Art Nomade Milan: the maker of a global community of art lovers

Elisabetta Roncati is an art consultant specialised in contemporary African art and Islamic culture. However she is better known as the founder of Art Nomade Milan, and an influencer really loved by the youngest generation. She talked to My Art Guides about her best tips on how to spend time in Milan between art and leisure.
by Jessica Stella
March 16, 2022
Jessica Stella
Elisabetta Roncati

I am an art consultant specialised in Contemporary African Art and Islamic culture who also shares digital cultural content on the main social media platforms. I created my own trademark Art Nomade Milan in 2018 when my blog gained popularity. Nowadays ANM is on almost all the social networks. I like creating art-related content and sharing it with a very young audience (after all I was born almost in the Nineties). At the beginning of my career it was rather difficult to be taken seriously by cultural institutions because digital content creation was not considered a suitable platform to convey subjects such as the arts and culture in general. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, digital tools have quickly become the only ways to communicate with the general public and my job was suddenly appreciated. The secret to creating a strong online community is understanding the needs of your audience and providing solutions for its problems. I’m inspired by everyday life, I love reading newspapers and being always up-to-date. That’s one of the pillars that support my career.

I was born in Genoa, but Milan is the city which holds my heart. I started living in Milan as a university student and I decided to settle here permanently. I travel quite a lot though, creating digital content for major Italian cultural institutions especially in Venice, Rome and Naples. However, I think that Milan is the best place in Italy to develop contemporary art projects. That’s why many well-known galleries have opened branches in the city. There are also countless museums which propose breathtaking temporary exhibitions. Working in such a lively environment gives me the opportunity to connect with the most important European and global art players and that’s the reason why I’ve recently bought a new studio in one of the most important neighbourhoods in Milan: Naviglio Martesana. My plan is to open the space for some of the most promising contemporary young artists.

Due to my passion for contemporary African art, the places that should not be missed when exploring Milan are Osart Gallery and Mudec – Museo delle Culture. I also love to spend my spare time visiting PACHangar Pirelli Bicocca and Museo del Novecento. Of course, Palazzo Reale is another important cultural reference for our city. Its temporary exhibitions are well-known, with masterpieces coming from all over the world. In the city centre I’d also recommend joining the nice staff of Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. It’s a little gem located in the high fashionable Quadrilatero district.

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milano

When I need to relax I usually walk along Naviglio Martesana. I love riding my bicycle on the lane that ends close to Milan’s city centre: there are many small, nice restaurants and bars along the way. Whenever I am in the mood for some international food, the NOLO neighbourhood is packed with great options. I also recommend visiting City Life area and Gae Aulenti district: if you love futuristic architecture, they should not be missed.

Naviglio Martesana, Milan
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