Five must-see exhibitions in April in Milan

As April begins under the bustle of Milan Art Week, many exhibitions have opened in the city’s galleries and museums. Selection of five of them, to see in April.

ph: Agostino Osio

“State of the Sun” is an immersive visual language experience by Steve McQueen, an anthology exhibition celebrating the work of the award-winning contemporary British artist, director and video artist. The artist uses cinema as a medium, conceived as a dynamic sculpture to narrate the human condition and its weaknesses.
In Milan, McQueen has developed a bespoke project, developed in the interior and exterior spaces of the Hangar: an immersive journey with six video works and a sculpture that create an unprecedented, disorienting visual and sound experience.
Until 31 July 2022 – Via Chiese 2, from Thursday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm. Free admission but reservation required.

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Miriam Cahn. GEZEICHNET, Courtesy of the artist and / or Fondazione ICA Milano, ph. credits Dario Lasagni

Artist Miriam Cahn at the ICA Foundation

The ICA Foundation, Contemporary Institute for the Arts hosts the Swiss artist Miriam Cahn, who is also one of the guests at the upcoming Venice Biennale.
In his paintings, hybrid creatures that reflect the fragility of bodies, conflicts and nature. The exhibition includes some fifty works covering almost 50 years of activity, including charcoal drawings – which have made it famous all over the world – and the delicate oil paintings in which the images seem to dissolve in the canvas.
The artist’s work is present today in the contemporary art collections of major museums and institutions, such as the Pinault Foundation in Paris, the Tate Modern in London and the MOMA in New York.
An opportunity to see one of the great places of contemporary creation in Milan.
Until May 28, 2022 – Via Orobia 26, from Thursday to Saturday from 12 to 19 h. Free entrance

ferdinando scianna
© Ferdinando Scianna

Photographs by Ferdinando Scianna at the Royal Palace

From reports in Sicily to portraits of artists and fashion “discovered by chance”, the exhibition covers the 60-year career of the Sicilian artist by birth but adopted by Milan.
The 200 black and white photos are organized into 8 thematic chapters that cover the history of the 78-year-old artist in chronological order: from popular festivals in Sicily to trips to the East and South America, from fashion to to portraits of writers, artists. and intellectuals, from reports to their “obsessions,” their clichés with recurring themes such as mirrors and animals, and in particular cats.
To accompany the visitor, the photographer tells his story in the first person through a video broadcast on screens.
Until June 5, 2022, Piazza Duomo, 12 – closed on Mondays

Painting Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall, Pair of Lovers and Flowers, 1949. Color lithograph, 64.9×48.1 cm. Gift from Ida Chagall © Chagall

“A History of Two Worlds,” Chagall al Mudec

“A History of Two Worlds” is the title of the exhibition that confronts the artist Chagall from a new point of view, from the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and focused on his graphic works and editorial illustrators. Inks, graphite portraits, poetic and immediate sketches depict scenes from everyday life in Vitebsk (present-day Belarus): parties and weddings, shops and rituals. According to the ethnographic vocation of the Mudej, the first section presents some objects of the Ashkenazi Jewish tradition, such as chandeliers and phylacteries, Hanukkah lamps, shofar or ritual horns, dreidel or trumpets of Hanukkah: what is found in the tales of Singer and Chagall’s paintings. Also note the illustrative tables in La Fontaine’s “Fables,” Gogol’s “Dead Souls,” and the Bible.
Until July 31, 2022 – Via Tortona 56

Exhibition by Barbara Probst
© Gianluca Di Loia

Barbara Prost. Poetry and Truth at the Milan Triennale

The German artist, exhibited in the largest museums of contemporary art in the world, presents at the Triennale Milano a selection of 24 works, always composed of a set of photographs, which seem mysteriously linked. A selection of 24 works, for a total of 91 images, including portraits, still lifes, nudes, urban maps, fashion photography and reportage. Genres that the artist explores by alternating the use of black and white with color.
The associated images represent the same subject at the same instant, but with a radio control system the artist simultaneously activates the shutters of different cameras, representing it from different angles and distances. The moment is fragmented and expanded, multiplying the points of view and questioning the role of the photographer and that of the observer. This is how all the ambiguities of photography arise, the quintessential means of bias.
Until May 25, 2022, Via Alemagna 6

And many other exhibitions, in our Agenda section!

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