Exhibitions in Florence
A selection of current exhibits across the city, at major museums, private museums and galleries.
THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN
Casa Martelli - Extended until April 11, 2015
An interesting glance at the subject of the private devotions by some of the most important and influential Florentine families during the past centuries, particularly focusing on the Martelli family. A special itinerary will guide visitors to the discovery of both Casa Martelli Museum - with a totally original guided visit - and Villa La Quiete, usually closed to public.
Museo Ferragamo - Extended until April 23, 2015
An exhibition showing works of some of the most representative and symbolic artists of the modern and contemporary art, consisting in a selection and comparison designed to highlight an important existential theme: the research of oneself and his own equilibrium, pursued through different means and represented, in turn, by equally different art means: picture, sculpture, photograph and writing.
Gherardo delle Notti: Bizzare Paintings and Merry Suppers
Florence, Uffizi Gallery - Until May 24, 2015
An exhibition completely dedicated to the works of Gerrit van Honthorst, the 17th century painter known in Italy as Gherardo delle Notti (nickname coming from the fact that he was particularly famous for depicting artificially lit scenes). This exhibit concentrates on the time he spent in Italy with 5 marvellous paintings among which there are three large works of merry suppers.
power and pathos. bronze sculptures of the hellenistic age
Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi - March 14 - June 21, 2015
An exhibit totally dedicated to the Hellenistic bronze sculptures for retracing the development of the Greek art from the IVth to the 1st century B.C. An interesting path through the artistic scene to the discovery of these wonderful works - including monumental statues representing heroes, divinities or athletes, as well as historical characters portraits - their historical, political, social context, and their relative discoveries. This exhibition, in fact, is also designed to contextualize each sculpture in its relative background, that is what make this event actually unique.
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART - SELECTED ANTHOLOGY 2015
Florence, Tornabuoni Arte - December 12 - November 28, 2015
A rich and significant selection of works of current artists on the national and international scene, including some of the most recent young avant-garde artists, carefully set up thanks to the attentive research carried out by Tornabuoni Art. An artistic path through which visitors can retrace the most significant phases of modern and contemporary art.
a capital and its architect
Florence, State Archive - February 3 - June 6, 2015
Another event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Florence as Capital of Italy: this exhibition is quite totally dedicated to the architect Giuseppe Poggi and his urbanistic works for the city of Florence. Paintings, objects, papers and plastic models will be shown at the State Archive of Florence.
alberto predieri's toy soldier collection
Florence, Ente CRF - December 17, 2014 - December 31, 2015
One of the most important national collection that includes several toy soldiers dating back to different times, from the XVIIIth century to the Italian Risorgimento (that period that leaded to the unification of Italy). These soldiers have been faithfully and excellently recreated, representing important and valuable examples of this kind of art.
Fiesole and the longobards
Fiesole (FI), Archaeological Museum - April 15, 2014 - April 30, 2015
An exposition displaying the grave goods found on the Garibaldi archaeological area and in Fiesole for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Archaeological Museum. Earrings, necklaces, rings, old swards and arrows dating back to VIIth century ac.
taddei and etrusca - glass art and manufacturing in empoli during the early '900s
Empoli, MuVe (Museo del Vetro di Empoli) - Until June 2, 2015
An interesting collection of glass objects and manufacts dating back to the early '900s and produced in Empoli.
Ardengo Soffici and Mario Sironi - Silence and Anxiety
Poggio a Caiano - Museo Soffici e del '900 - March 28 - July 19, 2015
An interesting documentary-exhibition showing more than 40 works by these two eclectici artists and focusing on the XXth century Italian Art.
The Middle Ages on the Road
Florence - Bargello National Museum - Until June 21, 2015
Two rooms on the ground floor of one of the most interesting museums in Florence and Italy - the Bargello - dedicated to a great collection of Medieval objects pertaining to “travel” in one sense or another. These masterpieces come from the collections of four important museums across Europe - the Bargello in Florence, the Musée de Cluny in Paris, the Schnütgen in Cologne and the Museu Episcopal di Vic just outside of Barcelona - that, in 2011, created the “Network of Museums with Medieval Art” to promote the sculpture and works of applied art from the Medieval period that belonged in their collections. The exhibit - a sort of itinerant exhibition, since it first took place in Paris’ Musée de Cluny from October 2014 through February 2015 - is aimed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Bargello Museum.
SWEET TRIUMPHS – SUGAR SCULPTURES ON THE MEDICI COURT’S TABLES
Florence - Palazzo Pitti, Palatine Gallery - Until June 7, 2015
This exhibition has been entitled “Sweet Triumphs” since it displays “sweet” sculptures, works of art created in sugar and inspired by the banquet organized in 1500 for the marriage of Maria de’ Medici to Henry IV of France.
Van Gogh Alive
Florence - Santo Stefano Square - Until April 12, 2015
A new, educational and fascinating way to discover and get in contact with the world of art. A mulitmedia exhibit showing some of the most renowned paintings by the Dutch artist Van Gogh, that come to life in a sort of living artistic path, a new way of experiencing art suitable for all the family, children included.
Jacques Lipchitz in Monaco, Florence and Prato
Florence - Uffizi, Department of Prints and Drawings - Until May 3, 2015
This artist, Jacques Lipchitz, was one of the main protagonists of the early ‘900's new artistic movement together with Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso just to mention some. He was one of the most innovative and eclectic protagonists of the Cubist art. This is an exhibit showing more than 60 paper art masterpieces - like drawings and etchings - by courtesy of the Fondazione Jacques & Yulla Lipchitz from New York, and two sculptures from the Palazzo Pretorio in Prato, for a sort of "on the road" travel into this great artist works. It was on display, in fact, in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Monaco from October 2 to December 7, 2014, that’s why this exposition project has been entitled "Jacques Lipchitz in Monaco, Florence and Prato".
great small bronzes
Florence - National Archaeological Museum - Until June 21, 2015
This show displays part of the amazing Medicean and Lorraine collections of bronze statues - whose sizes range from 10 to 60 cm - dating back to the Roman and Hellenistic era. More than 170 works collected throughout three centuries by two of the most important and influential families of the ancient Italy will welcome visitors in the magnificent and suggestive backdrop of the National Archaeological Museum.
Florence - Accademia Gallery - Until October 11, 2015
This exhibition is focused on the most beautiful Franciscan works of art (belonging to both picture and sculpture) from the XIIIth to the XVth centuries, whose quality standard reaches the highest levels. The exhibit is also aimed to point out not only the Franiscan art movement, but also the works being commissioned by the Franciscan order, highlighting the outstanding interest of this Catholic order for all art expressions. Among all the interesting objects on display, there's also the horn that Saint Francis was given by the Egyptian Sultan Malik-al-Kamil when they first met in 1219.
lino mannocci - recent works
Florence - Gallery of Modern Art, Statues Room - Until May 3, 2015
This artist - born in Viareggio, province of Lucca, in 1945 - has been deeply influenced by the English art movements, especially from London, where he lived for a long time. This show displays 12 works of art that have been never exposed before, in a sort of visionary travel into their author's personality, that reflects his metaphysical and surreal tendency to evoke the existential atmosphere typical of De Chirico, Carrà, Sironi, Morandi.
vincenzo agnetti - testimony
Florence - Il Ponte Gallery - Until June 26, 2015
An exhibit exclusively aimed to celebrate this artist who died young in 1981 and totally dedicated himself to create his personal artistic experience in a sort of introspective and self-examining research of the concept of "being an artist", using different means - like photography, live performances and vocal records - together with a prolific interest towards the writing activity. This exhibition is designed to retrace the artistic - and somehow controversial - path of this poetic artist.
John Thomson - first looks to the east
Florence - National History Museum - Anthropology Department - Until May 24, 2015
John Thomson - for the first time ever on display in Italy - was a legendary Scottish photographer famous for travelling around China and the Far East for documenting the lifestyle, the cultural and social aspects, the urban and natural landscape of such far away civilizations. He can be considered a pioneer of the photojournalism, since his pictures was conceived to catch the essence of real life in a sort of "on the road" artistic path.
the illusion of sciltian
Florence - Villa Pardini e Peyron - From April 2 to September 6, 2015
One of the greatest anthological exhibits dedicated to the Armenian artist Gregorio Sciltian, who arrived in Italy in 1923 - where he lived and worked for most of his life - after fleeing away from his native Country following the Bolshevik revolution. About 112 works of art are on display for celebrating the 30th anniversary of his death, covering the 50 years long artistic life of the artist during the early ‘900’s.
dream and glory
Florence - Stibbert Museum - Until September 6, 2015
This exhibition is a sort of tribute to the great artist Stibbert and his extraordinary museum bearing the same name and housing one of the most important ancient arm collection in the entire world. The show is aimed to point out some of the greatest masterpieces that Stibbert used to collect, highlighting the magnificence and the rare beauty of these objects, as well as the cultural XIXth century backdrop during which Stibbert began to conceive the realization of his museum.
it will happen tomorrow
Florence - Marini Museum - Until May 9, 2015
An artist-book archive on display at Marini Museum of Florence. All books have been self-published by the same authors or by small independent publishers in limited - some exclusive - editions.
what education for mars?
Florence - Marini Museum - Until May 9, 2015
Personal exposition of the contemporary artist Valerio Rocco Orlando, focusing on the the Italian education and the relationships bewteen students and teachers.
About Chiara RicciAlways interested in experiencing everything that attracts my curiosity (or almost everything!!), I’ve traveled around Europe looking for some place that could offer something different from my home... The result? Failed attempt, there’s no better place than home, especially if it’s Tuscany! My passion? To swim, as it helps people stay in touch with the side of nature that humans have not yet been able to conquer!
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