Purpose and Values
The Prada Group, in accordance with the local authorities and the Superintendence for Art and Cultural Heritage, has expressed at the highest levels its commitment and mastery in restoration of the ancient, working wisely on important historic buildings and restoring palaces and monuments of Italian and international territories.
In addition to the restoration of the façade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, on September 2016, the mezzanine floor of the building dedicated to Pasticceria Marchesi has been recovered, together with the Prada Group building in Galleria. The Osservatorio, the new Fondazione Prada’s exhibition space dedicated to photography and visual languages was also opened.
The fifth and sixth floors of the building show the results of the renovation works that have resulted in an 800 sqm exhibition space on two levels.
FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy), hereinafter FAI, is a national non-profit foundation born in 1975 dedicated to the preservation and promotion of historic and artistic heritage. During the past few years, FAI has protected and restored important sites that embody Italian artistic and natural heritage. These are now open to the public.
The natural fit is demonstrated every time Prada opens a new boutique in an Italian city, collaborating with the Group in a restoration that starts a dialogue with the local community.
Among the most significant restorations are Vasari’s Last Supper in Florence, the statues of the Academy of Fine Arts, the arcades of the Archiginnasio in Bologna, the creation of the new theatre curtains of Turin’s Teatro Regio, the lighting system for the Sacello di San Prosdocimo in the Abbey of Santa Giustina in Padua, and the restoration of the fifteenth-century polyptych by Antonio Vivarini preserved in the Pinacoteca Provinciale (Provincial Art Gallery) in Bari and the well of Santa Maria di Cerrate, near Lecce.
Prada Rong Zhai is the historic 1918 residence located in the heart of Shanghai, inaugurated on October 12, 2017, after a meticulous restoration subsidised by the Prada Group. The building is designed as a flexible space dedicated to various cultural activities organised by the Group in China.