Miuccia Prada

Collector, fashion house designer and head of the Fondazione Prada complex in Milan

Since opening her Rem Koolhaas-designed headquarters in Milan in 2015, Prada’s private art foundation has played continuous host to of-the-moment shows. Not least, this year: American artist Michael Wang’s ode to dying ecologies, and a survey of William N. Copley’s work (and his collection of other people’s art). A smaller Milan outpost, dedicated to photography, opened in January. The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied, an ‘exchange’ at Prada’s Venice palazzo between theorist Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, theatre designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann, was one of the most talked-about shows during the biennale, while Prada’s coproduction of Carne y Arena, a virtual-reality film and installation by Mexican director Alejandro J. Iñárritu, was a first (VR movie) when it screened in Cannes and will be a must-see when installed in Milan. A knack for being in the right place at the right time also led to a pop-up show in Athens in time for Documenta.