If you are trying to learn about art in Milan you are definitely in the right place and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Milan art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
The curious types can look through all of our other posts on art around Italy at that link.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Milan
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Milan you can head to:
- Pinacoteca Di Brera at Via Brera 28
- Fondazione Prada at Largo Isarco 2
- Museo Del Novecento at Piazza Duomo 8
- Museo Delle Culture at via Tortona 56
- Pinacoteca Ambrosiana at Piazza Pio XI 2
- Modern Art Gallery at Via Palestro 16
- Poldi Pezzoli Museum at Via Manzoni 12
- Pinacoteca Del Castello Sforzesco at Piazza Castello
- Pirelli Hangarbicocca at Via Chiese 2
- Massimo De Carlo at viale Lombardia 17
- Casa Museu Boschi Di Stefano at Via Giorgio Jan 15
- Gió Marconi Gallery at Via Tadino 20
Pinacoteca di Brera houses masterpieces of Italian and international art from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries and was established in 1776 as a collection of exemplary works designed to instruct students of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. Napoleon’s will in 1809 transformed it into a collection of the most significant paintings from the conquered regions and you can check them all out from 8:30am to 7:15pm every day but Monday when they are closed.
Fondazione Prada is an arts and culture foundation near you that was founded in 1993 and focuses on the creation of exhibitions as well as projects in cinema, photography, philosophy, dance, and architecture. In 2011 Fondazione Prada opened Ca ‘Corner della Regina which is an ancient house on the Grand Canal as a new exhibition space in Venice. On May 9, 2015 the Fondazione Prada’s new permanent Milan venue which was designed by OMA opened and you can head over from 10am to 7pm daily.
The Museo del Novecento was founded on December 6, 2010 with the purpose of disseminating knowledge of twentieth-century art and providing a more thorough understanding of the collections that the city has accumulated over time. Aside from its core exhibition activity which is available from 10am to 7:30pm Tuesday through Sunday the Museum is involved in the protection, analysis, and promotion of Italian cultural and artistic heritage from the twentieth century with the ultimate goal of reaching a wider audience.
MUDEC – Museo de las Culturas is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the world’s various cultures where there are various spaces that provide visitors from all around the city a variety of cultural offerings and services spread across 17,000 square meters. The permanent collection features the Ayuntamiento de Milán’s ethnographic collections which include over 7,000 works.
The Modern Art Gallery is open from 10am to 5:30pm every day but Monday and is a great place to see works by Segantini, Canova, Medardo Rosso, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Picasso in the GAM Collections at Villa Reale which is a neoclassical architectural gem in your area. The Galleria d’Arte Moderna features a permanent exhibition program devoted to painting and sculpture from the 18th to the 20th centuries from the Milan Art Collections along with the works of Francesco Hayez, Pompeo Marchesi, Andrea Appiani, and Giovanni Segantini.
Poldi Pezzoli Museum is an international house-museum that first opened its doors in 1881. It captivates not only because of the charm of the chambers evoking the past from medieval periods through the 18th century up to the Armoury with a work by contemporary artist Arnaldo Pomodoro but also because of the variety and depth of its collections. Sculptures, carpets, lace and embroidery, arms and armour, gems, porcelain, glass, furniture, sundials and clocks are among the almost 5,000 amazing artifacts from antiquity to the nineteenth century hung in a mystical atmosphere but don’t go on Tuesday or the doors will be closed.
Pinacoteca Del Castello Sforzesco was formally established in 1878 and today the permanent viewable collection is organized from room XX to room XXVI and offers an itinerary focusing on Lombard painting from the mid-15th century to the beginnings of neoclassicism. Large altar pieces, devotional paintings, polyptychs, and miniatures produced by Lombard masters who were often inventors of painting techniques and of a personal interpretation of holy and profane topics may be found in the gallery that is open to the public from 10am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Pirelli Hangarbicocca is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 that has 15,000 square meters of display space making it one of Europe’s largest contiguous exhibition spaces. Every year it hosts important solo exhibitions by local Italian and international artists with each project designed to operate in close relation to the complex’s architecture and studied in depth through a schedule of simultaneous events. We should point out it is not open to the public Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
Massimo De Carlo Gallery has been around since the late 1980’s and Alighiero Boetti, Cady Noland, Rudolf Stingel, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres were among the artists featured. Massimo De Carlo is open from 11am to 6:30pm Tuesday through Saturday and collaborates with varied creators that are successful both nationally and internationally who work in a wide range of mediums including painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, photography, performance, and video.
Casa Museu Boschi Di Stefano is a historically significant home where two couples amassed an outstanding contemporary art collection over the course of a lifetime that you can check out from 10am to 5:30pm every day except Monday. Around three hundred items are now on display in their apartment halls, chosen from over two thousand paintings and sculptures gathered, including works by Piero Marussig, Umberto Boccioni, Mario Sironi, and others.
Gió Marconi Gallery keeps regular hours of 11am to 6pm on weekdays and was founded in 1990 on Gió Marconi’s initiative. In its first year the gallery included shows by Martin Kippenberger, Mario Schifano, and Richard Hamilton while in the 30 years since Gió Marconi Gallery has maintained a vibrant program and its own continuous style to displaying and mixing daring selections that were way ahead of their time.
Materials & Supplies Near You
Some of the best local art supply stores where you can buy all kinds of materials are:
- Grossich Art Supply Store at Via A Buschi 20
- Pellegrini at Via Brera 16
- Impronte D’autore at Corso di Porta Ticinese 18
- Cesare Crespi at Via Brera 28A
- Colorificio Hobby Colours Belle Arti at Corso Indipendenza 20
- La Bottega Degli Artisti at Via Domenico Millelire 15
- Officina Del Colore at Via Giuseppe Giacosa 39
Grossich Art Supply Store sells a large selection of the greatest brands of materials for fine arts, technical and artistic drawing, graphics and painting, and more at their great shop full of supplies.
Pellegrini always has a large selection of art accessories and you will be guided and instructed in the selection of equipment and materials which include Mabef easels, Copic markers, Conte a Paris pencils, and other items.
Stamps, sheets, and colors for stamping and scrapbooking are available at the local hobby shop Impronte d’Autore.
Cesare Crespi opened up his shop in 1880 and for four generations his family has operated in the well-known artist enclave in your area Brera garnering respect and acceptance from a select national and international clientele in this century and beyond.
Hobby Colors is located outside of Area C and sells fine arts, canvases, oil colors, acrylics, watercolors, easels for painting, and sketching supplies.
La Bottega Degli Artisti provides high-quality products at a reasonable price making it a market leader.
Officina Del Colore creates colors using priceless ancient technologies, the canvases are properly prepared, and the meticulously handcrafted frames allow for full customization of shapes and sizes.
Shows & Events
Some of the top art shows, festivals, and events held in your area would be:
- Affordable Art Fair in February
- Miart in April
- Milan Design Week in April
- The Triennial Held Every 3 Years
Affordable Art Fair Italy showcases the latest artistic trends and revolutionizes the way you collect contemporary art as over 85 local, national, and international galleries will exhibit 1,000’s of contemporary artworks.
Miart is an international and contemporary art fair that generally takes place each April during Milano Art Week where some big prizes handed out that can reach 10,000 euros so you know there will be some cool stuff to see.
Design Week is generally geared towards interior design but lots of creative things will also be on display.
The Triennial Museum hosts a great event every 3 years and one just took place in 2022 so go ahead and make a note in your calendar for 2025.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are ready to find a new piece for your collection or when you want to know how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Salamon Fine Art at Via S Damiano 2
- Ars Antiqua at Via Pisacane 55/57
- Carlo Orsi Antichità Srl at Via Bagutta 14
- Milàn & Antiques Art Gallery at Via Carlo Pisacane 59
- M.A.D.S at Corso S. Gottardo 18
Salamon Fine Art is an Italian gallery that focuses on old master, modern, and contemporary prints as well as contemporary figurative art. Salamon Fine Art Gallery will provide consulting services in the areas of research, promotion, restoration, and marketing for historic, modern, and contemporary graphic works.
Ars Antiqua buys and sells antique and 19th century paintings and sculptures as well as antique furniture and can provide expert evaluations of antique and nineteenth-century paintings, sculptures, and furnishings.
Carlo Orsi Antichità has been dealing in old master paintings and sculptures for over fifty years and is famous for its knowledge, dependability, and top museum quality artworks. They particularly specialize in Italian paintings, sculptures, and works of art from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries in addition to art brokerage, buying, and selling.
Milàn & Antiques finds freshly acquired items and pieces at competitive rates that best express the demands of collectors, interior designers, architects, or just people looking for the best for their home’s adornment.
With the use of these innovative video system projection technologies M.A.D.S. Art Gallery is able to construct and guarantee a continuous multimedia display allowing buyers, press, public, collectors, and creators to enjoy the exhibitions in streaming all over the world.
What is better than walking around outside on a beautiful day and seeing some cool art in your area:
Acanto Milan Tours offers curious travelers looking for the distinctive interesting itineraries to discover the works of art and the world from which they arose. Destinations span from well-known to lesser-known locations already seen or revisited with fresh eyes to capture not only cultural themes but also popular tradition, anecdote, and detail.
Visite d’Arte a Milano e dintorni provides a broad and diverse choice of services that complement and integrate with the city tour.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice sculptures around town like:
- Needle, Thread & Knot at Piazzale Luigi Cadorna
- Il Cavallo di Leonardo at Piazzale dello Sport 6
- Monumento a Felice Cavallotti at Via Marina 2
- Monumento a Leonardo da Vinci at Piazza della Scala
- Monumento Ossario Piccoli Martiri at Piazza Martiri di Gorla
- Grande Disco at Piazza Filippo Meda
Il Cavallo di Leonardo is located at the entrance to the Piazzale dello Sport and is one of the world’s largest horse sculptures. It was made by American sculptor Nina Akamu who was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s original sketches for her work.
A commission directed by Giuseppe Missori of Garibaldi developed the Monumento a Felice Cavallotti which was spectacularly realized as Ernesto Bazzaro carved the statue in public and then delivered it to Cavallotti’s admirers. It was inaugurated in 1906 and is now located on today’s Piazza Pio XI in front of the Ambrosiana.
Monumento Ossario Piccoli Martiri is an ossuary monument by Remo Brioschi located in Piazza Piccoli Martiri in commemoration of the 20 October 1944 tragedy.
Arnaldo Pomodoro created Grande Disco in 1972 as a bronze sculpture and it is one of the most important works of the artist’s career since he attempted to give the sculpture a sense of torsion in order to make it more alive and to symbolize the proportion of man that Leonardo inscribes in the circle.
Milan Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow his skills you have some options. Some of the best Milan art schools and classes near you can be found at:
- Brera Academy at Via Brera 28
- Oda Palestra Artistica at Viale Papiniano 42
- Milan Academy Of Art at Via Gian Giacomo Mora 5
- Mano Libera Officina D’arte at Via Bartolomeo Eustachi 13
- Accademia di Belle Arti Acme at Via Luigi Cagnola 17
The Brera Academy has served as a reference point for the history of art and its education as well as a cultural outpost capable of uniting science, literature, and the arts for nearly 250 years.
Oda Palestra Artistica’s courses provide practical education to anyone interested in becoming an artist for work or pleasure.
The Milan Academy of Art (MIAAC) is a private art school in your area that specializes in professional drawing, painting, and sculpting instruction.
Mano Libera Officina D’arte provides their teaching experience to teachers who want to help their students acquire aesthetic sensitivity, creative sensibility, and manual abilities.
The ACME Academy of Fine Arts is an Italian government-recognized cultural institution that seeks the creation and transmission of creative, scientific, and technological knowledge along with the promotion and coordination of research, cultural and professional student preparation, and teacher training.
Studios For Rent Near You
When you can’t wait to get that next project started see if there is any space to rent at one of these local art studios:
Massive Arts is located in Navigli and has a total space of 1,000 square meters which include 2 professional recording studios, 1 mastering suite, 6 rehearsal rooms, a 70sqm live room, and various relax lounge areas.
Giada Yeya Montomoli and Luca Font founded Yeya&Font Studio to create artworks, objects, and photographs inspired by their shared love of simple shapes, geometry, and primary colors.
The partnership comes from various backgrounds and works on independent projects but the studio is always the spot where every concept is born and swiftly expands in often unexpected directions.
A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for art framing in Milan are:
- Centro Milano Cornici at Viale Cassala 55
- Bbframe Milan at Piazza Amendola 1 ang Via Previati
- Grassi Carlo Srl at Via Solferino 18
- Cornici Tolomeo at Via Andrea Maria Ampère 27
- Milonga Cornici at Via Giuseppe Ripamonti 6
Centro Milano Cornici can do a vast range of services that enables them to fully meet the needs of their customers including conservative or artistic frame restoration, plexiglass processing, the application of special glass to laminating and calendering, home pick-up, delivery,and frame rental.
BBframe is a local frame shop where you can find frames and decorations for your house that have that extra touch of workmanship you’re looking for.
Grassi Carlo Srl has a wide choice of styles to choose from beginning with necessary aluminum profiles that are current and exquisite for contemporary images and graphics and progressing to traditional frames in various types of wood.
Cornici Tolomeo provides restoration, consulting, and expertise when working with frames, glass, photography, frame repairs, client consultation, and a large collection of glasses and art.
Milonga has a large assortment of traditional frames, many of which are handmade by Maurizia. She works with a variety of materials including wood, chalk, textiles, papier-mache, cardboard, metals, pottery, plexiglass, and repurposed materials.
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