What to do in Milan in May 2022: round-up the most interesting and not-to-be-missed events of the month to be held in the beating heart of the city.

Cortili Aperti 2022

22 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

22 May 2022

FREE – Once again this year will be open some magnificent courtyards of Private Historic Houses in Milan, in the area of Sant’Alessandro.

Stramilano 2022

15 May, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm –

15 May 2022

SPORT – Milan’s most popular race takes place this year in May and is organised in three different variants: Stramilano 10 km, Stramilanina 5 km and Stramilano Half Marathon.

The World of Banksy. The Immersive Experience

3 Dec, 2021 – 15 May, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 15 May 2022

EXHIBITION – The mysterious street-artist Banksy conquers Milan with the new immersive exhibition at the Galleria dei Mosaici in Stazione Centrale.

Saul Steinberg, Milano New York

15 Oct, 2021 – 1 May, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 1 May 2022

EXHIBITION – A world-famous artist and illustrator, during his career Saul Steinberg has collaborated with the main American magazines, including “Life”, “Time”, “New Yorker” and “Harper’s Bazaar”. On display at the Triennale are a series of his pencil, pen and watercolour drawings, paper masks, objects/sculptures, as well as documentary and photographic apparatus that narrate his unmistakable style and the bond that unites the artist with the city of Milan.

Tiziano e l’immagine della donna nel Cinquecento veneziano

23 Feb, 2022 – 5 Jun, 2022 @ See description –

Until 5 June 2022

EXHIBITION – Titian and the image of woman in the Venetian sixteenth century) is a great exhibition dedicated to the women painted by the great master Titian and his famous contemporaries: Giorgione, Lotto, Palma il Vecchio, Veronese, Tintoretto and others.

MIDO April-May 2022, Milano Eyewear Show

30 Apr, 2022 – 2 May, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm –

30 April – 2 May 2022

MIDO, the world’s most important trade fair for the optical industry, makes its comeback in Milan in the spaces of Rho Fiera Milano.

David LaChapelle: I Believe in Miracles

22 Apr, 2022 – 11 Sep, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 11 September 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY – More than 90 works coming directly from the studio of David LaChapelle, narrate his vision of a new world and a new possible humanity.

David Bowie: The Passenger by Andrew Kent

2 Apr, 2022 – 12 Jun, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm –

Until 12 June

MEMORIES – Through the images and memoirs of American photographer Andrew Kent, the exhibition bears witness to the period between 1975 and 1976 when David Bowie returned to Europe after his American experience.

Brian Adams: Exposed

21 Apr, 2022 – 9 Jul, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 7 July 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY – The exhibition documents Canadian rocker Bryan Adams’ talent as a photographer and portraitist.

Piano City Milano 2022

20 May, 2022 – 22 May, 2022 @ See description –

20-22 May 2022

EVENT – Piano City Milano returns again this year in May for three days of non-stop music: hundreds of free concerts will invade the city and beyond.

Radio Italia Live-Il Concerto

21 May, 2022 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm –

21 May 2022

CONCERT – Radio Italia Live-Il Concerto confirms itself as the most eagerly awaited live music event in Italy and will take place in Piazza del Duomo on 22 May.

Geometrie del Ferro

21 Apr, 2022 – 12 Jun, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm –

Until12 June 2022

CONTEMPORARY ART – The Studio Museo Francesco Messina presents an anthological exhibition dedicated to the historical works of Sardinian artist Stefano Soddu.

Exhibition: “Raymond Depardon. La vita moderna”

15 Oct, 2021 – 12 Jun, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 12 June 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY – Triennale Milano pays tribute to the work of French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon with the solo exhibition “La vita moderna” (the Italian for Modern Life).

Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry

21 May, 2022 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm –

21 May 2022

JAZZ – Saxophonist Joe Lovano will take to the stage at the Blue Note Milano with his Tapestry Trio.

Candlenight Special Morricone

21 May, 2022 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm –

Until 21 May 2022

CONCERT – The Sala del Cenacolo of the Science Museum hosts an evocative candlelight concert.

Joaquín Sorolla: Master of light

25 Feb, 2022 – 26 Jun, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 26 June 2022

EXHIBITION: For the first time in Italy, an exhibition dedicated to the Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla, a great interpreter of painting “en plein air”, whose works lead the visitor to discover the blinding light of the Mediterranean.

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Cina 1948-49 | 1958

18 Feb, 2022 – 3 Jul, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 3 July 2022

EXHIBITION – Two Chinese reportages by the great exponent of world photojournalism Henri Cartier-Bresson, famous for his “decisive instant” in photography.

Electric Boat Show 2022

13 May, 2022 – 15 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

13-15 May 2022

SPORT – The Idroscalo Park will host this year the event dedicated to electric navigation, with the best in design, production and distribution.

Civic Museums: Free admission on Sunday

8 May, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm –

8 May 2022

FREE – “Sunday at the Museum” initiative allows free admission to the Civic museums and cultural institutions on the first Sunday of every month.

Useless Bodies?

31 Mar, 2022 – 22 Aug, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 22 August 2022

CONTEMPORARY ART – The exhibition examines the condition of the human body in the post-industrial era.

Toti Submarine Guided Tour

29 May, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm –

29 May 2022

EXPERIENCE – A guided tour allows visitors to go on board and see a jewel of technology up close.

Antonio Ligabue. L’uomo, l’artista

11 Feb, 2022 – 8 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 am –

Until 8 May 2022

The Orangery of the Royal Palace in Monza will be enlivened this spring by figures, colours and enthralling suggestions. On display, 90 works by Italian painter Antonio Ligabue.

The Magic Labyrinth by Arnaldo Pomodoro

21 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

21 May 2022

EXPERIENCE – Lovers of contemporary art can enjoy an extremely evocative visit to Arnaldo Pomodoro’s environmental installation in the Tortona district.

Milano Beauty Week

3 May, 2022 – 8 May, 2022 @ See description –

3-8 May 2022

EVENT – The first edition of Milano Beauty Week will be held from 3 to 8 May with a rich programme of activities dedicated to the culture of beauty and wellness, including experiential ones.

ELLIOTT ERWITT 100 Fotografie

27 May, 2022 – 16 Oct, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

25 May-16 October

PHOTOGRAPHY – For this summer, the Museo Diocesano will host a retrospective dedicated to Elliott Erwitt, one of the most important photographers of the 20th century.

East Market

22 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm –

22 May 2022

FLEA MARKET – New appointment with the Milanese vintage event dedicated to individuals and professionals, where everyone can buy, sell and exchange.

Nicolas Party: Triptych

16 Apr, 2022 – 27 Jun, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

Until 27 June 2022

EXHIBITION – Nicolas Party has designed a body of new works in close dialogue with the masterpieces in the collection of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum.

Numerismi

7 May, 2022 – 28 Oct, 2022 @ 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm –

7 May-28 October

EXHIBITION – To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the historic Banca Cesare Ponti in central Milan is hosting the contemporary art exhibition “Numerismi” by Adriano Attus.

The Art of The Brick

30 Apr, 2022 – 3 Jul, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 3 July 2022

EXHIBITION – More than a million Lego® bricks have been used by Nathan Sawaya to create the sculptures for his unique project “The Art of the Brick”.

Steve McQueen: Sunshine State

31 Mar, 2022 – 31 Jul, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 8:30 pm –

Until 31 July 2022

CONTEMPORARY ART – A retrospective dedicated to the British artist, filmmaker and screenwriter. A site-specific exhibition project for Pirelli HangarBicocca.

BAM Open Air Design

11 May, 2022 – 14 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 8:30 pm –

11-14 May 2022

EVENT – A four-day event dedicated to outdoor design on the lawns of the BAM Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano, with over 240 dates outdoor.

Zanuso-Mendini: Design and Architecture

8 Mar, 2022 – 12 Jun, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 12 June 2022

EXHIBITION – Two great protagonists of design and architecture are compared about the value of design in Italy.

Country Aperitif at Eataly

12 May, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm –

12 May 2022

EXPERIENCE – Enjoy a tasteful experience at Eataly, bringing to the table the great products of Italian artisans.

World Aperitivo Day

26 May, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm –

26 May 2022

LEISURE – This year marks the first World Aperitivo Day, the world day dedicated to one of the oldest and most iconic rituals of being Italian.

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2022

20 May, 2022 – 22 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm –

20-22 May 2022

CARS – The most prestigious historical cars become the absolute protagonists of the marvellous spaces of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, in Cernobbio.

Ferdinando Scianna: Viaggio Racconto Memoria

22 Mar, 2022 – 5 Jun, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 5 June 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY – With more than 200 black and white photographs, the exhibition embraces the entire career of the great Sicilian photographer.

Giovanni Gastel: The People I Like

1 Dec, 2021 – 22 May, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 22 May 2022

A tribute to the Italian photographer with over 200 portraits: labyrinth of faces, poses, dreams of personalities.

Maurizio Galimberti: Uno Sguardo sulla nostra Storia

1 Mar, 2022 – 1 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

Until 1 May

PHOTOGRAPHY – In this exhibition photographer and artist Maurizio Galimberti aims to retrace the history of the 20th century through its protagonists and some crucial episodes.

Marc Chagall: A Tale of Two Worlds

16 Mar, 2022 – 31 Jul, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm –

Until 31 July 2022

EXHIBITION – The exhibition at MUDEC approaches the work of Russian artist Marc Chagall from a new perspective, placing it in the context of his cultural background.

Free Sunday at the Museum

1 May, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm –

1 May 2022

FREE – The state museums in Milan involved in the “Free Sundays at the Museum” initiative are the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Museo del Cenacolo Vinciano.

ANICKA YI: Metaspore

24 Feb, 2022 – 24 Jul, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 8:30 pm –

Until 24 July 2022

CONTEMPORARY ART – The solo exhibition of one of the most innovative contemporary artists. The title takes inspiration from the biological world. The installations are creations between science and art, between organic and synthetic.

ROLE PLAY Osservatorio Fondazione Prada

19 Feb, 2022 – 27 Jun, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 27 June 2022

Role Play is a group exhibition of 11 international artists who through photographs, videos and performances investigate identity, identification and role play.

MIA Fair 2022 – Milan Image Art Fair

28 Apr, 2022 – 1 May, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

28 April – 1 May 2022

PHOTOGRAPHY – MIA Fair 2022, the most important Italian fair dedicated to photography, is back with its 11th edition, still hosted by Superstudio Maxi in Milan.

ALDO ROSSI Design 1960-1997

29 Apr, 2022 – 2 Oct, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 2 October 2022

EXHIBITION – In a spectacular journey ALDO ROSSI Design 1960-1997 offers a visual testimony of the complex activity of the great architect, designer, planner and theorist.

Orticola 2022

5 May, 2022 – 8 May, 2022 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm –

5-8 May 2022

FAIR – This year Orticola, the market-exhibition of unusual, rare and antique flowers, plants and fruit, returns to the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens.

Mattioli/Caravaggio: The Lightful Fruit

7 May, 2022 – 3 Jul, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

7 May-3 July 2022

EXHIBITION – Twenty oil paintings by Carlo Mattioli, in dialogue with Caravaggio’s “The Fruit Basket”, are on show at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

Check our events section for the full list of events in Milano!