September is ‘Back to…’ month: back to school and work, but also back to lots of opportunities to visit the exhibitions that inaugurate this season in the city.
With you in mind, we’ve selected the absolutely unmissable exhibitions opening this autumn: from Van Gogh to Goya, discover them all here.
Vincent van Gogh. Cultured painter
Mudec | Museum of Cultures - From September 21st, 2023 to January 28th, 2024
We start from the artist much loved and known by all: Van Gogh. The exhibition at the Mudec - Museum of Cultures, Vincent Van Gogh. Cultured painter, from September 21st, 2023 to January 28th, 2024 presents 90 artworks that narrate the story of feasibly some of the artist’s lesser-known aspects.
Van Gogh was the painter we all know, but he was also an extremely erudite intellectual who was well-educated on the cultural debate of his time: a passionate reader and collector of prints, as well as an attentive observer of the most current artistic trends. The exhibition narrates this side of the artist, highlighting the books he much admired and his love for Japan.
Pause to admire masterpieces such as Landscape with Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon, Le Moulin de la Galette and The Ravine, painted when the artist was interned in the Saint-Rémy hospital.
Alongside the works from the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands, throughout the exhibition visitors will be able to browse the period books and art magazines that Van Gogh always read and kept close.
FURLA SERIES. Suzanne Jackson, Somethings in the World
GAM - Gallery of Modern Art of Milan - From September 15th to December 17th, 2023
The appointment with the Furla Series project returns to the GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna which, since 2021, has been bringing exhibitions of contemporary artists to what was previously the Villa Reale in Milano.
From September 15th to December 17th, the series presents Somethings in the World, the first solo exhibition in a European institution by Suzanne Jackson, the American artist who explores the potential of painting, nourished by experiences in dance, theatre and poetry.
The exhibition presents a glimpse of the artist’s research over the last fifty years through an exhibition itinerary that retraces its key moments, from the dreamlike paintings of the Seventies to the radical experiments of the more recent free-hanging ‘anti-canvas’ in which painting takes on a sculptural and environmental dimension.
Fondazione Prada – From September 23rd, 2023 to January 7th, 2024
The strong connection between Fondazione Prada and Wes Anderson is longstanding: in 2015 the director designed the museum’s Bar Luce which recreates the atmosphere of a café in old Milano inspired by the atmosphere of De Sica's Miracle in Milano, and is characterized by the colours typical of the director's cult films.
This bond is further strengthened on the occasion of the Italian release of Anderson's latest film, Asteroid City, set in 1955 in an imaginary American desert town during a convention of young astronomers and space cadets, which brings together students and parents from across the country, that is spectacularly disrupted by mysterious events that will change the world.
A selection of original sets, props, models, costumes and works of art featured in the film will be on display.
This represents a unique opportunity to feel completely immersed in the fantastic world of Wes Anderson.
The film will be premiered on Friday 22nd September at 20.45 accompanied by a meeting with the director.
Palazzo Reale - From October 5th, 2023 to February 4th, 2024
Giorgio Morandi is primarily known for his still lifes depicting bottles, vases and bowls: everyday objects seen through the artist's eye. He also painted flowers and landscapes but only rarely figures.
All these will be on display at Palazzo Reale from October 5th, 2023 to February 4th, 2024 in what represents the largest retrospective dedicated to the artist in recent decades.
120 of his artworks retrace his entire career, from 1913 to 1963, and the different techniques he used, such as painting, etching and watercolour.
At the exhibition’s midway point, a video installation recreates Morandi’s bedroom-study in Via Fondazza in Bologna, now a museum, where he lived and worked up until his demise.
Interesting to note: a 1959 Still Life by Morandi was sold at auction at the end of 2022 for the highest figure ever achieved by the artist: 3.4 million euros.
Palazzo Reale - From October 11th, 2023 to February 11th, 2024
An extensive and unprecedented exhibition dedicated to Doménikos Theotokópoulos, universally known as El Greco, one of the most famous painters of the late 16th - early 17th century, arrives in Milano.
The exhibition path at Palazzo Reale takes us through a labyrinth, a powerful metaphor for the artist’s life story and training. His itinerant existence took him to the main cultural capitals of the Mediterranean, and enabled himself as an artist to be shaped by the art of all the greatest masters: Michelangelo, Parmigianino, Correggio, Titian and Tintoretto.
More than 40 works on display comprise well-known masterpieces such as the Laocoön from the National Gallery in Washington and the Portrait of Jeronimo De Cevallos from the Prado Museum, as well as artworks from ecclesiastical institutions which are on loan to Italy for the first time.
Palazzo Reale - From October 31st, 2023 to March 3rd, 2024
During Francisco Goya’s life the world was a turbulent place, he witnessed the end of the Old Regime, the era of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars and the absolutist restoration. In the same way he himself changed, and he also changed the history of painting, living immersed in his time.
The exhibition at Palazzo Reale from October 31st, 2023 to March 3rd, 2024 is not only a retrospective that presents all the phases of Goya's painting: it also represents his experience of History, his thoughts, his inner world that flourished in the midst of his external world.
More than 80 paintings, engravings, prints and copper matrices demonstrate how the artist was able to transform painting into a revolutionary language that was able to break both with the established rules and systems and with the imitation of models, creating a new language.
Mudec - Museum of Cultures - From October 25th, 2023 to March 10th, 2024
The exhibition at Mudec - Museum of Cultures from October 25th, 2023 to March 10th, 2024 investigates the relationship between one of the greatest French sculptors, Auguste Rodin, and the world of dance. A unique interpretation which enables us to understand how much the artist's work was influenced by, and still today influences, this apparently distant world.
Circa 60 works comprising sculptures, drawings and period photos, mostly originating from the Rodin Museum in Paris, depict the love of movement that was a fundamental part of Rodin's inspiration.
Some works from Mudec’s permanent ethno-anthropological collection flank the artist's works to highlight the Far Eastern influences on this topic.
The final section is dedicated to the male and female dancers that Rodin met and observed in the early twentieth century, including Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Vaslav Nijinsky and Hanako, with excerpts from films and documentaries. It goes on to focus on Rodin’s influence on modern dance with films from contemporary artists and choreographers.
PAC | Pavilion of Contemporary Art - From November 21st, 2023 to February 11th, 2024
Over the last fifty years Argentina, for many years a main destination for European migrants, has generated artists who have represented the world from a unique perspective.
Through sculptures, installations, photographs, videos and performances, the exhibition entitled Argentina. What the Night tells the Day, at the PAC - Pavilion of Contemporary Art from November 21st, 2023 to February 11th, 2024, adopts three viewpoints - irony, literalness and citation - to present the different approaches to the representation of a culture often characterized, in the past as well as today, by forms of violence.
Thus, arises a question about the future and about what social battles need to be fought in Argentina and in the rest of the world.
Paraventi. Folding screens from the 17th to 21st centuries
Fondazione Prada - From October 26th, 2023 to February 26th, 2024
It may, at first, seem strange to curate an exhibition of folding screens because we all see them as simple furnishing accessories that are either decorative or purely practical. But the screen also expresses in itself the idea of border, barrier, obstacle or protection, all concepts that invite the human soul to reflection.
Consequently, the Paraventi. Folding screens from the 17th to 21st centuries exhibition at Fondazione Prada from October 26th, 2023 to February 26th, 2024 investigates the history and meaning of these items, originating in the East but transported to the West, that have permeated the works of great artists such as Alvar Aalto, Francis Bacon, Giacomo Balla, Yves Klein, Le Corbusier, René Magritte and Pablo Picasso, as seen in the exhibition.
On the Podium’s ground floor, curvilinear and transparent Plexiglas partitions alternate with sinuous drapes to simulate the outlines of these objects, creating a series of spaces with different light atmospheres. On the upper floor, the display illustrates the overall history of the screens, presented in chronological order.
Visitors, therefore, can admire 17th and 18th century Chinese and Japanese screens depicting naval battles and aerial views, recent and unpublished works created specifically by contemporary artists investigating the link with digital technologies, a rare screen from 1929 by Francis Bacon, the monumental work from 1718 by Pedro de Villegas composed of ten elements which, on the front side, presents the story of the conquest of Mexico by the leader Hernán Cortés, and also the interpretations by the great names of architecture and art.
To know mankind, you must also know the art he creates. To make the world of Italian contemporary art accessible even to novices, Triennale Milano presents the Italian Painting Today exhibition from October 25th, 2023 to February 11th, 2024 which will display the works of 120 Italian artists born between the 1960s and the 2000s.
The works on display were created between 2020 and 2023, some designed specifically for the Triennale spaces, to offer the visitor a snapshot of the present, also characterized by major world events such as the pandemic, war and the advent of AI.
An exhibition that guides us through the emotions and reflections of the artists who live amongst us, creating a path that provokes everyone to question the world and how we live it.