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Mimmo Jodice. Senza tempo in Florence

At Villa Bardini is ongoing an exhibition dedicated to a master of Italian photography: Mimmo Jodice. Senza tempo (Timeless). The exhibition of the Neapolitan artist will be open until July 14th and includes eighty shots of great beauty taken between 1964 and 2011, that summarize his career in 6 sections:...

Anselm Kiefer: Fallen Angels at Palazzo Strozzi

There is still time to go and see the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Fallen Angels at Palazzo Strozzi and we warmly invite you to do so.As soon as you’ll enter the courtyard you’ll find yourself admiring Englessturz (The Fall of the Angel), an enormous seven-metre-high multi-material installation that covers an entire...

The new Museo della Specola

After almost five years of closure and important redevelopment works, the Specola Museum in Florence reopened to the public with four days of free admission, offered to celebrate also the 250th anniversary of its foundation.Inaugurated on 21 February 1775 as the Imperial and Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History...

The Museum of Costume of Palazzo Pitti reopens

The Museum of Costume of Palazzo Pitti has finally reopened to the public after a three-year closure due to Covid and a subsequent reorganization. The museum, founded in 1983 by Kirsten Aschengreen Piacenti, currently displays in its twelve rooms and in the ballroom, accessories, shoes and 50 dresses of Italian...

Alphonse Mucha, the Seduction of Art Nouveau in Florence

Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Paris was the center of the art world, it was the Belle Époque and almost all the new artistic trends started from the French capital.Photography and cinema gave a new cut to images and allowed us...

Green Line lights up Florence

The Green Line light festival, which since last year has taken the place of F – Light and illuminates the buildings symbol of Florence is back.This year's theme is The Winter Garden and invites us to focus on caring for the planet, which is our home and garden, too often...

Anish Kapoor. Untrue Unreal at Palazzo Strozzi

Anish Kapoor, renowned British artist of Indian origin, has always had a close relationship with Italy. He has exhibited works in several Italian museums, such as the MAXXI in Rome and the Prada Foundation in Milan, he chose Venice to open his namesake Foundation inside Palazzo Manfrin and he even...

Florence Biennale 2023 - 14th edition

The Biennale internazionale d'arte contemporanea di Firenze, also known as the Florence Biennale, was founded in 1997 by the artist Pasquale Celona and his brother Piero and has been directed since 2015 by Jacopo Celona. It is held at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, but also includes collateral events...

The "Temptations, Torments, Trials and Tribulations" of Cecily Brown

Until February 4, 2024, in the rooms on the ground floor of the Museo Novecento and in Palazzo Vecchio it will be possible to admire over 30 works by one of the most important artists of contemporary art, Cecily Brown.The exhibition entitled “Temptations, Torments, Trials and Tribulations” displays paintings, drawings...

Yan Pei-Ming. Painting Histories in Florence

Another major monographic exhibition is underway at Palazzo Strozzi until 3 September 2023, and this time it brings us in contact with over thirty works by Chinese artist, Yan Pei-Ming: Yan Pei-Ming. Painting Histories.Born and raised in Shanghai, he emigrated to France at the age of 20, enrolling at the...

“The return of Joseph, the prince of dreams” at the Salone dei Duecento

The Medici tapestries from the cycle “The return of Joseph, the prince of dreams” are back in the Salone dei Duecento, exhibited in rotation in five exhibition cycles. The twenty tapestries in the series are displayed, four at a time, according to their original location in the hall of Palazzo...

Steve McCurry's "Children" at the Istituto degli Innocenti

Steve McCurry returns in town with another exceptional exhibition, entitled Children, set up in the very place in Florence that has been dealing with childhood for over 600 years: the Istituto degli Innocenti in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419, a masterful example of harmonic and rational...

The Museum of Illusions in Florence

The concept of the Museum of Illusions was born in 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia, and was then exported to various cities around the world, also arriving in Italy, first in Milan then in Florence and Rome.The museum has opened inside Palazzo Tornaquinci Della Stufa, a historic building, in via Borgo...

Reaching for the Stars: a journey to to the firmament of contemporary art

A rocket welcomes visitors entering the Reaching for the Stars exhibition in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, and prepares them for the journey to the stars of contemporary art. A journey that also wishes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin, one of the...

A Giacometti - Fontana duet at the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio

Alberto Giacometti and Lucio Fontana duet in Giacometti – Fontana. La ricerca dell’assoluto (“The search for the absolute”), the exhibition hosted until June 4th in the Sala delle Udienze and in the Sala dei Gigli of the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio. These two pioneers of 20th century art, one of...

Light, Gaze, Presence: Y.Z. Kami in Florence

Light, Gaze, Presence, is the title of the exhibition of the Iranian artist Y.Z. Kami, that takes place in different spaces of the city: Museo Novecento, Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Museo degli Innocenti and, exceptionally, in the millenary Abbey of San Miniato al Monte.The Iranian-American artist offers us 24 works...

Eleonora of Toledo, protagonist at Palazzo Pitti

Eleonora di Toledo and the invention of the Medici court in Florence, is the current exhibition at Palazzo Pitti, curated by Bruce Edelstein, art historian and professor at New York University Florence, which pays homage to the wife of Cosimo I de' Medici. Spanish noblewoman of great charisma, Eleonora of...

"Rudolf Levy (1875 -1944). Work and exhile" at Palazzo Pitti

The Uffizi Galleries pay homage to the expressionist painter, Rudolf Levy, with a retrospective that traces the tormented life of the artist.After fighting in World War I, Levy moved to Berlin, where he held his first solo exhibition in 1922. The nightmare of Nazi persecution led him to travel the...

The column of san Zanobi

On January 26th, in Florence we celebrate San Zanobi (Saint Zenobius) so you might see a garland of flowers at the base of the column in Piazza Duomo - if you ever even noticed the column in the first place. Many people, including Florentines, pass by it every day not...

Tony Cragg at the Museo Novecento

Tony Cragg, the world-famous British artist, is on display at the Museo Novecento with his anthological exhibition titled Transfer. Cragg's interest has been oriented since the beginning of his career, in the seventies, on matter and form, with assemblages of objects reminiscent of the Duchampian ready-made. He later begins to...

Escher's visionary worlds in Florence

Creator of visionary, ingenious, impossible worlds, M.C. Escher was one of the most original artists of the 20th century. His woodcuts, lithographies and engravings have now become part of our collective imaginary and still manage to fascinate and amaze today. The great Florentine exhibition, hosted in the halls of the...

Elliott Erwitt in Florence

Villa Bardini hosts another major exhibition dedicated to photography, Elliott Erwitt. Photographs, which celebrates the long career of one of the most famous photographers in the world. A collection of about 70 images personally selected by Ewitt, who celebrated his 94th birthday this year, which capture the perfect moment as...

Olafur Eliasson, nel tuo tempo at Palazzo Strozzi

One of the most important Florentine exhibitions of this season is that of the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, which can be visited at Palazzo Strozzi until January 22, 2023. Olafur Eliasson: Nel tuo tempo is the largest exhibition ever held in Italy by the artist and collects historic and site-specific...

Passione Novecento. From Paul Klee to Damien Hirst at Palazzo Medici Ricardi

Passione Novecento. From Paul Klee to Damien Hirst inaugurates at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, an exhibition that brings together 38 works of Twentieth-century art belonging to private collections that the public will be able to admire together for the first time. Among the big artists on display we find Paul Klee,...

Mr. Arbitrium: a giant in piazza San Lorenzo

If you pay a visit to the Basilica of San Lorenzo these days, you will come across a giant over 5 meters high leaning against the side of the church. With his mighty muscles, he has already "supported" the Medici Palace in Seravezza, the Cathedral of Pietrasanta and Carrara, the...

Play it Again: Rä di Martino at Forte Belvedere

Forte Belvedere opens its spaces to Rä di Martino, a young contemporary artist, and to her solo exhibition entitled Play It Again, a project of Museo Novecento curated by Sergio Risaliti. Through a selection of works from 2014 to today, that includes installations, video art and photographs, Play it again...

Oscar Ghiglia's Novecento Italiano at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

“Painting is based solely on the law of knowing how to find the right colour tone and getting i tinto its proper space.” – Oscar Ghiglia   The new exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi features a beloved artist of the twentieth century: Oscar Ghiglia (1876-1945). "Oscar Ghiglia, The years of the...

Donatello, the Renaissance: the revolutionary artist on display at Palazzo Stroozzi and the Bargello Museum

An extraordinary exhibition, the one about Donatello entitled Donatello, the Renaissance, which can be visited until 31 July 2022 at Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello Museum. Over 130 works including sculptures, paintings and drawings, including some unique loans, never granted before, and distributed in two locations of excellence.   Donato...

The Three Pietàs of Michelangelo side by side

When people talk about Michelangelo's Pietà, they usually mean the Pietà di San Pietro, or Vatican Pietà, one of his most renoknown works, but this is not the only sculptural group of this type that he ever made. In fact, he made three, and now for the first time they...

Anj Smith's interior landscapes at the Stefano Bardini Museum

“I love the idea that painting, pointless technologically, can still hypnotise and seduce us.” Says artist Anj Smith, a statement that leaves space for reflection, not only about painting, but art itself. Art is created and consumed because human beings crave to express themselves, to look at something beautiful, something...

Jenny Saville in Florence

Florence welcomes in five of its major museums the works of one of the most important living artists in the world, Jenny Saville. This is a huge exhibition project, curated by Sergio Risaliti, director of the Museo Novecento, the fulcrum of the widespread exhibition. Here we find about 100 works...

Galileo Chini at Villa Bardini

Villa Bardini reopens after two years, with the exhibition entitled Galileo Chini and European Symbolism. The exhibition, dedicated to the greatest Italian interpreter of Liberty modernism and one of the major exponents of Symbolism at European level, focuses on the artist's first twenty years of career, which made him famous...

Bernini's portrait of Costanza Boarelli as a symbol of the violence against women in the photographic exhibition at the Uffizi: Pain is not a priviledge

Everyone knows Gian Lorenzo Bernini as the greatest exponent of Baroque sculpture, author of works of incredible beauty. Certainly a man of great passion, an emotion that he skilfully transmitted through his art. But few know about his darker side, and how this great passion of his led him to...

Jeff Koons.Shine in Florence

The series of exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art at Palazzo Strozzi continues, this time it is the turn of the very famous Jeff Koons, who had already been in Florence in 2015 with the much discussed golden sculpture Pluto and Proserpina, displayed in front of Palazzo Vecchio. Jeff Koons. Shine...

Giuseppe Veneziano in Pietrasanta - The Blue Banana, when art is also fun

Pietrasanta is a small town 100 km from Florence, near the sea and at the foot of the Apuan Alps, from where the marble, that all Tuscan monuments have been built with, has been extracted for centuries. It has always been frequented by many artists, in the past even by...

The Trees in verse by Giuseppe Penone at the Uffizi Gallery and in Piazza della Signoria

The monumental installation by Giuseppe Penone entitled Abete, which has been in Piazza della Signoria since March, has already been talked about. A majestic tree, over 22 meter high, in steel and bronze. The installation of it in the square was only the preview of the artist's exhibition that is...

Photographic exhibitions at Forte Belvedere: Ieri, oggi, domani. Italia autoritratto allo specchio

After a year of pandemic and social distancing, Forte Belvedere reopens with Ieri, oggi, domani. Italia autoritratto allo specchio, a project of the Museo Novecento born under the artistic direction of Sergio Risaliti. The project includes two photographic exhibitions, open simultaneously at the Forte Belvedere from 25 June to 10...

American Art 1961-2001 at Palazzo Strozzi

American Art 1961-2001 concludes the trilogy dedicated to American art at Palazzo Strozzi, which began in 2012 with the exhibition Americani a Firenze. Sargent e gli impressionisti del Nuovo Mondo and continued in 2016 with Da Kandinsky a Pollock. La grande arte dei Guggenheim. The exhibition retraces the history of...

The Bargello for Dante

The Bargello, former seat of the Podestà and prison where the condemned suffered the most terrible tortures, preserves many memories linked to Dante and pays him homage with an exhibition and important restorations, in the 700th anniversary of his death. The exhibition entitled Honorable and ancient citizen of Florence. The...

The Explosion of the Cart in Florence

The "Scoppio del Carro" (Explosion of the Cart), is an event that takes place every year on Easter Sunday, and it dates back to the first Crusade. Legend has it that the first to climb the Jerusalem walls was a Florentine named Pazzino, member of the noble Pazzi family. He...

The Wound at Palazzo Strozzi

Once again, Palazzo Strozzi decided to donate to the public an artwork that is visible from the outside, in compliance with anti-contagion regulations, an installation that can be enjoyed by anyone crossing Piazza degli Strozzi. JR, one of the most famous contemporary artists in the world, is the author of...

Wolves Coming in Florence

These are certainly difficult times to travel and fully enjoy the beauty of a city like Florence. Especially because much of what it has to offer is enclosed within those very precious jewelry boxes that are its museums and churches. If you prefer to avoid as much as possible to...

Tutankhamon experience in Florence

It was November 27, 1922, when Howard Carter discovered the tomb - sealed and in perfect conditions - of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Made pharaoh at 9 years old and died at 19, of Tutankhamun it is still unknown the cause of death, which is assumed to have occurred after a fall...

ARIA: Tomás Saraceno at Palazzo Strozzi

Florence is the place where Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years ago, planned to fly using machines of his own invention. And it is precisely here that Tomás Saraceno decided to bring his flying spheres today, "aerosolar" balloons capable of flying without the use of fossil fuels, but only thanks to...

The doors of the Baptistery of Florence restored, brought together at last

Finally, after 30 years of restoration, the 3 monumental doors of the Baptistery of Saint John have been brought together on display at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. The first restoration work on the portals, carried out by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, began in 1990 with the removal of...

Inside Magritte's mysterious world

After Klimt, Monet, Van Gogh and Leonardo, it is René Magritte's turn to invade the baroque spaces of the church of Santo Stefano al Ponte. The multimedia exhibition dedicated to the Belgian artist, master of surrealism, will last until March 1st: Inside Magritte, conceived by Crossmedia Group and Hepco, directed...

The Last Supper by Plautilla Nelli: a female painter in the Renaissance

One of the greatest works of art created by a woman in the Renaissance has recently been restored: the last Supper by Sister Plautilla Nelli (1524-1588), painted in the mid-16th century. A four-years restoration, funded through a crowdfunding campaign by AWA (Advancing Women Artists Foundation) and carried out by Rossella...

VISIO. Moving Images After Post-Internet on display at the Strozzina

VISIO. Moving Images After Post-Internet, will be on display at the Strozzina of Palazzo Strozzi.only until December 1st . The exhibition brings together and promotes the works of 12 young artists, all under 35, who participated in the VIII edition of VISIO. European Program on Artists ’Moving Images, a project promoted...

Enigma Pinocchio at Villa Bardini

The protagonist of one of the most read books in the world becomes the protagonist of an exhibition at Villa Bardini titled Enigma Pinocchio. From Giacometti to LaChapelle, open until March 22nd. Pinocchio, character born from the pen of Carlo Lorenzini, continues to fascinate us in his topicality, and has...

XII edition of the Florence Biennale at the Fortezza da Basso

Every two years Florence promotes the talents of contemporary art though the Florence Biennale, opening this year on October 18th.The exhibition, in its XII edition, will be accompanied as always by a rich program of events such as conferences, exhibitions and performances.Over 470 artists and 200 designers will be present,...

Natalia Goncharova and the Advant-garde at palazzo Strozzi

A year after Marina Abramovich, another woman becomes protagonist at Palazzo Strozzi: Natalia Goncharova, one of the main representatives of the Russian avant-garde, and first female artist to be established internationally. Versatile and talented woman, Natalia was a painter, costume designer, illustrator, graphic designer, scenographer, decorator, stylist, film actress and...

La Botanica di Leonardo in Florence

During the summer, strange structures appeared in Florentine squares: a dodecahedron in piazza della Signoria containing a mulberry tree, a hexahedron (or cube) in piazza Bambini di Beslan, a tetrahedron in Piazza Stazione and an icosahedron in Piazza Santa Maria Novella. They are part of the exhibition that has opened...

Photography and sculpture at Forte Belvedere: Massimo Listi and Davide Rivalta

Until October 20th, Forte Belvedere hosts two important Italian artists: Massimo Listri, with the exhibition A perfect day, and Davide Rivalta, with My land, in a project conceived by Sergio Risaliti, promoted by the Municipality of Florence and organized by Mus.e.   Massimo Listri, known worldwide for the conceptual and...

Tony Craigg at Boboli Gardens

They stand out among the tidy hedges of the Boboli Gardens like clumps of coagulated magma, like rocks eroded and smoothed by water, like desert rose crystals, like stalagmites, like strange primitive flowers and shapes free in space. Many are the images evoked by the sculptures of British artist Tony...

Florence celebrates Cosimo I

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cosimo I de Medici (1519-1574), the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. Son of the condottiere Giovanni de 'Medici, known as Giovanni delle Bande Nere, and Maria Salviati, he became lord of Florence when he was only 17, but was...

Rede Social in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi

The new site-specific installation that made appeared a few weeks ago in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi is truly a triumph of color. A series of 12 hammocks joined together form a huge rocking bed that will remain available to anyone who wants to participate in the experience, until July...

Sala degli Elementi reopens in Palazzo Vecchio

Coming out polished from a two-year restoration, Sala degli Elementi reopens in Palazzo Vecchio, part of the Quartiere degli Elementi where each room is dedicated to a mythological divinity to which corresponds a character of the Medici family. The hall, included in the private quarters of the Grand Duke Cosimo I, was...

The restoration of Giuseppe Poggi's Ramps

In the second half of the Nineteenth Century, after Florence had become the capital of Italy, the city changed its appearence due to the work of architect Giuseppe Poggi, in charge of the so-called urban Restoration. The city walls were demolished, the viali (avenues) were created inspired by Parisians boulevards,...

The treasures of the Cassa di Risparmio of Florence Collection

Once again the art collection of the CR Firenze Foundation reopens to the public. A collection of hidden treasures that can be visited free of charge, by reservation only on weekends until December 2019. Not an exhibition, but an exclusive visit to the Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence head...

The Biancone is shining bright again

The Fontana del Nettuno was finally inaugurated after a two-year restoration, generously funded by the Ferragamo fashion house. In 1559 Cosimo I de Medici announced a competition to design the first public fountain in Florence, which thanks to the construction of a new aqueduct would bring water to the city...

What I saw on the road - Kiki Smith in Florence

Drawings, sculptures and highly refined jacquard cotton tapestries constitute Kiki Smith's exhibition at Palazzo Pitti. The German artist, whose work has always been animated by a strong feminism and social commitment, now reflects on the universe, on female and animal nature, in a series of works that have a dreamlike...

Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo arrives at Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a new exhibition from March 9th to July 14th, this time we strand from contemporary art for a while and go back to Renaissance times: 'Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo' celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio, in the first retrospective ever devoted to the Florentine artist. This means that...

Female Perspectives at Palazzo Pitti

'Female Perspectives. Women of Talent and Commitment' is the new exhibition open from March 7 to May 26 at Palazzo Pitti, to celebrate Women's Day, which tells the thousand facets of the female universe between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition moves the steps from the National Unity, a...

Antony Gormley is back: ESSERE at the Uffizi Gallery

If you happen to walk by Piazza della Signoria these days and in looking up you see a man on the Uffizi terrace, above the Loggia dei Lanzi: do not panic. It is not someone on the verge of suicide, it is only a sculpture by Antony Gormley, part of...

Animalia at Palazzo Pitti

photo credit: © Antonio Quattrone At Palazzo Pitti, fashion and zoology merge beyond the simple animalier, creating an imaginative and unusual natural history museum. Almost 100 pieces of haute couture made between 2000 and 2018, compose the exhibition itinerary of Animalia, inaugurated on January 8 and open until May 5....

Leonardo and the Codex Leicester at the Uffizi

The Leonardo Da Vinci painter of the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper and many other paint masterpieces is very well known. Not the same can be said for the Leonardo da Vinci inventor. Leonardo was a particularly intelligent man, with an unusual thirst for knowledge fueled by a great curiosity...

Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive exhibition

You might have heard, a couple of weeks ago, the great crackling of fireworks that deafened Florence for 5 minutes. It was the spectacular performance of the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, on the occasion of the inauguration of his new exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery. Flora Commedia was born from...

Bansky in Florence

We don't know much about the real identity of the artist whose exibition inaugurated yesterday at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, except that he started his activity as a street artist in Bristol around 1990 and he goes under the name of Bansky. Rings a bell? Someone has speculated he is actually...

The Cleaner - Marina Abramovic at Palazzo Strozzi

The highly anticipated Marina Abramovic – The Cleaner exhibition inauguarted today at Palazzo Strozzi and will be open to visitors until January 20th. There are several reasons because this is an event that you should not miss. For starters, it is not only the first big retrospective dedicated to Marina...

Feasts and Banquets at the Stibbert Museum

We have said it before; the Stibbert Museum is a very unique place to visit. It probably won’t make your top 5 list of places to see in Florence, but that’s just because you don’t know what you’re missing! Once the home of possibly the most eccentric man in town,...

Pang Maokun at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

"Attualità nel passato. La pittura colta di Pang Maokun"at Palazzo Medici Riccardi puts on display the works of one of the most important contemporary Chinese artists, currently holding the role of Rector at the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts. The display, first solo exhibition of Pang Maokun in Italy, presents...

Cinema under the stars in Florence

Summer nights in Florence can be very hot, too hot to stay home watching a movie. So why not take your movie night outside? Here is a list of outdoor cinemas in Florence that might intrest you. First one on our list is Apriti Cinema, the summer cinema arena in...

Steve McCurry's icons on display in Florence

Until September 16th Villa Bardini will host the exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest masters of contemporary photography: Steve McCurry. The retrospective entitled "Icons", counts 100 shots with which McCurry has immortalized the history of our times, made of war, poverty, sufferings but also a great deal of emotion,...

"GONG" by Eliseo Mattiacci at the Forte Belvedere

After Giuseppe Penone, Antony Gormley, Jan Fabre, and the Ytalia exhibition, this year is the turn of Gong, retrospective dedicated to Eliseo Mattiacci, one of the pioneers of Italian avant-garde of the 70’s, to occupy the battlements of the Forte Belvedere. An exponent of Arte Povera who distinguisghed himself from...

A New Flight to Solaris takes off from the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation!

New Flight to Solaris, which opened this week, is the new exhibition at the Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli in Florence that takes inspiration from the work of the Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky. This is the first international exhibition of Moscow’s AZ Museum, the Soviet museum named after Anatoly Zverev, the main...

I Mondi di Calder at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Palazzo Medici Riccardi hosts the new exhibition "I mondi di Calder", curated by Gianluca Marziani, curator and artistic director of Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive in Spoleto. An exhibition dedicated to the American artist, who was particularly attached to the city of Spoleto. Here he spent some periods of his life...

The Florence Experiment

The much anticipated Florence Experiment has finally opened to the public! The project by Belgian artist Carsten Höller and Stefano Mancuso, taking place at Palazzo Strozzi, merges art and science in a unique and much fun experience. It is not surprising that the two have decided to collaborate considering the...

The new Modern Art Museum in Florence

A new modern art museum has opened in town: the Roberto Casamonti Collection. Art dealer Roberto Casamonti, developed a passion for art as a child and in the course of his life acquired a vast number of art works of exceptional value that he never placed on the market. Part...

The restoration of the Capponi Chapel

The restoration of the Capponi Chapel in the Santa Felicita Church, founded by the Friends of Florence Foundation, recently came to a close. The works, which lasted about a year, involved the entire architectural complex and the extraordinary works of art contained in it. Visitors will now marvel at the...

Dawn of a Nation at Palazzo Strozzi

Last week at Palazzo Strozzi opened another great temporary show, Dawn of a Nation – from Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano. The exhibition curated by Luca Massimo Barbero gives us an insight on Italy after World War II. Eighty works by Italian masters such as Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto...

MAF - Florence’s Museum of Archaeology

As of March 1, 2018, the Uffizi ticket allows free entry into Florence’s Museum of Archaeology (MAF), so now is your chance to go pay a visit to its wonderful collection of ancient manufacts. The museum, located in piazza Santissima Annunziata, inaugurated in 1870 in the buildings of the Cenacolo...

Textiles and riches in 14th-century Florence. Wool, silk and painting.

In the XIV century, especially after the Black Plague of 1348, a rediscovered desire for life and consequently for luxury and splendor began to spread throughout Europe. In this period fashion as we know it today is born, and the quality of Florentine textiles reached a level of excellence as...

F-light the light festival of Florence

Since December 2011, during the Christmas period light games illuminate and color the façades of the historical buildings of Florence. It’s the F-Light Florence Light Festival, that inaugurated every year with the lighting of the great Christmas tree on 8 December in Piazza Duomo and spread out in more than...

Keith Haring, Paolo Buggiani and the origin of Street Art

The Street Art has arrived to Florence. The exhibition currently on view at Palazzo Medici Riccardi “MADE IN NEW YORK. KEITH HARING, Paolo Buggiani and co. The true origin of Street Art” will remain open until February the 6th showing how this contemporary form of art, thanks to its immediacy,...

The Japanese Renaissance at the Uffizi

“The Japanese Renaissance. Nature in painted screens from the XV to the XVII centuriey” the exhibition dedicated to Japanese art that inaugurated at the Uffizi on the 3rd of October will go on until January the 7th. The display consists of folding screens and sliding doors, coming from temples and...

Utopie Radicali at Palazzo Strozzi

The spaces of the Strozzina in Palazzo Strozzi will host a new exhibition until January 21: “Radical Utopies. Beyond architecture”. On display 320 artworks by Archizoom, Remo Buti, 9999, Gianni Pettena, Superstudio, UFO, Zziggurat and many others, that include design objects, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, photos, collages, models, videos, and installations....

Il 500 a Firenze

This week opened at Palazzo Strozzi the highly anticipated exhibition “Il Cinquecento a Firenze", third and last chapter of a cycle of exhibitions that started with Bronzino in 2010 and Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino in 2014. While the previous two exhibitions focused on three of the most renowed masters active...

The Rificolona

Again this year, the Rificolona festival will brighten the day of September 7th for many children, who will have fun building a colorful lantern and parading it through the city streets, while the more mischievous ones will arm themselves with blowguns to try and hit the delicate paper creations. This...

The lapis lazuli protagonist at the Silver Museum

Precious, rare and beautiful, the lapis lazuli has always been a favourite among the artists for representing the sky and the sea in their artworks and the exhibition "Lapis lazuli, Magic of the Blue" at the Silver Museum in Florence is dedicated to those objects of art made with this...

Llewelyn Lloyd and the colors of Tuscany

Surprising as it may seem given his Welsh name, the british-italian painter Llewelyn Lloyd was actually born in Livorno. He is the sole protagonist of the new exhibition at Villa Bardini, the perfect venue for his luminous and colorful paintings, that gathers together 62 works focused on his depiction of...

Glen Brown: Piaceri Sconosciuti

Florence has finally accepted and welcomed with open arms contemporary art and the recent exhibitions are proof of it. Just like "Piaceri Sconosciuti" (Unknown Pleasures) by contemporary artst Glen Brown, that opened last week at the Bardini Museum. The famous British artist, in the past has held exhibitions in London,...

Back to 1927 with Salvatore Ferragamo

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Salvatore Ferragamo’s return to Italy from America, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum has put on another great exhibition, that merges fashion and art to transport us back to the 1927 Florence. Carlo Sisi curated the exhibition that opened in May, entitled “1927 - The Return...

Ytalia, contemporary art in Florence

Until October the 1st, Florence transforms from cradle of reinassence to cradel of Contemporary Art hosting the exhibition “Ytalia. Energy, thoughts, beauty. It's all connected”. The exhibition takes its name from the word "Ytalia" written at the end of 1200 by Cimabue on the margin of a painting representing almost...

THE MANUFACTORY OF BEAUTY

In 1737, while the Medici dinasty died out with the last heir, Gian Gastone, the Doccia Manufactory, known today as Richard Ginori Manyfactory, was founded by the Marquis Carlo Ginori. It's the oldest manufactory of its kind in Italy, where it's been producing for almost three centuries the most incredible...

Black on Black at Villa Bardini

Linked to the absence of light, black has always been associated with shadow, with secrets and misteries, with evil and sin, with emptyness and death. This negative notion though, is often overturned when talking about art and especially fashion, in which it has played an important role. That's why the...

The Arch of Palmyra arrives in Florence!

Previously put on display in London, New York and Dubai, a replica of the monumental Arch of Palmyra, has now been placed in Piazza Signoria. It's one of the signs that Florence prepares for the G7 of Culture, that will be held in the city on March 30 and 31,...

ACROSS ART AND FASHION, Exhibition at the Ferragamo Museum

The Across Art and Fashion exhibition is divided into 5 different venues: the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, the National Central Library of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery, the Marino Marini Museum and the Textile Museum of Prato. At the center of the entire project is the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Here the display...

VISIONS FROM THE NORTH. ESTONIAN PAINTING FROM ENN KUNILA'S COLLECTION, 1910-1940

The VISIONS FROM THE NORTH exhibition (Novecento Museum, 4 March 2017 - 21 May 2017), curated by art historian Eero Epner, will host for the first time in Florence, works from one of the largest private collections of contemporary northeastern European paintings. The paintings from the Enn Kunila's collection trace...

Bill Viola, Electronic Renaissance

Bill Viola comes to Florence. Palazzo Strozzi Foundation presents the new exhibition “Bill Viola, Electronic Renaissance”.The exhibit wants to celebrate the master of contemporary video art. It lasts from March 10 to July 23 in Palazzo Strozzi.Bill Viola’s works will animate the Piano Nobile and The Strozzina. The exhibition underlines...

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