Italian Art: Milan Contemporary Art

Contemporary art junkies can get their fix at Milan’s sleek new Bovisa Triennale center. Take a short ride on the metro from the center of Milan and you arrive in Bovisa, an up and coming industrial neighborhood for artists to work and play. This 2500 square meter mega center is devoted entirely to contemporary living. Browse through the compound of galleries featuring emerging artists’ controversial paintings, designer furniture, and video installations for a mere 6 euro entrance fee.

MiFair is a contemporary art fair showcasing Italian and international art work that takes place in early spring at the Fiera Milano Fairgrounds for the past twelve years. Collectors, gallerists, artists, museum directors and curators travel around the world for this annual event. There are four sections- modern, contemporary, art&co, and arte prima- that bring together experimental work from emerging artists with historic avante-garde creations. A lively program of conferences and discussions encourage interaction and exchange between those in the art community. In addition, each year another country in the world is chosen to take part in the Guest Nation Project. China and Netherlands have both been honored with this role, to examine their unique and contrasting art culture. The cost of entrance is 15 euros for a full-priced ticket and 10 euros for a reduced ticket. Please visit for more information.

Listed below is a selection of recommended contemporary art galleries in Milan. Check their websites for opening parties and a calendar of events:

10 Corso Como is definitely the most beloved and well-known contemporary institution in Milan. The 13,000 square foot complex features a café, boutique, outlet, and art gallery and has been in creation since 1991. Ex-fashion editor Carla Sozzani is the brain behind this powerhouse of art, literature, fashion and beauty. The Galleria Carla Sozzani is concentrated with mainly design and photography work. Corso Como 10, Milano

Galleria De Carlo is at the forefront of prestigious art galleries in Milan. The artists represent countries around the world and are consistently shown at major exhibitions such as the Art Basel in Switzerland and Miami. Expect exciting mixed media and light or video installations at this cutting edge space. Via Giovanni Ventura 5, Milano

Arte Studio Invernizzi is a unique contemporary art gallery that stages exhibitions by artists of different generations, alternating Italians and foreigners in order to create a dialogue and allow comparisons. Via d. Scarlatti 12, Milano

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