What to do between one Fashion Show and another? Milan is not only the Italian Fashion’s Capital but also offers unique cultural entertainment all year long. Here is a list of exhibitions you can visit while strolling around the city looking for a break from the hectic mood of Men’s Fashion Week.
You are busy running around to get to the Fashion Show venues. But when you finally get the break you longed for all day, you stop and ask yourself “OK, now what?”. Swide helps you out with a choice of exhibitions you can’t miss if you are in town.
- Cézanne. Les Atéliers du Midi.
Dedicated to the Aix-en-Provence artist born in 1839, the exhibition displays paintings from the ateliers Jas de Bouf-fan and Les Lauves. On show, 40 works that include portraits, plein air landscapes, still lives.
Until February 26th.
Milano, Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, tel. (0039) 02 88445181
- Artemisia Gentileschi
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was a young, strong and talented woman. She was also the daughter of Orazio Gentileschi, who today is regarded worldwide as a renowned Italian painter of The Caravaggio’s School. The exhibit will display the paintings in chronological order following her life.
Until January 29th.
Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, tel. (0039) 02 542727
Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith slaying Holofernes
- Pixar. 25 years of cartoon cinema
Drawings, sculptures and installations recount the adventure of the United States Studio founded by John Lasseter and Steve Jobs. More than 500 works on display with two special installations by star Italian architect Fabio Fornasari.
Until February 14th.
PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Via Palestro 14, tel. (0039) 02 884 46359/ 46360
Pixar in Milan
- Apocalittico Botticelli
La Madonna del Padiglione and la Natività Mistica
Thanks to an exchange with the National Gallery of London Natività Mistica by Botticelli lands in Milan, which will be displayed next to the Madonna del Padiglione, already part of the Ambrosiana Collection. Don’t forget to see the many other beautiful works in the collection like the preparatory drawings of the School of Athens by Raffaello, the Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio and the drawings exhibit of the Atlantic Code by Leonardo.
Until February 5th.
Veneranda Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Piazza Pio XI 2, tel. (0039) 02 80692360
Botticelli, Natività Mistica
- La Transavanguardia
66 works on display by the five most important protagonists of this artistic movement that was born in 1979: Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Nicola De Maria e Mimmo Paladino.
Until March 4th.
Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, tel. (0039) 02 88456796
Mimmo Paladino, The Earthquake
- Robert Mapplethorpe
178 photos on display, from the Polaroid of the 70ies to the still life photos, from the portraits to the series dedicated to Lisa Lyon, from the males photographs to the homage to Patty Smith or the children melancholic portraits.
Until April 9th.
Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro 1, tel. (0039) 02 58118067
Ken Moody and Robert Sherman
- Tribute to Marilyn, three hundred sixty special
50 years since her death: the exhibition is a tribute to this eternal beauty with a display of several works (collages and paintings) dedicated to Marilyn by world-known artists Mimmo Rotella and works by Giuliano Grittini.
Until August 5th.
Collezione Privata Castello Pozzi, Viale Berengario 8, tel. (0039) 02 36706899
From Tuesday to saturday previous appointment
Giuliano Grittini, Marilyn LIFE
- From Bacon to Beatles. New images from Europe in the rock era.
The exhibit recalls the atmosphere of the 50ies and the 60ies with 70 works between sculptures and paintings that focus on the figurative movement by Giacometti all the way to 1968 with Bacon (and Dubuffet, Appel…). The visitors are accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack that spans from Elvis to the Beatles.
Until February 12th
Palazzo della Permanente, via Filippo Turati 34 Milano, , tel. (0039) 02 6551445
Richard Hamilton - Swingeing
- Into the surface
An interesting collective of emerging artists that experiment from traditional media to unusual ones, relating themselves to the concept of abstraction. A chance to visit the space of this gallery that opened very recently.
Brand New Gallery, via Farini 32, (0039) 02 89053083
Lisa Williamson, Diagrams
- Street artists Collective
6 street artist – IVAN, PAO, NAIS, TAWA, TVBOY and SEACREATIVE – turned the big wave-shaped wall that very recently hosted the masterpieces of De La Tour into a street art collective work. A beautiful way to give to street artists, who have a lot to say, the space they often can’t find to express themselves.
Until January 31st
Spazio Superground, Via Bussola 4, tel. (0039) 02 89070527
- Leonard Freed. I love Italy
It has had so much success that the closing date has been postponed: the exhibit shows 100 vintage and modern photos by American photographer Leonard Freed, who represented Italy from Post- 2nd World War onwards with emotional, intimate black and white photography.
Until January 22nd
Palazzo delle Stelline, Fondazione Stelline, Corso Magenta 61, tel. (0039) 02 45462411
Leonard Freed, Milan
- Brera meets Puškin. Russian collectionism between Renoir and Matisse
17 masterpieces from Moscow’s Museo Puškin on display by Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Raffaëlli, Gauguin, Sisley, Monet, Pisarro, Rosseau, Picasso, Derain, Matisse.
Until February 5th
Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera 28, tel. (0039) 02 72263264 – 229
Monet, White water lily
- Museo del Novecento, Permanent Collection
Stop by at this recently opened Museum that features the most important collection of Futurists – the Milanese artistic movement about the Industrial Era – in the world, and a wider collection that spans from early XX Century Italian art to the works of today. Don’t miss the last floor: it has a wonderful view of Duomo Cathedral.
Museo del Novecento, Palazzo dell'Arengario, Via Marconi 1, tel. (0039) 02 88444061
Written by Elisa della Barba