What to do in Milan in October 2021: Where®Milan has round-up the most interesting and not-to-be-missed events of the month to be held in the beating heart of the city

Festival: “JazzMi 2021”, Jazz Music Concerts

21 Ott, 2021 – 31 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 31 October 2021

JazzMi, one of the most awaited events connected to the world of music returns to Milan to pay tribute to the universe of jazz in all its facets.

Exhibition: “Realismo Magico. Uno Stile Italiano”

19 Ott, 2021 – 27 Feb, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 27 February 2022

Milan’s Palazzo Reale pays tribute to the Realismo Magico (Magic Realism),  a specific declination of Italian art between the two world wars with the exhibition “Realismo Magico. Uno Stile Italiano”.

Exhibition: “Raymond Depardon. La vita moderna”

15 Ott, 2021 – 10 Apr, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 10 April 2022

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).

Exhibition: “Tullio Pericoli. Frammenti”

13 Ott, 2021 – 9 Gen, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 9 January 2022

The art of Tullio Pericoli, artist from the Marche region, becomes the protagonist of the spaces of the Appartamento dei Principi at Palazzo Reale for the monographic exhibition “Frammenti”.

Exhibition: “The Aquarium and Water Lilies. From Nature to the Art of Monet”

9 Ott, 2021 – 30 Gen, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm –

Until 30 January 2022

Held in contemporary with the exhibition “Monet. Works from Paris’ Musée Marmottan Monet” hosted at Palazzo Reale, Milan’s Aquarium pays tribute to one of Monet’s favourite subjects with the exhibition “The Aquarium and Water Lilies. From Nature to the Art of Monet”.

Leisure: “FAI Fall Days 2021”

16 Ott, 2021 – 17 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 17 October 2021

Every year in October Milan and the region of Lombardy, like the rest of Italy, celebrate the eagerly awaited annual FAI Fall Days (Giornate FAI d’Autunno), offering locals and visitors a unique opportunity to discover hidden treasures across the country.

Exhibition: “Leiko Ikemura. Before Thunder, After Dark”

4 Set, 2021 – 23 Dic, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 23 December 2021

A selection of 50 works by Leiko Ikemura created from the 1980s to the present day tells of the intimate relationship between the female figure and the cosmos.

Photography: “Anouk Kruihof. Perpetual Endless Flow”

15 Set, 2021 – 27 Nov, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm –

Until 27 November 2021

The new “housing museum” project in Milan dedicated to contemporary art is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof.

Ballet: “Don Quixote”, by Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company

29 Ott, 2021 – 31 Ott, 2021 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm –

Until 31 October 2021

For three days, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote virtually trasports the audience of Milan’s Teatro degli Arcimboldi in a fascinating Spain.

Photography: “Le donne e la fotografia”

8 Ott, 2021 – 28 Nov, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 28 November 2021

Milan’s Fondazione Luciana Matalon pays tribute to female gaze in photographic art with the exhibition “Le Donne e la Fotografia”. 90 original photographs by 90 women photographers tell the story of the female point of view in photography.

Multimedia Exhibition: “PIANO B. Il Cavaliere del Lavoro”

17 Set, 2021 – 31 Dic, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm –

Until 31 December 2021

In the immersive room of Enterprise Hotel, images, voices and music retrace the period from 1956 to 1993 experienced through the biography of the Milanese entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi, from his beginnings to the threshold of his political career.

Concert: “Candlelight” Live Classical Music

1 Ott, 2021 – 30 Ott, 2021 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm –

Until 30 October 2021

Following a well-established international format, the Candlelight concerts take over the Milanese scene in the beautiful spaces of the historical Casa Cardinale Ildefonso Schuster.

Photography: “Photofestival 16th edition”

16 Set, 2021 – 31 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 31 October2021

This year, thanks to a both a physical and online appointment, Photofestival allows gallery owners, photographers and operators in the world of photography to meet with enthusiasts inside the exhibition spaces.

Experience: “Ingresso del Labirinto” by Arnaldo Pomodoro

20 Ott, 2021 – 30 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 30 October 2021

Lovers of contemporary art can enjoy an extremely evocative visit to Arnaldo Pomodoro’s environmental installation, where art and introspection intertwine.

Photography: “MIA Milan Image Art Fair 2021”

7 Ott, 2021 – 10 Ott, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm –

Until 10 October 2021

The 10th edition of the international fair dedicated to photography, directed by Fabio Castelli and Lorenza Castelli, enters the brand new spaces of Superstudio Maxi, south of Milan.

Fair: “World Routes 2021”, Aviation Industry Congress

10 Ott, 2021 – 12 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 12 October 2021

World Routes, the aviation industry’s most important international event, which brings together airports, airlines and the world’s leading tourism authorities every year, is meeting this year in Milan.

Festival: “Milano MovieWeek 2021”

4 Ott, 2021 – 10 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 10 October 2021

For the 4th year Milano MovieWeek, the widespread festival dedicated to the world of movies and cinema brings the best of documentaries and short movies back to the city of Milan.

Fashion Exhibition: “The Way We Are”, at Armani/Silos

24 Set, 2021 – 6 Feb, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 6 February 2022

Personally curated by Giorgio Armani, the exhibition “The Way We Are” tells the essence of the Emporio Armani brand through 40 years of history.

Photography: “Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020”

1 Ott, 2021 – 31 Dic, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

Until 31 December 2021

Milan hosts, once again, a beautiful collection of works resulting from one of the most important photo contests in the world: the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020.

Exhibition: “Tiepolo, Canaletto e i maestri del Settecento veneziano”

15 Set, 2021 – 19 Dic, 2021 @ 12:00 am –

Until 19 December 2021

Milan and the Sforza Castle pay tribute to the artistic genius of eighteenth-century Venetian masters like Tiepolo, Canaletto, and many others apart with the exhibition “Tiepolo, Canaletto e i maestri del Settecento veneziano nei disegni e nelle stampe del Castello Sforzesco”.

Exhibition: Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Centaur and Lapith Maiden)”

14 Set, 2021 – 7 Nov, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 7 November 2021

On the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to the American artist Jeff Koons hosted at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi, one of the masterpieces by the artist reaches the exhibition spaces of Milan’s Gallerie d’Italia museum.

Fair: “HostMilano 2021”, International Hospitality Exhibition

22 Ott, 2021 – 26 Ott, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm –

Unttil 26 October 2021

Two fairs under one roof: this and more are HostMilano 2021 and TuttoFood 2021, two reference points for the world of hospitality and food&wine.

Fair: “TuttoFood 2021”

22 Ott, 2021 – 26 Ott, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm –

Until 26 October 2021

In October 2021, the spotlights are set once again on the world of food&wine, thanks to TuttoFood 2021.

Fair: “SMAU 2021”, ICT and Office Technologies

12 Ott, 2021 – 13 Ott, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm –

Until 13 October 2021

SMAU, the international fair connected to the world of work and office technologies becomes the protagonist of Fieramilano City and MiCo Lab to introduce innovative solutions and to foster networking and professional updates.

Exhibition: “Mario Sironi. Sintesi e Grandiosità”

23 Lug, 2021 – 27 Mar, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 27 March 2022

Milan’s Museo del Novecento presents “Mario Sironi. Sintesi e Grandiosità”: a large, in-depth retrospective exhibition that looks back at the work of the great Italian master 60 years after his death.

Exhibition: “Sturm&Drang” at Osservatorio Fondazione Prada

9 Set, 2021 – 23 Gen, 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm –

Until 23 January 2022

Featuring an innovative approach, the “Sturm&Drang” project explores Computer-generated imagery (CGI) practices, experiences, and environments.

Exhibition: “Monet. Works from Paris’ Musée Marmottan Monet”

18 Set, 2021 – 31 Gen, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 30 January 2022

A precious collection of works from one of the most widely-appreciated Impressionists – Claude Monet – becomes the absolute protagonist of the spaces of Milan’s Palazzo Reale.

Photo Exhibition: “Passo a due. Roberto Bolle Giovanni Gastel”

3 Set, 2021 – 7 Nov, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 7 November 2021

The exhibition “Passo a Due”, set up in the octagonal cloister of the Gallerie d’Italia museum, aims to recount some moments of Roberto Bolle’s career through thirty shots by a great photographer, Giovanni Gastel.

Photography: “Jacques Henri Lartigue. L’invenzione della felicità.

21 Mag, 2021 – 10 Ott, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm –

Until 10 October 2021

After the great success in Venice, the exhibition dedicated to the French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) has arrived in Milan: an exhibition of 120 images and archive material traces his career from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1980s.

Exhibition: “Body and Soul. From Donatello to Michelangelo”

21 Lug, 2021 – 24 Ott, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 24 October 2021

After the success of the display at Musée du Louvre in Paris, the exhibition “Il Corpo e l’Anima, da Donatello a Michelangelo. Scultura italiana del Rinascimento” becomes the protagonist of the spaces of Milan’s Sforza Castle.

Festival: “Triennale Estate 2021. Collecting Stories”

27 Apr, 2021 – 15 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 15 October 2021

The Giancarlo De Carlo Garden, inside Milan’s Triennale, becomes the ideal backdrop to the new Triennale Estate, Collecting Stories programme: a project aimed at the whole city to get back to living culture together.

“Concerti d’Autunno 2021” by Filarmonica della Scala

15 Set, 2021 – 22 Nov, 2021 @ See description –

Until 22 November 2021

The Filarmonica della Scala enlivens once again the Milanese evenings with a vast array of concerts part of the Concerti d’Autunno programme.

Exhibition: “Painting is Back. Anni Ottanta, la pittura in Italia”

2 Giu, 2021 – 3 Ott, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 3 October 2021

“Painting is back” is a title that sounds like a paradox, to tell what painting in Italy was in the 1980s, in a season that conveyed (like the current one) a strong signal of confidence in the future.

Photography: “What is Europe to You?” by Gigliola Foschi

22 Set, 2021 – 4 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 4 October 2021

Athens, Berlin, Milan, Rome and the island of Ventotene are the places from which the great photographic journey of the young artist Lisa Borgiani, in search of Europe’s identity, began.

Cars: “Milano AutoClassica 2021”

1 Ott, 2021 – 3 Ott, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 7:00 pm –

Until 3 October 2021

Milano AutoClassica, one of the most eagerly-awaited events for motoring enthusiasts, makes its comeback in the exhibition spaces of Rho Fiera Milano.

Exhibition: “The World Of Banksy – The Immersive Experience”

14 Mag, 2021 – 31 Ott, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm –

Until 31 October 2021

After the success of his works being displayed in Paris, Barcelona and Prague, Banksy’s masterpieces return to Milan with an engaging, unauthorized exhibition at Teatro Nuovo.

Milano Wine Week 2021

2 Ott, 2021 – 10 Ott, 2021 @ See description –

Until 10 October 2021

Milano Wine Week 2021, the Milanese event dedicated to the world of wine and oenology, returns to the city for its 4th edition.

Exhibition: “Tina Modotti. Donne, Messico e libertà”

1 Mag, 2021 – 7 Nov, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 4 November 2021

The exhibition “Tina Modotti. Donne, Messico e libertà” features a selection of around 100 pictures and original silver salts prints from the 1970s made from Tina Modotti’s negatives.

Exhibition: “Maurizio Cattelan. Breath Ghosts Blind”

15 Lug, 2021 – 20 Feb, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 8:30 pm –

Until 20 February 2022

Maurizio Cattelan, one of the most-widely known Italian artists, makes its comeback in Milan with the exhibition “Maurizio Cattelan. Breath Ghosts Blind” hosted in the spaces of Pirelli HangarBicocca’s Navate and curated by Roberta Tenconi and Vicente Todolí.

Multimedia Exhibition: “Neïl Beloufa. Digital Mourning”

17 Feb, 2021 – 9 Gen, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 8:30 pm –

Until 9 January 2022

The artistic vision of the French artist Neïl Beloufa takes centre stage in the spaces of the Shed, inside Milan’s Pirelli HangarBicocca. His research focuses on contemporary society and on the way it is represented and mediated by digital interaction.

Fair: “EMO Milano 2021”, Metalworking Exhibition

4 Ott, 2021 – 9 Ott, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm –

Until 9 October 2021

EMO Milano, one of the leading exhibitions for the world’s metalworking machine tool manufacturing industry, makes its comeback in Milan. Promoted by CECIMO, the European Machine Tool Industry Association, the event offers an important business opportunity for exhibitors from all over the world to display their latest innovations.

Fair: “Packaging Première 2021”

5 Ott, 2021 – 7 Ott, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm –

Until 7 October 2021

Since its inception, Packaging Première has been considered a worldwide leading fair in the world of packaging for various sectors.

Exhibition: “Disney. The Art of Storytelling”

2 Set, 2020 – 13 Feb, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm –

Until 13 February 2022

The exhibition “Disney. The art of storytelling” was conceived to highlight the long and difficult creative process behind the talent of telling stories.

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