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The MAGA’s architectural complex, covering 5000 square meters, consists of two buildings which are contiguous and communicate with each other. The first is a specially converted industrial building dating from the 1930s, the second a structure newly designed and built, notable for the brickwork screen of its façade, whose curvilinear form reaches out to embrace the circular piazza before it, offering visitors a warm welcome. The interior, variously articulated, makes it possible to organize the space dynamically and flexibly to suit the museum’s mission, which seeks to enhance its holdings, conduct research through exhibitions differing  widely in scope and kind, and encourage the public to see the museum as a lively meeting place and centre for cultural dialogue. The venue for temporary exhibitions is laid out on the ground and first floors with a link that enables the public to follow a linear, unbroken path. The exhibition of the permanent collection begins on the second floor: the space is divided up by a special system of pull-out display panels which make it possible to design a varied and stimulating path for the public as they explore specific themes. The teaching workshops and a performance space provide the essential venue for the development of creative activities aimed at schoolchildren, students in higher education and the general public.

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