FAQ

  • The institution

    What is Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation, established in 2004, which has converted a former industrial plant in Milan into a place for producing and promoting contemporary art.

    Does Pirelli HangarBicocca have a permanent collection?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca is not an institution that collects artworks, with the exception of its permanent installations: The Seven Heavenly Palaces (2004) by Anselm Kiefer and La Sequenza (1981) by Fausto Melotti.

    What kind of exhibitions are on show at Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca’s artistic program features solo shows by established and emerging international artists, who are invited to work in close collaboration with the curators to conceive shows that highlight lesser-known aspects of their practice, combining past projects with new pieces.
    Pirelli HangarBicocca’s program is conceived by its Artistic Director together with the curatorial department. Since 2012, it has presented solo shows by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Tomás Saraceno, Mike Kelley, Ragnar Kjartansson, Dieter and Björn Roth, Micol Assaël, Cildo Meireles, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, Joan Jonas, Céline Condorelli, Juan Muñoz, Damián Ortega, Philippe Parreno, Petrit Halilaj, Carsten Höller, Kishio Suga, Laure Prouvost, Miroslaw Balka and Rosa Barba.

    How can I learn about Pirelli HangarBicocca future exhibitions?
    The calendar of all current and future exhibitions can be consulted at the following links: hangarbicocca.org/en/exhibitions/whats-on/ and hangarbicocca.org/en/exhibitions/upcoming/. The programming already lined up through 2018 will continue in the Navate space with a solo show by Matt Mullican, while the Shed will house the exhibition “Take Me (I’m Yours)”.

    How can I learn more about the exhibitions and the space?

    CULTURAL MEDIATION
    Cultural mediators are always on hand at Pirelli HangarBicocca to tell visitors about the concepts and contents of the temporary shows and permanent installations, and provide assistance and information. They also conduct free guided tours, with a schedule that is updated weekly: hangarbicocca.org/en/guided-tours.

    PRINT AND DIGITAL GUIDES
    For each exhibition, printed guides are available free of charge, and can also be downloaded in digital form from the website hangarbicocca.org, where you’ll also find photo galleries of the exhibitions and video interviews with the artists.

    NEWSLETTER AND SOCIAL NETWORKS
    To be kept up to date on Pirelli HangarBicocca openings, events, and initiatives, just join our mailing list by writing to newsletter@hangarbicocca.org or by visiting hangarbicocca.org/en/newsletter.
    Pirelli HangarBicocca’s social media accounts offer insights, videos and information about our exhibitions and events.

  • Admission and opening times

    Do I need to buy a ticket?
    Admission to the permanent installations and temporary exhibitions is free of charge.

    When is Pirelli HangarBicocca open?

    EXHIBITIONS AND PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS
    Pirelli HangarBicocca’s permanent installations and temporary shows are open to the public Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm, and admission is free. Any special openings or closings are noted on the homepage and on the website calendar, as well as on our social media accounts.

    BOOKSHOP
    The Bookshop is open Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm.

    BISTROT
    Iuta Bistrot at Pirelli HangarBicocca is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 4 pm, Thursdays to Sundays from 10 am to midnight.

    What time is last entry to the exhibitions?
    The exhibition space is open until 10 pm. Admission to the exhibitions ends at 9.15 pm.

    How long does it take to visit the exhibitions?
    Although the time you will want to spend on the premises and visiting the shows is subjective, and will unquestionably depend on the type of exhibition, given the dimensions of the space (15,000 square meters) we suggest calculating an average of 45 minutes for each show.

  • Where we are

    Where is the entrance to Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    The entrance to Pirelli HangarBicocca is located at Via Chiese 2, Milan, 20126.

    How do I get to Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca is located in Milan’s Bicocca neighborhood, in the northern part of the city. For complete information on how to get here, please visit hangarbicocca.org/en/hours-and-how-to-reach-us/ and download our map.

    Does Pirelli HangarBicocca have a parking lot with an attendant?
    There is no parking lot on the Pirelli HangarBicocca premises, but nearby, along Via Chiese, there are several unattended parking lots that can also accommodate coaches.
    The Pirelli HangarBicocca garden has an area with bike racks.

  • Accessibility

    Are there any architectural barriers?
    Our public venues and exhibition spaces are free of architectural barriers and are accessible to visitors with impaired mobility. We do invite visitors to check the regulations for individual shows, in case the nature of the works on view imposes any restrictions. Visitors can ask the Info Point staff at the entrance for a wheelchair and/or folding chair to use in the exhibition spaces.

    Are strollers and/or prams allowed inside?
    Strollers and prams can be brought into the space, except when special restrictions apply due to the nature of the works on view. There is also a changing table on the premises.

    Are dogs and other pets allowed inside?
    Dogs and other pets are welcome at Pirelli HangarBicocca and have free access to the lobby, the Bistrot, all outdoor areas and the exibition space, with the exception of the exhibition “Take Me (I’m Yours)” and of the rooms in the exhibition “Ambienti/Environments” by Lucio Fontana. For security reasons, dogs must be on a leash.

  • Bistrot

    Is there a restaurant at Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    The Café Restaurant is located inside Pirelli HangarBicocca, just off the lobby.

    Can I book a table at the Bistrot?
    For reservations please call (+39) 02 64 31 111 during opening hours (Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 am-4 pm, Thursday to Sunday, 10 am-midnight). For special requests and events, please write to eventi@iutabistrot.com.

    Can food and/or beverages be consumed outside of the Bistrot?
    Food and/or beverages may not be consumed inside the exhibition area unless otherwise indicated. Food and/or beverages can be consumed outside, as long as visitors show proper respect for the common areas.

  • Photos and videos

    Can I take photos and/or videos?
    Photos and/or videos of the Pirelli HangarBicocca space and the works on view may be taken, when not otherwise indicated, for personal, non-commercial use only, following the guidelines laid out in our official policy. Visitors are invited to review these rules and contact the foundation if they have any special requests.

  • Public services

    Is there a cloakroom?
    Unattended lockers are available free of charge in the Pirelli HangarBicocca lobby, and large bags and backpacks should be left in them. Pirelli HangarBicocca assumes no liability regarding theft or loss of anything left in the lockers.

    Is there a reading room?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca provides a Reading Room where visitors can look through catalogues and art magazines free of charge. For more information: hangarbicocca.org/en/reading-room.

    Is there a bookshop?
    There is a Bookshop where visitors can purchase Pirelli HangarBicocca publications, limited editions by the featured artists, as well as a wide range of monographs, essays, art catalogues, and branded merchandise. The Bookshop is open Thursdays to Sundays, 10 am to 9 pm.
    All purchases support Pirelli HangarBicocca programming and activities.

    Is there a membership program?
    The Pirelli HangarBicocca Membership program is designed for visitors who want to play a front-and-center role in the life of the institution. Becoming a Member gives you access to targeted activities, events, exhibition previews, and special discounts. For information and to join: hangarbicocca.org/en/membership.

    Is there a Wi-Fi network available on the premises?
    There is a free Wi-Fi network at Pirelli HangarBicocca.

  • Public Program, events, and guided tours

    Is there a program of events connected to the exhibitions at Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    The Pirelli HangarBicocca Public Program is a calendar of events—some free, others requiring a ticket—that includes talks, guided tours, screenings, concerts, and performances, planned with the artists in connection to the themes and content of the exhibitions on view. For more information: hangarbicocca.org/en/event.

    What kind of events does Pirelli HangarBicocca host?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca Public Program is a calendar of cultural events in Milan that include talks, tours, film and video screenings, concerts, performances, and summer festivals.

    Who can access the events at Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca’s events are built around the desire to bring contemporary art to a broader public, not just a specialized one, encouraging people to come closer and learn more about the artistic debate of our time, the better to grasp and follow its twists and turns, in addition to guided tours to exhibitions.

    How can I attend one of the events in the Pirelli HangarBicocca Public Program?

    FREE EVENTS
    The free events organized by Pirelli HangarBicocca are free of charge and visitors will be admitted as long as seats are available. Booking is possible only for those with a Pirelli HangarBicocca Membership card.

    PAID EVENTS
    For events with paid admission, you can buy a ticket online or at the Pirelli HangarBicocca Bookshop.

    Are there guided tours of the shows and permanent installations?
    Our cultural mediators conduct guided tours of the permanent installations and temporary shows. To check the calendar and for more information: hangarbicocca.org/en/guided-tours.

    Do I need a booking for the guided tours?
    Only those with a Pirelli HangarBicocca Membership card can book in advance for the guided tours.

    Is there a charge for the tours?
    The following rates apply to guided tours: adults – € 6; Pirelli HangarBicocca Members – free of charge; minors – free of charge; accompanying adults (Kids activities) – free of charge. To arrange special tours for groups, please write to visiteguidate@hangarbicocca.org. For more information: hangarbicocca.org/en/guided-tours.

    Can other guides bring groups to visit the Pirelli HangarBicocca premises?
    Outside groups are welcome, but only Pirelli HangarBicocca’s cultural mediation staff can conduct guided tours of the permanent installations and temporary shows. For arrangements and bookings, please write to visiteguidate@hangarbicocca.org. For more information: hangarbicocca.org/en/guided-tours.

    Can I get an audioguide?
    Sorry, no audioguide service is available.

  • Activities for kids and families

    Is there a children’s area?
    The Kids Room serves the needs of children and their families during opening hours, with a large library of children’s books, games, and educational materials, plus seating and tables where they can do creative activities on their own or with the help of the Pirelli HangarBicocca Arts Tutors. Located off the lobby, the Kids Room is open Thursdays to Sundays, 10 am to 7 pm. For more information: hangarbicocca.org/en/kids.

    Is the Kids space open to children of all ages?
    The Kids Room is open to young people from 4 to 14.

    What kind of activities can be experienced by families during weekends at Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    On weekends, the Kids program offers special paths of discovery geared to children from 4 to 14 and their families, starting off with visits to the temporary shows and permanent installations and continuing with creative workshops that highlight the expressive possibilities of contemporary art. The calendar of the Kids activities is online at hangarbicocca.org/en/kids/creative-sessions/.

    How do I book a creativity course at the Kids space?
    To take part in the Kids space activities which are organized every weekend, you must book a spot at the page hangarbicocca.org/en/kids.

    Is there a charge for the creativity courses?
    The following rates apply to the Kids program creativity courses: 1st child – 6 euros; every additional child – 4 euros; accompanying adult (Family Lab) – free of charge. With a Family Membership card, which costs 60 euros and lasts one year from the time of subscription, kids and adults can take part free of charge in all Kids activities, with obligatory online booking. All proceeds support Pirelli HangarBicocca activities.

    How long do the creativity courses last?
    Each course lasts between an hour and a half and two hours. All of the creativity courses at Pirelli HangarBicocca include a guided tour of a temporary or permanent exhibition on the premises, followed by a workshop. The calendar of creativity courses is online at hangarbicocca.org/en/kids.

    Are there activities that parents and kids can do together?
    Our “Family Labs” are designed for both parents and kids. To sign up, you must book a spot for each participating member of the family, adults included. Aside from these “Family Labs”, the creativity courses at Pirelli HangarBicocca do not envision parent participation.

    Can birthday parties be organized in the Pirelli HangarBicocca Kids space?
    Pirelli HangarBicocca does not organize birthday parties. However, on Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 5 pm to 7 pm, you can book a private creativity course without additional activities. For information on rates and availability, please write to hbkids@hangarbicocca.org. No gifts can be exchanged and no food or beverages can be consumed inside the Kids Room.

  • Schools and Universities

    Is there a program designed for schools?
    “School” is a free program of activities conceived for educational institutions of all kinds, to highlight and promote contemporary art. Information and booking: hangarbicocca.org/en/school.

    How can we sign up for the school program?
    You can sign up for the program by downloading a form from hangarbicocca.org/en/school, filling out every section, and sending it to hbschool@hangarbicocca.org. Bookings should be considered effective only upon receipt of a confirmation email from our Educational Department.

    How much does it cost to take part in the school program?
    The School program is completely free of charge.

    What days can school groups visit Pirelli HangarBicocca?
    School groups can visit on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am to 11 am, and from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm, with obligatory booking. A maximum of two classes can be booked for the same time slot (approximately 25 students per class).

    Can guided tours be booked for university students?
    You can book a tour by writing to visiteguidate@hangarbicocca.org.

    Can school and university groups visit the exhibition space on days when it is closed?
    Sorry, it is not possible for school and university groups to visit when the exhibition space is closed.

  • Space Rental

    Can the Pirelli HangarBicocca spaces be rented for private events?
    Private corporate events and initiatives can be organized in Pirelli HangarBicocca spaces, artistic program permitting. For more information: hangarbicocca.org/en/space-rental or write to eventrental@hangarbicocca.org.

  • Job Applications

    Can I send Pirelli HangarBicocca my CV/resume?
    CVs/resumes can be sent to info@hangarbicocca.org. Pirelli HangarBicocca reserves the right to respond to applicants only when positions become available.