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Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures at Fondazione Prada

Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures the new exhibition at Fondazione Prada is now open and will be till the 13th of January 2020. The exhibition has been conceived by Juman Malouf, the Lebanese illustrator and designer and Wes Anderson, the movie director behind masterpieces like The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

Pre-Raphaelites. Love and Desire. In Milan 80 artworks from the Tate Gallery

Pre-Raphaelites. Love and Desire is the name of the art exhibition currenlty taking place at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. The exhibition brings to Milan 80 artworks from the Tate Gallery in London and will end on October 6th. So less than one month to admire the masterpieces by artists like John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Arthur Hughes and John William Waterhouse.

MITO: a 90 miles music festival

The MITO the music festival which happens simultaneously in Milan and Turin will take place from the 3rd to the 19th of September. MITO a brief history Founded in 1978 by Giorgio Balmas the MITO was born to promote classical music through the use of uncommon spaces to enjoy it. Hospitals, courtyards, railway stations, schools, public parks, factories and many other places where usually music (and classical music) is not played become the scenery of unforgettable concerts. The two cities that are 90 miles apart from each other thus become two huge concert halls where in every corner for 16…

Roy Lichtenstein in Milan: last days to enjoy this stunning exhibition

“Roy Lichtenstein Multiple Vision” this is the title of the exhibition currently on display at the MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures in the Tortona Design District in Milan. But hurry up! It’s closing on the 8th! Roy Lichtenstein’s bio Born in New York in 1923 Roy Fox Lichtenstein was the son of a real estate agent and a housewife. He studied at the New York Franklyn School for boys and after that he went to the Ohio State University where he studied art. His education was then interrupted by the beginning of World War II and he served in the…

The black image corporation at Fondazione Prada

The black image corporation is the title of the new photography exhibition at “Osservatorio Prada” the location of the Fondazione Prada right in the heart of the city of Milan. This new exhibition explores the archives of the Johnson Publishing Company which has contributed to the definition of the African-American culture with its two most iconic magazines: Ebony and Jet. The curator of the black image corporation art exhibition is Theaster Gates who is an installation artist and professor of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago where he currently lives and works. For this specific project in cooperation with…

Picasso: auction houses to sell his works in June

The works of Pablo Picasso are certainly the most sought after by collectors all over the world. The last auctions of his paintings have registered impressive records. Only a month ago the work “Fillette à la corbeille fleurie” (‘The girl with a basket of flowers’) painted in 1905 was sold for an exorbitant sum of 115 million dollars to a mysterious buyer. Three years earlier, on the other hand, to acquire the work “Les femmes d’Alger” , the buyer had to pay nearly 180 million dollars. These are the figures that the main auction houses expect to pocket in the…

Pitti Uomo: how to discover Florence during the fashion shows!

Pitti Uomo: discovering Florence between a fashion show and a party The 93rd edition of Pitti Uomo, the event dedicated to men’s fashion in Florence from 12 to 15 June, brings its participants to the discovery of the Tuscan capital. During the event, thanks to the collaboration between the municipality of Florence and Pitti Immagine, it will be possible to discover the less known places along the Arno river. Secret Florence, this is the name of the project created in partnership with Pitti Uomo, will bring buyers, international visitors and fashion journalists to know those corners of the city generally…

Explore the countryside of Milan

The countryside of Milan is an unexpected wonder on the outskirts of the capital of fashion and design. There are plenty of things to do in the surroundings of the city. From old monasteries to medieval castles, from enchanted woods to…dinosaurs. We have selected 5 places to visit just a few miles from the city centre. The Sancte Mariae abbey in Morimondo Castello Visconteo Trezzo sull’Adda Crespi d’adda Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta Prehistoric park The Sancte Mariae abbey in Morimondo The abbey in Morimondo (20 miles south of Milan) is an old monastery belonging to the Cistercian Order. Its origin…

Milan by night takes New York

Milan by night takes New York. From the 11th of January to the 24th of February 2018 at the Laurence Miller Gallery in the fashionable district of Chelsea in Manhattan there is the exhibition “Nocturne” by photographer Luca Campigotto. Luca Campigotto born in 1962 in Venice “is a tireless world traveler, and his pictures share a common pursuit of grandiosity in scale.” (The Laurence Miller Gallery website). The exhibition allows the visitors to tour some of  the world’s busiest cities at night. From Bejing to San Francisco, from Rome to Hong Kong and Milan. These cities are captured by Luca…

The Science and Technology Museum

The science and technology museum in Milan is named after Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance genius behind some of the most iconic works of art like the Last Supper and the Mona lisa. History The official opening of the museum took place on the 15th of February 1953 even though the first idea of a science and technology museum dates back to 1906, when Milan hosted the Universal Exposition. The collection of the science and technology museum is hosted within a 500 years old building which used to be owned by a monastic order: the Olivetani. The renovation of the…

The Pinacoteca di Brera: the ultimate collection of masterpieces

The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the most important museums in Italy and Europe that features an impressive collection of masterpieces belonging to the Italian artistic heritage and tradition. The History of the Pinacoteca di Brera The Pinacoteca di Brera is hosted within the Palazzo Brera. The building was entirely renovated by architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the same designer that was commissioned the construction of the La Scala Opera House. It was in 1773 when the Jesuits, who formerly owned the Palazzo, where evicted and the building went under the control of the Austrians. The Empress Maria Theresa decided to…

The La Scala Opera House

The La Scala Opera House History of the theatre The La Scala opera house owns its name to the church of Santa Maria alla Scala which used to stand where the theatre is nowadays. Its origin dates back to 1776 when a group of wealthy Milanese people insistently asked to the Austrian rulers of Milan to have a new theatre since the old one was destroyed by a fire. This appeal was upheld by the Empress Maria Theresa, who commissioned to the architect Piermarini the construction of the new theater. The costs for the construction of the La Scala  were…

The Sforza Castle

The Sforza Castle with the Duomo Cathedral and the La Scala Opera House is one of the most notable landmark of the city of Milan. A brief history The Sforza Castle is named after the duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, who ordered its construction on the ruins of a 14th Century fortification, in the middle of the 15th Century. In 1452 the duke hired one of the most important architect of those times, Antonio di Pietro Averlino (aka Filarete), who designed the main entrance and tower of the Sforza Castle, which is still known as Torre Filarete. The decoration of…

The stool and the lion: symbols of Milan

Why is there a stool on the official coat of arms of Milan? And why there is also a lion, which is usually cosidered as the main symbol of Venice? Here below the history of the coat of arms of the city. Those who have been to the city of Milan know how relevant for the history of the city is the Madonnina, the golden statue of the Virgin standing proudly on the highest spire of the Duomo cathedral. The Madonnina is widely considered as one of the three symbols of the city. The Madonnina is now a landamark of…

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…