Milan - Exhibition

2050. A Brief History of the Future

Palazzo Reale

23 Mar 201629 May 2016

The exhibition takes its name from the book by Jacques Attali, published in 2006, in which the author speculates on the future of the world and our society. Previous presented to the Musées Royaux des Beaux -Arts de Belgique in Brussels, this collective show travels the themes illustrated in the Attali essay in eight stations and through approximately 50 works by international contemporary artists.

Paintings, sculptures, photos, videos, installations: 50 works of contemporary art by 46 international artists, investigate our future in an exhibition inspired by the essay A Brief History of the Future by Jacques Attali (published in 2006 and reissued in 2016 with new updated global scenarios). The exhibition, curated by Pierre-Yves Desaive and Jennifer Beauloye , present, through a selection of recent works, the way in which contemporary artists observe the present to lead a reflection on the future as it is outlined in our eyes.
Global conflicts, genetic mutations, social and economic inequalities, exploitation of natural resources make up the complex landscape of the next decades; the artists interpret these complex issues and invite to re-think the time.

  • David LaChapelle Gas Shell, 2012 © David LaChapelle Studio, courtesy Jablonka Maruani Mercier GalleryDavid LaChapelle Gas Shell, 2012 © David LaChapelle Studio, courtesy Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery
  • Tracey Snelling, Mexicalichina, 2011Tracey Snelling, Mexicalichina, 2011
  • Thu Van Tran, Rainbow herbicides, 2014Thu Van Tran, Rainbow herbicides, 2014

Related Artists


Halim Al-Karim

Francis Alys

Francis Alÿs

Alighiero Boetti

Louise Bourgeois 1982, printed 1991 Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-1989 ARTIST ROOMS  Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Louise Bourgeois

Jennifer Brial

Chris Burden

Edward Burtynsky

Charles Csuri Csuri

James Shaffer

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Al Farrow

Robbert Flick

Gregory Green

Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum

John Isaacs

Jean Katambayi Mukendi

On Kawara

Bodys Isek Kingelez

Masao Kohmura

Kouji Fujino

Panos Kokkinias

David LaChapelle

Little Sun

Mark Lombardi

Gonçalo Mabunda

Eva et Franco Mattes

Eugenio Merino

Wilhelm Mundt

Mark Napier

Yang Yongliang

Michael Wolf

Maarten Vanden Eynde

Thu Van Tran Ho Chi Minh City, 1979 Vietnam

Thu Van Tran

Gavin Turk

Mark Titchner

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto


Wolfgang Staehle

Tracey Snelling

Andres Serrano

Ed Ruscha, Photo © Gary Regester

Edward Ruscha

Thomas Ruff

Gustavo Roman

Sara Rahbar

Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco

Roman Opalka

Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck


Special Events

Destination: Milan
Where: Palazzo Reale
Type: Guided Tour
Admission: Free

Free Admission to the exhibition and guided tour of the collections

Contacts & Details

mon 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm; tue, wed, fri 9:30 am - 7:30 pm; thu, sat 9:30 am - 10:30 pm; sun 9:30 pm - 7:30 pm

€12; reduced €8/6


7000 m2

T: +39 02 8846 5230 M: W: Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo, 12 Milan, 20122 Italy