One of the Gio Marconi Gallery's wall full of paintings
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Five top independent galleries in Milan

October 19, 2022

Explore Milan’s boutique galleries to uncover experimental works by young artists, and discover unique pieces for adventurous collectors.

Kaufmann Repetto

After 10 years making its mark on Milan’s art scene, Kaufmann Repetto moved to its current location in 2010. Designed by architect Frank Boehm, the new space now has room for ambitious projects – including a courtyard to house site-specific installations. Inside, you’ll find regularly changing exhibitions of video, photography, performance and paintings by young and mid-career creatives such as Swiss visual artist Nicolas Party and Irish sculptor Eva Rothschild.

7 Via di Porta Tenaglia, 20121 Milan

Detail of the Kaufmann Repetto Milan gallery
Courtesy of Kaufmann Repetto Milan and Andrea Rossetti
Detail of Monica De Cardenas Gallery in Milan
Courtesy of Monica De Cardenas Milan and MATHENGE

Monica De Cardenas

Tall windows, double-height ceilings and a herringbone floor make Monica De Cardenas feel more like an apartment than a gallery. The space opened in 1992 between Isola and Porta Nuova when the district was residential, although it’s since evolved into a vibrant urban centre flanked by the Feltrinelli Foundation cultural complex and the greenery-covered towers of Bosco Verticale. As well as exhibiting emerging local sculptors such as Claudia Losi, Rä di Martino and Federico Tosi, the gallery has a reputation for promoting international photographers and figurative painters – particularly from Switzerland, where it has an outpost in Zuoz.

4 Via Francesco Viganò, 20124 Milan

Gió Marconi Gallery

Surrealist paintings by the renowned late American photographer Man Ray are just some of the pieces that have been exhibited at Gió Marconi Gallery: artists including Alex Da Corte and Simon Fujiwara have also displayed their work here. Founder Gió Marconi has been a champion of experimental young creatives since he launched Studio Marconi 17 in the late 1980s, before opening this gallery in 1990 in the boutique district of Zona Buenos Aires.

15-20 Via Tadino, 20124 Milan

Sneak peek of one of the exhibition room in Gio Marconi Gallery
Courtesy of Gió Marconi Gallery
Detail of the Carrara Altissimo white marble
Courtesy of Roberto Marossi and ZERO...


Once you’ve contemplated the contemporary exhibitions in Fondazione Prada, continue south east to this gallery in Milan’s Corvetto neighbourhood, just an eight-minute drive away. Founded in 2000, the gallery’s aim is to put an international spotlight on Italian art. Zero… caters towards adventurous collectors with unique exhibitions of paintings, installations, sculpture, photography and video.

14 Via Carlo Boncompagni, 20139 Milan

Massimo De Carlo

With its marble floors and fireplaces in shades of mint and peach, this former home is a work of art in itself. Designed by Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi in the 1930s, the building is an example of rationalist architecture – a style pioneered by Gino Pollini and Giuseppe Terragni – and characterised by unadorned, symmetrical interiors. Along with outposts in London, Lille, Beijing and Hong Kong, the gallery exhibits work by contemporary painters and sculptors.

17 Viale Lombardia, 20131 Milan

Detail of the Massimo de Carlo Gallery in Milan
Courtesy of Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

You can discover more about Milan’s emerging artists in galleries when you stay with us at Hotel Principe di Savoia.

Header image courtesy of Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan and Fabio Mantegna

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