This coming Sunday is the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a day that’s marked in world history as one of the most shocking events in recent years—to the point that the date alone, ‘nine eleven’, is enough to elicit acknowledgment and bitter memories. Besides the inherent tragedy, the fact that the whole world practically could see it happening live on the TV and online just added to the collective anguish—and so it was with the aftermath.
The City of Milano has organized two exhibitions and other events to commemorate the day. Opening tonight (invite-only), 11.9, Il giorno che ha cambiato il mondo. Dieci anni dopo. Documenti e immagini (‘9/11, The Day that Changed the World. Ten Years After. Documents and images’) is a photographic exhibition that tells the story of the day, and those immediately following, through a selection of pictures from the greatest photographers—James Nachtwey, Steve McCurry, Susan Meiselas among others. It is held in the ground floor rooms at Palazzo Reale. In the building’s inner courtyard, there’s also a contemporary art installation by Antonio Paradiso called L’ultima cena globalizzata | Global Last Supper, made up of 20 tons of Twin Towers debris, while the history behind this work is shown in another room with 70 pictures. Both exhibitions last until October, 2 and entrance is free.
Two concerts are also scheduled for Sunday, September 11:
- 5.30pm, in the courtyard of Palazzo Marino
Civica Orchestra di Fiati di Milano: New York, New York (music by Kander, Bernstein, Barber)
- 8pm, at La Scala
Orchestra laVerdi, directed by Zhang Xian: Schicksalslied op. 54 for mixed chorus and orchestra by Brahms, and War Requiem op. 66 by Britten.
Finally, tonight at 6.30pm at Palazzo Clerici a panel (in Italian) will revolve about the themes in Britten’s War Requiem. Entrance is free.
11.9, Il giorno che ha cambiato il mondo and L’ultima cena globalizzata | Global Last Supper
September 10—October 2
Piazza Duomo 12
Opening hours: daily 9.30am—7.30pm except Mondays: 2.30pm—7.30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays: 9.30am—10.30pm. Last admission: one hour before closing