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Mandala Lab, Milan

BAM - Biblioteca Degli Alberi Milano

March 24–April 21, 2024


Location & Hours

Located at BAM – Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano

Free and open to the public daily

  • Monday: 13:00–19:00
  • Tuesday: 13:00–19:00
  • Wednesday: 13:00–19:00
  • Thursday: 13:00–19:00
  • Friday: 13:00–19:00
  • Saturday/Sunday: 10:00–20:00


About the Mandala Lab

The Mandala Lab is an interactive installation that invites curiosity about our emotions. Consider how complex feelings show up in your everyday life and imagine how you might have the power to transform them.

Inspired by powerful Buddhist principles, the lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos accompanied by scents, a sculpture that invites collective breathing, and curated percussion instruments dipped in water—that guide you along an inner journey focused on self-awareness and awareness of others. See, smell, touch, and breathe your way through the space, designed to inspire connection, empathy, and learning.

Contact us for enquiries or group and school tours.


The Mandala Lab includes artist contributions from:

Laurie Anderson | Sanford Biggers | Tenzin Tsetan Choklay | Billy Cobham | Amit Dutta | Sheila E. | Peter Gabriel | Dame Evelyn Glennie | Sarah Hennies | Taku Hirano | Huang Ruo | Shivamani | Wang Yahui | Palden Weinreb | Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Scents created by Christophe Laudamiel



BAM – Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano, managed by the Riccardo Catella Foundation, is a Cultural Partner of the Rubin Museum of Art for Mandala Lab, Milan.

The first traveling Mandala Lab was commissioned by The Wellbeing Project as part of the artistic programming for the 2022 Wellbeing Summit in Bilbao, generously supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global.

Leadership support for the traveling Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is provided by The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Global.

Lead support of the Mandala Lab is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Dharma Joy Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Agnes Gund, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and the Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Chris K. Jones, Think Strong Scholarships, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, New York Life Insurance Company, and New York Life.

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

The Mandala Lab multiyear initiative is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Image Credits
Mandala Lab, Bilbao 2022. Photos by Javier de Paz Garcia and Vicente Paredes.
Mandala Lab, London at Canary Wharf, presented by London Design Festival. Photos by Ed Reeve, courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art & London Design Festival.

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