Italian Photography Exhibits in Milan, Fall 2016

This time of year is great for filling up on cultural activities: the days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and we haven’t hit the crazy winter holiday/exams period yet.

To get your fill, why not make the most of your time studying abroad in Milan focusing on Italian culture and history? We highly suggest a good photography exhibit to do so. Photography combines both art and history: each picture is a snapshot of a particular time, frozen forever.

With that in mind, we’ve put together some info on 4 great historical Italian photography exhibits that will be in Milan this fall (with some going on into the winter months too). Check out each exhibit’s website for opening hours.

Read on, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Black and white group of ducksToni Nicolini Photos 1960s-2000s
What: If photography could be poetry, Italian photography Nicolini would be one of the modern period’s best realist poets. His photos span several decades and several areas of Italy and beyond. Learn a little about what was happening in Italy during the second half of the last century through the eyes of this poet-photographer.
When: 16 September-23 October 2016
Where: FORMA, Via Meravigli 5 (M1 Cordusio)
How much: €8 – €6

Young woman headshotFederico Patellani Photos 1945-1946
What: A little further afield (you’ll have to go to Cinisello Balsamo, a Milan suburb, to see it), this exhibit focuses on the specific period right after WWII and specifically when the Republic of Italy was founded on 2 June 1946. That was also the first time women were given the vote in Italy. A mix of everyday life and photos focusing on the birth of a new country, 70 large-scale photos are included in the show.
When: 18 September 2016-15 January 2017
Where: MUFOCO, Via Frova 10, Cinisello Balsamo (M5 Bignami, then tram 31)
How much: Free admission

Two women with reflectionItalian Women Photographers 1965-2015
What: This unique exhibit features around 50 Italian photographers, all women. With the emergence of feminism and social change in the ’60s, women in Italy began stepping behind the camera to capture a before-unseen point of view. The show also features a multimedia installation that includes interviews with photographers along with their works of art.
When: 5 October 2016-8 January 2017
Where: Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna 6 (M1 M2 Cadorna)
How much: €6

La Scala after bombingMilano, Story of a Rebirth 1943-1953
What: Another exhibit focusing on the time around WWII (during and after), this one doesn’t open until mid-November. You’ll see lots of images about the destruction from the war and the reconstruction after it was over. There are also posters, objects and mementos from the time period.
When: 10 November 2016-12 February 2017
Where: Palazzo Morando, Via Sant’Andrea 6 (M1 San Babila or M3 Montenapoleone)
How much: €10 – €8

Movies in English in Milan Oct. 2016 – Feb. 2017

A group of mostly strangers in a dark room, all watching the same thing at the same time. This is part of the movie theater experience. But you’re a study abroad student in Milano and your Italian might not be quite good enough to enjoy a full-length feature film. So what can you do? Don’t worry, a series of films in English is screened in cinemas in Milano each week for the international community.

Movies shown in their original language (i.e. English) are available in Milan every week at 3 different cinemas on 3 different days of the week. This is where they’re located:

Mondays – Anteo Spaziocinema, Via Milazzo 9 (Porta Garibaldi or Moscova stops, green line)
Tuesdays – Arcobaleno Film Center, Viale Tunisia 11 (Porta Venezia stop, red line)
Thursdays – Cinema Mexico, Via Savona 57 (Porta Genova stop, green line)

For more information on the program, go to the Sound & Motion Pictures website (information in Italian, PDF download in English). And always be sure to check dates and times with the movie theater.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the upcoming movies. Enjoy the show!

Sound & Motion Pictures flyer4, 6 October
ME BEFORE YOU
directed by Thea Sharrock, starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin; 110 minutes

10, 11, 13 October
ELVIS & NIXON
directed by Liza Johnson, starring Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey; 86 minutes

17, 18, 20 October
WAR DOGS
directed by Todd Phillips, starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller; 149 minutes

24, 25, 27 October
CAFÉ SOCIETY
directed by Woody Allen, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart; 96 minutes

31 October, 3 November
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt; 132 minutes

8, 10 November
INFERNO
directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks, Ben Foster; 121 minutes

14, 15, 17 November
AMERICAN PASTORAL
directed by Ewan McGregor, starring Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly; 126 minutes

21, 22, 24 November
I, DANIEL BLAKE
directed by Ken Loach, starring Dave Johns, Hayley Squires; 100 minutes

28, 29 November, 1 December
GENIUS
directed by Michael Grandage, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law; 104 minutes

5, 6 December
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
directed by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal; 115 minutes

13, 15 December
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
directed by David Yates, starring Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller; 120 minutes

9, 10, 12 January
ARRIVAL
directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner; 116 minutes

16, 17, 19 January
ALLIED
directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard; 120 minutes

23, 24, 26 January
SULLY
directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart; 96 minutes

30, 31 January, 2 February
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
directed by Stephen Frears, starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant; 111 minutes

6, 7, 9 February
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
directed by Matt Ross starring Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay; 118 minutes

What’s Happening in Milano in September 2016

If August in Milan is the month for mass exodus, September is the month for reentry for students, young professionals, families and pensioners. So it’s no wonder that tons of events are planned for the months that marks the start of the school year. Here we’ve put together the best the city has to offer, whether you’re interested in music, video gaming, film, fashion, good eats or wine. The hard part will be deciding where to go!

MITO logoFor Classical Music Lovers
What: MiTo Music Festival
When: 2-22 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
This music fest, in its 10th edition, features classical music concerts at all the main auditoriums and concert locations around the city. Many performances have free admission and the other have ticket prices ranging between €5 and €20. Tickets can be purchased online, at Teatro Dal Verme or at the concert location 90 minutes before the performance. One of this year’s main events is MITO Open Singing, in the Piazza del Duomo this Saturday, where the audience is invited to sing along with 1,000 choir singers.

Milano Game Fest logoFor Video Game Nerds
What: Milano Game Festival
When: 8-12 September
Where: IULM University, Via Carlo Bo 7 (M3 Romolo)
Much like a film festival provides a shared experience of viewing a newly released movie, the Milano Game Festival allows participants to experience one brand new video game together. Everyone plays the same game at the same time for about two hours, sharing a common experience to discuss and remember. Held as part of the XXI Triennale “Design after Design,” game creators will be available to meet attendees. Registration is required online.

Milano Film Fest logoFor Movie Buffs
What: Milano Film Festival
When: 8-18 September
Where: The Tortona area and other locations in Milano
Emerging film-makers from different parts of the world are featured at this annual event, now hosting it 21st edition. Some of the more well-known projects to check out are “Lo and Behold” (2016) directed by Werner Herzog, a documentary about the digital era and the internet, and “Gimme Danger” directed by Jim Jarmusch, with Iggy Pop talking about his band The Stooges. You can buy tickets or the MFF Card at the BASE Milano infopoint, online or at the venues. Tickets range from €5 to €8 and a MFF Card is only €10 for students and provides discounts on all screenings.

13901605_615408035303987_8422224077917196079_nFor Fashionistas
What: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out
When: 20 September
Where: Shopping areas in and near the city center
The fashion magazine Vogue has been organizing this event every year since 2009, to kick off the start of Fashion Week. This year, the only city in Italy with activities will be Milan (it was previously also held in other cities like Florence and Rome). The whole city comes out to check out shops, get freebies from various stores and companies, go to cocktail parties, support charities and attend concerts and other cultural events.

What: Women’s Fashion Week
When: 21-26 September
Where: Various venues around Milano
Want to paparazzi the VIPs and fashion models going to and leaving the biggest fashions shows? Or just get the latest on all the new Spring/Summer 2017 looks? Then you can’t miss Milano Fashion Week! Though the fashion shows are often reserved to industry insiders and celebrities, there are several events open to the public. In Piazza Gae Aulenti, you can hit up the Fashion Hub at UniCredit Pavilion, where 14 brands will be featured. You can watch the shows on jumbo screens in the same area, as well as Piazzetta Croce Rossa, or online. Finally, Franca Sozzani has curated the exhibit, “Crafting the Future: Stories of Artisanship and Innovation,” at the recently opened MUDEC museum.

Food Truck Fest logoFor Foodies
What: Streeat – Food Truck Festival
When: 16-18 September
Where: Carroponte, Via Granelli 1, Sesto San Giovanni (M1 Sesto Marelli, M5 Bignami)
The best food trucks (and food Ape Piaggios and food bikes and food carts and food motorcycles) in Italy will be in Milano for you to enjoy. There will also be plenty of craft beer, wines cocktails and smoothies to choose from and good live music while you’re eating and drinking. There will be lots of regional Italian options, international fare, and vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and lactose free choices.

Bottigile Aperto locationOctober Bonus Event: For Wine Connoisseurs  
What: Milano Wine Show – Bottiglie Aperte
When: 1-3 October
Where: Il Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 61 (M1-M2 Cadorna)
Want to experience a full day of wine tasting excellent DOC and DOCG Italian wine from all over the country? Then this is the event for you! Tickets aren’t cheap (they start at €36.50 for a one-day pass) but you’ll get your pick of all the varietals from all the different regions in Italy from more than 100 producers. Sommeliers will also be on hand to explain the wines you’re tasting. Get more info on their website and a link to buy tickets.

Movies in English in Milan: August and September 2016

The smell of popcorn, the darkness, a room full of people all focused on the same thing at the same time. What’s not to love about going to the cinema? If you don’t speak Italian, you might think this is something you’ll have to forgo during your time studying in Milan. But never fear! A series of films in English is screened in movie theaters each week for the international community.

Movies shown in their original language (read: English) are available in Milan every week at 3 different cinemas on 3 different days of the week. This is where they’re located:

Mondays – Anteo Spaziocinema, Via Milazzo 9 (Porta Garibaldi or Moscova stops, green line)
Tuesdays – Arcobaleno Film Center, Viale Tunisia 11 (Porta Venezia stop, red line)
Thursdays – Cinema Mexico, Via Savona 57 (Porta Genova stop, green line)

For more information on the program, go to the Sound & Motion Pictures website (information in Italian, PDF download in English). And always be sure to check dates and times with the movie theater.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the upcoming movies. Enjoy the show!

Film review logo25 August
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
directed by J. Bobin, starring J. Depp, A. Hathaway, M. Wasikowska; 112 minutes

29, 30 August, 1 September
MAGGIE’S PLAN
directed by R. Miller, starting G. Gerwig, J. Moore; 100 minutes

5, 6, 8 September
EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
directed by R. Linklater, starring W. Brittain, B. Autrey; 116 minutes

12, 13, 15 September
EYE IN THE SKY
directed by G. Hood, starring H. Mirren, A. Paul; 102 minutes

19, 20, 22 September
SUICIDE SQUAD
directed by D. Ayer, starring W. Smith, J. Leto; 120 minutes

27, 29 September
JASON BOURNE
directed by P. Greengrass, starring M. Damon, V. Cassel; 120 minutes

Boating Fair in Milano

View of Navigli during boat fairWouldn’t you rather be on a boat right now? Ideally, with the sea breeze blowing through your hair, enjoying a refreshing drink, on your way to a white sandy beach with your besties.

If you’re in Milan this weekend, you might not be able to make this exact scenario happen, but the NavigaMi boat fair may be about as close as you can get.

Join other boating and sailing enthusiasts to check out 80 boats and 70 exhibitors. This year, the fair will be held on the Darsena, a great location and one of Milan’s best newly renovated areas.

And after getting info on the latest boating developments, you could meet up with friends and have that refreshing drink… on dry land.

Where: Darsena; M2 Porta Genova
When: 13-15 May, 10am-11pm

 

Leonardo’s Vineyard in Milano

The Renaissance master tends his garden, examining the plump grapes just before harvest. Later, while taking a break from painting the Last Supper, he oversees the winemaking process as his workers press the grapes and ferment and age the juice and pulp.  After it has been aged, he tastes the finished product and enjoys what his very own vineyard has produced.

Gate and vineyardThis is the image that a trip to La Vigna di Leonardo evokes. Experience a tour of the Renaissance villa where Leonardo Da Vinci stayed while in Milan. Then wander around the villa’s beautiful courtyard, including a small vineyard that once belonged to Leonardo himself.

This unique museum opened last year, just in time for the Expo. Leonardo’s vineyard was destroyed during WWII, but researchers recently started working on identifying the variety of grape that had been planted there. After testing the soil, the same vines were replanted in the same location as the original vineyard.

Stone well in green settingSo, if you’re curious about the Renaissance painter’s life when he lived in Milan, first go see the Last Supper. Then go to La Vigna di Leonardo.

La Vigna di Leonardo
Corso Magenta 65
+39 02 4816150
Admission: €10 full price; €8 students
Opening times: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (last tour starts at 5:30pm)

GETTING THERE
Metro: MM1/MM2 Cadorna, MM1 Conciliazione, MM2 S. Ambrogio
Train: FNM Stazione Cadorna
Tram: 16 e 19
Bus: 18, 50, 58, 94

Movies in English in Milan: March-June 2016

The smell of popcorn, the darkness, a room full of people all focused on the same thing at the same time. What’s not to love about going to the cinema? If you don’t speak Italian, you might think this is something you’ll have to forgo during your time studying in Milan. But never fear! A series of films in English is screened in movie theaters each week for the international community.

Movies shown in their original language (read: English) are available in Milan every week at 3 different cinemas on 3 different days of the week. This is where they’re located:

Mondays – Anteo Spaziocinema, Via Milazzo 9 (Porta Garibaldi or Moscova stops, green line)
Tuesdays – Arcobaleno Film Center, Viale Tunisia 11 (Porta Venezia stop, red line)
Thursdays – Cinema Mexico, Via Savona 57 (Porta Genova stop, green line)

For more information on the program, go to the Sound & Motion Pictures website (information in Italian, PDF download in English). And always be sure to check dates and times with the movie theater.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the upcoming movies. Enjoy the show!

Film Fest flyer7, 8, 10 March – 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
THE REVENANT
directed by A. González Iñárritu starring L. DiCaprio, T. Hardy: 156 minutes

14, 17 March – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
15 March – 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
JOY
directed by D. O.Russell starring J. Lawrence, R. De Niro: 124 minutes

21, 24 March – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
22 March – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
THE DANISH GIRL
directed by T. Hooper starring E. Redmayne, A. Vikander: 119 minutes

29, 31 March – 3pm, 6:15pm, 9:30pm
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
directed by Q. Tarantino starring S. L. Jackson, K. Russell: 167 minutes

4, 7 April – 1pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm, 10:30pm
5 April – 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
SPOTLIGHT
directed by T. McCarthy starring M. Ruffalo, M. Keaton: 128 minutes

11, 14 April – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
12 April – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
HAIL, CAESAR!
directed by J. and E. Cohen starring G. Clooney, J. Brolin: 106 minutes

18, 21 April – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
19 April- 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
TRUTH
directed by J. Vanderbilt starring C. Blanchett, R. Redford: 125 minutes

26 April – 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, 9:30pm
28 April – 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
TRUMBO
directed by J. Roach starring B. Cranston, D. Lane: 124 minutes

2, 5 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
3 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
ROOM
directed by L. Abrahamson starring B. Larson, J. Tremblay: 118 minutes

9, 12 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
10 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
RACE
directed by S. Hopkins starring S. James, J. Sudeikis: 100 minutes

16, 19 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
17 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
BROOKLYN
directed by J. Crowley starring S. Ronan, E. Cohen: 111 minutes

23, 26 May – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
24 May – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
CRIMINAL
directed by A. Vromen starring G. Gadot, R. Reynolds: 100 minutes

30 May – 1pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm, 10:30pm
31 May – 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
LEGEND
directed by B. Helgeland starring T. Hardy, E. Browning: 132 minutes

6, 9 June – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
7 June – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
THE DRESSMAKER
directed by J. Moorhouse starring K. Winslet, L. Hemsworth: 118 minutes

13, 16 June – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
14 June – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
LOVE & MERCY
directed by B. Pohlad starring J. Cusack, P. Dano: 121 minutes

20, 23 June – 1pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 8pm, 10:20pm
21 June – 3pm, 5:10pm, 7:20pm, 9:30pm
FREE STATE OF JONES
directed by G. Ross starring M. McConaughey, G. Mbatha-Raw: 100 minutes