The exhibition

My painting is made of some variable and some constant elements. The variable elements include theoretical principles and aesthetic ideas, while the constant ones refer to the construction of the painting itself. Actually, I believe that it is not possible to express pictorial feelings without, above all, taking into account these architectural elements on which all other figurative values of form and colour depend. On top of this, the principle of spatiality must be added, not to be confused with perspectivism; since the value of spatiality has never, so to speak, visual origins.
In my painting, this concept is a fundamental expression.

(Carlo Carrà, 1962)

This is the most comprehensive and important anthological exhibition ever made of the works by Carlo Carrà (1881 – 1966), a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity bringing together about 130 works, loaned from the most important Italian and international public and private collections.

This exhibition aims to reconstruct the master’s entire artistic trajectory through his most significant works, including but not limited to the early Divisionist attempts, his great masterpieces making him a leading representative and pacesetter of Futurism and Metaphysics; paintings attributable to his so-called 'plastic values', then, from the 1920s, landscapes and still lives attesting to his return to reality, with a thematic approach he would actively pursue throughout his life. The exhibition will also highlight his great figure compositions, especially those painted in the 1930s, the decade when he also painted the frescoes for the Court of Milan, documented in the exhibition by some large size preparatory cartoons.

Finally, in addition to his works of art, the exhibition also highlights the most significant features and moments of what Carrà himself defined as a ‘passionate life’. Documents, photographs, letters and numerous videos will be displayed, testifying to Carlo Carrà’s intense life, personally reported in his autobiographic book La mia vita that he published in 1942.

An audio guide available to all visitors will accompany them through the various sections with an easy to follow and engaging story, and with the soundtrack of Alfredo Casella’s chamber music, another friend of Carrà.


Carlo Carrà

Milan, Palazzo Reale - Piazza del Duomo, 12

Duration of Exhibition:
4th October 2018 – 3rd February 2019

Opening hours:
Monday 2.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 9.30 am - 7.30 pm
Thursday and Saturday 9.30 am - 10.30 pm
Ticket office closes one hour before exhibition closing time

On 24th and 31st December the exhibition will be open from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm

Tickets (audioguide included):
Open 16 € (Buy ticket)
Standard 14 € (Buy ticket) 2 x 1 formula for holders of Frecce Trenitalia railway ticket with destination Milan (visit of the exhibition within 5 days from the date of travel) and / or for Cartafreccia holders
Discounted € 12.00: for groups of at least 15 people, visitors up to the age of 26 and over 65, teachers, disabled individuals, military, law enforcement personnel when not on duty, members of FAI and Touring Club, ticket holders participating in the "Lunedì Musei" events (Poldi Pezzoli Museum and La Scala Theatre Museum), and holders of special concessions
€ 10 Discounted special ticket for holders of Lombardy Museums membership, Orticola Members with a card valid for the current year
€ 10 Family ticket per person for one or two adults, € 6 for children aged 6 to 14, free for children up to 5 years
€ 6.00 Special discount for all types of schools, groups organised directly by Touring Club and FAI, ATM annual subscribers and employees, non-accredited journalists, employees of the Municipality of Milan and National Civil Service Volunteers working for the Municipality of Milan
Free for children under 6, one group leader, two accompanying teachers per school class, one accompanying person, if needed, of disabled individuals, journalists accredited with the municipal or exhibition Press Office, licensed tourist guides, holders of ICOM card, employees of the Landscape and Architectural Heritage Service of Milan, members of the Supervision and Fire Brigade Board

Booking fees:
€ 1.50 per person
€ 1.00 per student and for discounted family tickets.

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