Attrezzeria Negroni wishes to develop as a reservoir that is dynamic and active focusing on the Milanese craftsmanship, through a project that enlightens and promotes its heritage
enterprise culture in a usable system
Today, it’s possible to visit Archivio Negroni, in a guided tour through the historic rolling mills and working tools, discovering the heritage of artefacts such as engraved rollers, punches, silverware moulds, which tell the extended audience about a story of entrepreneurship and a know-how that is at risk of disappearing.
The visits, available for booking, aim at the deeper discovering of technical knowledge and curiosities.
The Archive also intends to develop artistic residencies projects in collaboration with education and training institutes, and aims at joining international networks on artistic crafts, archives and enterprise museums, with a cultural offer which proposes didactic paths and workshops for schools or companies and artistic residences, taking benefit from the wide available space facing the workspace.
Archivio Negroni wishes to be part of a cultural project in Milan and it will actively take part in the next city events in archiving, enterprise museography, and urban manufacturing.
Exploring the artefacts stored in Archivio Negroni means taking a small trip in the history of western decorative iconography of the last centuries. A number of models that follow the canons of classical English silverware are on display, such as the Regina Anna or the San Marco styles. There are many hidden gems, like the North-African artisanal bracelet from 1960s Libya, whose motif travelled around the world and was used to reproduce artistic iconography decorations of European origins and of ethnic traditions that are still an inspiration for Arabic, African and South American artistic crafts. The archive does not lack in references to 1900s Italian history, we can see that in the metal plaques that were created for Italian automotive brands such as Iveco, or in memorial medals created for many sports federations.
for: schools, professional associations, general public
themes: narrative paths, short production demonstrations with tools and materials from the archive; thematic connections on production techniques and decorations, also featuring companies and institutions who would like to offer experiential visit to their audience
for: schools and academies, students, individual enthusiasts
themes: Attrezzeria Negroni sets up interdisciplinary sessions on artistic engraving, while offering counseling on programs preparation and on the definition of themes related to production techniques, tools, materials and finishing surfaces. Paths for transversal skills and orienting, as well as internships for university students, can also be organized, in collaboration with teachers for the development of academic studies and practicing.
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for: companies, schools and academies
themes: Attrezzeria Negroni offers counseling service to companies and professional schools in specific fields of the creation of metal decorative details, lamination, historic machinery, based on the types of tools existing in the workspace.
artistic residences and seminars
for: artists, designers, photograpers – individually or in small groups
themes: bespoke projects structured for the combined experimentation of goldsmithing techniques and processing of metals and other materials, or aimed at the development of artistic research paths on small scale works to be created on site, or details for installations of various sizes. The large workspace of the Attrezzeria allows to display the finished works or the whole documentation illustrating the process of their creation.
with: individuals, private or professional associations
themes: thanks to the personal research run throughout the years in the field of contemporary jewellery, and the active collaboration in the family workshop, Eliana Negroni, daughter of founder Edoardo, provides her know-how and the archive memory for collaborations related to research jewellery and jewellery design and for researches in the field of traditional history, industrial archaeology and material culture.