9 Must See museums exhibitions in Italy Summer 2021
A hunger to visit museums and see art in person will be satisfied this summer. Here is our selection of exhibitions in museums, foundations and galleries, from Northern to Southern Italy, not to be missed.
MAUTO (Museo dell’ Automobile)
Exhibition: WHAT A CAR! 1971-2021 PIO MANZÙ AND THE FIFTY YEARS OF THE 127
Date: June 17 - September 5 2021
MAUTO celebrates the 50th birthday of one of the most successful and beloved Fiat cars: the small, modern 127. The exhibition also pays special tribute to the car’s designer, Pio Manzù (1939-1969). His vision of mobility combined with industrial design is particularly topical. The title is taken from the launch campaign of the first series of the Fiat model. Accompanying the cars themselves is a rich selection of drawings, models and projects that Pio Manzù created during his short but prolific life. Explore his iconic work, from the famous Parentesi lamp (a collaboration with Achille Castiglioni in 1968), to the revolutionary Autonova FAM (the world’s first minivan), to the mechanics of the Fiat 850 City Taxi prototype. Ph: Nyo09 / Shutterstock.com
Opening Hours: Monday: 10am - 2pm
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am - 7pm
(The ticket office closes 1 hour before)
Full : €12
Children (6- 18): €5
Under 6: Free
Fondazione Prada Venice
Exhibition: STOP PAINTING - AN EXHIBITION BY PETER FISCHLI
Date: May 22 - November 21 2021
"Stop Painting," an exhibition conceived by artist Peter Fischli, is presented in the historic palazzo of Ca' Corner della Regina, the Venetian home of Fondazione Prada. The project explores a series of moments of rupture in the history of painting over the past 150 years in relation to the emergence of new social factors and cultural values. The exhibition also seeks to understand whether the current digital revolution may be at the origin of a new crisis in painting or, on the contrary, may contribute to its renewal.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am - 6pm. Closed Tuesday.
Under 18: Free
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Exhibition: THE SHAPE OF TIME
Date: May 13 - September 9 2021
The Poldi Pezzoli Museum presents THE SHAPE OF TIME: an exhibition dedicated to man's relationship with time, from antiquity to the threshold of the modern age, through science, literature and art. The exhibition presents about thirty works, including clocks, sculptures, codes and paintings (including Titian, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Andrea Previtali, Bernardino Mei and Baciccio). Also on display is a series of precious Italian nocturnal clocks of the seventeenth century, invented by the Campani brothers for Pope Alexander VII Chigi, with dials painted with allegories of time by famous Baroque artists. The museum itself is a treasure chest in the heart of Milan, an art collection born from the passion of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, one of the most refined collectors of the 19th century. Ph. Lestertair / Shutterstock.com
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm. Closed Tuesday.
Students (11-18 years, up to 26 years): €6
Children (10 and under): Free
Exhibition: POINT OF EQUILIBRIUM
The recently opened MAXXI Aquila was conceived inside Palazzo Ardinghelli as a hub of contemporary creativity in a baroque jewel, a laboratory entirely dedicated to artistic and cultural production in the Italian region. The project seeks to enliven, from an artistic and cultural point of view, the wonderful city wounded by an historical earthquake. The first exhibition inaugurating MAXXI L'Aquila, titled POINT OF EQUILIBRIUM, is dedicated to Ettore Spalletti and one of the eight works commissioned to as many artists for the occasion. In the small chapel on the second floor, the artist inserted a column of light that soars upwards and solidifies into a perfect cylinder: thought, space, light. These are the premises on which the entire exhibition is based, placing the site-specific works in dialogue with works from MAXXI's collection of art, architecture and photography.
Opening Hours: Thursday 3pm – 7pm
Friday 12pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 8pm
Sunday 12pm – 8pm
Reduced (14 -24 years): €5
Under 14: Free
Museo Federico Fellini (Musei di Rimini)
A visit to the newly opened Fellini Museum in Rimini is a must for any cinephile. It was developed between the existing historical museums of Castel Sismondo and Palazzo Valloni. The museum offers a complete itinerary that retraces the story of one of the most appreciated directors in the world. Included in the ticket is admission to four museums in Rimini: Museo della Città, Museo degli Sguardi, Museo Fellini and PART (where 14th century master Giovanni da Rimini’s Last Judgment is now on display thanks to an agreement with the Diocese, which owns the previously undervalued work).
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 7pm. Closed Monday.
Under 18: Free
Exhibition: AMERICAN ART 1961- 2001
Date: May 28 - August 29 2021
More than 80 works from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the second largest museum of contemporary art in the United States, including paintings, photography, videos, sculptures and installations, trace 40 years of history of American society. AMERICAN ART 1961-2001 traverses the work of 50 artists, touching on hot spots, ideas and innovations that have had the greatest impact on the development of art around the world, but also themes such as the rise of the consumer society, the contamination between the arts, feminism and the struggles for civil rights, social issues, race and gender that are still of relevance today. Ph: John_Silver / Shutterstock.com
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 2pm - 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 9pm
Reduced (Under 30): €12
Children (6-18): €5
Under 6: Free
Museo di Capodimonte
Exhibition: RAPHAEL AT CAPODIMONTE: THE ARTIST'S WORKSHOP
Date: June 10 - September 13 2021
The exhibition RAPHAEL AT CAPODIMONTE: THE ARTIST'S WORKSHOP is part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the artist's death and aims to enhance the Museum's Raphael heritage. The museum offers an original approach both to the works of art and to the process of the artist's workshop and those of his followers, highlighting the complexities behind the creation of originals, multiples, and copies at the time of the artist’s life and beyond.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8.30am- 7.30pm. Closed Wednesday.
Reduced (18 -25 years): €2
Under 18 and Italian citizens: Free
Exhibition: THE TRIPTYCH OF THE CENTENARY: LEONARDO (1919) RAFFAELLO (1920) DANTE (1921)
Leonardo in 1919, Raffaello in 1920, and Dante in 1921. The Centennial Triptych is an exploration of the taste and aesthetics that, in the early post-war period, guided the celebrations of the centenaries of these Italian masters. The exhibition aims to celebrates the roots that have characterized Italian culture in the world. The juxtaposition in the setting of Villa Farnesina enhances the retro flavor and coincides with an original, extensive exhibition that enlightens us on how the three masters were celebrated one hundred years ago, through art and not only. Ph: Anna Pakutina / Shutterstock.com
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am - 2pm (last admission 1.15pm) Closed on Sunday. Every second Sunday of the month from 9am - 5pm.
Full price ticket : €10
Reduced price ticket : €9
Guided tour: €2
Chiostro Del Bramante
Exhibition: ALL ABOUT BANKSY: EXHIBITION 2
Date: May 5 2021 - January 9 2022
Thanks to about two hundred and fifty works from private collections, Chiostro del Bramante presents ALL ABOUT BANKSY, a unique exhibition that uncovers everything you can know about the unknown artist best known to the world. Works made with different techniques and media, along with a contextualization of public interventions and exhibitions, including photographs, covers, posters, books, and records. Three never before exhibited videos allow us to relive the most significant moments of Banksy's career, including an exclusive and unpublished documentary that recounts twenty years of the artist's career.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10am - 9pm.
Full: Monday - Friday: €15. Saturday and Sunday: €18
Children (5 - 10 years): €10.
Under 5: Free