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Must See Milan

Tuesday, July 26

  • Ends July 29th 2016

  • Bringing together work by nine LA artists—Ginny Bishton, Jennifer Bornstein, Sharon Lockhart, Paul McCarthy, Jason Meadows, Catherine Opie, Laura Owens, Lari Pittman, and Allen Ruppersberg—this show represents three decades of West Coast art. Highlights include Opie’s photographic portraits of children and Ruppersbuerg’s The Singing Poster, 2003, a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (1955–56).

    Art from Los Angeles: 1990 - 2010

    Mar 17 - Jul 29, 2016

    Studio Guenzani

    Via Eustachi 10  / +390229409251 / studioguenzani.it
    Tue - Sat 3pm to 7:30pm

  • Ends July 30th 2016

  • Exploring why certain artistic subjects, materials, and practices tend to be dubbed “masculine” or “feminine,” this group exhibition is titled after Gloria Steinem’s famous feminist compilation. The artists brought together here are united in their head-on approach to taking down alleged “feminine” themes, from ornamentalism to sensuality.

    Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

    Jun 7 - Jul 30, 2016

    kaufmann repetto

    Via di Porta Tenaglia, 7  / +390272094331 / www.kaufmannrepetto.com
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7:30pm

  • Ends July 31st 2016

  • Chiharu Shiota’s first solo gallery show in Italy features new and recent tangly (and entangling) works. The Japanese artist’s signature spiderweb-like environmental installations made with black string are accompanied by photographs, drawings, and prints.

    Chiharu Shiota Follow the line

    Apr 21 - Jul 31, 2016

    Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea

    Via Goito 7  / +390236526809 / mimmoscognamiglio.com
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7:30pm

  • The German artist takes over HangarBicocca’s vast industrial space with new and preexisting sensorial works that use light, optical experiments, and movement to help viewers experience the world in novel ways. Thanks to the installation’s choose-your-own-adventure design featuring two parallel pathways, visitors must decide how to approach, and get lost in, the exhibition.

    Carsten Holler Doubt

    Mar 6 - Jul 31, 2016

    Pirelli HangarBicocca

    Via Chiese 2  / +390266111573 / hangarbicocca.org
    Thu - Sun 10am to 10pm

  • Ends August 5th 2016

  • Sharing more in common with Charles Burchfield’s swamps than Monet’s water lilies, Simeti’s vision of the natural world is wild, aggressive, and weed-filled. His sculptures and paintings suggest a romantic vision of a once-manicured garden reclaimed by Mother Nature.

    Francesco Simeti Armed, barbed and halberd shaped

    May 11 - Aug 5, 2016

    Francesca Minini

    Via Massimiano 25  / +390226924671 / francescaminini.it
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7:30pm

  • Ends August 21st 2016

  • Hoping to better understand artists’ reliance on preexisting imagery in order to make their own, German artist Thomas Demand has curated an exhibition that features works by more than sixty artists and spans the early nineteenth century to now. Organized into three sections, the show addresses issues of originality and copycat culture by examining appropriation and image-making as both creative pursuits and acts of theft.

    L’image volée

    Mar 17 - Aug 21, 2016

    Fondazione Prada | Milan

    Largo Isarco 2  / +390256662612 / fondazioneprada.org
    10am to 9pm daily

  • Ends September 9th 2016

  • A seminal figure in Italian photography, Franco Vimercati made his first photographs in 1973 when he focused his camera on the inhabitants of the village where he took his summer holidays. These rarely shown works are on view along with better-known series from later in his career, including “Ciclo della zippier” (1983–92), photos of the same found-object (a tureen) taken over a period of nearly ten years.

    Franco Vimercati Franco Vimercati

    May 25 - Sep 9, 2016

    Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 1

    Via Stradella 1  / +39022043555 / galleriaraffaellacortese.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 1pm, Tue - Sat 3pm to 7:30pm

  • Ends September 10th 2016

  • The inaugural show at this gallery’s Milan location (Galleria Fumagalli was founded in Bergamo in 1971) brings together four post–World War II artists whose works push abstraction to new limits. Revealing unexpected commonalities between Castellani, Mangold, Morris, and Noland, the exhibition compares these artists’ use of geometric forms, monochrome, and the surrounding environment.

    Enrico Castellani, Robert Mangold, Robert Morris, Kenneth Noland. A Personal View of Abstract Painting and Sculpture.

    May 25 - Sep 10, 2016

    Galleria Fumagalli

    Via Bonaventura Cavalieri 6  / +393488905781 / galleriafumagalli.com
    Tue - Sat 11am to 7pm

  • Ends September 12th 2016

  • Since 1923 the Triennale di Milano has been a showcase for modern design, including decorative arts, fashion, and architecture. Among the exhibitions this year, “Arts and Foods: Rituals since 1851” (April 9­–November 1), curated by Germano Celant, provides a global overview of the connection between food-related aesthetics and rituals.

    Apr 2 - Sep 12, 2016

    La Triennale di Milano

    Viale Alemagna 6  / +3902724341 / triennale.org

  • Ends September 24th 2016

  • Juxtaposing work by two contemporary artists alongside ceramics by Lucio Fontana, this exhibition shows off certain contradictions of clay. Complementing Fontana’s Informel figures, Caroline Achaintre’s clay objects are simultaneously modern and primitive, while Ivan Seal’s gestural and ceramics-encrusted paintings hover between two and three dimensions.

    Lucio Fontana | Caroline Achaintre | Ivan Seal A Conversation about Ceramics

    May 12 - Sep 24, 2016

    Monica De Cardenas | Milan

    Via Francesco Viganò 4  / +390229010068 / monicadecardenas.com
    Tue - Fri 3pm to 7pm, Sat 12pm to 7pm

  • Ends December 31st 2016

  • In addition to the well-known sculpture that lends the show its title, this exhibition features other politically charged sculptures by Ed and Nancy Kienholz. Among them: The Bronze Pinball Machine with Woman Affixed Also, 1980, which presents the female body as pure entertainment, and 76 J.C.s Led the Big Charade, 1993–1994, one of the couple’s final installations, in which seventy-six wall-mounted crucifixes (made with baby doll parts and wagon chassis) take aim at institutionalized religion.

    Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz KIENHOLZ: FIVE CAR STUD

    May 19 - Dec 31, 2016

    Fondazione Prada | Milan

    Largo Isarco 2  / +390256662612 / fondazioneprada.org
    10am to 9pm daily