Seasonal guide to Milan
From annual religious festivals to biannual fashion fairs and world-class art exhibitions to children’s design showcases, Milan’s winter calendar is packed with unmissable events. Stay up to date with the best that the city has to offer with this guide to the top winter events to experience in Milan.
999 A Collection of Questions About Contemporary Living
Hosted by the Palazzo della Triennale, the 999 exhibition is comprised of a mixture of physical and digital places, from representations of the home to social media. It prompts the visitor – through static and interactive exhibits – to question how we live and engage with potential new ways of living.
La Triennale di Milano, Palazzo della Triennale, Viale Alemagna 6, 20121 Milano
The former royal Milanese palace will be a fitting backdrop for Italiana, the upcoming exhibition exploring Italian style from 1971-2001 and the Made in Italy concept. Featuring clothing alongside design objects, contemporary art and sketches and magazines, the exhibition is a fascinating insight into a period of cultural collaboration between Italian designers, artists, intellectuals and architects.
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12, 20122 Milano
Milan v Inter Milan
As part of the second round of the 2017-2018 series, football teams AC Milan and Inter Milan will be squaring off against each other. Devoted fans and general football enthusiasts alike will take to the stands at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, commonly known as San Siro stadium, to cheer their chosen teams on to victory.
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), Piazzale Angelo Moratti, 20151 Milano
Giornata FAI di Primavera
The Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) will once again enable institutions, monuments, and palazzi around Milan that would usually be out of reach of visitors, to open their doors for a celebratory spring weekend showcasing everything from works of art and cultural treasures to impressive architecture.
Miart 2018 at Fiera Milano
The 2018 edition of Miart, the Italian contemporary art fair held within the pavilions of Fiera Milano, marks its 23rd year. Galleries from around the world attend each year to exhibit works from the early 20th century through to the present day, and a programme of talks is once again set, making this a firm fixture on the contemporary art calendar.
Fiera Milano, Strada Statale Sempione 28, 20017 Rho MI
Salone del Mobile
Founded in 1961 to promote Italian furnishings and furniture, the Salon del Mobile has grown from strength-to-strength in the intervening years. This year’s event, the 57th of its kind, will feature over 2,000 exhibitors showcasing innovative, thought-provoking, and stylish designs from Italy and beyond.
Fiera Milano, Strada Statale Sempione 28, 20017 Rho MI
Milano Food City 2018
An event solely designed to celebrate, taste and revel in Italian food in all its glory, Milano Food City returns this year, bringing with it a full programme of tastings, talks, and demonstrations. Last year’s inaugural event saw hundreds of thousands of people attending, making it clear that food culture is very much alive and well in Milan.
Aida at Teatro alla Scala
The Teatro alla Scala Chorus, Ballet Company and Orchestra are staging Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic 1963 production of Aida this spring to mark the maestro’s 95th birthday. Nello Santi will conduct, with the eponymous role of Aida set to be sung by Krassimira Stoyanova, who has made a name for herself as a talented Verdi soprano during her career.
Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici 2, 20121 Milano
Orticola Flower Show 2018
For plant lovers and horticulturalists, the arrival of spring in Milan heralds the return of the Orticola Flower Show, run by the Lombard Horticultural Society. Held this year, for its 23rd edition, in the Indro Montanelli Gardens, the show will include trade exhibitors, rare flower displays and a programme of events.
Indro Montanelli Gardens, Bastioni di Porta Venezia, 20121 Milano
Every year, private residences in Milan open up their luxurious courtyards for the public to view and admire. Porticos, gardens, balconies and more will be available to visit as part of this year’s Cortili Aperti, offering a rare glimpse behind the gates of contemporary and historic Milan.
Giro Giro Tondo: Design for Children
Every year, the Triennale puts on an exhibition devoted to a particular facet of Italian design, and the 10th edition marks design for children. Showcasing toys, furniture, architecture, games, images and more, all which have been created with children in mind – some pieces fantastically larger than life – the exhibition is a vibrant celebration of design that will delight both adults and children alike.
La Triennale di Milano, Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, 20121 Milano
Lucio Fontana: Ambienti/Environments
Innovative and internationally renowned, Lucio Fontana had a profound impact on 20th century art, especially through his founding of the Spatial Movement. Focussing primarily on his experimental installation art, the exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca shines a light on this lesser known, transitory area of his work through reconstructions – necessary because his creations were typically destroyed after exhibition.
Pirelli HangarBicocca, Via Chiese 2, 20126 Milano
Toulouse-Lautrec: The Fleeting World
The Paris of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was the belle époque Paris; the Bohemian Paris of cafes and dance halls, performers and prostitutes. Thanks to loans from museums and private collections worldwide, 250 of his works have been brought together – including his full series of 22 posters – displaying his iconic style, thematically arranged in this new exhibition at the Palazzo Reale.
Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12, 20122 Milan
Frida Kahlo: Beyond the Myth
The culmination of six years of research, the exhibition at the Mudec aims to shatter the myths long held about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The exhibition will move visitors through five thematic sections (Politics, Woman, Violence, Nature and Death) while showcasing dozens of her paintings, as well as several works of art never before seen in Italy.
Mudec – Museo delle Culture, via Tortona 56, Milano
Milan Fashion Week
Inside the Fashion Week tents in Milan, Italy’s top designers will be debuting their latest collections. But it’s not just about the catwalk shows; events will be happening across the city during the biannual event’s weeklong run. This is the place to be for a sneak peek at the looks for Autumn/Winter 2018.
Various locations around Milan.