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.
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
Image © Galleria d’arte Moderna
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
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
Image © Watanabe Osamu
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
Image © Lorenzo Pennati
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
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
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
Image © Mipel 2019
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
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.
Via Tortona, 56
+39 02 54 917
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.
Viale Lodovico Scarampo 2
+39 02 8940 9670
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
+39 02 7200 3744
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
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
+39 84 000 0001
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
+39 02 7200 3744
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.
Largo Gustav Mahler
+39 02 8338 9401
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.
Via Palestro 14
+39 02 8844 6359
Image © Tanya Bruguera
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.
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
+39 02 49971
Image © Claudia Santrolli