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Unmissable art events, from classic to contemporary

The art season is back in full swing, and Italy is packed with famous names. Here are the exhibitions not to miss between late 2021 and early 2022.


Palazzo Reale hosts one of this autumn’s most talked-about shows: Claude Monet. Opere dal Musée Marmottan Monet di Parigi, featuring the celebrated water lilies and many other masterpieces by the king of impressionists (until 30 January 2022). For lovers of contemporary art, Pirelli HangarBicocca ‘stages’ the site-specific work Breath Ghosts Blind by Maurizio Cattelan, one of the world’s most famous Italian artists, until 20 February 2022.


Until 20 February 2022 (closed 27 and 28 November), Palazzo Ducale presents an exhibition dedicated to the Dutch genius Maurits Cornelis Escher, an iconic artist of the modern age. An excursus through more than 200 works, including some of the most representative such as Hand with Reflecting Sphere, Bond of Union, Metamorphosis II, Day and Night and the Emblemata series.


Florence is increasingly a city of contemporary art, currently thanks to two important exhibitions: Jeff Koons, Shine at Palazzo Strozzi until 30 January 2022, and Jenny Saville, the most highly regarded living artist on the contemporary scene, in Florence with a major show which begins at the Museo Novecento and also involves Palazzo Vecchio, the Opera del Duomo, Museo degli Innocenti and Casa Buonarroti (until 20 February 2022). In nearby Pisa, another unmissable treat is the Keith Haring exhibition, at Palazzo Blu until 17 April 2022.


To mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante, Scuderie del Quirinale presents Inferno, until 9 January 2022, with works exploring the topic, from the Middle Ages to the present day, by artists such as Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Bosch, Bruegel, Goya, Manet, Delacroix, Cezanne, Balla, Taslitzky and Kiefer. Also in Rome, until 27 March 2022 at Palazzo Braschi, another legendary artist is celebrated in La Secessione e l’Italia: Gustav Klimt, illustrated through more than 200 works including paintings, drawings, posters and sculptures.