Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli founded the Fondazione Prada in 1993, with the artistic direction of Germano Celant beginning in 1995.
The Fondazione is a non-profit organization, generated by a shared passion for contemporary art.
The flexible structure of the Fondazione Prada is developing within the framework of a variety of subjects and is opening up to themes that are inherent to different areas of research, ranging from art to architecture, philosophy to science, design to cinema.
The Fondazione Prada opened on May 31, 2011, its new exhibition space in Venice, the Ca’ Corner della Regina, a historic palazzo on the Grand Canal.The Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) led by Rem Koolhaas has been commissioned to design the intervention and transformation of an early 20th -century industrial site south of Milan to create new spaces for the Fondazione Prada.
In connection to the realisation of the new spaces in Largo Isarco, the Fondazione Prada is planning to broaden its cultural perspective.
The enriched course of research will be expressed through the expansion of the projects realised in a dialogue with artists, and in future collaborations with leading international museums, institutes for historical, modern and contemporary art, architecture and design, as well as through a series of partnerships for temporary exhibitions.