Culture Lover’s Guide to Milan’s 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries

Oreste Giorgio Spinelli

Milan is known across the world as a centre for fashion and contemporary art, and abounds in experimental and avant-garde art galleries. Visual and media arts blend with fashion and design in Milan, making it the perfect destination for contemporary culture in Italy. These are ten of the most influential and exciting galleries of Milan’s artistic landscape.

Milan, Piazza Duomo

Kaufmann Repetto

Kaufmann Repetto is a gallery born from the collaboration between Francesca Kaufmann and Chiara Repetto. After being located in the historic Via dell’Orso for many years, the gallery recently relocated to a new space designed by architect Frank Böhm. The new space allows for a wider range of works, including large-scale installations, and has quickly become one of the favourite galleries in Milan. Among the artists hosted at the gallery is Los-Angeles based installation artist Pae White. White’s art tries to unite domestic activities and artistic vision; everyday objects are reinvented and transformed, piquing the interest of the viewers.

Kaufmann Repetto, Via di Porta Tenaglia 7, Milan, Italy, +39 02 7209 4331

Pae White, Pop storm, A piece of the almost gray sky… Installation view, Japanese paper clay, black thread, variable dimensions, 2011

Francesca Minini

Francesa Minini is an open-space gallery dedicated to the promotion of talented national and international contemporary artists. In 2013, Francesca Minini, owner and director of the gallery, launched an exhibition entirely focused on up-and-coming South American artists. For the exhibition, appropriately titled Opinione Latina 1 (Latin Opinion 1), Francesca Minini decided to feature both those artworks that were representative of the artists and some original pieces that would surprise and fascinate the public. This choice was guided by a desire to give a complete view on the landscape of contemporary Latin American art.

Francesca Minini, Via Massimiano, 25, Milan, Italy, +39 02 269 24671

Opinione Latina

A Arte Invernizzi

Founded in 1995, A Arte Invernizzi unites artists from different generations, national and international, with the objective of initiating a dialogue that will express the multifaceted world of contemporary art. A Arte Invernizzi’s recent group exhibition was titled L’Occhio Musicale (‘the musical eye’) and was directed by pianist Alfonso Alberti. The exhibition focused on the relationship between visual arts and music. The 11 featured artists explored this relationship following two main concepts, time and harmony, by experimenting with different mediums, materials, shapes and colour combinations.

A Arte Invernizzi, Via D. Scarlatti 12, Milan, Italy, +39 02 2940 2855

Studio Guenzani

Studio Guenzani opened in 1987 and, since its very first exhibitions, it became clear that the gallery would become one of the most prominent in Milan. In 1988, it showcased the works of photographers Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman and, over the years, has represented world-renowned photographers such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sharon Lockart, and Dayanita Singh. In 2001, Studio Guenzani organised a solo exhibition of Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama, who hadn’t exhibited her works in Italy since the 1960s. The exhibition featured a comprehensive collection of artworks from the 1950s, all the way to the artist’s most recent productions including a massive environmental installations.

Studio Guenzani, Via Eustachi 10, Milan, Italy, +39 02 2940 9251

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