At the Bagatti Valsecchi, the Museum of Innocence of Orhan Pamuk

A shoe and a teaspoon, a saltshaker and a shirt button…Far from his beloved cousin Füsun, Kemal Basmaci obsessively gathers every object having to do with her. This happens in The Museum of Innocence, one of the greatest successes for Nobel Literary Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, who conceived, along with the book, an original exhibition: the creation of a true museum that gathered in 29 display-windows - one for each chapter of the book - the traces of a passion. No sooner said than done: since 2012, the home of Füsun, in a corner of the historic centre of Istanbul, is home to an enchanted space where reality and fiction come together on numerous levels, raising questions about the nature of art, collecting and the exhibition itself. Sanctioning the success of the experiment, the European Museum of the Year Award, with which the museum of Pamuk was honoured two years after its opening. It’s no surprise that, after London and Oslo, the Museum of Innocence disembarks at the Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan: the home-museum on Via del Gesù is one of the places that inspires the writer and appears in the pages of the book as one of the favourite destinations of the protagonist, Kemal. In the display by Piero Lissoni, visitors can revisit the footsteps and turmoil through objects, images and video-installations in the suggestive atmosphere of the city on the Bosphorus during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Not to be missed, the spoken explanations of the Nobel Prize Winner himself and the suggestive game of mirrors between the two museums.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 for Bvlgari Hotel Milano