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Exhibition “CORPUS DOMINI. Dal corpo glorioso alle rovine dell’anima” | Milano, Palazzo Reale

October 27, 2021 @ 09:30 - January 30, 2022 @ 17:00 UTC+1

12Euro - 16Euro


From 27 October 2021 to 30 January 2022 Palazzo Reale in Milan presents the exhibition Corpus Domini. From the glorious body to the ruins of the soul, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti.

The exhibition is promoted and produced by Palazzo Reale, Comune di Milano-Cultura in collaboration with Marsilio Arte and Tenderstories.

111 works – installations, sculptures, drawings, paintings, video installations and photographs – by 34 internationally renowned artists – some of them true icons of contemporary art, exhibited for the first time in Italy, to narrate the multiplicity of the representation of the human being.

The title refers to the disappearance of the ‘real body’ in favour of the ‘body of the spectacle’: from a Glorious Body – the body of awareness, of rebellion, of otherness – to the Body of the Contemporary – on the one hand in its declination as the body of the society of the spectacle and on the other in its more poetic forms: the body of exodus, of work, of the silent multitude.

“The boundary between the real and the imaginary is less and less recognisable, to the point of absorbing reality into a screen, as demonstrated by the obsessive presence of screens in our lives: flat screens on televisions and computers, video games, smartphones,” says the curator, who continues: “The screen cancels the distance between the viewer and the scene, invites him to immerse himself inside, offers him a reality at his fingertips, but over which his hand has no grip.”

In an area of approximately one thousand square metres, the exhibition analyses the emergence of new forms of representation in the contemporary world, focusing on the historical transition from the living body, protagonist of Body Art, to the remade body of Hyperrealism, on the change in the aesthetic canons of representation, and on the powerful evocation of the individual through its remains, its traces, its coverings. A story that aims to reflect on the crisis of sensory experience caused by the advent of a culture that proposes perfect, modified, rethought, produced and re-produced and essentially fake bodies.

On show are works by AES+F, Janine Antoni, Yael Bartana, Zharko Basheski, Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Vlassis Caniaris, Chen Zhen, John DeAndrea, Gino de Dominicis, Carole A. Feuerman, Franko B, Robert Gober, Antony Gormley, Duane Hanson, Alfredo Jaar, Kimsooja, Joseph Kosuth, Charles LeDray, Robert Longo, Urs Lüthi, Ibrahim Mahama, Fabio Mauri, Oscar Muñoz, Gina Pane, Marc Quinn, Carol Rama, Michal Rovner, Andres Serrano, Chiharu Shiota, Marc Sijan, Dayanita Singh, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Gavin Turk.

Many artists, museums, foundations, archives, private galleries and collectors have collaborated in Italy and abroad in the ‘construction’ of the exhibition, which for the first time rethinks the concept of humanity after the shocking period caused by Covid19.

From the works of historical hyperrealists, we move on to other narrative typologies, where the body is evoked rather than represented, where it seems to have vanished leaving only traces of its having been there; the human being is evoked through his clothes, objects of his work or his nomadic being, as well as body fragments, and his mutation, which reflect the changing social conditions of the contemporary world.

Special mention should be made of Christian Boltanski, who died recently, and who will be on show with his work Le Terril Grand-Hornu (2015).

A fundamental section is dedicated to Lea Vergine: a sort of “private” room in collaboration with the Archivio Lea Vergine in which works will be exhibited, some of which have characterised her critical path, as well as books, documents and photographs that testify to her precious and singular research in the field of Body Art, which remains an essential reference point in the narration of the body.

An illustrated bilingual (Italian-English) catalogue, published by Marsilio Editori, will be published for the occasion. It contains an essay by the curator and contributions by Vincenzo Argentieri, Franco Berardi “Bifo”, Furio Colombo, Francesca Giacomelli, Gianfranco Ravasi, Massimo Recalcati, Chiara Spangaro, Gino Strada and Moreno Zani.

Special thanks go to the lenders: the artists, the museums and foundations (Athens, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST); Bolzano, Museion; Catania, Fondazione Brodbeck; Milan, Fondazione Prada; United States, Hall Art Foundation), the archives (Foligno, Archivio Gino de Dominicis; Milan, Archivio Lea Vergine); Rome, Archivio Fabio Mauri), the galleries (Athens, Kalfayan Galleries; Brescia, Galleria Apalazzo; Brussels, Nathalie Obadia; London, Frith Street Gallery; London, Richard Saltoun; Milan, Lia Rumma; Milan, Raffaella Cortese; New York, Luhring Augustine; New York, Metro Pictures; New York, Pace Gallery; Paris and New York, Peter Freeman; Paris, Noirmont Art Productions; Paris, Mor Charpentier; San Giminiano, Galleria Continua; Venice, Bel-Air Fine Arts).

Thanks for the technical sponsorship to the Grand Hotel et De Milan and Butterfly Transport and for the support to Humana People to People Italia and its team for creating bridges and thinking of a collaboration with a third sector organisation for the realisation of Boltanski’s work.

Milan, October 2021


From the glorious body to the ruins of the soul

exhibition curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti

27 October 2021 – 30 January 2022

Milan, Palazzo Reale

Address: del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milan MI

Phone: +39 02 8846 5230


Opening hours: Mondays closed | Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 am – 7.30 pm | Thursdays 10.00 am – 10.30 pm. (Ticket office closes one hour before)

Special openings:

Monday, November 1: 10 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday 7 December: 10.00 – 19.30

Wednesday 8 December: 10 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Friday 24 December: 10 am – 2.30 pm

Saturday 25 December: 2.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Sunday, 26 December: 10 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Friday 31 December: 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

Saturday 1 January: 2.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 6 January: 10 a.m. – 10.30 p.m.(ticket office closes one hour earlier)

Tickets: Access to the exhibition is restricted and booking, by pre-purchasing a ticket, is strongly recommended. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue, but in this case there may be some waiting time for entry to the exhibition in order to respect the security capacity of the rooms. Tickets include a printed exhibition guide and do not include pre-sale costs.

Reservations: | Call Center 892.101


OPEN ticket: € 16,00 | Guide to the exhibition on paper included


Full price ticket € 14,00 | Guide to the exhibition on paper included


Reduced price ticket € 12,00 | Guide to the exhibition on paper included

Visitors from 6 to 26 years old, visitors over 65 years old, disabled visitors, Touring Club members with card, FAI members with card, “Lunedì Musei” (Poldi Pezzoli / Museo Teatrale alla Scala) ticket holders, Feltrinelli Card holders, military personnel, police not on duty, teachers.


Reduced price Abbonamento Musei Lombardia € 10,00 | Guide to the exhibition on paper included

also valid for Orticola members in possession of the card for the current year.


Special Reduced € 6,00 | Guide to the exhibition on paper included

employees of the Municipality of Milan (upon presentation of the nominal badge (only one accompanying guest is entitled to the reduced price € 12,00), volunteers of the Civil Service of the Municipality of Milan (upon presentation of the identification card), non-accredited journalists (upon presentation of the ODG card with stamp of the current year),


Complimentary exhibition guide on paper included children under 6 years of age, 1 accompanying person for each disabled person in need, 1 accompanying person for each group, 2 accompanying persons for each school group, 1 accompanying person and 1 guide for each FAI or Touring Club group, employees of the Soprintendenza ai Beni Paesaggistici e Architettonici di Milano (upon presentation of their badge), licensed tourist guides (upon presentation of their professional ID card), ICOM members, members of the Vigilance Commission and Fire Brigade (upon presentation of the card without name), journalists accredited by the Press Office of the Municipality of Milan (upon indication of the title and date of the visit), free coupon holders, employees of the Polo Mostre Palazzo Reale (upon presentation of the card with name).


Family Ticket | Exhibition guide on paper included
1 or 2 adults + children (from 6 to 14 years old) = adult € 10,00 – children € 6,00, free for children under 6 years old

Reduced price Groups € 12,00
Groups of maximum 15 people including guide and/or tour leader. Free: 1 accompanying person per group

Reduced Touring Club or FAI Groups € 6,00
Groups organized directly by Touring Club and FAI (to which the fixed presale fee is not applied) Free of charge: 1 accompanying person and 1 guide per group

Reduced price for schools € 6,00
Groups of maximum 15 people, including guide and/or tour leaders. Groups of students of all levels. Free of charge: 2 accompanying persons per school group

Booking and presale fees: Groups and individuals € 2,00 per person. School groups and categories entitled to free admission € 1.00 per person.
In order to guarantee regular programming of the visits, pre-payment reservations are compulsory for school groups and groups, both when the assistance of a guide is required and when this service is not required.


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October 27, 2021 @ 09:30 UTC+1
30 January @ 17:00 UTC+1
12Euro - 16Euro
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