On Sunday 2nd December all the following public museums are free: Castello Sforzesco, Museo del Novecento, GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Acquario, Museo Archeologico, Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, Studio Museo Francesco Messina, Palazzo Morando, Palazzo Moriggia , Cenacolo Vinciano (booking required), Pinacoteca di Brera, Gallerie d’Italia
Piazza Duomo 12 • M1, M3 Duomo
Open Mon 14.30-19.30; Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 9.30-19.30; Thurs, Sat 9.30-22.30.
Tickets: €10/12 + €1.50 fee for online reservations. The ticket office closes one hour before exhibition closing time. For reservations visit www.vivaticket.it
- Until 3 February. “Carlo Carrà.” This exhibition traces the entire artistic journey of the Master through his most significant works, from the divisionist beginnings to the great masterpieces that made him one of the leading exponents of Futurism and Metaphysics. Paintings, landscapes and still lives; including his return to realism from the 1920s, without neglecting the great compositions of figures dating back to the thirties. € 6/12, under 6 free.
- Until 17 February. “Picasso Metamorfosi” features approximately 200 pieces: Picasso’s works, but also ancient art, such as pottery, vases, statues, votive plaques, reliefs, idols, steles, which inspired and deeply influenced the great master. The works come from the Musée National Picasso in Paris and other important European museums such as, among others, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Vatican Museums, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Musée Picasso of Antibes, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. €12/14, under 14 €6, www.mostrapicassomilano.it.
Sala degli Alessi, Piazza della Scala, 2 • M1/3 Duomo
Opening hours to the public
Every day from 9.30 to 20.00 (last admission at 19.30)
Thursday from 9.30 to 22.30 (last admission at 22.00)
December 7 closing at 12.00 (last admission at 11.30)
24 and 31 December closing at 6.00 pm (last admission at 5.30 pm)
8, 25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January open from 9.30 to 20.00 (last admission at 19.30)
- Until 13 January. Like every year at Christmas, Milan City Hall presents a masterpiece. This year it is the turn of the “The Adoration of the Magi” by Perugino, a Renaissance masterpiece on loan by the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria.
Viale Alemagna 6 • M1/2 Cadorna
Open Tues-Sun 10.30-20.30, Thurs until 23.00, Mon closed.
This venue is itself an interesting piece of architecture, designed by Giovanni Muzio and built in 1931-33 specifically for exhibitions. The Torre Branca nearby offers the chance to see Milan from about 100 metres up, at certain times of day and in the evening.
- New permanent exhibition. The sculpture “Cavalletto” in bronze and varnish by Gianfranco Ferroni is now permanently placed in the foyer of the Triennale Teatro dell’Arte.
- New permanent exhibition. The 7 metres tall marble sculpture “Il Seme dell’Altissimo” by Emilio Isgrò, previously placed at the 2015 Expo grounds entrance, has now been placed near the Triennale in the Sempione Park. On show a selection from Isgrò’s archives of fashion, furnishings, films, graphic works, publications, along with a monumental sculpture.
- Until 9 December. “Marubi archive.” 169 images preserve the memory of over one century of Albanian living, and depict a part of the photographic heritage of the Marubi Museum in Shkoder, the first photo museum in Albania.
- Until 20 January. “Il Design Italiano,” a selection of 180 works – mostly from the Triennale Permanent Collection, chronologically organized from 1902 to 1998, and identified as the most representative of Italian design. €9, Triennale Design Museum + other shows: €12.
- Until 20 January. “A Castiglioni”, great monographic exhibition as a tribute to Achille Castiglioni, whose design, dry and simple but rich in curiosity and irony, became a method to future generations. Most of the products designed by Castiglioni in collaboration with his brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo are still in production and are often still bestsellers.
GAM Galleria Arte Moderna
Via Palestro 16 • M1 Palestro
Open Tues-Sun 9.00-17.30. €3/5
- Permanent exhibitions. The rooms of this beautiful royal villa feature a large selection of artworks by Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Giovanni Boldini, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Francesco Hayez, Pompeo Marchesi, Andrea Appiani, Tranquillo Cremona, Giovanni Segantini, Federico Faruffini, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, Antonio Canova, Daniele Ranzoni, Medardo Rosso, and Gaetano Previati. Worth a visit!
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore 21 • M2 Sant’Ambrogio, buses 50, 58, 94
Open Tues-Fri 10-18, Sat and Sun 10-19. Admission €7,50/10.
- Saturdays and Sundays. With a ticket for the museum, visitors can take guided tours, in Italian with a translation on request, of the Galleria Leonardo and also of the collections of trains, ships and planes in the Transport section. There are currently three unique automobiles on display: the Bianchi 8HP, the Alfa Romeo Zagato 8C and the Bisiluro DaMolNar, symbols of the tradition that has turned Italian cars into world famous icons.
- Permanent exhibition. “Extreme”, in partnership with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics,) is a fascinating research area that explores matter in its most infinitesimal components. The exhibition reveals what goes on inside the laboratories of two of the largest research institutions that carry out experiments related to particle physics.
- Permanent exhibition. “I.Lab Leonardo.” In the run-up to the celebrations of Leonardo’s 500th death anniversary in 2019, a new area brings Leonardo’s work to light from a historical point of view, but above all explores his way of working, aiming to stimulate visitors to think out of the box. The new laboratory is divided into two areas: a workshop space, dedicated to the machines and the shipyard where visitors can experiment, disassemble and build Leonardo’s machines, and an Atelier space on arts and apprenticeship.
- Inside the Aero-Naval Pavillion. “Luna Rossa,” the rigid wing catamaran AC72 which was a finalist in the selection regattas for the 34th America’s Cup challenge (San Francisco 2013).
Piazza della Scala 6 • M1 Duomo
The Gallery and the library open Tue-Sun 9.30-19.30; Thurs until 22.30; closed Mon. €3/5/10. Coffee shop opens from 8.00 to 22.30.
For the openings during the festivities see www.gallerieditalia.com, or call 800.167619
Payments through POS contactless “Paygo” or the new smartphone app “JiffyPay”.
Staff wearing the ChiediMI badge are available to give free tours around each room to illustrate the museum spaces. Audioguides in nine languages are also available for free.
- Permanent exhibitions. The sumptuous palace belonging to the Intesa Sanpaolo bank holds a large number of artworks ranging from the 19th (197 from Canova to Boccioni) to the 20th century (189 from the Second World War on). Worth a visit!
- From 15th January to 17 February. “Altri Alfabeti” solo show by Franca Ghitti.
Via Turati 34 • M3 Turati
Open Mon.-Sun. 09.30/20.00, Thurs until 22.30.
€10/14, under 17 €5/6. www.caravaggiomilano.it
- Until 27 January. “Tex. 70 Anni di un Mito.” For 70 years Italian cartoon hero Tex Willer, adventurer, ranger, and Navajo chief, has lived epic and memorable stories, battling villains and rescuing unjustly persecuted Indian tribes. He rode the dusty trails of the old West, the burning deserts of Mexico and the cold regions of the Great North. On show drawings, photographs, rare materials, installations created specifically for this event.
Until 27 January. “Caravaggio. Oltre la tela: La mostra immersiva” (Caravaggio. Beyond the canvas: The immersive exhibition). This extraordinary, original multimedia experience will leave you with a deeper knowledge of the artist thanks to several unpublished or little known episodes that belong to the intimate and private sphere of his troubled existence. The exhibition uses new and sophisticated technologies to accompany the visitor along an immersive cinematographic journey.
Fondazione Luciana Matalon
Foro Buonaparte 67 • M1 Cairoli
Open Tues-Sun 10-19, Fri. until 22. Mon closed. €7/9, under 5 free.
Until 9 December. “Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Milano 2018” 50,000 photos by professional and non-professional photographers from 92 countries were selected at the end of last year by an international jury of experts, based on creativity, artistic value and technical complexity for this photography competition organized by the Natural History Museum in London. This exhibition showcases the prize winners, divided into 16 categories which portray the Earth’s incredible biodiversity, its most hidden and mysterious sides. But above all, in this edition the focus is more than ever on protecting the planet. The landscapes, the botanical and the animal kingdom, immortalized by the photographers, are a visual testimony of an environment we have to defend and preserve. The first prize winner is the South African photographer Brent Stirton’s photo of a rhino just mutilated of its horn inside the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, the oldest African nature reserve. In addition, the exhibition illustrates all the winning images and finalists divided into categories: Portraits of animals, Birds, Invertebrates, Amphibians and Reptiles, Mammals, Black and white, Urban wildlife, Terrestrial environments, Animals in their environment, Plants and Mushrooms, Underwater.
Spazio Ventura XV
Via Ventura 15 • M2 Lambrate
Open Wed.- Sun 10.00-19.00. €15/18, under 5 free.
• Until December. “Real Bodies, oltre il corpo umano” (Real Bodies, beyond the human body)a new edition with 450 elements, including whole cadavers and human organs preserved with the plastination technique. There are many new sections, such as “Immortality”, an area dedicated to the scientific endeavours to prolong man’s existence, between cryopreservation and biogenetics. In addition, there is a section dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci, with over 30 reproductions inspired by his sketches, a section on biomechanics and one on comparative anatomy between human and animal organs.
Museo di Storia Naturale
Corso Venezia 55 • M1 Palestro, tram 9, 29, 30 Passante Porta Venezia
Open Tues-Sun, 09.00-17.30, Mon closed. €3/5
- Permanent exhibition. This is the biggest museum in Italy and boasts 23 halls with about 700 window cases. Make sure to pay a visit to the fauna and flora gallery: its 83 dioramas, 6 of which are brand new, have been created precisely for the protection of the species on display, some of which are already on the brink of extinction.
Museo del Novecento
Via Marconi 1 • M1, M3 Duomo
Open Mon. 14.30-19.30, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 9.30-19.30, Thurs, Sat 9.30-22.30 €3/5
- Permanent exhibitions. This museum is housed in the pre-Fascist era Palazzo dell’Arengario, designed by the famous architects Griffini, Magistretti, Muzio and Portaluppi. It houses a collection of more than 4,000 contemporary works of art.
Via Chiese 2 • M5 Ponale
Open Thurs-Sun 11.30-19.00, Thurs until 22.30. Admission free
• Permanent exhibition .“I Sette Palazzi Celesti” asite-specific installation by Anselm Kiefer with five large paintings and seven “heavenly towers” which are part of a single artwork.
• Until 13 January. “The last days in Galliate” by the Portuguese sculptor Leonor Antunes. This is her first major exhibition in Italy, conceived as a complex site-specific installation inside the 1,400 square metres of the Hangar’s so-called Shed space. Created in natural and organic materials such as rope, wood, leather, brass, rubber and cork, on which the signs of time remain visible, her sculptures are made with artisanal techniques, in sharp contrast to mass production. Antunes’ effort is to preserve and pass on traditional knowledge.
Galleria San Fedele
Via Ulrico Hoepli 3 a-b, Entrance from the Church • M1 Duomo/San Babila
- Turn on collection. Inside some new exhibition halls, a private collection which includes about a hundred art works gathered by the artist, designer and architect Nanda Vigo. Among these, you’ll see masterpieces by Lucio Fontana, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, Christian Megert, Jan Schoonhoven, Günther Uecker, Vincenzo Agnetti, Gianni Colombo, Carla Accardi, Otto Piene, Mimmo Rotella, Jan Fabre, Giò Pomodoro, Christo, which will be exhibited on rotation.
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Via Mozart 12/14 • M1 Palestro
Open Wed-Sun 10.00-18.00 Admission free
- New permanent exhibition. Against the splendid backdrop of this villa, managed by the Italian National Trust and designed by Piero Portaluppi, viewers can take in 21 works on paper by Pietro Marussig, Mario Sironi, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Lucio Fontana donated by the heirs of the Guido Sforni Collection.
- Until 6 January. “Case Milanesi 1923-1973”, an exhibition dedicated to the flourishing fifty years from the post-war period to the early seventies, when the Milanese residential architecture redesigned the concept of urban living in the new context of the modern city. In those years, famous architects such as Piero Portaluppi, Giovanni Muzio, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Vico Magistretti, Aldo Andreani, Gio Ponti, Ignazio Gardella, Figini and Pollini turned Milan into an open-air museum of the twentieth century.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Via Alessandro Manzoni 12 • M3 Montenapoleone.
Open Tues-Sun 10.00-18.00, closed Mon Tickets: €8
- New permanent exhibition. On the occasion of the opening of three new rooms, three collections are being exhibited that have never been shown to the public before. In the first room, an exceptional collection of watches from the 16th to the 20th centuries, similar to those of the Louvre in Paris, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York and of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva. In the second room a collection of archaeological finds, a significant ceramic nucleus of IV-III century BC. In the third room, 18th century china artefacts by European manufacturers. The works made in Meissen are outstanding.
- Recent acquisitions. The archaeological section, with about two hundred finds collected by the Poldi Pezzoli family, has been recently enriched by two new acquisitions. One of them is a male head in metal from the Greek Roman period, which documents the collecting trends of the nineteenth century European scene which then continued on to the twentieth century.
Museo di Milano
Via Sant’Andrea 6 • M1 San Babila
Open Tues-Sun 9.30-13, 14-17.30, Mon closed. Info: tel. 0288446056/7. Admission free
This Museum, in the heart of the fashion district, is housed in an 18th century building, Palazzo Morando Attendolo Bolognini, whose exterior has been recently restored. Its collections present the history of Milan in the 18th and 19th centuries, with paintings, documents, prints etc. The period furnishings contribute to the overall atmosphere.
Piazza Cairoli • M1 Cairoli
Admission free to the courtyards. €3/5 admission to the exhibitions
- Guided tours in English every Saturday at 15.00. Booking in advance is kindly required. The tour is confirmed with any number of participants. If you haven’t booked in advance, please reach the group at the Main Entrance, near the Ticket Desk, at 14.45. €8. Infos and booking: https://bit.ly/2LyT7GL
• Until 13 January. “Madonna Tadini” by Jacopo Bellini (Venice 1450). This newly restored painting is exhibited in the XXIII room of the Pinacoteca. Other masterpieces in this space are the Madonna in Glory and Saints (1497) by Andrea Mantegna, the Madonna with the Child, saints and angels (1429-1432) by Filippo Lippi and the Madonna with Child (1460-1465) by Giovanni Bellini.
- Until 13 January. “Vesperbild. At the origins of Michelangelo’s Pietà” inside the rooms of the Ancient Spanish Hospital, this exhibition aims to illustrate the Vesperbild theme (‘ima ge of vespers’), which in Italy takes the name of Pietà, and the development of this iconography from the first Nordic examples to the classical interpretation by Michelangelo in the Vatican Pietà (whose cast will be on show).
Until10 February. “The End of History” retrospective with sculptures by the Californian artist Barry X Ball made of metals, marbles, alabasters, onyxes and lapis lazuli. Unmissable an unprecedented Pietà (2017) tribute to the famous Pietà Rondanini,
Grossetti Arte Contemporanea
Piazza XXV Aprile, 11/b, walk down the central staircase
Open. Tues. Sat 11-13; 14-19. Admission free
- Collection in progress. “Rest.” Artworks by the Swedish Mats Bergquist flanked by others artists such as Gastini, Dadamaino, Calderara, Nigro, Aricò, Spagnulo and Carrino. An entire wall is dedicated to the works by the young artists Tancredi Mangano
Wow Spazio Fumetto
Viale Campania 12 • Passante Ferroviario Porta Vittoria, tram 27, buses 73, 90, 91, 93
Open Tues-Fri 15.00-19.00, Sat and Sun 15.00-20.00. € 4/7
- Until 13 January. “Corriere Dei Piccoli. 110 anni di Fumetto in Italia.” (The Children Courier. 110 years of Italian Comics”.) The first Italian comic strip was published on December 27, 1908, one hundred and ten years ago. For many years, from 1908 to the second postwar period, in the Corriere dei Piccoli the comics were not published as we know them today: instead of the familiar clouds there were agile rhyming stanzas, placed under each drawing. The memorable texts of ‘Corrierino’ were one of the reasons of the extraordinary success of the magazine and its unforgettable characters.
Casa Museo Mangini Bonomi
Museo delle Meraviglie
Via dell’Ambrosiana, 20 • M1 Cordusio
- Permanent exhibition. The aim of this collection is to preserve testimonies and conquests of past civilisations that time and the hustle and bustle of everyday living is slowly wiping out.
Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano
Via Jan 15 • M1 Lima
Open Tues-Sun 10.00-18.00.
- Permanent exhibition. On these premises, once inhabited by the married couple Antonio Boschi (1896-1988) and Marieda Di Stefano (1901-1968), about three-hundred exhibits have been selected from over two thousand works donated to the City of Milan in 1974. The collection includes paintings, sculptures and drawings, and represents an extraordinary testimony to the history of 20th-century Italian art from the first decade to the end of the Sixties.
Largo Isarco 2 • M3 Lodi Tibb
Open Mon, Wed, Thu, 10.00-20.00; Fri, Sat, Sun, 10.00-21.00
- Until 25 February. “Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque” more than 80 works created by 63 international artists, of which over 25 are presented exclusively at the Prada Foundation. The exhibition goes beyond the traditional notion of Baroque and invites us to rethink seventeenth-century art, but also contemporary art, putting the figure of the artist and his role in society at the center.
Zazà Ramen noodle bar & restaurant
Via Solferino 48 • M2 Moscova/M3 Turati
Open Mon-Sun 12.00-15.00/19.00-23.00
- Until 24 March. “Work in Progress Project” is a mural representing more than 250 portraits of women. A special project by Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake: a homage to all the women who made history. Internationally known for the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, realized with Peter Blake and Joe Ephgraves in 1967, Jann Haworth and her daughter Liberty Blake created a mural to pay tribute to feminine figures who had a role in transforming the history of arts, science, and social justice. The collage technique reminds one of the iconic cover of the Beatles record.
Via Leopardi 32 • M1 Cadorna
Open. Mon.- Fri. 12.00-19.00. Morning and Sat by appointment. Admission free
- Until 21 December. “Casino Palermo.” Collective show with artworks by Oli Bonzanigo, Alessandro Calabrese, Martina Corà, Barbara De Ponti, Theo Drebbel, Ramak Fazel, Teresa Giannico, Guido Guidi, Takashi Homma and Alessandro Sambini, who collected traces and suggestions from the city of Palermo and new elements of study for new unpublished works.
mc2gallery contemporary art
Via Malaga 4, doorphone 72 • M2 Romolo, bus 90/91
Open Tues.-Fri. 15.00 -20.00
- Until 6 December. Solo show by Argentine artist Patricio Reig, who loves to experiment with alternative photographic processes, and techniques such as wet collodion, salt paper or pinhole photography. Reig has recently developed a personal technique: bitumen, coffee or sensitive emulsions applied to different types of cards, which give the images an ancient and precious look. His series TLMSLM (Todas Las Mujeres Son La Misma) consists of 10 portraits of women: while the faces are printed directly on plexiglass, behind the portraits inside the frames he inserts objects, fabrics, pieces of ancient books that belonged to them, thus creating a sort of time box.
Via Luca Signorelli 2/a • M5 Gerusalemme
Open Tues-Fri 10.00-12.30/15.30-19.00
- Until 21 December. Selected and high quality works for art collectors.
Museo del Risorgimento
Palazzo Moriggia, Via Borgonuovo 23 • M2 Lanza, M3 Montenapoleone, tram 1,2 Bus 41,61,94
Open Tues-Sun. 9-13/14-17.30. Admission free
This museum, designed in 1775 by Giuseppe Piermarini for the marquess family Moriggia, was the seat of the Foreign Ministry during the Napoleonic period and later of the Ministry of the War.
- Until 13 January. “Il Volto del Comando. Dal quadro al figurino storico” (The Face of Command. From the painting to the historical figure). On show 60 sculptures in scale 1.30 by Piersergio Allevi, painted by Danilo Cartacci from important Italian private collections. This is an interesting opportunity to admire the elegant uniforms of the officers and in particular of some Milanese protagonists of the Napoleonic era, and to revisit the military fashion of the period.
Fabbrica del Vapore
Ex Locale Cisterne and Spazio Due, Via Procaccini 4 • M5 Monumentale
Open Fri. 18-22, Sat. Sun. 12-20.
- Until 10 February. “Inside Magritte”, the new multimedia exhibition dedicated to the great French surrealist master René Magritte with images, sounds, music, evocations and suggestions that reconstruct his pictorial universe.
- Until 3 February. “Dinosaur Invasion” a full-scale jurassic park that appeals not only to children, but also to adults and families. Over 30 dinosaurs are on show, each one carefully recreated in its environment. €10/13.
Museo di Leonardo
Le Sale del Re, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, corner
Piazza della Scala • M1/3 Duomo
Open every day, 10.00-23.00. €11/12
Guided tours in Italian and English every Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 to 11.30
- Permanent exhibition. Multidisciplinary exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, the iconic engineer and artist who left 120 volumes which include 5,000 pages of drawings, most of which are still to be interpreted. The exhibition features discoveries, world premieres and interactive experiences, focusing on his writings, projects and studies for various machines and the methodology used for two of his most important works, which were created in Milan: The Last Supper and “Leonardo’s Horse” dedicated to Francesco Sforza.
Casa dell’Energia e dell’Ambiente
Piazza Po 3 • M1 Pagano + bus 61
Open Mon – Thurs 09.00 – 17.30, Fri 09.00 – 14.00. Admission free
- Until 28 December. “Gli Scali Ferroviari di Milano. Oggi, Prima di Domani” (namely The Milan’s railway yards. Today, before tomorrow). Marco Introini and Francesco Radino’s photos portray the Farini, Greco, Lambrate, Porta Romana, Rogoredo, Porta Genova and San Cristoforo railway yards, which together cover an area of 1,250,000 square metres. The yards are currently abandoned, but talks of redevelopment are underway.