Our editors have rounded up the most interesting and thought-provoking art happenings in Milan.
Milano Art Week
This week is one we’ve been eagerly awaiting. Packed with creative ideas, inspiration, and insights, Milano Art Week 2022 is a celebration of the best in contemporary art. An abundance of exhibitions, performances, and events invaded Milan. Our editors picked out the not-to-be-missed features of this year’s edition.
“Sunshine State” is the title of Steve McQueen’s exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca, is curated by Vicente Todolí and organized in collaboration with Tate Modern London, where the artist had presented a first version, titled “Steve McQueen,” in 2020. For the Milan foundation, McQueen has conceived a site-specific exhibition project and a new selection of works. Through a non-chronological layout, the exhibition offers a survey of McQueen’s career in the visual arts, highlighting the evolution of his practice over the last two decades.
Mario Airò’s “Atrio dello sguardo sul futuro,” Alfredo Jaar’s “Padiglione Rosso” and Kiki Smith’s “Guardiane” are the three new works that entered the permanent collection of ArtLine, the public art initiative in the CityLife park. The works by Mario Airò, Alfredo Jaar, and Kiki Smith joined the nine site-specific sculptures in the park by artists Riccardo Benassi, Judith Hopf, Maurizio Nannucci, Adrian Paci, Ornaghi & Prestinari, Wilfredo Prieto, Matteo Rubbi, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Serena Vestrucci.
Artist Anna Franceschini is presenting a short lesson on movement conducted by choreographers called to investigate how it is possible to transmit the will to perform gestures and movements outside one’s own body, at the Istituto Svizzero (2 April, 3 pm). Christodoulos Panayiotou’s lecture-performance “Dying on Stage,” a meditation on the impossible theatrical representation of death, will debut in Milan as part of Triennale’s FOG Festival (2 April, 6 pm). The same day, Museo del Novecento is presenting a performance by Swiss artist and choreographer Marie-Caroline Hominal, one of the leading figures on the Swiss contemporary scene. (2 April, 7pm).
The Triennale in Milan recently inaugurated three new projects: the first solo exhibition held in an Italian cultural institution by German artist Barbara Probst, an exhibit of photographs by Ettore Sottsass from his travels around the world, and Marcello Maloberti’s “MARTELLATE” (Hammerings) that features a series of black marker-written provocative thoughts on white paper. While you’re there, don’t miss the “Saul Steinberg. Milan New York” exhibition and the permanent installation of Ettore Sottsass’s flat from the 1960s “Casa Lana,” faithfully reconstructed inside the museum.