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Milan’s must-see art exhibitions in 2022

May 27, 2022

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Design and culture are woven into the fabric of Milan, so make the most of your time in the city with the season’s best exhibitions, from Venetian masters to contemporary art.

Titian and the Image of the Woman in the Venetian 16th Century

Created in collaboration with Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, this exhibition dives into the history of the representation of the female image and beauty in 16th century Venice. Here you’ll find works by masters such as Tintoretto, Veronese and Palma il Vecchio, curated to help you explore the position of women in Venetian society. 40 paintings are juxtaposed against jewels, dresses, books and illustrations in a powerful display of female beauty through history.

Until June 5
Palazzo Reale, 12 Piazza del Duomo, Milan 20122

Courtesy of Musei Civici di Venezia
Role Play - Cao Fei Cosplayers, 2004 Courtesy o f the artist, Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers
Courtesy of Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers

Role Play

After its success in Tokyo, Role Play comes to Milan with works by 11 international artists such as Juno Calypso, Beatrice Marchi and Bogosi Sekhukhuni. The show explores why some people use role play, avatars or alter egos. Do they do so as an expression of activism, to empathise with others or to understand themselves better? Find out more by browsing photographs, films, graphics and digital installations.

Until June 27
Osservatorio Fondazione Prada, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan 20121

Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 1948-49 | 1958

This exhibition brings together 100 photos by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, along with letters and magazines. The show is a journey through Cartier-Bresson’s lens of two key moments in China’s history: the fall of the Kuomintang political party, which led to the establishment of the Communist regime in 1948, and Mao’s second five-year plan, known as the ‘Great Leap Forward’, in 1958.

Until July 3
MUDEC Museum of Cultures, 56 Via Tortona, Milan 20144

A hand-painted propaganda Poster © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson _ Magnum Photos
Courtesy of Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
Chagall at Mudec
Courtesy of Mudec

Marc Chagall: A Tale of Two Worlds

French-Russian artist Marc Chagall (1887–1985) is best known for his Modernist paintings, but this exhibition features more than 100 of his graphic works and book illustrations. Curated by The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, it reveals Chagall’s illustrations from his wife Bella Rosenfeld’s books, Burning Lights, First Encounter and From My Notebooks. The books delve into Rosenfeld’s experience living in a traditional Jewish community with its language, culture and religious customs.

Until July 31
MUDEC Museum of Cultures, 56 Via Tortona, Milan 20144

Modern and Contemporary Art: Selected Anthology 2022

One of Europe’s most renowned galleries, Tornabuoni Arte, is hosting the 2022 edition of this annual show, which is a retrospective of 19th and 20th century works. If household names such as Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Mirò don’t draw you in, visit to see a 19th century painting by Italian master Giovanni Fattori, known for his landscapes and scenes of military life. There’s also a 2021 video by Fabrizio Plessi, a renowned pioneer of contemporary film art.

Until November 26
Tornabuoni Arte, 34-36 Via Fatebenefratelli, Milan 20121

Courtesy of Tornabuoni Arte

If you’ve enjoyed these inspiring exhibitions and want to learn more about the city’s love for art, find out more about Milan’s Old Masters.

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