5 Art Exhibitions to View in Milan This Weekend

Our picks for the best exhibitions to view this weekend in Milan.

In Milan This Weekend
Joaquin Sorolla, Jardín de la Casa Sorolla, 1918-1920. Courtesy Museo Sorolla. Joaquin Sorolla

Marco Zanuso & Alessandro Mendini “Design e Architettura”

Devoted to the work of Marco Zanuso and Alessandro Mendini, the exhibition at the ADI Design Museum (through June 12) is characterized by the protagonists’ ability to enhance the relationship between design and architecture. In addition to a comparison between the choice of the design method and the postmodern procedure, an in-depth examination highlights how the path of the two designers included a wide range of interests: two very different but complete visions. The evidence of this distance appears immediate if we look at their respective formal and aesthetic outcomes. By bringing them together, opposite each other, the exhibition originates a game of cross-references, juxtapositions, and mutual influences.

Stefano Di Stasio “Presenze Altrove”

A solo exhibition at Fondazione Stelline (through April 3) that features around twenty works of medium and large size, including never-before-seen canvases and papers, made especially for this important occasion. For Stefano Di Stasio painting – lived to the fullest, studied, loved, faced without leaving anything to chance – tells of a research free from the constraints created by momentary fashions. In Di Stasio’s work, human characters, animals, flowers (the rose) and objects (the piano) alternate, all with a strong symbolic value, in which the free interpretation, by the viewer, is a very important component of the artist’s poetics.

Ettore Sottsass “Struttura e colore”

The first of a series of three exhibitions dedicated to the master of design Ettore Sottsass. “Ettore Sottsass. Struttura e colore” at Triennale in Milan (through April 10) presents paintings, drawings, photographs and objects that highlight the designer’s particular attention to the relationship between man, his needs, his rituals and the inhabited space. Among the themes addressed are objects as activators of gestures and rituals, objects that create spaces, the invention of the pole as a declination and development of an idea of interiors.

Maurizio Galimberti “Uno Sguardo Sulla Nostra Storia”

This solo exhibition at the Museo Diocesano (through May 1) features a selection of 30 images by one of the most celebrated Italian photographers, tracing the history of the 20th century through its protagonists, such as John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and the crucial episodes that characterised its development, from the war in Vietnam to the Twin towers attack and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joaquin Sorolla “Pittore di luce”

After the great success at the National Gallery in London, the first major retrospective dedicated to the Spanish master of light Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida comes to Milan at Palazzo Reale (through June 26). Sorolla fixes on canvas the beaches of the Mediterranean and the characters that crowd them, giving us an original slice of the Belle Époque. An artist who anticipates the techniques of photography giving unprecedented glimpses, protagonist of luminism and portraitist of great international fame.

News staff