M9 is a project of the Venice Foundation with an international scope and a newly conceived district.
The Museo del Novecento is distributed in a large central area of Mestre for a total of 9 hectares distributed over 7 buildings, 3 of which are newly built; 2 spaces in use today, in the past they were occupied by the former Caserme Matter - once a convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie - and Pascoli.
The museum part represents the largest section consisting of more than 2,600 square meters, divided over two floors, of permanent exhibition and a further 1,400 square meters dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The purpose of M9 is to make the past known, understand the present and trust the future, a place in which to represent, study and question modernity and contemporaneity, seasoned with architectural quality, innovative services and new collective spaces.
The permanent exhibition - whose contents have been curated by 47 people including historians, sociologists, demographers, architects and writers - enjoys digital materials from more than 100 different archives - for a total of 60 multimedia and interactive installations - whose story of the twentieth century is divided into 8 themes:
- As we were, as we are. Demography and social structures: a representation of how environmental conditions, migratory flows, war events and economic fluctuations have impacted on the size and composition of the population, on social roles and on the dynamics of family structures;
- The Italian way of life. Consumption, customs and lifestyles: a journey through time to discover how much consumption patterns and lifestyles have changed in the twentieth century and how the change was also favored by the introduction of technology and the influence of the media mass;
- The race for progress. Science, technology, innovation: an interactive path leads the visitor behind the scenes of daily life to discover how the technological mechanisms have pushed the transformation, almost without realizing it;
- Money money money. Economy, work, production and well-being: a reflection on how industrialization and the outsourced society during the twentieth century recorded a general widespread wealth in Italy, in parallel with the decline we have been experiencing in the last 10 years;
- Let's take a look around. Landscapes and urban settlements: a vision of how the economic and social transformations of the 1900s have changed not only the habits and customs of Italians but also the spaces in which they live and the landscapes they observe;
- Res publica. The state, institutions, politics: a passionate story about the collective events and phenomena that have marked the political and institutional evolution of the country, the acquisition of citizenship and the rules of the game of democratic coexistence;
- Being Italians. Education, training and information: a look at the newborn Italian nation, as a unitary state, and how teaching and learning a common language has contributed to spreading a shared culture and sense of belonging;
- To be recognized. What makes us feel Italian: an identity trail of Italic culture and genius, which distinguishes us in the world and unites us, in analogy or contrast with other peoples with an ironic parenthesis on clichés, stereotypes, habits, quirks, idioms and to do that we are buckled by foreigners.
In addition to the cultural section: a media library-archive, areas for educational activities, events and services to the public and 280 square meters that host an Auditorium-Cinema with a 4k screen and 200 seats equipped with VR viewers for collective virtual reality projections , unique in Italy.
The cultural container is inserted in a modern smart city, a space for sharing, accessible to all and sustainable for the environment: M9, with its 276 photovoltaic panels, will be able to produce 86,000 kWh of solar energy per year and become one of the first districts Italians to obtain LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental and energy sustainability certification.