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

Champions League Final Match and Festival in Milano

Football fans unite!

It’s almost time for one of the most important football matches of the season. And it will be played right here in Milano! The UEFA Champions League final match will be at San Siro this Saturday. And the city is getting ready to welcome all the fans (many of whom are Spanish supporters of the two competing teams, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid) who want to be a part of the action.

Stadium with Champions League bannersIf you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the match, you can get into stadium as early as 5:45pm. Just head to the San Siro Stadio stop on the purple line of the underground. Be sure to get there early to get through security and find your seat. The match starts at 8:45 and Alicia Keys will be performing before the whistle blows during the opening ceremony.

If you don’t have tickets, there are plenty of other events around the city, starting at 10am on Thursday 26 May. The first event is a concert of the Italian Gospel Choir in Piazza del Duomo (who will be also perform on the same day at 9:30pm).

Cathedral with bird and Champions League structureMost of the action Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May will take place in the area between Piazza del Duomo and Castello Sforzesco. Events include live music in Piazza del Duomo and football matches and workshops in the Castello Sforzesco area. You can also win special prizes and meet past players from important Champions League teams. For the latest info on events, see the Turismo Milano website.

If you want to see the trophy itself, it will be on display before the match in front of the Duomo. There’s also a museum of sorts set up in front of the castle, with official jerseys of the 32 teams in this year’s tournament and lots of photos of important moments in the history of the tournament.

Finally, if you want to watch the match with other the fans who didn’t make it to the stadium, you have two options. For Real fans, head to the Pagano stop on the red line, where jumbo screens and street food will be set up. Atlético fans should go to Piazza Duca d’Aosta (Centrale stop on the yellow and green lines) to watch the match on jumbo screens and hang out with fellow supporters. And, depending on which team is victorious, happy fans will be celebrating late into the night!

Bienvenida Madrid!

App Review: VisitMilano

You’re new to the city and want to see all the best tourist attractions as you settle in to your daily life. Or you’ve already been in Milan for a few weeks but you need a little help navigating your new city. Or you’ve been here months but you want to take advantage of the many events happening around town. Or you’re practically a local but you have friends or family coming to visit, ready to see all the sights.

You could surf the web for all this info, sometimes running into roadblocks if you don’t speak Italian. And right here on MilanoZine, we have a quick guide to sightseeing in Milan, which we highly recommend!

Main menuBut now there’s a one-stop solution to all these scenarios: VisitMilano. It’s the official tourism app that was recently released by the city of Milan.

Main Functions
The VisitMilano app is available for Android and iPhone – we reviewed the Android version. The main screen has several of the main features you can scroll through, with the @turismomilano Twitter feed at the bottom (with tweets in both English and Italian). You can access the menu (as seen in the screenshot) from the upper left-hand corner.

One event in this sectionThe app’s most important functions include:

  • Events: Info on events in the city
  • Attractions: Top tourist spots
  • Itineraries: Several different topic-based itineraries
  • Getting Around: Information on public transport and purchasing tickets

The other sections on the app’s main menu don’t seem to be very helpful: The “Favorites” section is simply a questionnaire, in Italian, about who you are; “Creative Milan” had just 5 design-related events and exhibits; “Chosen for you” only listed one random exhibit on my phone (even after I updated the info in the “Favorites” section); the “Milan for you” section allows you answer a questionnaire about the app and send pictures and information to Turismo Milano; and of course the Credits provides info on who developed the app.

Map view of eventsEvents and Attractions
These two sections are the backbone of the app, with lots of useful info for both tourists and longer-term residents. Events and attractions are available both as a list and on a handy map of the city, so you can get an idea of where they’re located. There are descriptions of each item, but, in our opinion, the English text could be improved upon. However, descriptions are good enough for users to understand and learn more about the city.

Both sections are divided into various categories based on your interests. Events can be searched by date and can also be saved to your phone’s calendar. Another cool feature is that some events and attractions are located outside the city, in case you’re interested in taking a day trip.

One area with room for improvement is there is no location-based list functions: that is, events and attractions can’t be listed based on your location, as is available in other apps (e.g. TripAdvisor and Swarm).

Itineraries
The app has a good selection of itineraries for various kinds of tourists. Whatever your interests, from fashion and design, to history and art to food and sports, there’s a cool itinerary for you. And, again, locations outside the city center are often included.

Menu for Getting AroundGetting Around Features
In the Getting Around section, you can purchase tickets for public transport, find out the best way to get from point A to point B (Trip planner), get info on bike sharing and parking. The “Public transport” section is supposed to give you info on the closest stop to a certain location, but it wasn’t working when I tried it (it kept pointing me to Piazza Fontana regardless of what address I inserted).

The purchase tickets functions seems to work. If you want to buy tickets, you’ll be charged using mobile phone credit (tickets can be scanned directly from your phone). Your phone can then be scanned as you go through the turnstiles to get on the subway.

Map of itineraryTrip planner can be pretty helpful to someone who’s not familiar with the city. However, it’s not very user-friendly because it just shows you a map, with no written instructions on what tram or subway to take and which direction (as you can see in the screenshot). And it can be confusing because you need to use a specific address (i.e. Piazza del Duomo, Milan) instead of a landmark like “Duomo” when you search.

The Bike sharing function works well: you’ll see where the bike stands are located and how many bikes are available at each location. It will also show you how to get to a specific bike stand, if necessary.

 

Data Usage
If you’re worried about international roaming charges, no need for concern: this app is not a data hog (though we always suggest using local WiFi whenever possible when traveling abroad!). And on our Android phone, it only takes up about 34MB of memory.

Pros
Lots of info on events, attractions and several good itineraries for travelers. The bike sharing and purchasing tickets for public transport sections can be handy.

Cons
The English used in descriptions for events and attractions is not the best. Some functions, like the Trip Planner and Chosen for You sections, need improvement.

In Short
A good app for newcomers to Milan, but let’s hope for updates soon to fix the various problems we found!

The Best Art Exhibits in Milan in Spring 2016

You’ve chosen to study in Italy, a country famous for its food culture, its stunning landscapes and its art history. But as soon as you land in Milan, you realize that it’s a city famous for fashion and design, yes, but also business, finance and… maybe soccer. What about the art? Compared to other Italian cities like Rome and Florence, it might not be as blatant, but art is definitely an important part of Milan’s identity, as long as you know where to look.

In fact, there are so many choices in a city like Milano, it can be overwhelming. So we’ve selected a few of the best temporary art exhibits you can visit around the city… right now! They all feature Italian artists, focusing on restored artwork, urban paintings, futurism, art in Milan in the early 20th century or contemporary art, take your pick!

Rediscovered BeautyPortrait of Malta Knight by Caravaggio
To showcase recently restored artwork, the Intesa Sanpaolo Foundation has put together an exhibit of a wide variety of paintings, sculptures, other objects and archaeological artifacts from museums all over Italy (and one museum in Slovakia). Artists include Caravaggio, Perugino and Lotto, with a total of 140 works restored and brought together in Milan. Definitely worth a visit!
When
: 1 April-17 July 2016
Where: Gallerie d’Italia, Piazza della Scala 6; M1 M3 Duomo
Admission: €5

Mosè Bianchi: Lost Milan
Ever wonder what Milano looked like in the 1800s? From the Duomo, to the Colonne di San Lorenzo to the Navigli, many monuments were the same, but the details surrounding them were very different. Check out this exhibit of paintings of the city by an Italian artist from Monza.
When: 18 March-26 June 2016
WhereGAM Manzoni, Via Manzoni 45; M3 Montenapoleone
Admission: €6

Umberto Boccioni: Genius and MemorySelf-portrait of Boccioni, 1909
Futurism was an art movement that took over Italy at the turn of the 20th century. And one of the most famous and influential futurist artists was Umberto Boccioni, who passed away 100 years ago. Find out more about this very Italian style and see 280 works of art by Boccioni, including drawings, paintings, engravings, photographs, books, magazines and documents.
When: 23 March-10 July 2016
WherePalazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12; M1 M3 Duomo
Admission: €13

Milan Galleries Between the Two Wars
Between WWI and WWII, the city of Milano was fertile ground for artists and intellectuals, who often met in the galleries around the city. A number of artistic movements were born or matured, including futurism, chiarismo and aeropittura. This exhibit brings together 100 works of art, including paintings, sculpture and related documents, for a complete look at the art of the time.
When: 25 February-22 May 2016
Where: Fondazione Stelline, Corso Magenta 61; Mi M2 Cadorna
Admission: €8

La grande scacchiera installationBonus 1-day art event:
BAG-Bocconi Art Gallery
Did you know you can see a wide range of contemporary works of art right here on the Bocconi campus? Every year, the campus opens its doors to the public during Bocconi Art Gallery, offering guided tours, talks with the artists themselves and live music. It’s a fun evening, especially for anyone looking to find out more about the Italian and international contemporary art scene.
When: 12 May, starting at 5:30pm
WhereBocconi University, Via Sarfatti 25; M3 Porta Romana
Admission: Free