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6 must-see exhibitions in Italy for summer 2022

From photography exhibitions to art shows, there are plenty of cultural appointments to look forward to in these hot months.

Florence, Turin, Milan and Rome are just some of the Italian cities that will welcome tourists for a summer dedicated to beauty, to be seen as well as experienced by hosting truly exclusive exhibitions.

So, here are the <strong>exhibitions in Italy</strong> that you should not miss during the summer of 2022.

1. Italian art exhibitions: the most beautiful upcoming exhibitions for summer 2022

klimt piacenza

Klimt. The man, the artist, his world in Piacenza

In Piacenza, you cannot miss the exhibition dedicated to Klimt. It includes 160 works by the great Viennese artist documenting the period of the Viennese Secession and the years that followed, with a series of paintings, sculptures and decorative art works.

One of the most important pieces on display is Portrait of a Lady (1916-17), a work that was stolen from the Ricci Oddi Gallery in 1997 and then recovered in 2019.

Finally, the section dedicated to the marvellous Beethoven Frieze, a copy of the fresco that Klimt painted in the Secession Palace in Vienna, is also worth seeing.

For more information 

Galleria d’Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi e XNL – Piacenza Contemporanea.

donatello rinascimento firenze

Donatello. The Renaissance in Florence

This major exhibition, hosted in one of the most beautiful art venues in Florence, aims to reconstruct Donatello's artistic career, putting him face to face with the masterpieces of his contemporaries such as Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Mantegna and Bellini, as well as later ones such as Raphael and Michelangelo.

About 130 works on display come from more than 60 Italian and international museum institutions.

For more information 

Palazzo Strozzi e Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Firenze

2. Photographic exhibitions Italy: the most beautiful exhibitions scheduled for summer 2022

Forever MARILYN by Sam Shaw in Turin

Sixty years after Marilyn Monroe's death, this photographic exhibition focuses on the lesser-known aspects of a woman who made cinema history and became an icon.

The Turin exhibition features the most famous shots of her, as well as more than 60 pieces of memorabilia, some exhibited in Italy for the first time.

Beauty articles, clothes, shoes, the star's original plane tickets, photos and personal and props, such as the legendary fan, used in The Seven Year Itch, a film whose script can also be seen.

And in a world premiere, you can see the original photo of Monroe walking out of the St. Regis Hotel in New York, shortly before the iconic underground scene, the love letter to Arthur Miller and the dress worn by Marilyn during her marriage to the screenwriter.

For more information

Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, Turin

Oliviero Toscani. Professione fotografo (Profession: Photographer) in Milan

The exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan features 800 shots by Toscani and presents the public with iconic sections of his work and lesser-known pieces, recounting the career of a man who has influenced the habits of several generations over the years.

The exhibition brings together his work from the early 1960s to the present day: images and advertising campaigns that have made him known and recognisable throughout the world.

For more information

Royal Palace, Milan

L’occhio come mestiere (The eye as a craft) in Rome

Rome hosts a new exhibition dedicated to the great photographer born in Santa Margherita Ligure in 1930, Gianni Berengo Gardin.

150 photographs retrace his favourite subjects. From the Venice of his first images to the Milan of industry, intellectuals, and workers' struggles; from workplaces (reportages made for Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Pirelli, and above all Olivetti) to those of everyday life; from psychiatric hospitals (with Morire di classe of 1968) to the world of gypsies; from the many small rural villages to large cities; from L'Aquila devastated by the earthquake to the MAXXI under construction photographed in 2009.

For further information

MAXXI, Rome

Steve McCurry Icons in Riccione

A collection of 70 photographs chronicling Steve McCurry's most important moments is on show in Riccione.

It starts with shots, the only ones in black and white, taken between 1979 and 1980 in his first reportage in Afghanistan. There is also his most famous portrait, the Afghan Girl, taken in a refugee camp near Peshawar in Pakistan and nominated as "the most recognised photograph" in the history of National Geographic magazine, as well as some of the great American photographer's most iconic shots taken throughout his long career. This is an exhibition not to be missed.

For more information

Villa Mussolini, Riccione