Museum Boschi-Di Stefano: masterpieces in Milan
In these premises – once inhabited by the couple Antonio Boschi (1896-1988) and Marieda Di Stefano (1901-1968) – about three-hundred paintings and other masterpieces are exhibited, curated from over two thousand 20th century items donated to the City of Milan in 1974 by the Boschi-Di Stefano family.
The collection – which comprises paintings, sculptures and drawings – is an extraordinary testimony to the history of Twentieth Century Italian art from the first decade to the end of the Sixties.
The Museum is located in a small block built in the Nineteen Thirties by the architect Piero Portaluppi. The interiors, restored by the City of Milan, were furnished by the Boschi Di Stefano Foundation, established in 1998.
All items on display have been selected on the basis of their quality and arranged in chronological order in eleven exhibition areas whose furnishings – such as the dining room designed by Mario Sironi in 1936 – were chosen for their historical relevance.
There are portraits of Boschi and Di Stefano at the entrance, with pottery by Marieda herself. From there, a corridor featuring canvases by Severini and Boccioni takes visitors to the “Twentieth Century Italian Room”, with works by Funi, Marussig, Tozzi, Carrà and Casorati. The “Sironi Room”, dedicated to that artist, also contains sculptures by Arturo Martini.