One of the greatest parts about living here, is being at the center of and having access to all the beautiful art and creativity going on. Just hop on one of world’s oldest trams and you can be staring at some beautiful paintings or moving photographs within the hour.
Even though we can say art is subjective, (we all see in it parts of what we see in ourselves), in a lot of ways, it is a form of communication which does not need translation. Take photography for instance, a picture is worth a thousand words, and even in today’s multicultural universe, “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” - Bruno Barbey. Lucky enough for those of us that get to be here during this exciting time, Milan is hosting not only some pretty incredible photography exhibits right now, but some beautiful, classical art ones as well.
If you’ve got a bit of wanderlust, check out Walter Bonatti’s photography exhibit “Fotografie dai grandi spazi” (Photographs from the Great Outdoors). The exhibition represents the summation of over 30 years of travel to some of the world’s most unfrequented and remote areas. The photographs of these secret beauties truly show not only the intrepid nature of their author, but his knack for a professional journalistic approach to these off-the-beaten path places. An exciting aspect to this exhibit is the unpublished documents, pictures and videos that have not yet been viewed by the public; curated beautifully to tell the intriguing story and existence of their author. This exhibit is truly worth the time and is a great way to get lost in other parts of the world for an afternoon.
If you feel like trying your hand at being the next Picasso, there is an interactive art workshop hosted by Atelier Azzurro. Enjoy a two hour morning filled with oil painting, sculpture, fashion, watercolor painting and more, to realize your own personal art project through the Expo them of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” To make a reservation, visit: atelierazzurro.org.
Going on the more classic end, if you would like a little more history and traditional art, I would recommend checking out “Arte lombarda dai Visconti agli Sforza: Milano al centro dell’Europa". The exhibit boasts a carefully curated selection of important archived historical documents, antiquated coins, paintings and much more; representing the development of Milan and Lombardy and the growth of a past dynasty. On show at Piazzo Reale.
Lastly, one of the last exhibits I would like to recommend to our lovely readers, represents our dear city of Milan in a rather unconventional manner. 184 artists, dancers, designers, musicians, writers, photographers and other creatives, discuss Milan in a rather unique manner, diverging from the typical stereotypes that are associated with the fashion capital. The exhibit is fortified by the sculptures and music from sound designer Luca de Marinis. Check it out if you feel like going against the flow. More info at exposedformilan.com
Be sure to keep checking the blog for more of my musings on events and exhibits going on during this exciting year! Until next time - ciao!