• Milan ’s artistic offerings this autumn

    by  • September 14, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Milan

    From Giotto to Gauguin, Budapest’s finest to Barbie, there’s plenty going on in Milan.

    2015 has undoubtedly been a busy year for the city of Milan, primarily as host for Expo 2015 but it has also staged the grand finale of this year’s Giro d’Italia, as well as seeing its Teatro all Scala open all summer (traditionally closed over the summer months) for a programme of special performances. Looking ahead to autumn, there’s still plenty going on in the capital of Lombardy to tempt the city break visitor. Here’s a little round up of what’s on…

    Launching later this week at Milan’s grand Palazzo Reale is ‘From Raphael to Schiele’, a touring exhibition of works on loan from Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum). Currently closed for extensive renovations, the Museum of Fine Arts is considered one of the cultural highlights of the Hungarian capital with some 100,000+ works in its permanent collection, 76 of which have been specially selected from the to go on display in Milan. Spanning all periods of European art from the Renaissance to the early 20th century, the paintings of Raphael and Egon Schiele are complemented further by an impressive roll call of names including Tintoretto, Velázquez, Rubens, Goya, Canaletto, Manet, Gauguin and Cézanne.


    Opening on Thursday, 17th September and running until February 7th, 2016, the exhibition is open daily from 9.30am to 7.30pm (Mondays from 2.30pm; Fridays and Saturdays until 10.30pm) and entrance costs 12€ (10€ concessions).

    Also currently running at the Palazzo Reale is a homage to Giotto, the Florentine painter and architect considered the first great artist of the Italian Renaissance. Entitled, ‘Giotto, Italy. From Assisi to Milan’, the exhibition traces the artistic path of Giotto through the early decades of the 14th century and marks the official conclusion of Milan’s tenure as host of Expo 2015.


    Coming in late October to Milan’s Museo delle Culture (MUDEC) meanwhile is an overview of the works of Paul Gauguin, the French Post-Impressionist artist. Displaying around 100 works by Gauguin, brought together from private collections and a dozen museums worldwide, ‘Gauguin, Stories from Paradise’, seeks to investigate the sources of inspiration of the artist’s figurative style, and his unique and original approach to the artistic genre of primitivism. Particular attention is paid to the influences encountered on his many travels, from the art of ancient Egypt and the Peruvian Inca culture to his experiences in Cambodia, Java and Polynesia. And as well as many of his artistic masterpieces, the exhibition is complemented further by Polynesian artefacts and images of the places visited by Gauguin in his extensive travelling history.

    Opening on Wednesday, 28th October and running until February 21st, 2016, the exhibition is open daily from 9.30am to 7.30pm (Mondays from 2.30pm; Fridays and Saturdays until 10.30pm) and entrance costs 12€ (10€ concessions).

    And whilst you’re at MUDEC, why not take in another exhibition devoted to an altogether different icon of popular culture? ‘Barbie – The Icon’ also opens on October 28th (running until March 13th, 2016) and explores the cultural, anthropological, social and sartorial history of this legendary doll, from her creation in 1959 through to her place in modern day society. A fabulous alternative to the artistic richesse on offer, this fun and fascinating retrospective won’t fail to delight Barbie lovers, be they current fans of the younger variety or former aficionados!


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.