Francesco Morena. The Count’s Dream: The Lucini Passalacqua Collection of Chinese and Japanese Art
The Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures; MUDEC) in Milan, Italy, was created to house the city’s collections of non-European art, previously kept at the historic site of Castello Sforzesco. Designed by the English architect David Chipperfield, the new museum opened in 2014. Its early collections of Chinese and Japanese art represent an important part of the history of collecting East Asian art in Milan, beginning in the second half of the 19th century. Among these, the former collection of Count Giovanni Battista Lucini Passalacqua (1845–89) is distinctive for its size and quality, and notable for particular highlights and the story of its formation.