The Best Exhibitions to Admire in Bologna and Emilia Romagna (UPDATE 2024)

Mambo Bologna Exhibition

You're in Bologna for the food, I know. And I give you plenty of that, I promise.
But what about some art to digest tortellini?
Here's a list of the best exhibitions to visit in Bologna and Emilia Romagna, always up to date.

Exhibitions in Bologna

Bologna Exhibition Jago Venere

Jago's Venere in Bologna

Bologna Fotografata, People, Places, Photographers

The Underpass of Piazza Re Enzo returns to permanent life, with 2,000 square meters of exhibition space given back to the city through recent renovations.

Bologna Fotografata showcases Bologna's history from the late 19th century to the early 1990s.


When: From 12/5/2023 to 4/8/2024
Where: Sottopasso di Piazza Re Enzo Bologna
Tel. +39 051 2194150

Opening times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 2-8 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10 am-8 pm Tuesday closed
Summer closure from 7 to 22 August 2023

Ticket: 10€

Animali Fantastici

This groundbreaking art exhibition titled "Fantastic Beasts" transforms Palazzo Albergati into a fantastical realm where animals, art, and dreams converge.

It pioneers a new form of entertainment, featuring over 90 animals created by 23 contemporary artists.

This artist's zoo, devoid of cages, invites visitors on a magical journey through paintings, sculptures, and installations, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.


When: Dec 7th 2023 - May 5th 2024
Where: Palazzo Albergati, Via Saragozza, 28, 40123 Bologna BO

Opening times:
Open every day from 10 am to 8 pm except Tuesday

MAST Bologna 2022

The MAST Collection. A Visual Alphabet of Industry, Work and Technology. Exhibition view at MAST Foundation, Bologna 2022


You need a bus or a car to get to MAST, but get that bus or car.

The location of this private museum is stunning and all the exhibitions they make are nothing less than perfect. And free entry.

From February 10 to June 30, 2024, the MAST Galleries will feature 34 video works by 29 international artists exploring societal changes across six thematic sections, with additional video installations providing commentary on global events.

The exhibition offers a unique viewing experience with varying durations of video works, accessible via QR codes for audio, encouraging multiple visits for comfortable exploration.


When: From 10/2/2024 to 30/6/2024
Where: MAST, Via Speranza, 42, 40133 Bologna

Opening times:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

Ticket: Free entry

Exhibitions in Modena, Ravenna, Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Rimini

Franco Fontana, Modena Dentro

Happy birthday Mr Fontana!
Celebrate the 90th birthday of the most popular photographer in Modena in an exhibition that mixes photos and art.

Fontana's works, particularly those commissioned in the 1970s, are known for their vibrant colors and geometric compositions.

In this exhibition, you can admire 15 of his photographs juxtaposed with other artworks to create new meanings.

For example, Fontana's shot of balsamic vinegar jugs is compared to a piece by Michelangelo Pistoletto. They're also pairing his Venice shots with geometric art by Lucio Del Pozzo and connecting his photo of a Ferrari covered in a red cloth from '87 to Christo's project from 2015.


When: From 27/3/2024 to 16/6/2024
Where: Palazzo dei Musei, Largo Porta Sant'Agostino, 337, 41121 Modena

Opening times:
Wednesday to Friday 11 am -1 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm

Ticket: 6€

Bruno Munari. Tutto

Never heard of Bruno Munari?
Consider a mix of Leonardo and Peter Pan, all together in a small man from Milan who became one of the best Italian artists and designers of the XX century.

This is just a condensed description of a genius mind, but if you want to know more you can visit Tutto.

The exhibition concentrates 70 years of ideas and works in all fields of creativity, from art to design, from graphics to pedagogy.

The location is stunning, a Villa in the Parma countryside.

The best way to add some art after culatello and Parmigiano of our Parma food tour ;)


When: From 16/3/2024 to 30/6/2024
Where: Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Via Fondazione Magnani Rocca, 4, 43029 Mamiano PR

Opening times:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

Ticket: 14€

Luigi Ghirri Exhibition Reggio Emilia

Luigi Ghirri in Reggio Emilia

Gio Ponti. Ceramiche 1922-1967

When it comes to ceramics in Emilia Romagna, Faenza is the ultimate destination.

This charming town boasts master artisans of clay and is home to the impressive Museum of International Ceramics (MIC), dedicated to celebrating this timeless art form.

Gio Ponti, an architect by training, was more than just that - he was an inventor, entrepreneur, and promoter of the arts, shaping Italian taste from the 1930s to the 1950s.

His impact extended to ceramics, where his innovative designs at Richard-Ginori revolutionized the concept of modernity, inspiring future generations of artists like Mendini and Sottsass.

If you're keen on exploring local craftsmanship and arts, why not test your skills at a Mosaic Workshop in Ravenna?


When: From 13/3/2024 to 13/10/2024
Where: MIC Museo Internazionale della Ceramica in Faenza, Viale Alfredo Baccarini, 19, 48018 Faenza RA

Opening times:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

Ticket: 14€

MAR Ravenna Mosaics

Modern Mosaics at MAR in Ravenna


In case you need one more reason for a day trip from Bologna to the stunning Ferrara, here it is.

Escher, a Dutch artist born in 1898, is renowned for his ability to captivate audiences with his imaginative and seemingly impossible worlds.

His art, influenced by geometric theorems, mathematical concepts, philosophical ideas, and logical paradoxes, offers a unique and mind-bending experience.

Get lost in his paintings but don't enter the exhibitions already drunk if you want to find the exit.


When: From 23/3/2024 to 21/07/2024
Where: Palazzo dei Diamanti -Corso Ercole I D'Este, 21 - 41121 - Ferrara

Opening times:

Open daily from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

Also open on Easter, Easter Monday, 25 April, 1 May and 2 June

Late Night Openings

31 March until 11 pm (last ticket issued at 10 pm)
18 May, 8 and 29 June open until midnight (last ticket issued at 11 pm)

Ticket: 15€

Exodus - Sebastiao Salgado

Back in 1993, Sebastião Salgado kicked off his epic journey into the world of migrations through his photography.

Over six years, this Brazilian reporter travelled across four continents, capturing moments of departure and arrival, as well as life in refugee camps where millions faced uncertain futures.

Since then, the world might've changed, but the mass movement of people is still a big deal.

In 2024 Salgado's powerful photos are hitting up Ravenna.
You can catch his exhibition at the MAR Museum of Art, a beautiful modern art museum with a permanent collection of mosaics.


When: From 22/3/2024 to 2/06/2024
Where: MAR Museo d'arte della città di Ravenna Via di Roma, 13, 48121 Ravenna

Opening times:

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm

Ticket: 11€

Luigi Ghirri - Zone di Passaggio

Put together the most unusual work of my favourite Italian photographer, Luigi Ghirri.
Inside one of the best museums in Emilia Romagna.
In a city that is an underrated gem of our land you have to visit, Reggio Emilia.

Then you'll get this exhibition that shows the behind-the-scenes of this strange park near Rimini that represents all of Italy together.


When: From 26/4/2024 to 2/3/2025
Where: Palazzo dei Musei, Lazzaro Spallanzani, 1, 42121 Reggio Emilia
Tel. +39 0522 456477

Opening times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10 am – 6 pm

Ticket: Free entry

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