August 2019



Summer break

During the month of August many activities close for holidays. Where possible, in this section we indicate the relative closing and reopening dates of the galleries.

The 15th August is a national day known as “Ferragosto” in which the Vergin Mary Assumption is remembered. It will be really hard to find any exhibition, shop, cinema normally open …


Summer break of the following art galleries:

MAAB Gallery . Michael Biasi
Via Nerino 3 M1Duomo or Cordusio
Until September 1st


Galleria Moshe Tabibnia
Via Brera 3M3 Montenapoleone
Until September 3rd


Galleria Fumagalli
Via Bonaventura Cavalieri 6 • M3 Turati
Until August 24th


Via Alessandro Stradella 5 • M1 Lima
Until September 3rd


Fondazione Giò Marconi
Via Tadino, 15 • M1 Porta Venezia
Until September 1st


Viale Vittorio Veneto 30 • M1 Porta Venezia
Until August 25th


Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Via Stradella 1, Via Stradella 4 and Via Stradella 7 • M1 Lima
From August 10th to 25th


Fondazione Luciana Matalon
Foro Buonaparte 67 • M1 Cairoli
Until September 3rd


Studio Guenzani
Via Eustachi 10 • M1 Lima
Until September 3rd


Federica Schiavo
Via Michele Barozzi 6 • M1 Palestro
Until September 3rd


Museum guide

The new multilingual edition with over 78 places, such as museums and public exhibition spaces, illustrated, in a handy pocket format is now available free of charge in all tourist offices.


Tourist Museum Card 

A useful tool that provides access to the Sforza Castle Museums, the Museo del Novecento, the Modern Art Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, the Natural History Museum and all Civic Aquarium. The card can be purchased online (link in the ContactMI section) and at the ticket offices of the civic museums. 12€.



Palazzo Reale

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
Some exhibitions could be free

Until 1 September. “Miti e Figure tra Forma e Colore”  (Myths and Figures between Form and Color) solo show by Guido Pajetta, with over 90 works, divided into 8 exhibition sections, about sixty years’ work by the leading Milanese artist of the ‘900.Until 15 September. “Ugo Nespolo, fuori dal coro” (Ugo Nespolo, thinking out of the box) features two hundred works that exemplify Nespolo’s multiform creative research and his particular attention to materials: from wood to metals, from ceramics to glass. On show various frames and extraordinary movie posters too, conceived and designed by the artist for screenings in international museums in London, Berlin, Bucharest, Shanghai. Admission free.



Piazza del Duomo 20 M1/3 Duomo

Open every day 08.00-19.00. €2/3.

• Until 1 September. “Vetrata 25” is an exhibition at the Cathedral retrochoirof some ancient and precious parts from the fifteenth-century stained glass window n. 25, dedicated to Saint John Damascene. These precious masterpieces of glass art have been recently restored, and now they are exhibited to the public who can admire the details and the refined peculiarities before they are returned to their original location, at a fifteen-metre height.  


Milano Malpensa Airport

Club SEA Lounges, Sala Albinoni, Arrivi,Terminal 1

Until 30 November. “Energy of Space” is a monographic exhibition by the painter Aldo Rota, celebrating the historic moonlanding in 1969. Travelers in transit at the airport will be welcomed by this exhibition which offers a series of selected paintings created between 2015 and 2019.



Viale Alemagna 6 • M1/2 Cadorna

Open Tues-Sun 10.30-20.30, Mon closed.
Coffee: Until July 28th: ​​Tuesday – Sunday – 10.30 – 20.30
From 29 July to 26 August the Café will be closed
Outdoor coffee: Tuesday – Sunday – 10.30 – 20.30
The Terrazza Triennale restaurant Tuesday – Sunday – 12.00 – 01.00; Monday 18.00 – 01.00; From 6 to 23 August: Monday – Sunday – 18.00 – 01.00; From 12 to 19 August, the restaurant will be 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.

Until 1st September. “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival.” This thematic exhibition is an in-depth exploration of the connection between humans and the natural environment. A vital link that has been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years.
Austria presents the project “Circular Flows. The Toilet Revolution” which is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum, Milan.
The German exhibition space is set up by the famous Italian German filmmaker Armin Linke with the curation of Anselm Franke in the exceptional sculptural structure of the double staircase designed in 1963 by Carlo Ramous for the XIII Triennale and forgotten ever since.

The Italian Design Museum presents a selection of the most iconic and representative pieces of Italian design, part of the 1,600 objects in the Triennale Collection.


Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Piazza Pio XI° 2 • M1/3 Duomo

Open: Tues-Sun 08.30-19. Mon closed. Admission €10/20.

As well as the permanent exhibitions:
The famous preparatory cardboard for the School of Athens by Raffaello, after four years of restoration, is back in a new layout inside room 5 of the Picture Gallery. In this regard the architect Stefano Boeri stated: “In the room that hosts the Cartoon of Raphael, we strongly wanted the presence of a huge solid wooden table, created by Riva1920 from a 150 years old oak, because we believed that the space of contemplation of the extraordinary drawing that represents a School could become a School itself. The big didactic table turns the Sala V of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana into a silent and powerful School where the visitor can both admire the Cartoon and read and learn in historical books that deal in detail with its history, origin and deep meaning”. The video in English at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na0JoPvLiug
or the safety of this painting the largest single-door window in the world has been set up. Structural engineers, mechanical engineers and kinematics experts have been called upon to resolve some critical issues, such as stability, safety, air and humidity resistance.


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).


Gallerie d’Italia

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.
5 May free admission (first Sunday of the month),
12 May reduced admission for mothers (Mother’s Day)

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!

Until 1 September.  “13 Storie dalla Strada” (13 Stories from the Road) a year-long journey through the social and urban universe of 13 homeless photographers. The exhibition stems from the collaboration with Ri-scatti Onlus, which since 2015 has carried out projects of social integration through photography, organizing photography workshops for homeless people, men and women, Italian and foreign, selected with the help of the Department of Social Policies of the Municipality of Milan and followed by Witness Journal photojournalists.


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.

Until 6th October. “Le Impronte della Memoria” (The Impressions of Memory) by Remo Bianco. On show over 70 works by the artist, retracing the steps of his artistic research and representing the paths of his life and work, intertwined in an extraordinary creative energy flow.


GAM Galleria Arte Moderna

Via Palestro 16 • M1 Palestro

Open Mon 14.30-19.30; Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 9.30-19.30; Thurs, Sat 9.30-22.30.  €10/12

• Until 8 September. Solo show by the contemporary artist Andrea Ventura. A deep study on his work, among the one hundred-plus mixed-technique paintings, there are also numerous portraits that the artist has created in recent years for major international magazines such as the New Yorker and the New York Times.


Hangar Bicocca

Via Chiese 2 • M5 Ponale

Open Thurs-Sun 11.30-19.00, Thurs until 22.30. Admission free

Permanent exhibition. “I Sette Palazzi Celesti” a site-specific installation by Anselm Kiefer with five large paintings and seven “heavenly towers” which are part of a single artwork.

  • Until 15th September. “Remains” solo show by Sheela Gowda from Bangalore, one of the contemporary art leading names in India. On this occasion her work ranges from 1996 to the present time, including watercolours, prints, and site-specific installations from drawing, to sculpture, to large-scale installation, and involves the use of materials that often convey cultural values linked to the context they stem from.


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 artifacts 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.

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.

Until 15 September. “Fibbie! Moda, Arte e Gioiello” (Buckles! Fashion, Art and Jewel). For the first time on show, a selection of hundreds of shoe, belt and hat buckles, signed by the world most important jewelry and bijoux companies, including Fabergé, Tiffany & Co., Piel Frères, Theodor Fahrner and William B. Kerr. Also on show, the prototypes made in the 1960s by the historic Fondarte foundry in collaboration with various contemporary artists, including Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalì and Franco Russo, plus belts with artist buckles made by Claudio Orciani in the Nineties in collaboration with Mario Ceroli, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Valeriano Trubbiani.

Until 29 November. Rosanna Schiaffino’s wardrobe is on show for the first time. 40 dresses retrace the career and the style changes of the actress: from pin-up style to elegance icon with outfits by Forquet, Marucelli, Yves Saint-Laurent, Valentino and Ferré.


Castello Sforzesco

Piazza Cairoli • M1 Cairoli

Open Tues-Sun.09.00-17.30

Admission to the courtyards free. Admission to the exhibitions €3/5

Guided tours in English every Saturday at 15.00. Advance booking is recommended. The tour is confirmed with any number of participants. If you haven’t booked in advance, you can join the group at the Main Entrance, near the Ticket Desk, at 14.45. €8. Infos and booking: https://bit.ly/2LyT7GL


Villa Necchi Campiglio

Via Mozart 12/14 • M1 Palestro

Open Wed-Sun 10.00-18.00. €4/9.

• Until September. “La stanza di Filippo de Pisis. Luigi Vittorio Fossati Bellani e la sua collezione” (The Filippo de Pisis room. Luigi Vittorio Fossati Bellani and his collection). The exhibition brings together for the first time the art works that Fossati Bellani had collected and set up in his home in Rome, as a tribute to his passion for the paintings by Filippo de Pisis, which he loved to combine with the refined canvases by Savinio, Rosai and de Witt.


Studio Museo Francesco Messina

Via San Sisto 4/a M1/3 Duomo

Open Tues. Sun. 10.00-18.00. Admission free

Until 27 October. “Il Cielo Ritrovato” (mixed media on canvas, 2019) a monumental painting by the artist Roberto Fanari, 12 meters long and 6 meters wide, divided into two panels (6×6) composed of 36 canvases each. The painting is placed at a 12 meters height, just below the ceiling vault.


Fondazione Luciana Matalon

Foro Buonaparte 67 • M1 Cairoli

Open Wed-Sat 10-19, Mon-Tues closed. Admission free.

• Until 14 September. “Paesaggi Spaesati” monographic show by the singer Augusto Daolio (co-founder of the Nomadi group). Of his paintings, he stated “I created paintings where men are not always visible, but they know how to mix things, exchanges roles, become a horse and a tree, a gesture, a hand, eyes and the infinite sky as a theater, an ideal staging.”


Grossetti Arte Contemporanea

Piazza XXV Aprile, 11/b, walk down the central staircase

Open in July. Mon. Fri. 11-13; 14-19. Admission free

Collection in progress. “Rest.” Artworks by the Swedish artist 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.


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 and 5,000 pages of drawings, most of which are still to be interpreted. The exhibition features discoveries, world premieres and interactive activities, 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.


Zazà Ramen noodle bar & restaurant

Via Solferino 48 • M2 Moscova/M3 Turati

Open Mon-Sun 12.00-15.00/19.00-23.00

Until 4 October. Zazà Ramen presents a site-specific installation by Paris based artist, Rafael Yossef Herman, who portrays the hidden existence of nocturnal darkness, enabling the viewer to experience a visual sensation that would be impossible to experience with simple human sight. Through his works the artist creates a new reality depicting trees, paths, and clearings in the forests or open fields with flowers. The use of nature is a practical tool rather than the work’s main subject, which is light, absence, and the psychology of vision.


Studio d’Arte Cannaviello

Piazzetta Bossi • M1 Duomo

Open Tues.-Sat. 11.00-19.00 or by apointment

• Until 17 September. “I Giardini dell’Essere” solo show by the painter Elena Vavaro, with twenty,various-size watercolors, created in recent years. The artist depicts human figures, sometimes hidden, which intertwine and mix with plant elements.


Loom Gallery

Via Marsala 7 • M2 Moscova    

Open Tues.-Sat. 12.00-19.00. Admission free.

  • Until 15 September. “Overview” by the sculptor Paul Gees, who uses unpolished stones, metal and wood.