One of the things that sold me on Milan - and Italy in general - is the Italian love and authority on art and design.
I've met very few Italians who haven't been able to speak freely about these creative subjects. Their enthusiasm for all things creative is absolutely admirable.
So you can expect that the Milanese museums and galleries are well frequented, with queues robustly snaking city blocks. Three favorite spaces where I often line up to view new exhibits include: PAC, Museo Del Novecento and the Prada Foundation.
PAC is considered to be one of the first exhibition spaces dedicated to contemporary art in Italy. Originally envisioned in 1947 as a museum to house Milan Department of Culture’s collections, it evolved into its current existence with through the notable works of artists like Richard Long, Vanessa Beecroft, Marina Abramovic, Yayoi Kusama and Tony Oursler.
Upcoming exhibits: CUBA. Tatuar la historia curated by Diego Sileo, Jorge Fernández Torres and Giacomo Zaza, and ARMIN LIKE (05 July 2016 — 12 September 2016). The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen., curated by Ilaria Bonacossa (16 October 2016 — 06 January 2017).
Opened in December 2010 by Milan’s Department of Culture, Museo Del Novecento is located across the piazza from Milan’s beloved Duomo. The museum houses about 400 contemporary and modern works including masterpieces by Picasso, Modigliani Mondrian, Kandinsky, Boccioni, Carrà, Soffici, de Chirico, Sironi, Martini, Morandi, Fontana, Manzoni and Kounellis.
Currently on view: Marina Ballo Charmet, Gabriele Basilico, A photo exhibition curated by Marco Belpoliti and Danka Giacon (10 October 2015 – 26 February 2016); Eugenio Carmi. Appunti sul nostro tempo, Opere storiche 1957 – 1963, Curated by Davide Colombo (05 December 2015 – 28 February 2016).
With a focus on ideas and how mankind has transformed those ideas into cultural disciplines, the Prada Foundation has been curating special projects around the world for the last two decades. With the opening of their new complex in Milan, they will elevate their mission of analyzing the evolution of cultural projects.
The structure itself is originally an old distillery that has been transformed by architect Rem Koolhaas into a sprawling campus of post-industrial and new spaces. Expect to see the most intriguing contemporary art and other media on the planet.
Upcoming: Goshka Macuga: To the Son of Man Who Ate The Scroll (04 February 2016 – 19 June 2016); Thomas Demand: L’image Voléè (18 March – 28 August 2016).