Hot Spots to Check in Milan – celebritiestalks
As the summer ends, locals return home and tourists continue to flock to Milan, there’s no shortage of new places to discover in the city.
WHAT TO SEE
Robert Doisneau Exhibition
Famed photographer Robert Doisneau is being celebrated at Museo Diocesano, with an exhibition running until Oct. 15. Best known for street photojournalism, his work is reflected in 130 black-and-white shots, all from the collection of the Atelier Robert Doisneau in Montrouge, Paris.
The exhibition, curated by Gabriel Bauret, spans more than 50 years of the photographer’s career, in a journey that analyzes his most recurring themes, such as love, music and Fashion, among others. “Le baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville,” 1950, one of his masterpieces displayed in the exhibit, portrays a kiss between a young couple in front of the Paris town hall while, around them, people are walking.
The photo, for a long time identified as a symbol of photography’s ability to freeze the moment, was actually not improvised: Doisneau was, in fact, on an assignment for Life magazine and he asked the couple to pose for him.
Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini
Piazza Sant’Eustorgio, 3 – 20122
“China — La Nuova Frontiera dell’Arte [The New Art Frontier]” Exhibition
Fabbrica del Vapore is hosting “China — The New Art Frontier” exhibition until Oct. 8, which includes around 200 works — paintings, calligraphies, sculptures, posters, photographs, films and videos — by more than 150 artists.
The artistic evolution of China is traced through five main sections: the China of the last emperor, referring to the time of Emperor Pu Yi; Mao and the Cultural Revolution in the second half of the 20th century; calligraphy, dedicated to the ancient art, included by UNESCO in the oral and intangible heritage of humanity; ink painting, and, finally, the new painting, a particularly large and varied section with works created mainly by artists from the second half of the 20th century and with various techniques, including oil painting.
The exhibition is curated by Vincenzo Sanfo.
Fabbrica del Vapore
Via Procaccini, 4 – 20154
“Luigi & Iango – Unveiled” Exhibition
The Italo-Swiss Fashion photography duo Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi is presenting their first solo exhibition at Palazzo Reale, running Sept. 22 until Nov. 26.
More than 100 fine art prints (some unpublished), archival images, behind-the-scenes material, and videos will be on display. The photographers’ preferred themes and passions will be seen ranging from dancing bodies in veils and supermodels or muses, to Japanese sumo wrestlers, Kabuki actors and geishas. The duo also photographed several artists, performers and icons of contemporary culture, from Marina Abramović to Dua Lipa and Cher, Cate Blanchett, and Penélope Cruz to Pedro Almodóvar. At the heart of the exhibit is a gallery dedicated to their creative collaborations with Madonna, featuring unpublished images.
Through the years they created almost 300 covers for various international editions of Vogue magazine, Vanity Fair, and other leading titles such as I-d, Chaos and Dust. Thierry-Maxime Loriot, who has curated touring exhibitions of Viktor & Rolf, Peter Lindbergh, Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others, is in charge of this event and is also the curator of the 300-page book that will be published by Phaidon.
Piazza del Duomo, 12 – 20122
WHERE TO EAT
Autem is a Latin conjunction that means “more” or “and beyond,” combined with the asterisk, representing a union with something unknown.
The concept of this new restaurant in Porta Romana by chef Luca Natalini lies precisely in this concept: the union of his cuisine and technique with the raw materials available in sync with the season. The menu is completed on a daily basis depending on the availability of ingredients, contributing to balancing the planet’s ecosystem.
One of the restaurant’s specialties is horse meat, as are oysters and smoked eel salads. The space’s layout also respects the concept of unity, as customers are welcomed directly by Natalini and his team thanks to an open-style kitchen.
Via Serviliano Lattuada, 2 – 20135
Tel. +39 35-12-78-0368
Una Cosa di Ofelé
A former mid-19th century convent in Via Scaldasole hosts the second location of Ofelé Milano. In Lombardy, ofelé is an artisan or pastry maker and “una cosa” means “one thing.” The bistro is open from breakfast to dinner, including aperitif and brunch. The menu is predominantly vegetarian, but any taste will be satisfied.
The choices from the savory or sweet tasting menu for breakfast paired with a selection of beverages including tea such as kukicha (black tea) and Zamaga (orange blossom flavor); tempeh or tofu for lunch with carrots and zucchini, and nettle risotto with asparagus cream for the evening. Or pancakes, made with whole wheat flour as well as pea flour, chickpea flour, or lentil flour, among others.
“Una Cosa represents the result of a path of research and discovery that has led to the knowledge of different worlds, new table habits, flavors and aromas. This bistro is a project in transformation, for which we have accepted some challenges and which, in true Ofelé style, feels like home,” says Stefania Teretti, the owner of Ofelé, which she opened in 2014.
Una Cosa di Ofelé
Via Scaldasole, 7 – 20123
Tel. +39 33-92-26-8584
WHERE TO SHOP
Sease, the premium lifestyle brand founded by Franco and Giacomo Loro Piana, has opened its first store in Milan and fifth in the world after Courchevel, France; Saint Moritz; São Paulo; and Verbier, Switzerland. The urban and activewear brand also comprises classic men’s tailoring with a casual bent, all made in a sustainable way in terms of raw materials, supply chain and the use of natural resources.
The new flagship in Via Montenapoleone covers about 3,240 square feet over two floors and uses both natural and high-tech materials. Teak wood and Solaro fabrics are combined with carbon fiber, rope spools and opaque colors creating a welcoming atmosphere.
“With Sease, we aim to continue our family heritage of quality and Italian elegance with a more contemporary and functional lifestyle. It’s about our life, conceived from our vision and passion. We create timeless products that become loyal companions during every adventure, conveying emotions and a sense of belonging” says Franco Loro Piana, who launched the label in 2018 with his brother, Giacomo.
Via Manzoni, 20 – 20121
Hair Bar is a project launched by Enrico Stigliano and Francesca Seralvo in 2021, and the duo just opened the third unit in Milan. The inspiration came after a trip to New York, where this type of fast hair styling is common.
Clients can book their appointment from the app downloadable from Hair Bar’s website. Once there they can choose from a menu offering different folds, braids or hair care services and the work can be done in anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.
Hair Bar is committed to sustainability and all the products used contain natural ingredients and active complexes that improve the shine and resistance of hair, protecting it from pollution, heat and increasing its strength and elasticity. “Shampoo please!” or “A round of conditioner!” and “My usual detangler” are just some of the products available.
Paloma Architects was in charge of the store design. Floor-to-ceiling windows and the color palette that goes from light gray to green on the walls, up to the pink of the armchairs and the white of the shelves are the signature of the three Hair Bar units.
The store spans 1,414 square feet and is located in Milan’s buzzy Porta Nuova district.
Via Joe Colombo, 16 – 20124
Hot Spots to Check in Milan – celebritiestalks