Seasonal guide to Milan

Strutting the leading global style trends, Milan’s celebrated fashion weeks and illustrious designer boutiques are a highlight. It’s not all about couture in the Italian fashion capital, though. Discover Milan’s wealth of art, live music, ballet and opera, alongside its thrilling seasonal sporting activities, with our selection of upcoming events.

Canova. Teste Ideali.
Until February 2020

Canova. Teste Ideali.

One of the most celebrated sculptors of his time, Antonio Canova (1757-1822) crafted intricate marble busts and world-renowned statues during the Neoclassical age. Meaning ‘ideal head’, Canova. Teste Ideali at the Galleria d’arte Moderna reveals how the Italian artist developed a new form of bust, based on the many variations of ideal beauty.

Galleria d’arte Moderna, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano
+39 02 8844 5947
gam-milano.com
Image © Galleria d’arte Moderna

Until February 13, 2020

Romeo et Juliette

Prokofiev’s emotional score overlaid upon Shakespeare’s most celebrated romantic tragedy is executed with spectacular aplomb on the stage of Teatro alla Scala for Romeo et Juliette. Jewel-coloured costumes and dramatically pared-back sets make this skilled production the cultural highlight not to be missed this month.

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI
+39 02 861 768
teatroallascala.org

Romeo et Juliette
Cerith Wyn Evans
Until February 23, 2020

Cerith Wyn Evans

Contemporary Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans is widely celebrated for his neon-lit installations, which are composed to redefine and question a sense of place and space. This large-scale exhibition comprises select pieces from the past 20 years of his career, with the resulting show challenging the sense perceptions in unusual ways.

Pirelli HangarBicocca, Via Chiese, 2, 20126 Milan MI
+39 02 6611 1573
hangarbicocca.org
Image © Watanabe Osamu

Until March, 2020

Van Cleef & Arpels

Esteemed French jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels showcases its patrimonial collection at the Palazzo Reale this winter. Curated by Alba Cappellieri from the Vicenza Museum of Jewellery, each piece included in the exhibition sparkles with the brand’s signature flora and fauna motifs, exquisitely encrusted with precious gems.

 

Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan
+39 02 8844 5181
web.comune.milano.it
Image © Lorenzo Pennati

Van Cleef & Arpels
Filippo de Pisis
Until March 1, 2020

Filippo de Pisis

Dedicated to Italian painter and poet Filippo de Pisis (1896-1956), this extensive survey of the artist’s work steers attendees between Cortina and Rome, Milan and Venice. The Ferrara-born artist was fond of travelling, and a patchwork of cultures and destinations are accented in his creations. Pier Giovanni Castagnoli edits this whirlwind exhibition at the Museo del Novecento from October.

Museo del Novecento, Piazza del Duomo, 8, 20123 Milano
+39 02 659 7728
museodelnovecento.org

Until Spring, 2020

Cesare Colombo (1935 - 2016): Un fotografo nella Milano del Novecento

Cesare Colombo was an ambitious photographer who articulately captured the social, cultural and political scene of Milan during the 20th century, framing important events and contributing to a myriad of publications, books and archives. A Photographer in 20th-Century Milan presents a selection of Colombo’s key pieces to evoke a strong sense of the city’s recent history.

Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello, 20121 Milan
+39 02 8846 3703
milanocastello.it

Cesare Colombo (1935 - 2016): Un fotografo nella Milano del Novecento
Mipel - the bagshow
February 16 – 19, 2020

Mipel - the bagshow

Billed as Milan’s biannual, premium leather goods market, MIPEL sets up shop at the Fiera de Milano once again. Bags, suitcases, belts, travel bags, gloves, umbrellas and all manner of luxury accessories will be showcased by both Italian and international designers. The exposition has been a Milanese tradition since its founding in 1962.

Fiera de Milano, Strada Statale Sempione, 28, 20017 Rho
+39 024 9971
mipel.com
Image © Mipel 2019

February 18 – 24, 2020

Milano moda donna

The international fashion elite, the press, and the designers themselves all descend on the stylish streets of Milan for its coveted Fashion Week. The city’s sartorially-minded denizens enjoy catwalk shows and events that celebrate the next season’s must-have looks.

Various locations across Milan
+39 02 7771 081
cameramoda.it

Milano moda donna
Robot
February 26 – June 28, 2020

Robot

Mudec, Milan’s Museum of Culture, takes visitors on a journey through the history of robots, androids and other AI this spring, with its Robot exhibition. From the very first automated beings to the latest innovations, the show offers an interesting historical angle on arguably the most important technological development of our time.

Mudec
Via Tortona, 56
20144 Milano
+39 02 54 917
mudec.it

March 6-8, 2020

Fiera Fa’ la Cosa Giusta!

Otherwise known as the ‘Do the Right Thing! Fair’, Fiera Fa’ la Cosa Giusta! is a popular event entirely dedicated to sustainable lifestyle choices. Now in its tenth year, exhibitors and stalls focus on topics ranging from organic agriculture to solidarity purchasing groups and the potential of the green economy.

FieraMilanoCity
Viale Lodovico Scarampo 2
20149 Milano
+39 02 8940 9670
falacosagiusta.org

Fiera Fa’ la Cosa Giusta!
Salome
March 8-31, 2020

Salome

Richard Strauss’ modernist take on Salome has been hailed by many as a musical masterpiece, with composer Gustav Mahler calling it “one of the most important works of our day”. This intense and shocking tale, based on Oscar Wilde’s eponymous play, is not to everyone’s taste, but there can be no doubt that the piece vividly conjures the brutality of Herod’s corrupt court.

Teatro alla Scala
Via Filodrammatici 2
20121 Milano
+39 02 7200 3744

teatroallascala.org

 

March 16, 2020

Stasera Parla... Lucio Battisti tra parole e musica

This annual concert, back by popular demand, is a tribute to iconic popstar Lucio Battisti, whose hits in the 1960s and 70s provided the soundtrack to the era in Italy. Tonight He Speaks: Lucio Battisti Between Words and Music is a catchy, sing-along journey through the highlights of Battisti’s 18 studio albums.

Teatro della Luna
Via Giuseppe di Vittorio 6
20090 Assago, Milano
+39 02 4885 77516

teatrodellaluna.com

 

Stasera Parla... Lucio Battisti tra parole e musica
Artists in Residence Concert
March 30, 2020

Artists in Residence Concert

A much-anticipated classical performance from the prodigious Nicoletta Family is presented within the spectacular acoustics of the Gaber Auditorium. The performers, Nicoletta & Friends, include siblings Federico Nicoletta on piano, Ivana Nicoletta on violin, Simone Nicoletta on clarinet, and Francesco Platoni, on double bass.

Auditorium Gaber, Grattacielo Pirelli
Piazza Duca d’Aosta 3
20124 Milano
+39 84 000 0001

soconcerti.it

 

April 3 – 8, 2020

Iván Fischer

As part of the renowned Symphonic Season, take a seat at Teatro alla Scala to marvel at the great Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer as he leads the Filarmonica della Scala in three resounding performances. The programme for these compelling musical nights includes works from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Teatro alla Scala
Via Filodrammatici 2
20121 Milano
+39 02 7200 3744 

teatroallascala.org

 

Iván Fischer
Easter Concert
April 2020

Easter Concert

It’s something of a Milanese tradition to ring in the Easter weekend with a symphony orchestra’s spirited crescendos at LaVerdi. Settle back for a spectacular performance of Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ in one of the city’s most prestigious auditoriums. Local musicians are joined by sopranos and tenors from further afield for the occasion.

La Verdi
Largo Gustav Mahler
20136 Milano
+39 02 8338 9401

laverdi.org
 

April 1 – June 7

Tania Bruguera

Following on from the stomping success of projects at New York’s MoMA and the Tate in London, Cuban installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera is holding her first solo show at PAC in Milan. The contemporary arts space provides a backdrop for some exciting new works specifically designed for the artist’s Milanese residency.

PAC
Via Palestro 14
20121 Milano
+39 02 8844 6359

pacmilano.it

Image © Tanya Bruguera

 

Tania Bruguera
Milan Design Week 2020
April 20 – 26

Milan Design Week 2020

A dazzling insight into the world of innovative design, Milan Design Week – the impressive result of the collaboration between Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone – offers seven days of events, concerts and exhibitions across the city. The visual and creative energy it brings sets a vibrant backdrop for cutting-edge brands to debut new collections.

Various locations across Milan
Fuorisalone: +39 02 3663 8150
fuorisalone.it
Salon del Mobile: + 39 02 725 941
salonemilano.it
 

April 17 – 19

MiArt

Italy’s contemporary art scene reaches a fever pitch at MiArt, an ambitious international fair that brings together big-name artists and rising global talent alongside curators and collectors scouting for the next creative trailblazer. Substantial awards mean contributors compete for some of south Europe’s most prestigious accolades.

Fiera Milano City
Viale Lodovico Scarampo 2
20149 Milan
+39 02 49971
miart.it

Image © Claudia Santrolli

MiArt