It’s all go here in Milan with the impending opening of the highly publicized and anticipated Expo 2015, not to mention the amazing looking Prada Foundation that opens up in May. Along with the new foundation, here are the best exhibitions that are happening this May 2015.
Prada Foundation Opening
+ Serial Classic exhibition
Prada Foundation Milan
May 9 – Aug 25
Over the last 20 years or so, the Prada Foundation has been putting on pop-up exhibitions in all manner of places, including warehouses, disintegrating outdoor spaces and even disused churches. Now, the Foundation intends to become a more permanent art complex, housing the collection that’s slowly accumulated over the years as well as continuing to present innovative artists. Set to open May 9, the old distillery has been transformed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his studio OMA into a huge 120,000 square feet center. Make sure you keep an eye out for its eccentric golden building that peers over the internal courtyard. With such space, there will be film, live performance, lectures, creative spaces as well as must-see exhibitions.
Speaking of which, the Prada Foundation will open with ‘Serial Classic’, focused on classical sculpture and the relationship between originality and imitation, featuring more than 70 works both originals and copies.
Italia Inside Out
Palazzo della Ragione
March 21 – June 21
Yes, I am very late with this one but it’s too good not to mention. Housed in the Palazzo della Ragione is chance to experience the beauties of Italy as seen through the lens of the top Italian photographers. Comprising of an incredible 250 images, Italy Inside out traces the history of the nation through the eyes of artists from the last century. As well as contemporary photographers work on display, a collection of images taken the nation’s greats will fill gaps in the decades at the turn of the 20th century. With cities and towns as diverse as the landscape, the scope of this exhibition is a feat rarely seen and should not go ignored. It’s also part of the Expo Milan 2015, celebrating the country and all that it has on offer.
David LaChapelle. Dopo il diluvio
Palazzo delle Esposizione Rome
April 30 – Sept 13
More than 15-years since his last work at the Palazzo delle Esposizione, the great American photographer and artist David LaChapelle is back with a show that is larger than life. With over 150 works on display, the focus is on the work produced from 2006 onwards, after LaChapelle shook things up and moved to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after which he produced the monumental series ‘The Deluge’, highlighting a turning point in his artists approach to his work. In order to assist audience comparison, a body of work ranging from 1995 to 2995 will be on show, including portraits of celebrities, references to famous works of art, religious scenes, movies and much more. This is going to be one hell of a show.
La Biennale Arte
Giardini – Arsenale Venice
May 9 – Nov 22
The 56th edition of the world famous International Art Exhibition comes with the title ‘All the World’s Futures’, conjuring quite a concoction of fraught imagery of exasperated ideas and dystopian conditions. But alas, that’s just negativity talking. Curated by Okwui Enwezor, the 89 participants include Grenada, Mauritius, Mongolia, Republic of Mozambique and Republic of Seychelles, all of whom will be displaying for the first time. A statement puts this years title into perspective, “The world before us today exhibits deep divisions and wounds, pronounced inequalities and uncertainties as to the future. Despite the great progress made in knowledge and technology, we are currently negotiating an ‘age of anxiety”. And once more, the Biennale observes the relationship between art and the development of the human, social, and political world, as external forces and phenomena loom large over it. Our aim is to investigate how the tensions of the outside world act on the sensitivities and the vital and expressive energies of artists, on their desires and their inner song. One of the reasons the Biennale invited Okwui Enwezor as curator – Baratta states – was for his special sensitivity in this regard.’ It all sounds rather brilliant.
Palazzo Fortuny Venice
May 9 – Nov 22
Recalling the ‘divine proportion’ as named by Luca Pacioli and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci, and the irrational number 1.6180, the ‘golden number’, represented by Φ of the Greek Alphabet symbolizes the universe’s harmony. This harmony is something that the exhibition Proportio and thanks to an international academic committee formed of scientists, philosophers, musicians, architects, historians and art historians, coordinated+ by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, the number of divine proportion comes alive.
It has offered a fascinating challenge that has drawn in great artists from the international contemporary scene, invited to reflect upon and produce specific works on the theme of proportion. Their works, in dialogue with important masterpieces of other times, will go to form a visual and perceptive symphony capable of involving the visitor in a broad reflection about universal harmony and beauty.