Current Exhibitions

Luce dietro tracce incompiute

October 19th, 2023 – September 8th, 2024

“Luce dietro tracce incompiute” is the textile installation by Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball, which with its monumental dimensions welcomes visitors inside the heart of the Museum, the Agora. Read more

MARTIN PARR. Short & Sweet

February 10th – July 28th, 2024

Edited by Martin Parr.
With a focus on the world of reportage and documentary photography, the collaboration with Magnum Photos continues

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PICASSO. Metamorphosis of the figure

February 22nd – June 30th, 2024

Edited by Malén Gual and Ricardo Ostalé
The exhibition consists of a nucleus of Picasso’s paintings, drawings and sculptures from major European museums dedicated to the artist.

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EXPOSURE. Art, culture, fashion in and out of the showcase

March 1st – September 8th, 2024

The exhibition, curated by Katya Inozemtseva and Sara Rizzo, reflects on the traditional concept of the vitrine and its centrality in exhibition projects.

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TATTOO. Tales from the Mediterranean

March 28th – July 28th, 2024

Edited by Luisa Gnecchi Ruscone, with the collaboration of Jurate Francesca Piacenti
The exhibition aims to recount, from its earliest origins and with an anthropological slant that starts from Italy

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Upcoming Exhibitions

La Chola Poblete – Guaymallén

September, 13 – October 20, 2024

MUDEC presents the exhibition Guaymallén by Argentine artist La Chola Poblete, who was awarded in 2023 with the prestigious international “Artist of the Year” award that the Bank dedicates to contemporary art, now in its 12th year.

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October 5, 2024 – February 16, 2025

The exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective anthology in an Italian museum celebrates the Franco-American artist known for her big, colourful Nanas, but also reveals her busy side through a different interpretation of her work.

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Outsider Art

October 12, 2024 – February 16, 2025

The exhibition explains the extraordinary expressive power of Art Brut, of this artistic and revolutionary vision from which many contemporary artists have drawn inspiration and which continues to be vital today, in the belief that art is for anyone a voice to be resonated through the expression of unexpected beauty.

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November 7 – December 15, 2024

MUDEC hosts the photographic exhibition of the prestigious Deloitte’s Photo Grant’s winners. The grant is promoted by Deloitte Italia under the patronage of Fondazione Deloitte and in collaboration with 24 ORE Cultura, the artistic direction of Denis Curti and the BlackCamera team.

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Past Exhibitions

Rodin and dance

October 25th, 2023 – March 10th, 2024

Mudec is exhibiting for the first time in Italy a series of fifteen statuettes of dancers dedicated by the French artist to ‘Dance Movements’. Read more

Photo Grant by Deloitte - And They Laughed At Me by Newsha Tavakolian

December 13th, 2023 – January 28th, 2024

MUDEC will host the major photographic exhibition “And they laughed at me” by the Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian, winner of the prestigious Deloitte’s Photo Grant. Read more

Vincent Van Gogh. Artist and reader

September 21st, 2023 – January 28th, 2024

Approximately 40 of the works on display from the Kröller-Müller Museum of Otterlo, in the Netherlands, including some amazing masterpieces, such as the studies for heads and figures for The Potato Eaters. Read more

Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year

September 14th – October 22nd, 2023

The exhibition brings together and for the first time the six different avatars created by LuYang – Human, Heaven, Asura, Animal, Hungry Ghost, Hell – who embody the six realms of rebirth of Samsara. Read more

CORY ARCANGEL. Adobe Photoshop 2022 […]

Extended until September 3rd, 2023

A rainbow assembled thanks to random combinations of Photoshop gradients, which is transformed into a tangible and perceptible object: a carpet that interacts with the viewer by creating a unique chromatic space through the reflection of light on the glass of the agora.
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March 31st – July 30th, 2023

Sonnyama Ngonyama, literally “Hail Black Lioness”, is Muholi’s social and political proclamation, in which the artist signs a series of self-portraits that stage, in their composition, a real denunciation, to which the artist herself lends her body. Read more

DALÍ, MAGRITTE, MAN RAY E IL SURREALISMO. Capolavori dal Museo Boijmans Van Beuningen

March 22nd – July 30th, 2023

Sonnyama Ngonyama, literally “Hail Black Lioness”, is Muholi’s social and political proclamation, in which the artist signs a series of self-portraits that stage, in their composition, a real denunciation, to which the artist herself lends her body. Read more

RAINBOW. Colors and wonders between myths, arts and science

February 17th – July 2nd, 2023

Inspired by The Rainbow Show, which took place in San Francisco in 1975, MUDEC hosts an exhibition project composed of different stories related to the rainbow as a natural, cultural, spiritual and human phenomenon. Read more

Robert Capa. In History

November 11th, 2022 – March 19th, 2023

On the occasion of the 110th anniversary of Robert Capa’s birth (October 22nd, 1913) Mudec pays tribute to the great Hungarian photographer with a solo exhibition encompassing his major war and travel reportages. Read more

#OneLove. Norma Jeane

November 17th, 2022 – February 23rd, 2023

#OneLove project by the artist Norma Jeane, who operates anonymously, is presented to the public thanks to the collaboration between the Area Museo delle Culture, Progetti Interculturali, Arte nello Spazio Pubblico, 24 ORE Cultura-Gruppo 24 ORE and with the support of Fondazione Deloitte. Read more


October 8th, 2022 – February 2nd, 2023

A selection of more than 180 amazingly beautiful artefacts is on display: terracotta works of great expressiveness and technical perfection, as well as gold and silver items and textiles. Read more

DEUTSCHE BANK. Artists of the Year 2021

September 8th – October 23rd, 2022

MUDEC hosts “Deutsche Bank Artists of the Year 2021”, the exhibition dedicated to winners of the prestigious international award that the bank dedicates to contemporary art, which has reached its tenth edition this year. Read more

The Voice of the Shadows

May 13th – September 18th, 2022

One of the first in Italy dedicated to representation of men and women of African descent and on slavery in northern Italy between 16th and 19th century. Read more

THE ART OF BRAKING. An engaging exhibition about brakes

September 6th – 18th, 2022

Over 60 years of the famous brand’s history narrated through design, innovation and research in an exhibition where the control of energy and movement is transformed into an immersive experience of technology, light design, and video installations. Read more

DAVID LACHAPELLE. I believe in miracles

April 22nd / September 11th, 2022

A journey of artistic research lasting a lifetime and that presents a previously unseen and, to some extent, surprising David LaChapelle. Over 90 works which unfold in a flowing and captivating narrative. Read more

MARC CHAGALL. A tale of two worlds

March 16th / July 31st, 2022

From the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the exhibition presents a selection of more than 100 works donated mostly by Chagall’s family and friends. Read more

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Cina 1948-49 | 1958

February 18th / July 3rd, 2022

Over 100 original prints together with negatives, publications of magazines of the time, documents and letters coming from the collection of the Fondation HCB. Read more

PIET MONDRIAN. From figuration to abstraction

November 24th, 2021 / March 27th, 2022

For the first time in Milan a project entirely dedicated to the evolutionary artistic process which took Mondrian from the tradition of the Dutch landscape to the development of his unique style, which made him recognizable and universally famous. Read more

DISNEY. The art of telling timeless stories

September 2nd, 2021 / February 13th, 2022

Telling timeless stories succeeding in enchanting the public is considered a true art, but behind the typical immediacy of the perfect artistic result – as often occurs in the art world – lies a work of creative research that lasts years, generally unknown to those that listen to these stories. Read more

TVBOY. The exhibition

December 2nd, 2021 / January 9th, 2022

Mudec Photo hosts for the first time in Milan a solo exhibition of the street artist Salvatore Benintende; one of the main exponents of the Street Art movement of Neo Pop matrix at international level. Read more

TINA MODOTTI. Women, Messico and freedom

May 1st / November 7th, 2021

Artist, sublime and committed, Tina Modotti is a photographer who has left an indelible mark on contemporary history. His famous shots make up the collections of the most important museums in the world and his fame is planetary. Read more

ROBOT. The human project

May 1st / August 1st, 2021

From the first mechanical devices of ancient Greece to the new frontiers of Artificial Intelligence, man has always been attracted to the idea of creating an artificial fellow creature. Read more

QHAPAQ ÑAN. La grande strada Inca

Until June 20th, 2021

Curated by Carolina Orsini, curator of the archaeological and ethnographic collections of the Museum of Cultures, the exhibition tells about the great avenue system built by the Incas and shows the latest discoveries of the MUDEC staff made during excavations in the northwest of Argentina. Read more

IO SONO/I AM. Luisa Menazzi Moretti

July 1st / August 1st, 2021

The exhibition comprises twenty large photographic portraits of refugees and asylum seekers, which the author has accompanied by a “book–legend”, a volume of unwritten pages, with a title and cover photograph dedicated to each person featured. Read more


July 3 – November 8, 2020

The textiles of the women of Argentina’s dry forest (Santiago del Estero, Argentina. A selection of bed covers from the private collection of Andreina Rocca Bassetti. Read more

ANDANDO VIA. Omaggio a Grazia Deledda

September 11th – October 11th 2020

The first collective textile-artwork of Sardinia. With Maria Lai’s original design, Grazia Deledda’s literature and the hands of weavers from 25 textile workshops, the project has created what has been recognized as “the first project by the Sardinian textile production chain”. Read more


October 16, 2019 – March 29, 2020

Mudec Photo presents the exhibition “Elliott Erwitt. Family”: 60 black and white shots that explore the various facets of the ineffable, all-encompassing concept of “family”. Read more

IMPRESSIONS OF EAST. Art and collecting between Europe and Japan

October 1, 2019 – February 2, 2020

The exhibition “Impressions of the East. Art and collecting between Europe and Japan” illustrates, through a wide and diversified selection of works coming from Italy and from abroad, the development of the taste directed towards Japan which pervaded the western artistic culture between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, particularly in France and in Italy. Read more

WHEN JAPAN DISCOVERED ITALY. Stories of Encounters (1585-1890)

October 1, 2019 – February 2, 2020

«Quando il Giappone scoprì l’Italia» (When Japan Discovered Italy) develops around some emblematic cases that illustrate the first relationships between Italy and Japan and explores the imagery that began taking shape in both countries in a very important period when Europe opened its gates to the outside world; a phase that many scholars identify as the dawn of globalization. Read more


September 19th, 2019 – September 22nd, 2019

The MUDEC presents, from September 19th to 22nd , in the Innovation Center space, the multimedia exhibition “It’s shoe time!”, Organized by MICAM, the leading international exhibition in the footwear sector, to celebrate its first 50 years. Read more

Roy Lichtenstein. Multiple Visions

1 May 2019 / 8 September 2019

MUDEC takes a look at America and at one of its most important artistic icons of the 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein, with the exhibition ‘Roy Lichtenstein. Multiple Visions’. Read more

Liu Bolin. Visible/invisible

15 May 2019 / 15 September 2019

MUDEC PHOTO hosts the second photographic exhibition since its opening and has entrusted Liu Bolin with the task of recounting his art in person, with a performance expressly created for MUDEC. Read more

Italians in Lima, Peruvians in Milan

16th March / 14 July 2019

“Milano Città Mondo” (Milano World City) is a multiyear project created by Museo delle Culture (MUDEC) in collaboration with the City’s Office for Networking and Cultural Cooperation. Every year, in-depth studies focus on one of the numerous international communities living in Milan. Read more

Valerio Rocco Orlando. Dialogue with the Unseen

7 June 2019 / 16 June 2019

Mudec presents Dialogue with the Unseen, a solo show by Valerio Rocco Orlando, curated by Alessandra Pioselli, which will run from 7th to 16th June in the Khaled al-Asaad Space of Cultures. Read more

KOKESHI. Handcraft tradition of Tōhoku

18 May 2019 / 2 June 2019

At the MUDEC – Museo delle Culture of Milan, an exhibition presents for the first time in Italy a large collection of kokeshi, small doll-like wood sculptures that are considered the cultural emblem of the Tōhoku region, in the north-east of Japan. Read more


16 Dicember 2018-31 March 2019

MUDEC PHOTO, the new exhibition venue of the Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures) devoted to fine art photography. Read more

THE ART OF BANKSY. A Visual Protest

21 November 2018

Banksy, the British artist and writer whose identity is still unknown, is considered one of the leading exponents of contemporary street art. Read more


31 October 2018

The exhibition Paul Klee. Alle origini dell’arte (Paul Klee. At the Origins of Art), curated by Michele Dantini and Raffaella Resch, will be hosted by the MUDEC in Milan from 31 October 2018 Read more

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS Man's great adventure of discovery (1906–1990)

The exhibition ‘Esploratori 2.0 CAPITANI CORAGGIOSI’ (Explorers 2.0 CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS) opens at the MUDEC in Milan on 28 September. Read more

ETRO Generation Paisley

Place and time, roots and culture. Etro is an organic experience, a sedimentation of ideas, signs and experiences shaping the objects of everyday life. Each garment and accessory is the result of a satisfied curiosity, of an understanding of feelings. Read more

If only the River remains to speak

An art installation by Studio Azzurro and photographer Jane Baldwin, in support of Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples. Read more

Dreaming with the Ancestors.
Mexican Archaeology in Frida Kahlo’s Art and Life

01 February 2018 / 03 June 2018

“Dreaming with the Ancestors. Mexican Archaeology in Frida Kahlo’s Art and Life” displays Mesoamerican archaeological objects from the Mudec Permanent Collection, together with historical photos and images of Frida Kahlo’s artwork.Read more


20 June 2018 / 04 November 2018

A fascinating account based on images, music, evocations and suggestions that come together before visitors’ eyes to recreate the world of painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani, plunging them into the Parisian art scene. Read more


01 February 2018 / 03 June 2018

Frida Kahlo was very seductive and continues to be also 110 years after her birth. This is why the city of Milan is staging the most important European exhibition ever devoted to the most famous and acclaimed Mexican woman painter. The exhibition will include oils, drawings, watercolours, letters and photographs, and we intend to bring together works by Frida that have never been displayed in Italy before. Read more

JAVIER MARÍN | CORPUS Curated by Christian Barragán

21 June 2018 / 09 September 2018

The city of Milan’s MUDEC Museum of Cultures is hosting a retrospective on Mexican sculptor Javier Marín. The exhibition Corpus, curated by Christian Barragàn, presents thirty-six works realized using various techniques and materials during a broad span of time in the artist’s journey. Read more

Once we were headhunters. Rituals, life and art of the Asmat people.

27 September 2017 / 08 July 2018

Asmat territory stretches along the southwestern coast of New Guinea, politically a part of Indonesia but with strong ties to Oceania in terms of culture and art. The main features of this territory are mangrove-covered flood plains and hostile swamps. While retaining to this day the defining traits of their ancient culture, perfectly blended into this inhospitable environment, the Asmat learned how to adjust to modernity and face its challenges. Read more

Rex and the city. Saurians and us (4th century bc – 20th century AD)

22 march / 9 july 2017

Mudec hosts “Rex and the city. Saurians and us”: a journey between dinosaurs, dragons, chimeras and other saurians of fantasy.
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Kandinskij, the wandering knight. On his journey towards abstraction

15 march 2017 / 9 july 2017

Mudec pays homage to Wassily Kandinsky with an original “site-specific” exhibition, based around his vocation and the relationship between art and science and on the metaphor of travel as a cognitive adventure. Read more

Milano Città Mondo #02 - CINA

15 March 2017 / 07 April 2017

The Museum of Cultures with Networks and Cultural Cooperation Office of the Municipality of Milan. Read more

Homo Sapiens
The new histories of human evolution

28 october 2016 / 26 february 2017

Like every maudit artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat succeeded in weaving a legend around himself and his art in the space of a few years. He died in 1988 at the age of twenty-seven. Read more

The ducal salon of George Nuku

1 september 2016 / 13 october 2016

George Nuku, New Zealander artist from the Maori culture, will be in residence at MUDEC Read more

GUEST PROJECT XXI Triennale Esposizione Internazionale Milano Sempering process and pattern in architecture and design

2 april 2016 / 12 september 2016

The exhibition is a project of XXI Triennale International Exhibition Milan, hosted by MUDEC Read more

Eduardo Ponjuán at Mudec with Scratch

5 july / 12 september 2016

The site-specific work, Scratch, will lead the spectator in a “museum within the museum”: a series of showcases placed in the Agora containing objects of daily use displayed like relics, like anthropological findings. Read more

JOAN MIRÓ. The force of matter

25 march 2016 / 11 september 2016

A wide selection of works realized between 1931 and 1981 from the great Catalan artist Read more

The force of matter

25 july 2016 / 11 september 2016

The exhibition presents a selection of mixed-technique works realized with newspaper cuttings from all over the world with the addition of screws and metal knick-knacks which give the panels a strong three-dimensional impact. Read more

Italians across the Ocean. Stories of artists in mid-twentieth century modern and native Brazil

25 March / 21 July 2016

The exhibition highlights the artistic relations between Italy and Brazil over the course of the 20th century. It documents personal and intellectual journeys intertwined with the history of art and cultures. Read more

BARBIE - The icon

28 october 2015 / 13 march 2016

An authentic global sensation, Barbie is known, adored and celebrated all over the world, representing 50 different nationalities. Read more

GAUGUIN. Tales from Paradise

28 October 2015 – 21 February 2016

The project involves 70 masterpieces of painting and sculpture as well as a number of Polynesian artefacts and images documenting the various places visited by the artist. Read more

A beautiful confluence

28 october 2015 / 21 February 2016

A Beautiful Confluence: Anni and Josef Albers and the Latin American World
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MILANO CITTA’ MONDO. # 1. ERITREA/ETIOPIA. Images and histories

28 october 2015 / 10 january 2016

The World City Forum (Forum della Città Mondo) celebrates the inauguration of the MUDEC with a photographic project by Alan Maglio and Medhin Paolos dedicated to Milan’s Eritrean-Ethiopian community. Read more

AFRICA - The land of spirits

27 march / 30 august 2015

The 270 works featured in this sophisticated, large-scale exhibition, curated by Claudia Zevi, illustrate the different ways in which the West has responded to the plastic arts of Africa. Read more

WORLDS IN MILAN. Cultures and expos, 1874 - 1940

27 march / 19 july 2015

This exhibition will show how the city of Milan has presented the various non-European cultures to the general public in major events ranging from the exhibitions of industrial arts… Read more