Art Things Not To Miss In May

Things Not To Miss In May

Collateral Crew

May is just around the corner and after a very intense April, between Milan Design Week and La Biennale di Venezia, it’s time to relax. From cinema to festivals, from vintage markets to group exhibitions, we have selected for you all the must-see events according to the Editorial Board that will know how to accompany you throughout the month. Scroll down to discover them all.


#1 Contemporary Cluster,Transeunte di Renato Calaj – ROME

Curated by Davide Silvioli, Contemporary Cluster presents the first solo exhibition of Renato Calaj (1992) in Rome. From May 9 to June 8, between painting, sculpture and installation, the exhibition Transeunte will feature new works by the artist who lives and works between Milan and Düsseldorf. His research stems from the spray can and three different spaces on which it finds expression: the wall, the canvas and the site-specific. Conceptual and minimal, in Calaj’s works the typical techniques of graffiti art are deliberately zeroed out.

#2 Federico Fellini: disegni erotici e fotografie dal set – NAPLES

Open for only ten days, the exhibition on Fellini will remain open until October, but for us it is worth discovering now. At the Al Blu di Prussia gallery-the multidisciplinary space of Giuseppe Mannajuolo and Mario Pellegrino-the exhibition Federico Fellini: erotic drawings and photographs from the set, a tribute to the Fellini cartoonist and cartoonist, continues.

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#3 Spazio Serra, MINUIT BRÛLE (Mezzanotte brucia) site-specific exhibtion of Cendre – MILANO

Moving to Milan, it is Spazio Serra in Lancetti Station-as always-that intrigues us. MINUIT BRÛLE (Midnight Burns) is the site-specific exhibition by Cendre, who presents a very personal and dense project developed from a homophobic assault they suffered on the streets of Bordeaux. This is a transmedia project in which the artist investigates how trauma can define a person, both destructively and transformatively. Mark the opening day: May 6 from 6 p.m., viewable through Friday, May 17, 2024.

#4 OBEY: The Art of Shepard Fairey, Fabbrica del Vapore – MILAN

Also in Milan in the spaces of the Fabbrica del Vapore on May 16 opens the exhibition of one of the most famous street artists of the moment: the American Shepard Fairey in art Obey. Politics, media, propaganda, peace, environment, rights and music: these are the current issues that Obey deals with, we are curious to discover all his works. The exhibition will be open until October.

#5 THIS IS THE END, collective exhibition Villa Reale in Monza – MONZA

We move to Brianza, to be precise to the beautiful Villa Reale in Monza for an exhibition on digital art. The Cultural Association AND presents from May 19 to June 9, 2024, in the spaces of the Sala Convegni of the Villa Reale in Monza, the group exhibition This Is The End that brings together the works of the artists: Elisa Cella, Nicola Evangelisti, Nadia Galbiati, Roberto Ghezzi, Elena Ketra, Camilla Marinoni, Andrea Meregalli, Gabriele Micalizzi, Silvia Serenari and Matteo Suffritti.

#6 Calder. Sculpting Time, Alexander Calder, MASI – LUGANO

We end the exhibition tour with a foreign, but still close, stop in Lugano. MASI is always a must and their exhibitions are always not to be missed. This month, precisely on May 5, the monographic exhibition dedicated to Alexander Calder, the artist who was able to combine movement with the static nature of sculpture, opens. Curated by Carmen Giménez and Ana Mingot Comenge, Sculpting Time presents a body of works from international public and private collections, as well as a selection of constellations, or sculptures made of wood and wire.


BIG is a widespread festival dedicated to communication design and visual cultures. Born out of the experience of the Milan Graphic Festival 2022, BIG aims to promote visual communication design outside the inner circle of insiders. Find out the entire program here.


Nike Well Festival, May 11th – CASTELLO


Wunder Mrkt, May 26th – VILLA LITTA

MIAMI Festival, May 23-26 – MAGNOLIA

MILANO ARCH WEEK, Politecnico – Triennale Milano, May 21 – 26

After the two April weeks dedicated to art and design, Milan is dedicating the month of May to architecture. Promoted by the City of Milan, Milan Polytechnic and Triennale, Milano Arch Week is an international festival dedicated to architecture, urban transformations and the future of cities, all under the artistic direction of Stefano Boeri. The idea of this week has always been to give voice to different realities by presenting solutions and projects already realized, with talks, debates and moments of exchange.


Mothers’ Instinct – from May 9th

Anselm – From April 30th

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