Exhibitions in Milano 2022

Discover and visit the upcoming exhibitions in the city


From Titian to Henri Cartier Bresson, David LaChapelle and contemporary artists, the 2022 programme of exhibitions in Milan is vast: all you have to do is choose your favourites and save the dates! Download the programme and see below for the exhibitions absolutely not to be missed in the coming months.


Titian’s Vision of Women in the Venetian sixteenth century

Palazzo Reale - From February 23rd to June 5th, 2022

In sixteenth-century Venice, the female image acquired unprecedented importance in the history of painting. To celebrate this theme, Palazzo Reale opens its 2022 programme with the "Tiziano e l’immagine della donna" (Titian’s Vision of Women) exhibition.


From February 23rd to June 5th, 2022 approximately a hundred works comprising 47 paintings, juxtaposed with sculptures, objects of applied art such as jewels, a beautiful dress by Roberto Capucci created as a homage to Isabella d'Este (1994), books and illustrations will entice the visitors on a journey through the beauty and grandeur of women seen through the eyes of the great artists.

Henri Cartier Bresson. China 1948-49/1958

Mudec Photo Milan - From February 18th to July 3rd, 2022

An exceptional corpus of documents and publications from the Foundation HCB collection together with over a hundred original prints, from 1948-1949 and from 1958. An unprecedented excursus describing two key moments in the history of China: the fall of the Kuomintang and the establishment of the Communist regime (1948-1949) and Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" (1958).


An important moment in the history of photojournalism experienced through the personal approach of master Henri Cartier-Bresson. A unique ability to capture the immediacy and candour of the "decisive moment". At Mudec Photo Milano. 


Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine - From November 26th, 2021 to May 29th, 2022

Three extremely well-preserved eighteenth-century women’s garments are the protagonists of an exhibition dedicated to the fashion of the Enlightenment at Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine.

The garments are presented to the public for the first time in an exhibition that illustrates various aspects of eighteenth-century clothing, and the influence of the 18th century on contemporary fashion. They inspire a narrative path that juxtaposes with other garments, fabrics and accessories from the same period, already present in the Palazzo Morando collections and the Applied Art Collections at the Castello Sforzesco in Milano.


In the contemporary section, in addition to the garments already present in the civic collections, some garments have been generously loaned from Dolce & Gabbana, the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation, Max Mara, Versace and Vivienne Westwood along with stage costumes inspired by the eighteenth century lent by the Piccolo Teatro di Milano -Teatro d’Europa.


From November 26th 2021 to May 29th, 2022, free admission.

Marc Chagall. A Tale of Two Worlds

MUDEC Museo delle Culture - From March 16th to July 31st, 2022

With over one hundred works from the vast collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the exhibition is dedicated specifically to Marc Chagall’s graphic illustrations and it traces the fundamental themes of the artist's life and works: from his roots in his native Vitebsk (today Belarus), described with love and nostalgia in the series Ma vie (My Life), to the encounter with his beloved wife Bella Rosenfeld whose books he illustrated - Burning Lights and First Encounter - published after her untimely death.


There will also be a selection of Jewish ritual objects on display, used in the religious ceremonies of the communities which are often depicted in Chagall’s works.

Artur Żmijewski. When fear eats the soul

PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea - From March 29th to June 12th, 2022

First solo exhibition in Italy by Artur Żmijewski, one of the most important radical figures on the Polish art scene. His research reflects his interest in social problems and the mechanisms of power and oppression within the existing social order, in addition to the relationship between extreme emotions and their physical expressions.


The disintegration of the human body and cognitive functioning are two other components of his investigation.

Under the sky of Nut. Divine Egypt

Civic Archaeological Museum - Until May 29th, 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.

David LaChapelle. I believe in miracles

MUDEC Museo delle Culture - From April 22nd to September 11th 2022

I Believe in Miracles, the David LaChapelle exhibition at Mudec, was created from a concept that a new and better world is possible if human beings become aware of their mistakes and begin to respect each other, the different cultures and nature. The planet is suffering and the only chance we have left is to instigate a change of habits.


Approximately 50 powerful large-format photographs guide the visitor through images that indicate that a new world is possible, a universe of intact nature, of spirituality, love and beauty, where men and women are finally free from the constraints of the contemporary world. 


From April 22nd to September 11th, 2022.

Max Ernst

Palazzo Reale - From October 4th, 2022 to February 26th, 2023

The first retrospective in Italy on Max Ernst, painter, sculptor, engraver, poet and art theorist. A profound connoisseur and visionary interpreter of the history of art, philosophy and science, Ernst is presented here as a humanist in the neo-Renaissance sense of the word. Circa two hundred works will be on display including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, illustrated books and jewellery from museums, foundations and international private collections.


From October 4th, 2022 to February 26th, 2023 at Palazzo Reale.


Anicka Yi. Metaspore

Pirelli Hangar Bicocca - From February 24th to July 24th 2022

Since her first works, the conceptual artist Anicka Yi has always used biological and perishable elements (such as fried tempura flowers, algae and soaps) to create sculptures and installations that subvert the perceptions of natural and synthetic, generating hybrid and symbiotic objects. She explores complex ecosystems using fragrance, essences and bacteria.

Through collaboration with engineers, chemists and biologists she creates ambitious projects aimed at contemplating how new channels of communication can be established between organic life forms and artificial intelligence entities.


The anthological exhibition "Metaspore" marks the artist's debut in an Italian institution, with over twenty works,from 2010 to date together with a new expanded version of Biologizing the Machine (terra incognita), presented at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. The work explores the concepts of ecosystem and interdependence, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about the central aspects of her poetics. 


From February 24th to July 24th, 2022 at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca. Free entry.

Steve McQueen. Sunshine State

Pirelli Hangar Bicocca - From March 31st to July 31st, 2022

Steve McQueen is one of the foremost artists, filmmakers and screenwriters working today. Over the last twenty-five years, McQueen has turned his radical gaze on the human condition, capturing contemporary issues and themes such as identity and a sense of belonging in a poignant and provocative way.


In collaboration with Tate Modern of London, the artist has conceived a special exhibition project and a new selection of works for Pirelli HangarBicocca.


From March 31st to July 31st 2022. Free admission.

Useless bodies? Elmgreen & Dragset

Fondazione Prada - From March 31st to August 22nd 2022

"Useless Bodies?" is one of the most ambitious thematic investigations conducted by the Prada Foundation to date, created by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset
It explores the present condition of the body in the post-industrial era, in which it seems that our physical presence is losing its centrality so much so that it is almost superfluous. 


The public encounters a sequence of immersive installations. The Milano premises of Fondazione Prada is thus transformed into a plurality of universes each with their own atmospheres, aesthetics and themes.


From 31st March to 22nd August 2022.