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Milan is a lively, curious and multiform city able to offer its inhabitants and tourists thousands of opportunities for culture and entertainment. The same places where culture evolves and grows are dynamic realities, made not only to excite visitors, but also to bring together talents and knowledge, arousing interest and curiosity. This metropolis offers in fact a rich artistic and cultural heritage, made up of numerous museums, art galleries, foundations, Palaces, House-Museums, associations, theatres and local characteristics. Among these, the Triennale in Viale Emilio Alemagna 6, one of the major venues for the comparison of emerging trends, has taken on a leading role. The Mudec Museum of Cultures in via Tortona 54, with large exhibitions on interculturality. Don’t forget the Hangar Bicocca in via Chiese 2, an industrial plant where contemporary art exhibitions are held, which houses the monumental work of the artist Anselm Kiefer “The Seven Heavenly Palaces”.
Also worthy of attention is the Brera Art Gallery via Brera 28, a national gallery of ancient and modern art. The Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Via Manzoni 12 is a typical example of an ancient Milanese museum. The collection includes paintings by Pollaiolo, Botticelli and Piero della Francesca, to name a few, exhibited in a classy and very elegant setting. It is also worth mentioning the refined Villa Necchi Campiglio in Via Mozart 14, expression of the Milanese bourgeoisie of the ’30s, with garden and swimming pool, interiors in boiserie and collections of works of art, a pleasant stop in the centre.
Even in the theatrical field Milan is able to satisfy all tastes. Theatre, opera, music and fun, in the city every expression finds space. The capital of Lombardy, offers at all times performances of art, music and cinema. Milan boasts one of the temples of ballet and opera, the Teatro alla Scala, considered the cathedral of opera, was founded in 1776 at the behest of Queen Maria Theresa of Austria. The theatre season, consisting of opera, ballet and classical music concerts, is one of the most important events in Milan’s cultural life. All the world’s greatest opera singers and conductors performed on this stage. At the inauguration of the theatre season on the 7th of December, the day of Sant’Ambrogio, all the most prominent figures from politics, industry, culture and Milan are generally present, as well as being “à la page”. For fans of blues and jazz the Blue Note in Via Pietro Borsieri n. 37 offers excellent billboards with alternating between well-known Italian and foreign artists. The Piccolo Teatro of Milan is located in Milan, the first public Teatro Stabile in Italy is an institution for the city which was joined by the Teatro Studio and the Strehler Theatre. As far as cabaret is concerned, the Ciak Theatre and the Zelig Cabaret Area should be remembered, a historic venue which has landed on television and is recorded at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Viale dell’Innovazione 20.
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