the belief that art and study are useful and necessary to understand the changes unfolding in the world through new and engaging perspectives. Miuccia Prada has formalized her role as Fondazione Prada’s Director and confirmed her personal commitment to present and future projects, as she has done in the last three decades.


As Miuccia Prada stated, “Right from the start, through the Fondazione’s activities I aspired to investigate human culture in all its variety and complexity. Over these thirty years, I have wondered in different ways how artistic and intellectual research can impact people’s lives. Searching for increasingly topical answers to this question is the fundamental objective I have set myself with the foundation.”


Biographical notes: Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada is President and Director of Fondazione Prada, Executive Director of Prada Group, Co-Creative Director of Prada with Raf Simons, and Creative Director of Miu Miu. After her degree in Political Science at Milan University, she began designing collections for the company founded by her grandfather, Mario Prada, in 1913. In the late 1970s, she went into partnership with the businessman Patrizio Bertelli and turned Prada into one of the leading luxury goods companies globally. She has received many recognitions for the originality of her vision, her capacity for innovation, and the contribution she has made to international fashion. In 2000, she received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. In 2006 she was made an Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2012, the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York dedicated the exhibition “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” to her and Elsa Schiaparelli. In 2015 she was appointed as a Cavaliere di Gran Croce, the Republic of Italy’s highest honor, in recognition of her international success and contribution to the fields of creativity, fashion, and style. For her dedication to the arts and culture through Fondazione Prada, she has received honors from the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2000), and, at the fifth “Gala in the Garden” (2007), from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She has received the McKim Award from the American Academy in Rome (2010), the Leo Award from the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia in Vancouver (2013), and the Agnes Gund Curatorial Award from Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York (2013).


Biographical notes: Giuliana Bruno

Biographical notes Giuliana Bruno lives and works in New York. She is Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She is known internationally for her research on the intersections between the visual arts, architecture, and media. Her book Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film (2002, new edition 2017) was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Prize for best Moving Image Book and engendered the philosophical theory of emotional geography. She has authored several other volumes, including the award-winning Streetwalking on a Ruined Map: Cultural Theory and the City Films of Elvira Notari (1993), Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts (2007), and Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (2014). Her essays on contemporary art are published in volumes edited, among others, by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museo Reina Sofía and, in Italy, by the Fondazione Prada, the Venice Biennale, and the MAXXI. Her most recent book is Atmospheres of Projection: Environmentality in Art and Screen Media (2022). Her writings are translated into twelve languages. She has been the Louis Kahn Scholar Residence in the History of Art at the American Academy in Rome. She has lectured internationally at prestigious universities, academies such as the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and museums including the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, the Dia Center for the Arts in New York, MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Louvre. In 2017, the Museo Madre and the Museo di Capodimonte invited her to co-curate the exhibition “Carta bianca. Capodimonte Imaginaire”. For her contributions to interdisciplinary research and visual culture, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts.

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