Milano Autumn Guide 2018

Strutting the leading edge of global style trends is Milan, whose itinerary this season includes its prestigious Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Week. Catwalks aside, the autumn months in the metropolis offer a compelling programme of world-class exhibitions, shows and sporting events – including, of course, the pulse-raising F1 Grand Prix.

Modigliani Art Experience

Amedeo Modigliani’s arrival in Paris coincided with the birth of the avant-garde movement, and it’s this explosive period in the Italian artist’s life that the Modigliani Art Experience at MUDEC recreates in an immersive multisensory journey of music, images and impressions. Igniting a deeper comprehension of his influences and style, the exhibition peaks at the Infinity room, where a montage of famous works is played out against the context in which they were created.


20th June – 4th November 2018

Museo delle Culture, Via Tortona 56, CAP 20144 Milan

Margherita Sarfatti

Gaining notoriety as Benito Mussolini’s biographer and mistress in 1911, the intriguing journalist, socialite and art patron, Margherita Sarfatti finds acclaim in this exhibition as a champion for Italian painters in the early 20th century. This exhibition at the Museo del Novecento draws together an impressively eclectic collection from the Novecento Italiano, a group of artists that include works from Umberto Boccioni, Felice Casorati and Gino Severini, to name a few.


21st September 2018 – 24th February 2019

Museo del Novecento, Via Guglielmo Marconi 1, 20122 Milan

Picasso Metamorfosi (Metamorphosis)

Some 200 works are corralled into this magnificent collaboration between more than 10 galleries and museums across Europe – with myth and antiquity being its major theme – to cast a spotlight on Pablo Picasso’s relationship with ancient art. Celebrated pieces are displayed alongside an intriguing curation of historic ceramics, vases, statues, idols and stele that have influenced the Spanish artist’s work.


18th October 2018 – 17th Feburary 2019

Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12, 20122 Milan


L'Eco del Classico (The Echo of the Classic)

The former church turned Francesco Messina studio museum is home to an extraordinary collection of 80 figurative sculptures, as well as numerous illustrations and sketches donated by the classical Sicilian artist. Considered one of the leading figurative sculptors of the 20th century, in this exhibition his works are displayed alongside ancient Greek sculptures on loan from the Valle dei Templi at Agrigento in Sicily to highlight their influence on the artist.


21st June – 30th September 2018

Fondazione Francesco Messina, Via Cesariano 10, 20154 Milan

Next Gen Atp Finals

The white-knuckle tennis tournament returns to Fiera Milano Stadium for another heated competition to reveal the up-and-coming champions aged 21 and under. With only the top seven players in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan able to compete, and the eighth spot reserved for a Next Gen ‘wild card’, the competition follows a round-robin group stage, followed by knock-out semi-finals and a final to crown this year’s new generation tennis champion.


6th – 10th November 2018

Fiera Milano Stadium, Strada Statale Sempione 28, 20017 Rho Milano


21st May – 13th June 2018

Various locations in Milan

Alik Cavaliere: Green Universe

Sprawling across six venues in Milan with the Palazzo Reale at its heart, this retrospective analyses Alik Cavaliere’s prolific body of work through a themed lens that examines his treatment of natural expansion versus human-imposed constraint. Considered the greatest Italian sculptor to emerge from the late 20th century, the exhibition demonstrates the artist’s adroit treatment of flora and organic matter.


27th June – 9th September 2018

Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12, 20122 Milano


While based on ancient Greek mythology, Richard Strauss’s one-act opera is wildly modernist. Following the tragedy of Electra, whose father is murdered by her mother after he sacrifices their daughter, Electra’s sister, we watch Electra’s world spiral into chaos and despair. Conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, the set at Teatro alla Scala is austere, the costumes are poignantly symbolic, and the theatrics are thrillingly abstract.


4th – 29th November 2018

Teatro alla Scala, Via Filodrammatici 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Men's Fashion Week

One of the big four alongside London, Paris and New York, Milan Fashion Week rolls out its star-studded catwalks across stylish venues throughout the city to showcase next season’s collections. Major international fashion houses such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo and Missoni rub shoulders with exciting younger brands like Cristiano Burani and Stella Jean, with front rows glittering with couture’s top names.


19th – 25th September 2018

Various locations across Milan

Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia

One weekend a year, Monza Park explodes with the heart-racing cacophony of keening engines and wildly cheering Grand Prix enthusiasts as the world’s fastest sportscars and skilled drivers rev around the track at lightning speed. When all the adrenalin gets a bit too much, stop off for a breather – and a refreshment – at one of the F1’s Paddock Clubs, where you’ll experience prime hospitality without missing any of the action.


31st August – 2nd September 2018

Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Via Vedano, 5, 20900 Monza