Milano will host a series of great exhibitions in Autumn 2021 and, even though it was difficult to choose the best, we’ve come up with this Top 10 list for you to get your fill of culture and beauty. And just to put the icing on the cake, we’re also giving you a preview of the exhibitions for the end of 2021 and the start of 2022.


Please remember to always show your Green Pass at the entrance; reservations are strongly recommended. Check the individual venues’ websites for updated info.

1. Claude Monet illuminates Palazzo Reale

From September 18th 2021 to January 30th 2022


Claude Monet. Works from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated exhibitions this autumn. 


The Parisian Musée holds the largest collection of the artist's works, 53 superb oeuvres await to delight the visitor comprising Water Lilies (1916-1919), Parliament, Reflections on the Thames (1905) and Roses (1925-1926), his last, and entirely magical, work. A unique occasion to admire works by the central figure of Impressionism that demonstrate his extraordinary skill at plein-air painting, his feeling for colour and his appreciation of light. 


The exhibition’s chronological order takes the visitor through Monet’s entire artistic allegory summing up the works that the French artist himself considered fundamental, intimate, private, so much so that he jealously safeguarded them in his home in Giverny. Oeuvres that he himself never wanted to sell, works that convey the profound emotions of his artistic genius.

2. Maurizio Cattelan invades Hangar Bicocca

From July 15th 2021 to February 20th 2022


“The fragility of life, memory and the sense of individual and community loss”: these are the themes addressed in Maurizio Cattelan's unique site-specific exhibition, Maurizio Cattelan, Breath Ghosts Blind, at Pirelli HangarBicocca from July 15th 2021 to February 20th 2022.


Through a sequence of distinct works, Cattelan gives the audience an insight into existential concepts and values that have been put to the test by the post-pandemic period.


Maurizio Cattelan is one of the best-known Italian artists in the world. Master in conceiving works that challenge the current system of values and often arouse heated public debates making both viewers and the media crucial players in the artistic process.  Will he succeed, once again, in the attempt to make us recognize the complexity and ambiguity of reality?

3. Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo at the Castello Sforzesco

From July 21st to October 24th 2021


Visitors be forewarned - you may risk catching the Stendhal syndrome, the psychosomatic malaise that occurs in the presence of wondrous works of art! 


From July 21st to October 24th, the main works in the exhibition dedicated to Italian Renaissance sculpture at the Castello Sforzesco, will be of outstanding beauty. Absolutely do not miss Il Corpo e l'Anima, da Donatello a Michelangelo. Scultura italiana del Rinascimento (Body and Soul, Italian Renaissance sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo). The exhibition will traverse history through artworks by, to name a few, Donatello, Antonio Pollaiolo, Bertoldo di Giovanni, Giovanfrancesco Rustici, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Guido Mazzoni, Bartolomeo Bellano, Cristoforo Solari, Tullio Lombardo, Andrea Riccio, Bambaia, Sansovino and, not least, Michelangelo, one of the greatest creators in the history of art.


The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Louvre Museum in Paris, where the works were on display prior to arriving in Milano.


Indulge yourself, let art intoxicate you!


If you purchase a ticket for the Estate Sforzesca performances you will receive a voucher that entitles you to reduced admission to the Castle Museums (€ 3) from June 11th to 20 July 20th, or reduced admission (€ 8) to the exhibition ‘Il Corpo e l’Anima, da Donatello a Michelangelo (The Body and the Soul, from Donatello to Michelangelo)’ + a visit to the Castello Sforzesco Museums from July 21st to October 24th, 2021.

4. The art of telling timeless stories: explore the world of Disney at Mudec

From September 2nd 2021 to February 13th 2022


The DISNEY. The art of telling timeless stories exhibition at Mudec - Museum of Cultures presents an insight into the extraordinary artistic talent of the Disney Studios who have always succeed in enchanting the public in the art of timeless storytelling. 


Over the decades, the Studios have skilfully transformed ancient tales and adapted them to the spirit of the times through the creation of fascinating characters, enchanted worlds and contemporary themes. Their message has remained unchanged but the narrative techniques and methods have evolved as years of creative exploration lies behind the final magical results.


The exhibition will give children of all ages the opportunity to explore behind the scenes of Disney's masterpieces and understand how an animated film originates.


So ... Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, let’s all transform into Walt Disney characters!

5. Mario Sironi at the Museo del Novecento

From July 23rd 2021 to March 31st 2022


The Museo del Novecento will offer everyone a privileged viewing of one of the greatest and most celebrated Modernist artists to emerge from Italy over the last century. Mario Sironi. Synthesis and grandeur.


Sixty years since his death, the exhibition retraces his entire artistic history with over 100 works, from the symbolist season to futurism, metaphysics and expressionism.  
But Sironi did not stop there: he continued through the Thirties with his famous monumental figures in his own unequivocal style up until the post-war period and his visionary hallucinatory series dedicated to the theme of the Apocalypse painted shortly before his death.


A glimpse into the soul of a man through his entire history, which is also ours.

6. Roberto Bolle portrayed by Giovanni Gastel at the Gallerie d'Italia

From September 3rd to November 7th 2021


Dance and photography, but also two friends, Roberto and Giovanni: a superb Pas a deux exhibition. Roberto Bolle | Giovanni Gastel, at the Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala in Milano.


30 evocative images depict the career and life of the étoile seen through the eyes of one of the greatest contemporary photographers, Giovanni Gastel. Two different facets of art that unite in a single space, making the ethereal movement of dance eternal.


Are you ready to join the dance?

7. Tina Modotti. Women, Mexico and Freedom at MUDEC

Until November 7th 2021


The MUDEC - Museum of Cultures continues its series of exhibitions dedicated to great photographers by dedicating this exposition to Tina Modotti, the beautiful Italian photographer, feminist, activist and actor, whose work has been exhibited in the collections of the great museums around the world.

Her images are the symbol of an emancipated and modern woman whose photographic art was inextricably linked to her social commitment. Her civil undertaking, particularly in Mexico her country of adoption, extended to countries far beyond the borders of the Americas.


Her life was intense and varied; her art and talent were acknowledged by her great contemporaries, such as Pablo Picasso and Pablo Neruda, who dedicated a poem epitaph to her untimely death:


Tina Modotti, sister don't sleep, no, don't sleep: maybe your heart feels the rose of yesterday growing, the last rose of yesterday, the new rose. Rest gently sister. On the jewel of your sleeping body still stretches the pen and bloody soul as if you could, sister, rise up and smile above the mud


The time has come for us to get to know the world through the eyes of this great woman: until November 2021 at MUDEC.

8. Divine Egypt at the Archaeological Museum

Until January 30th, 2022


As children we were all fascinated by the Egyptian gods with animal heads: some of us preferred Anubis the God of Mummification, some Horus God of the Sky. This captivating world is explored in all its aspects through a variety of finds (bronzes, sarcophagi, mummies), in the ‘Under the sky of Nut. Divine Egypt’ exhibition, at Milano’s Archaeological Museum.  


The idea of the divine and its representation in hybrid human and animal forms along with the cult of animals are fascinating subjects and often difficult to decipher. On this mesmerising journey to ancient Egypt, you can explore the link between reality and the afterlife, between men and gods.


Not to be missed is the interactive 3D PERVIVAL app, which helps the visitor discover all sorts of amazing things about the funerary ritual of ancient Egypt.

9. Magical Realism at Palazzo Reale

From October 19th 2021 to February 27th 2022


Between the 1920s and 1930s Italian painting heralded a new movement, Realismo Magico (Magic Realism), a strand of Italian painting that wanted to recapture the instability and unease that characterized Italian society between the two world wars.


The artists of this season were Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carrà, Gino Severini, Felice Casorati, Achille Funi and Piero Marussig.


A new kind of magic to be discovered at Palazzo Reale.

10. Tania Bruguera at the PAC

From November 24th, 2021 to February 6th, 2022


The PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art in Milano presents Tania Bruguera's first solo exhibition in Italy, La verità anche a scapito del mondo - Let truth be, though the world perish.


Bruguera is an artist and activist whose provocative and impactful performances and installations aim to investigate the relationship between power and media and explore the ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life. 


A strong link between artistic expression and reality, therefore, characterizes the work of the artist who, in this historical period, helps us to better understand what is happening around us. Because, as the title of the exhibition says, the truth is told even to the detriment of the world.

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