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MAMbo is located in the former Forno del Pane premises.

From bakery to storage space
The first section was built in 1915 by Mayor of Bologna Francesco Zanardi as a municipal bakery, aimed at solving the citizens of Bologna's supply problems during World War I.
The building was subsequently enlarged between 1928-29 to host the Ente Autonomo dei Consumi, closed in 1935.
During the Seventies it underwent other changes to finally become a municipality storage space.

The recovery project
The transformation of the old bakery in the new home of MAMbo started in the second half of the Nineties.
The recovery project took place with a special care to the respect and enhancement of the existing architectural features.
The restoration, conceived by Aldo Rossi, was commissioned by the city of Bologna to Finanziaria Bologna Metropolitana, with the help of Studio Arassociati Milan.

The seat of MAMbo – Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna
Since the restoration has been finished, the former Forno del Pane is dislocated on three floors.
The wide entrance on the ground floor hosts the Foyer and the Sala delle Ciminiere, still displaying the former bakery's chimneys, now housing temporary exhibitions.
On the same floor are the Bar/Ristorante Ex Forno del Pane and the MAMbo bookshop, both accessible also from the outer portico.
The basement is shared by the Education Department and the Conference Room, which overlook the Cavaticcio garden and the Manifattura delle Arti.
The mezzanine houses the Library of contemporary art, where also magazines can be consulted.
The first floor is reserved to the Permanent Collection exhibition halls of MAMbo and of Museo Morandi.
On the other floors are hosted offices and warehouses of the museum.
Outdoor spaces are designed to connect the MAMbo complex to the Manifattura delle Arti through the Cavaticcio garden.