5 exhibitions not to be missed in May 2021


The cultural venues have finally reopened in Milan, so it's time to check out our selection of 5 exhibitions not to be missed during the month of May and get your fill of beauty.

Robot. The Human project

MUDEC Museum of Cultures - Until 01/08/2021

How many of you knew that the first-ever robots, masterpieces of technology, date back to ancient Greece? This is just one of the fascinating facts you can discover at MUDEC by visiting the captivating ‘Robot. The Human Project’ exhibition. An exhilarating voyage through science, art and anthropology, created thanks to partnerships with major robotics institutes, the exhibition discloses the most avant-garde innovations in this field alongside the historical evidence of the journey of discovery.


From bionics to Cobots, i.e., robots that are capable of recognizing and transmitting emotions, the interactive display presents (almost) everything that awaits us for the future and prompts us to ask ourselves what it means to exist side by side with artificial fellow creatures. The sort of imaginary creatures that once belonged only in science fiction scenarios, in other words - robots with human features and characteristics!


A glimpse of the future that awaits us ... or that is already amongst us.



Monday: 14:30 - 19:30
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 19:30
Last admission one hour before closing time
Reservations required on Saturdays and Sundays at the following link.

Zehra Doğan. The Time of Butterflies

PAC - Contemporary Art Pavilion - Until 19/09/2021

At PAC, the realm of contemporary art in Milan, the inauguration of the exhibition dedicated to Zehra Doğan, the Kurdish artist, activist and journalist who, through this project, draws our attention to art created in prison.

The story behind this highly evocative exhibition began on November 25th, 2020, when the artist's live performance was broadcast on the PAC website on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The exposition is a selection of works created by the artist whilst she was in prison, plus, a new performance designed specifically for the PAC space.


THE TIME OF BUTTERFLIES. Dedicated to Patria, Minerva and Teresa Mirabal is a tribute to Aida Patria Mercedes, Maria Argentina Minerva and Antonia Maria Teresa Mirabal, the three sisters who opposed the dictatorship (1930-1961) of the Dominican Rafael Leónidas Trujillo under the nom de guerre Las Mariposas (The butterflies), and for which they were all tragically assassinated.


Zehra herself was also imprisoned, from 2017 to 2019, for having posted a sketch on Twitter during the Turkish army attack on Nusaybin. This exhibition is an unmissable opportunity to confront the history of Zehra and the Tre Mariposas along with the indomitable human soul that refuses to be captive behind bars.



Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 19:30
Last admission one hour before closing time
Reservations required on Saturdays and Sundays at the following link.

Chen Zhen. Short-circuits

Hangar Bicocca - Until 06/06/2021

If you have a particular passion for art installations, make sure you don’t miss the exhibition dedicated to Chen Zhen: ‘Short-circuits’ which, for the first time ever, brings together over twenty large-scale installations created between 1991 and 2000 in the Pirelli HangarBicocca Navate and Cube areas.


Chen Zhen’s rare talent is to combine objects of everyday life - such as beds, chairs, and tables – and to assemble them in compositions that remove these elements away from their original function and into a metaphorical dimension.

The exhibition creates original interactions between the works on display and sheds light on topics such as globalization and consumerism, overcoming the hegemony of Western values and the encounter between different cultures. 


With the same free entry ticket, you can also visit the other exhibition currently showing at Hangar Bicocca ‘Digital Mourning’ dedicated to the French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa.



Thursday - Sunday: 10:30 - 20:30

Free admission, reservations required on the official website.

Heimat. A sense of belonging

Armani / Silos - Until 30/06/2021

The exhibition dedicated to the great photographer Peter Lindbergh at the Armani / Silos venue, entitled Heimat. A sense of belonging, has been personally curated by Giorgio Armani in collaboration with the Peter Lindbergh Foundation. 


In German, the word Heimat means something more than just home: it is a place of the heart, the homeland where one belongs.

The designer Giorgio Armani and photographer Peter Lindbergh shared values that imbued their corresponding aesthetics. More specifically, the appreciation for the soulfulness of truth and the quest for honesty as opposed to artifice. This gave rise to a close collaboration between the two artists that began in the early eighties and continued throughout their respective careers.


In this exhibition Giorgio Armani strives to give us his vision of Lindbergh's Heimat, seen through his eye as a great stylist and aesthete. 

In the designer’s own words: ‘I have always admired Peter for the consistency and intensity of his work. Timelessness is a quality that I personally aspire to, and one that Peter definitely possessed. With this exhibition at Armani/Silos I want to pay tribute to a wonderful professional companion whose love for beauty represents an indelible contribution to our culture, not just fashion’.



Wednesday and Sunday: 11:00 - 19:00
Thursday to Saturday: 11:00 - 21:00
Reservations recommended on weekdays, reservations mandatory on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, confirmed by the day before the museum visit. Click here.

Christian Tasso. Nobody excluded

Fabbrica del Vapore - Until 28/05/2021

Fabbrica del Vapore presents a photographic display that is not just an exhibition: it is a voice that calls us all. It is that of Christian Tasso who, with ‘Nobody excluded’, celebrates diversity as a resource for the whole of humanity. Open until May 28th.


The photographs feature persons with disabilities from various parts of the globe. their ‘diversity’ is captured but not highlighted. Instead, the focus is on the history of the photographed subject as an individual, with their personal aspirations and the strong contribution that their inclusion brings to society. 

Tasso’s images attempt to free the viewer's gaze from visions based on disinformation and on today's controversial ideas regarding people with disabilities, bringing to light the sensitive and human aspect of the subjects he photographs.


As the author writes:

‘No one is excluded where he will have his role in the community.

No one is excluded from the eyes of those who know how to look.’ 



Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 19:00

Free admission with reservations required on Eventbrite.