Must-See Art Guide: Milan

This week's guide features Kiki Smith, Olivier Mosset, Stephan Balkenhol, and more.

“Kiki Smith: Quest” installation view. Courtesy of Galleria Raffaella Cortese.

Milan and its art scene is really coming into its own. Now the proud home of the Fondazione Prada, it has firmly established itself among Italy’s great cities as a destination for fans of contemporary art—and rival its own fashion week so it doesn’t hog all the headlines. To that end, let’s take a survey what’s currently on in its galleries and museums at the moment.

Head over to Monica De Cardenas for a solo show of Stephan Balkenhol. The artist’s distinctive carved wooden sculptures are pretty unique in the contemporary landscape of sculpture, and are worth a detour. Then, be sure not to miss the inimitable Kiki Smith, whose current show at Galleria Raffaela Cortese features two parallel bodies of work: delicate drawings and assertive bronze sculptures, both of women. “They are drawings of heads talking and seeing and receiving and hearing and transmitting and wondering in the world,” Smith has explained. For a completely different vibe, the current exhibition of Swiss artist Olivier Mosset at Massimo De Carlo focuses on a particular kind of large-scale abstraction, most notably through monumental monochrome paintings in a pretty soothing palette. Lastly, the group show “Dialoghi” at Studio Gariboldi does an interesting job of pairing paintings with sculptures in clever formal and conceptual dialogues, and includes a range of artists such as Mary Bauermeister, Antonio Calderara, and César.

Find artnet’s full list of picks below, and buon viaggio.


Exhibition:Kiki Smith: Quest
November 30, 2017–March 2, 2018
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Via Stradella 4, Milan, Italy

“Dialoghi” installation view. Courtesy of Studio Gariboldi.

January 23–March 30, 2018
Studio Gariboldi, Via Giovanni Ventura 5, Milan, Italy

“Olivier Mosset” installation view. Courtesy of Massimo De Carlo.

Exhibition:Olivier Mosset
January 23–March 10, 2018
Massimo De Carlo, Via Giovanni Ventura 5, Milan, Italy

“Carlo Ciussi” installation view. Courtesy of A arte Invernizzi.

Exhibition:Carlo Ciussi
February 7–April 4, 2018
A arte Invernizzi, Via D. Scarlatti 12, Milan, Italy

Stephan Balkenhol. Courtesy of Monica de Cardenas.

Exhibition:Stephan Balkenhol
November 30, 2017–March 10, 2018
Monica De Cardenas, Via Francesco Viganò 4, Milan, Italy

Fred Sandback. Courtesy of Cardi Gallery.

Exhibition: “Fred Sandback”
February 22–July 6, 2018
Cardi Gallery, Corso Di Porta Nuova 38, Milan, Italy

“UNO+UNO | Ieva Petersone + Dimitri Agnello” invitation. Courtesy of M77 Gallery.

Exhibition:UNO+UNO | Ieva Petersone + Dimitri Agnello
February 27–April 7, 2018
M77 Gallery, Via Mecenate 77, Milan, Italy

“Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943,” installation view. Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.

Exhibition:Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943
February 18–June 25, 2018
Fondazione Prada, Largo Isarco 2, Milan, Italy

Paola Margherita, Asina (2014). Courtesy of Galleria Rubin.

Exhibition:Paola Margherita: Percorsi
When: February 15–March 3, 2018
Galleria Rubin, Via Santa Marta 10, Milan, Italy

Regina José Galindo, La Sombra (2017). Courtesy of Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani.

Exhibition:Regina José Galindo: SOS
January 23–March 31, 2018
Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Via Giovanni Ventura 6, Milan, Italy

Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Intorno l’altare di un dio sconosciuto (2018). Courtesy of Federica Schiavo Gallery.

Exhibition:Towards the altar of a god unknown: Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli
February 9–March 16, 2018
Federica Schiavo Gallery, Via Barozzi 6, Milan, Italy



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