Mudec Milano: exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

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

CORY ARCANGEL. Adobe Photoshop 2022 […]

February 17th - July 2nd, 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. Read more

DALÍ, MAGRITTE, MAN RAY AND SURREALISM. Highlights from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

March 22nd – July 30th, 2023
180 works - including paintings, sculptures, drawings, documents, and artifacts, all from the collection of one of the leading museums in the Netherlands - and their dialogue with some masterpieces from the Permanent Collection. Read more


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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

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

#One Love. 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. China 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. La Mostra

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Modigliani Art Experience

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

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

Dinosaurs. Giants from Argentina

22 march 2017 / 9 july 2017
One of the most important scientific exhibitions on the evolution of the dinosaurs, with unique finds all coming from such a paleontologically rich territory as Argentina
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Frida Kahlo

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

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

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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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

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

30 september 2016 / 26 february 2017
An exceptional exhibition that recounts where we come from and how we succeeded in populating the entire planet. Read more


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

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

The adventures of an explorer. Antonio Raimondi and the discovery of Perù

28 October 2016 / 26 February 2017
The exhibition illustrates some aspects of the life and the explorations of the celebrated Milanese naturalist Antonio Raimondi 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

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

JOAN MIRÓ. 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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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