Santa Maria Annunciata in Chiesa RossaSanta Maria Annunciata in Chiesa Rossa

Hidden in a temple built to remember the style of the first Christian churches is located a work made of colored lights created by the American artist Dan Flavin. A unique experience in the suburbs of Milan.



At the beginning of the 20th century the city of Milan quickly expanded in the countryside on the Southern outskirts of the city. This rapid developement pushed the administration to build new infrastructures and churches to satisfy the needs of the increased local population.

The architect Giovanni Muzio altered the first neo-Romanesque plan into a building in the style called Novecento. In contrast with the International style the Novecento wanted to get back to the classic roots of architecture. There are clear references to the style of the late Roman Empire as well as the contemporary paintings of De Chirico.

This classic architecture was used in 1996 by the American artist Dan Flavin as a canvas to paint using neon lights. This work reshaped the experience of the interior with the color of neon light and it is considered the testament of a serie of works called Icons. This is the last work before the artist died in New York in the same year. 

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