5 Things to Do this Weekend

Historic villas and parks, the first edition of the Milano Graphic Festival, Ferdinando Scianna, Ettore Sottsass, and Miriam Cahn.

Alice Bloomfield for Frankenstein. Frankenstein magazine is among the partners of the first edition of the Milano Graphic Festival.

Our editors have rounded up the most interesting and thought-provoking events to experience in Milan.

FAI’s Spring Days are back

The last weekend of March can be the perfect occasion to discover unusual and fascinating palazzos in Milan that are often closed to visitors. FAI’s “Spring Days,” the largest street festival dedicated to Italy’s cultural heritage and landscape, is back. For a weekend, historic villas and parks, royal residences and gardens, castles and monuments, archaeological sites, and unusual museums will open their doors with special guided tours. We rounded up the most exciting venues and curiously fun spots.

Milano Graphic Festival

The very first edition of the Milano Graphic Festival features more than 80 events, new exhibitions, workshops, talks, studio visits, and performances around Milan. Highlights include a lecture with curator Paola Antonelli at the Certosa Graphic Village, the exhibition “1933/1939, Campo Grafico journal: the birth of graphic design” at the ADI Design Museum, and two retrospective exhibitions on the work of Albe Steiner and John Alcorn.

Paris, 1989 © Ferdinando Scianna.

Ferdinando Scianna “Viaggio Racconto Memoria”

A large anthological exhibition devoted to Ferdinando Scianna’s work is currently on view at Palazzo Reale in Milan. With over 200 black and white photographs printed in different formats, the exhibition spans the entire career of the great Sicilian photographer, and it develops along an articulated narrative path built around chapters of his life and work.

Miriam Cahn at the Fondazione ICA

Drawing inspiration from performance art and the feminist movements of the 60s and 70s, Miriam Cahn’s work often placed the body at the center of the creative process. The works presented in the exhibition at the Fondazione ICA are the result of an artist’s research who makes painting a real tool of thought. The figures that emerge from Miriam Cahn’s canvases and drawings tell their stories through the incredible vulnerability of their bodies. From the violence of historical events to sudden passions, from the loss of social ties to the unpredictability of birth and death, Miriam Cahn’s images identify exposure to vulnerability as one of the fundamental existential conditions of our human being.

Ettore Sottsass’ “Foto dal Finestrino”

The exhibition (literally titled “photos from a car window”) brings together photographs that Ettore Sottsass took between 2004 and 2006 and published in Domus magazine as part of “Foto dal finestrino,” a column created by Stefano Boeri, the Domus’ editor at the time. Sottsass took these photos during his travels around the world. This series of photographs reveals Sottsass’ gaze on the reality surrounding him and his remarkable ability to combine words and images with the utmost freedom, building a unique, personal narrative starting precisely from the gap between the two.

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