Milan Art Galleries
(Milan, Lombardy, Italy)
The art scene in Milan is commendable and the city boasts an array of quality galleries and art museums, often located within historical buildings and highly suitable for tourists. Especially notable is the Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) on the Via Brera, and the Villa Reale and Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna (Municipal Modern Art Gallery) on the Via Palestro, which is to be found alongside Milan's beautiful Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli and close to the Museo di Storia Naturale.
One gallery of particular importance in Milan is the Civico Museo d'Arte Contemporanea (Civic Museum of Contemporary Art), which is located on the second floor of the Palazzo Reale, on the Piazza del Duomo and near to the cathedral itself. Notable artists on exhibit here include Amedeo Modigliani, Paul Cézanne, Vasily Kandinsky and Vincent Van Gogh, amongst many others.
Civico Museo d'Arte Contemporanea - CIMAC (Civic Museum of Contemporary Art)
Address: Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 8646 1394
The Civic Museum of Contemporary Art contains an impressive collection of art, with works by famous artists such as Klee and Picasso. There are two main sections - the first features 20th-century Italian art up to the 1950s and includes works by Balla, Fontana, Modigliani and Morandi - and the second features Italian art from the 1950s onwards. This section includes the Jucker Collections and also exhibits by Alberto Burri, Piero Manzoni and Vedova.
Open hours: Sunday to Wednesday 09:30 to 20:00 (14:00 on Monday), Thursday to Saturday - 09:30 to 23:00
Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery)
Address: Via Brera 28, Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 722 631
The Brera Art Gallery in north-east Milan is home to one of Italy's most important art collections. It is housed in a late 16th-century palazzo and has 31 rooms, filled with great works of art. Many masterpieces by leading Italian artists are exhibited here, including works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Mantegna. There are also regular events and temporary exhibitions.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 08:30 to 19:30
Villa Reale and Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna (Municipal Modern Art Gallery)
Address: Via Palestro 16, Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 7600 2819
Milan's modern art gallery (Villa Reale and Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna) is devoted to 19th- and 20th-century art in both Italy and other countries, and has many superb works of art on display. Housed in a large Neo-classical villa that was built in 1790, the art gallery includes works by famous artists, such as Grassi, Matisse, Morandi, Picasso and Vismara.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:30
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (Ambrosiana Art Gallery)
Address: Piazza Pio Xl 2, Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 806 921
Founded in 1618, the Ambrosiana Art Gallery in central Milan was created to inspire and encourage up-and-coming Italian artists. Over the years the large collection of art has grown, thanks to many generous private donations. Highlights include a wood panel painting by Leonardo da Vinci, sculptures, art collections, portraits and work by leading artists such as Botticelli and Caravaggio. The Bibliotecca Ambrosiana library is also housed here.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:30
Triennale di Milano (Triennale Decorative Arts Show)
Address: Viale Alemagna 6, Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 875 441
Housed in the Palazzo dell'Arte, to the south-west of the Parco Sempione, the Triennale Decorative Arts Show was founded in 1923 to encourage the development of Italian art. The Palazzo was built shortly afterwards as a permanent site for the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts and throughout the year there are many art exhibitions, conferences and lectures on different aspects of art held in the palazzo.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 20:00
Casa degli Omenoni
Address: Via Omenoni 3, Milan, Italy
The Casa degli Omenoni house is situated in the heart of Milan and was built in 1565 by the Italian sculpture Leone Leoni. The artist had an extensive collection of art, including paintings by well-known artists such as Correggio and Titian. One of the main highlights is the eight telamones (supporting pillars in the shape of men) sculpted in stone, known as the 'Omenoni', which are a striking feature of this highly ornamental house.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00