Special Events

Dama d’Argento Award

The Dama d’Argento is the award the Friends of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum Association assigns once every two years “to Men and Women who make Milan great.”

The award goes to leading cultural and intellectual figures chosen by the Honor Committee from a list of names. The committee is formes by the board members of the Friends Association, the Mayor of Milan and the spokesman for the Arts of the City Council.

During a gala,  that is also a fundraising event for the Museum, the winners receive a silver medallion with the image of Pollaiolo’s famous painting “Portrait of a Lady” – icon of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum and of the Friends Association.





Award Winners

2011 - 7th Edition
Il Fontanile - Cooperativa Sociale di Solidarietà Onlus
Civica Scuola di Liuteria del Comune di Milano

2010 - 6th Edition
Livia Pomodoro, Silvio Garattini, Giovanni Soldini, Caterina Caselli
2008 – 5th Edition
Stéphane Lissner, Giulia Maria Mozzoni Crespi, Davide Rampello, Patricia Terzi Sartorio
2006 – 4th Edition
Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Pier Luigi Cerri, Vico Magistretti
2004 – 3rd Edition
Carlo Feltrinelli, Gianfranco Ferré, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, Massimo Vitta Zelman
2002 – 2nd Edition
Diana Bracco de Silva, Pinin Brambilla Barcilon, Giovanna Cavazzoni, Andrée Ruth Shammah
2001 – 1st Edition
Riccardo Muti, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Don Gino Rigoldi, Umberto Veronesi

Déjeuner – Conférence

The Déjeuner-Conférence is the exclusive cultural luncheon that the Association hosts in particularly prestigious locations, inviting major cultural figures, art experts and critics to discuss a topic having a close connection to the event’s unique venue.

On recent occasions, Davide Rampello illustrated the fundamental role which the Triennale Art Building plays on the Milan cultural scene; Philippe Daverio discoursed brilliantly on the Baroque in Milan; Giò Marconi, Carla Pellegrini, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Gillo Dorfles talked about artists who lived and worked in Milan in the 1970s; Philippe Daverio again and Vanni Pasca offered valuable insights into the world of Italian design.
Among the protagonists of past luncheons were Indro Montanelli and Enzo Bettiza, who in 2001 dealt with the theme of conversation with a “Dialogue on Important Personalities of the 20th Century”; plus Professor Cesare Mozzarelli, author Edgarda Ferri and Professor Giorgio Rumi, who in 2000 talked about the 18th century (history, landscape, lifestyle, leisure) in one of the finest 18th century villas in the Brianza district north of Milan.


Contact info
Organizing secretary’s office
Federica Fusi

Via G. Morone 8 – 20121 Milano
Tel: +39 02-780872 – Cell. +39 366 5830536
Email: amici-poldipezzoli@libero.it 

Opening hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.