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The Duomo of Milan: marbles and marvels

The Duomo of Milan: Marbles and Marvels History The Duomo of Milan with its 11.700 square meters surface is the fifth largest church of the world or the third if only Catholic churches are taken into consideration (the first two are the St Peter Basilica in Rome and the cathedral of Seville in Spain). The gothic cathedral is widely considered as the main landmark of the city of Milan and it is dedicated to the St. Mary of the Nativity. The construction of the Duomo of Milan took almost six hundred years and its origin dates back to 1386 when…

Master of None: a tribute to Italy

  The second season of Master of None has jus been released on Netflix worlwide and has been a pleasure to find out how Italian it was. The show co -written by Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari, the comedian turned into actor turned into writer, opens in the small town of Modena in the region of Emilia, the home town of fresh pasta. The first season ended with Dev, this is the name of the character played by Ansari on the show, sat on flight about to depart for Italy wondering about the future of his relationship with Rachel, his love interest…

The Armani Museum in Milan

The Armani museum is a must see for those who come to the city of Milan and one of the best museums in Milan. It was inaugurated in 2015 with a big party that saw the participation of international movie stars like Glenn Close and Sophia Loren to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Giorgio Armani’s company. The Armani museum is actually named the Armani/Silos : “I decided to call it Silos because this building used to store food, which is, of course, essential for life. For me, just as much as food, clothes are also a part of life.” Giorgio Armani…

New York New York: Italian art in the Big Apple

New York New York is the name given to a new art exhibit which is currently taking place at the Museo del Novecento and at the Gallerie d’Italia museum. The exhibit, that officially opened on the 13th of April and it is going to last up to the 17th of September, aims at bringing to the visitor’s attention the particular relationships between the Italian artists of the 20th century and city of New York. The artists who travelled to the United States, who worked in New York, who have imagined through their paintings the urban life of the city of lights were…

When Bollywood takes Milan

The city of Milan is becoming more and more popular among the producers of Bollywood movies thanks to its astonishing landmarks like the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Duomo Cathedral and the Sforza Castle. Last week end the actors, dancers and the crew of a new Bollywood movie have shot some scenes on the side of the Duomo Cathedral and in the Piazzetta Reale, right in front of the Royal Palace of Milan. The very first time that a Bollywood movie took place in Milan was in June 2012. Just five years ago the main scenes of a movie called “Ajab Gazabb Love…

100 years: the art of sculpture in Milan

From 1815 to 1915 the city of Milan became internationally known as the main hub of the art of sculpture. In the city artists like Medardo Rosso, Adolfo Wildt and Camillo Pacetti contributed to the creation of the so-called “Scuola di Milano” (the school of Milan) which constituted for a century the benchmark for the art of sculpture. The results of this tradition are spread throughout the city from the equestrian monument dedicated to the king Vittorio Emanuele in the Piazza del Duomo, to the Garibaldi’s and Verdi’s statues respectively in Largo Cairoli and in Piazza Buonarroti. Other examples of statues belonging…

Art Week 2017: the full calendar of events

The Art Week in Milan takes place from Monday the 27th of March to Sunday the 2nd of April. Several venues and museums will be opening their doors for special events dedicated to contemporary art. These are the side events to the main art tradeshow which will be taking place at the Fiera Milano City’s pavillions. The MIART, this is the name of the main contemporary art event,  opens on Thursday the 31st of March under the artistic direction of Alessandro Rabottini. The selection of the exhibiting art galleries at the MIART includes established global names like: Massimo De Carlo (Milan-London-Hong Kong), Kaufmann…

Kishio Suga: here is what you missed!

Kishio Suga‘s exhibition in Milan is almost over. You only have a couple of days to enjoy the installation that are now on dispaly at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca. The exhibtion called “Situations” ran from the 30th of September 2016 and is going to end on Sunday the 5th of February. The artworks that compose the contemporary art exhibit by Kishio Suga have been put together by curators Yuko Hasegawa and Vincente Todolì. The two art reviewers and researchers have collected installations from 1969 up to now. Here below the gallery that highlights the most stunning pieces that are currently…

Hangar Bicocca: the permanent collection

The Hangar Bicocca is a stunning example of redevelopment of an old industrial complex that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. The current building of the Hangar Bicocca used to be the main factory where were manufactured “…railway carriages, electric and steam locomotives, boilers, farm machinery and equipment and, during the First World War, aeroplanes, projectiles and other products for the war effort.” From the Hangar Bicocca website Nowadays the Hangar Bicocca is the permanent location of contemporary art’s masterpieces and the home to the The Seven Heavenly Palaces by the German artist Anselm Kiefer. This is a site…

When modern meets contemporary art. Visit the GAM museum in Milan.

From the 23rd of November to the 26th of February 2017 the GAM, the modern art gallery in Milan hosts the exhibition “La finestra sul cortile” (The rear window).  In partnership with UBS the exhibit takes inspiration from the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece and features a collection of contemporary artworks put together by Luca Massimo Barbero, one of the most iconic art reviewer and researcher of our times. The permanent collection of the GAM Modern Art Gallery of Milano features an impressive selection of the 19th and 20th centuries masterpieces that meets through an accurate combination the artworks selected by…