Contemporary: the exhibitions not to be missed in the next season
Dream. Art meets dreams, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome
After Love and Enjoy! at the Cloister of Bramante contemporary art declines another fundamental dimension of human experience: that of dream, which becomes the occasion of a journey with a high rate of emotions.
The alabasters of Anish Kapoor, the dancing figures of Christian Boltansky, the pierced clothes of Doris Salcedo, the visions of Bill Viola, James Turrell, Luigi Ontani, Tatsuo Miyajima are just some of the stages of a journey of discovery that solicits the senses narrating desires, fantasies, fears grown in the intimacy of singular artists, yet shared by each of us.
Marina Abramović. The Cleaner. Florence, Palazzo Strozzi. From September 21, 2018 to January 20, 2019
Over 100 works to relive the adventure of one of the most influential and controversial protagonists of art in the last 40 years.
The relationships between the artist and his audience, the exploration of the possibilities of the body, the border between life and death, of the darker corners of the ego dominate since the seventies the researches of the "grandmother of the performance art ", as it is self-defined.
At Palazzo Strozzi videos, photographs, installations and paintings trace an all-round portrait. Between works that have passed through history and interesting rediscoveries, there will also be a reexamation of famous performances staged by selected personnel formed during the exhibition.
Jan Fabre. Castles in the Blue Hour. Milan, Building. From September 22nd to December 22nd
First solo show in Milan for the visionary Belgian artist, who presents a series of works created since the late 1980s and largely unpublished.
Drawings, collages, videos, photographs and sculptures alternate in an itinerary built on two conducting lines: castles and blue, both themes particularly dear to the master. For Fabre the Blue Hour is the one that precedes the aurora, when nocturnal animals are close to sleep, the diurnal ones are about to wake up and nature lives a short moment of quietness: an instant of silence unreal that contains the mystery of life and metamorphosis.
From the surprising drawings made only with a bic to insects and to the common objects that color projects into another space, all that remains is to go towards the depths of the spirit and of the symbol.
The Art of Banksy. A Visual Protest. From November 21st. Milan, Mudec
Seventy paintings, sculptures and prints to question the Banksy phenomenon once again.
Ostinately anonymous, beloved by a transversal public and among the best-known artists among the younger generations, openly hostile to the art system and yet always positioned on the market and demanded by trendy collectors, the Bristol writer represents a unique current scene.
At Mudec, a journey in four chapters will focus on the contradictions and mysteries of Banksy, but also on the ingredients that have contributed to creating his legend, contextualizing the figure in the wider context of art history and providing keys to reading new, unusual both for his art and for a museum.
Jean Dubuffet. The art at stake. Reggio Emilia, Palazzo Magnani. From 17 November 2018 to 3 March 2019
A large retrospective for the great protagonist of the Informale, among the pillars of 20th century artistic research. The entire career of Jean Dubuffet returns to the limelight in Reggio Emilia in a project that explores its multifaceted genius through the different phases and the original technical experiments.
" Dubuffet was an authentic homme-orchestra – affirm the curators Martina Mazzotta and Frédéric Jaeger – a artist-alchemist in the most ancient sense of the term , for which art comes to extend the real, to make the invisible visible ". Almost 150 works including paintings, graphic works, artist's books, musical, poetic and theatrical compositions reveal the vital and provocative vein of the French artist, who was able to extend the boundaries of his creativity in a game of art  still very current.
Leonor Antunes – The Last Days in Galliate. Milan, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca. From September 14, 2018 to January 13, 2019
What is art for? Can it really improve people's lives? This is where the research of Leonor Antunes starts, which at the Hangar Bicocca offers installations with a strong impact and winks at the modernist Milan.
Wood, rope, leather, brass and cork are the raw materials that the Portuguese artist transplanted to Berlin transforms into elegant and light sculptures through artisanal techniques. Objective: to explore the possibilities of space and the meaning of everyday objects, interpreting art and design as a means to improve the quality of life.
In its debut in Milan, the Antunes presents a series of new works and a suggestive site-specific installation, to be explored together to appreciate the plot of meaning.
To discover the unpublished relationships that the artist establishes with the modernist tradition of Milan choosing to draw inspiration from architects and designers such as Bruno Munari, Franca Helg and Franco Albini.
Mario Merz. Igloos. Bicocca Hangar. From 24 October 2018 to 24 February 2019
"The igloo is a house, a temporary house. Since I consider that basically today we live in a very temporary era, the sense of the provisional for me has coincided with this name: igloo ", so Mario Merz explained in 1984 his fascination for the Arctic dwellings, which since 1968 has reworked inexhaustible variations on the topic.
In the 5500 square meters of the Cubo and the Navate of the Hangar Bicocca will be for the first time gathered igloos made until 2003, the year of the artist's death, and coming from major international institutions, such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.
The result is an unprecedented and unreal landscape capable of evoking some of the most characteristic and innovative aspects of Merz's work and of making his research significant on the international scene of the last 50 years, including the very idea of installation, including the Milanese artist was a pioneer in Italy.
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