10 Best Exhibitions On View over the Holidays in Milan

Bosch, Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Michelangelo, Robert Capa. Experience the best of Milan’s art scene during the holidays: a guide to the top exhibitions open in the city.

The holiday season is a great time to visit Milan and experience the city’s rich cultural offerings, including major international exhibitions at some of its top museums and galleries. The Palazzo Reale, PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art, MUDEC Museum of Culture, and Fabbrica del Vapore are all well-known venues that host a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, and these exhibitions will be open during the holidays including Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Epiphany.

Art lovers can expect to see a wide range of art and cultural exhibits, ranging from classic works by artists like Bosch and Max Ernst to contemporary creations by artists like Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon. Whether you are a fan of traditional art forms or more modern styles, there is sure to be something on display that will interest and inspire you.

The City Museums – Museo del Novecento, Castello Sforzesco, Museo Archeologico, GAM | Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine, Palazzo Moriggia | Museo del Risorgimento, Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, Museo Nazionale di Storia Naturale and Acquario Civico – are open Tuesday through Sunday, and will be closed only on Mondays and on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Whether you are a resident of the city or just passing through, be sure to check out these exhibitions and experience all that Milan has to offer this holiday season.

Jheronimus Bosch’s atelier, The Garden of Delights. Private collection.

The Palazzo Reale is hosting “Max Ernst: Between Surrealists and Surrealisms,” a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Surrealist artist Max Ernst, featuring over 200 works that span his entire career. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a wide range of Ernst’s paintings and sculptures in one place and is a must-see for fans of Surrealism and modern art. Also at the Palazzo Reale is “Richard Avedon: Relationships,” an exhibition featuring over 100 photographs by one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The exhibition explores the theme of human connection and the way that people relate to one another and offers a unique perspective on the complexities and nuances of human relationships. At the Palazzo Reale, visitors can see “Michelangelo’s Pietas,” an exhibition (free admission) featuring important copies of Michelangelo’s Pietas, sculptural representations of the Virgin Mary holding the body of Jesus after his death. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see some of Michelangelo’s most iconic works in person and is a must-see for fans of Renaissance art.

“Maria Mulas: Milan Portraits of the Late 20th Century” – also at Palazzo Reale – features a collection of photographs by one of Italy’s most celebrated photographers. Mulas’ work offers a unique look at the people and culture of Milan during the late 20th century and is a must-see for anyone interested in the history and culture of the city.

Don’t miss “Bosch: One Another Renaissance,” a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Hieronymus Bosch, one of the most famous and influential artists of the Renaissance. The exhibition features over 100 works by Bosch, including some of his most famous paintings. 

There are also many other exciting exhibitions to choose from, including “Andy Warhol: La pubblicità della forma” at the Fabbrica del Vapore, “Fluxus: Arte per Tutti” at the Museo del Novecento, “Robert Capa: In the History” at the MUDEC Museum of Culture, “Japan Body Perform Live” at the PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, and “OneLove: Norma Jeane” at the MUDEC Museum of Culture.

The renovated gallery of Futurism at the Museo del Novecento in Milan showcases the world’s largest collection of masterpieces by Futurist artists. Photo by Margherita Gnaccolini.

Since unveiling the world’s largest collection of futurist works, the Museo del Novecento is the real highlight of the season. a major accomplishment for city museums and a unique opportunity for visitors to see twentieth-century masterpieces live

No matter what your interests are, these exhibitions will capture your imagination and inspire you this holiday season.

Katherine Thomson is an arts critic in Milan.