Expo Milan 2015

ASP Golgi-Redaelli, inheritors of historical and artistic heritage of the Luoghi Pii Elemosinieri (almoners’ charity houses) and who are actively involved in geriatric healthcare and research in Lombardy, have an integrated programme of cultural events that will be held between May and October.

The decision to organize a programme of events connected to the core Expo Milan 2015 theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ due to the long history connected to the Luoghi Pii Elemosinieri (almoners’ charity houses) which provided Milan’s poor with supplies, especially bread, wine and other edibles, produced mainly on the farms owned by these Charities.

Some of the farms, products of the generosity of many benefactors and benefactresses, are still up and running today and use state-of-the-art farming methods and techniques. Belonging to ASP Golgi-Redaelli, they contribute economically to the Organization’s healthcare objectives and through whom have their history told to a wide public, the ‘patrimony of the poor’ thus becoming the patrimony of all.

Palazzo Archinto, ASP Golgi-Redaelli’s main offices, will open its doors, show the public a sample selection of its treasures from the Archive and host meetings with experts and scholars from various different disciplines. This series of events includes encounters at the three geriatric institutes for the elderly (Abbiategrasso, Milano, Vimodrone) run by the Organization, the provincial Brefotrofio or foundling hospital, the Valvassori Peroni library as well as the research laboratory Officina dello storico (‘the historian’s workshop’).

Just like a journey through time, you can learn about the history of the almoners’ charity houses, see ASP Golgi-Redaelli’s artworks in Sforzesco Castle (the Madonna of Riozzo and the Nativity of Trognano) and visit monumental churches on guided tours to various old districts of Milan and their Gates. The presentation of the convention proceedings on the Madonna of Riozzo and on the decorative cycles of the civic Gates, as will the lecture by Edoardo Rossetti, will draw on the original rural location of some of the masterpieces connected to the Luoghi Pii Elemosinieri.

Tours to the countryside around Milan will take you to several farms belonging to ASP Golgi-Redaelli where you will be able to taste local genuine food. Illustrated displays on site provide information on the history of the old farmsteads and the rural churches on their grounds:
Bonate Farmstead, Siziano (PV)
Cantalupo Farmstead, San Giuliano Milanese (MI)
Misericordia Farmstead, Bellinzago Lombardo (MI)
Montano Farmstead, Gaggiano (MI)
Tavernasco Farmstead, Noviglio (MI)
Trognano Farmstead, Bascapè (PV)
Zunico Farmstead, Carpiano (MI)

Together with other local institutions, ASP Golgi-Redaelli has organized two events related to the Expo theme:

The ‘Pia Casa degli Incurabili’ (charity home for the chronically sick) under Carlo Tagliabue’s management, held at the Old Pharmacy of the Camillo Golgi geriatric institute in Abbiategrasso, where photographs and articles on display take you to moments in the lives of Pia Casa patients during the interwar period, especially their work on the land.

Acque e terre di Lombardia (Lombardy’s lands and waters) in the Biblioteca Braidense (National Library, Maria Teresa Hall) where you can see drawings and maps selected from the Luoghi Pii Elemosinieri archive that have been restored and digitalized for the event thanks to the Enzo Monti trust of Italia Nostra – the Milan branch, as well as reading material from the Brera library and 19th-century measuring instruments belonging to Lombardy engineers. The exhibition is part of the ‘Dalla terra alla tavola: vita in cucina’ project (From the land to the table: life in the kitchen). At each exhibition, displays on related history will be entrusted to experts.