November in Milan: 3 art exhibitions you shouldn't miss

By George Margaronis
If you plan to visit Milan this November you most probably already have a full list of things to do and see, ranging from museum visits to endless shopping at Via Montenapoleone or Corso Buenos Aires (depending on your spending budget), garnished by tasty stops for delicious meals and coffee-breaks. Cityartnow urges you to make sure that you have included the following three art exhibitions to your visit-list. In a 3-stop tour mode, here are the Milan highlights for November 2016!
Everything in Milan starts from the Duomo Square and this is where our first stop will be. The always busy Palazzo Reale presents Peter Paul Rubens and the Birth of Baroque, a new exhibition on the work of the Flemish Master of Baroque Art, exploring Rubens’ connections with ancient art and classical sculpture, as well as his close attention to the great Renaissance painters like Tintoretto and Correggio. The exhibition compares several celebrated masterpieces by Rubens with artworks by Italian artists who were influenced by his work and style.
Pietro Paolo Rubens Ritrovamento di Erittonio.Tela, cm.243,5 x 345,5 Vienna, Palazzo Liechtenstein - The Princely Collections
A few light-rail stops from the Duomo Square, you’ll find the Milan branch of Lisson Gallery, an international gallery with spaces on London and New York, which constantly presents some of the most interesting shows of contemporary art in the city. The exhibition in program is a solo show by Wael Shawky, the Egyptian artist who met with international fame with his Cabaret Crusades cycle; a historical marionette-act saga recounting the history of The Crusades from an Arab perspective. Lisson presents selection of drawings produced during the creation of Cabaret Crusades and the Al Araba Al Madfuna film trilogy.
Wael Shawky © Lisson Gallery

The third stop is the Milan Museum of Cultures, best known as MUDEC, which presents the season’s highlight (at least for modern art lovers): a Jean-Michel Basquiat restrospective! Basquiat’s short career, tragically interrupted by his death at 27, was phenomenally productive as well as hugely influential, exploring themes of human identity and racial issues while expressing in the most distinctive way his generation at the particular place and time (New York, late 70s-early 80s). His association with major cultural figures (Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Blondie, Madonna) brought his work to the media spotlight making him one of the most well-recognizable artists of the recent years.
The exhibition, curated by the artist's friend, Jeffrey Deitch, presents about 140 works created between 1980 and 1987, bringing together works of large dimensions, drawings, photos, collaborations with Warhol and a set of ceramic plates, on which Basquiat ironically portrayed personalities and artists from every age.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Senza titolo (Bracco di Ferro) [sic], 1983. Acrilico e pastello a olio su tela, cm 182,9 x 182,9. Mugrabi Collection © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat by SIAE 2016


Peter Paul Rubens and the Birth of Baroque (Until February 26, 2017)
Palazzo Reale (map) – Piazza del Duomo - Ticket price: € 12
Opening hours: Mon: 14:30 - 19:30 / Tue - Wed - Fri - Sun: 09:30 - 19:30 / Thu - Sat: 09:30 - 22:30
Wael Shawky (9 November 2016 - 13 January 2017)
Lisson Gallery (map) - Via Zenale 3 - Free entrance
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm / Closed between 1pm–3pm / Saturday by appointment
Jean-Michel Basquiat (Until February 26, 2017)
MUDEC (map) - Via Tortona, 56 - Ticket price: € 12
Opening hours: Monday 02.30pm-07.30pm / Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 09.30am-07.30pm / Thursday, Saturday 09.30am-10.30pm


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