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Exhibitions in Florence

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A selection of some of the more popular current exhibits across the city, at major museums, private museums and galleries.

Fece di Scoltura di legname e colori (Wooden Sculptures from the 1400’s)

Statue & Picture Gallery at the Uffizi from March 22 - August 28, 2016

A totally unique and surprisingly exhibition highlighting 50 different pieces sculptured in wood and painted for definition. Since most of these works of art are still in churches, it is only recently that they have started to become works which are appreciated in museums. Though some may appear rustic they sometimes have a startlingly realistic quality to them, reflecting the colors, the definition and emotion of the saints or in the Crucifix - as seen with that of Donatello & Brunelleschi who are featured in the display.

Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards.

Piazza della Signoria & Palazzo Vecchio from April 15 - October 2, 2016

Forte di Belvedere from May 2 - October 2, 2016

One of hte most innovative and important figures on the contemporary art scene, the glimmering metallic works of Jan Fabre are gracing the public areas of Florence. But not just statues, there are over one hundred piece on display including bronze and wax sculptures, performance films and works devised and produced especially for this occasion.

From Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections

Palazzo Strozzi - March 19 - July 24, 2016

Over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that reconstructs the relationship and the ties between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim. This exhibition celebrates both the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II and 67 years since the first exhibition by Peggy Guggenheim at Palazzo Strozzi Strozzina. For more info:

Vasily Kandinsky, Dominant Curve, April 1936. Oil on canvas, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Photo credit Kristopher McKay.

Buffoni, villani e giocatori alla corte dei Medici

Medici Court Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini May 9–September 11

This exhibition focuses on approximately 30 illustrations of the bizarre, comic and sometimes less re-fined happenings of court life from the 17th and 18th century mostly drawn from the Galleria Palatina storage. Highlighting the marginal and deviant figures as jesters, ignorant or grotesque peasants, dwarves and gamblers both licit and illicit artists were able to dabble in seeking inspiration from the real world and sometimes (within limits) expounding a moral lesson.

Glances on the 1900s: Sketches by Italian Artists between the Two Wars

Uffizi, at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, May 17 – September 4, 2016

Over 35 drawings and prints from the early 1900’s play with the wide range of emotions that arise between the artist, his subject and the observer. These images were drawn in the time frame between the two great wars and it is possible to detect signs of heralding the upcoming tragedies.

Winckelmann, Firenze e Gli Etruschi, il Padre dell'Archeologia in Toscana (Winckelmann, Florence and the Etruscans: The Father of Archeology in Tuscany

MAF Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze 26 May 2016- 30 January 2017 -

In honor of the 250 year anniversary of J.J. Wincklemann's untimely death, the exhibition focuses on the the German scholars contribution to archaeology in Tuscany. In particular, his contribution to the knowledge of Etruscan art and his studies were instrumental to the diffusion of the Etruscan myths in the European culture in the 17-1800’s. This is an excellent opportunity to view the Chimera and the bronze statue Minerva, both of which have their origins in Arezzo.

Splendida Minima. Precious small sculptures in the Medici collections

Palazzo Pitti June 21–November 2

(from Francesco I de' Medici's Tribune to the grand ducal treasure Silver Museum)

The Gallerie degli Uffizi house the most important collection in the world of small sculptures in semi-precious stone carved chiefly in the Hellenistic and Roman eras, an extremely rare area of glyptic art. The skill, lost during the Middle Ages, was rediscovered and given a new lease on life in the Renaissance period.

This exhibition – the first ever to explore this specific theme – not only brings together the entire Medici collection of micro-sculptures but also showcases other works of sculpture carved in precious materials in such a way as to offer the visitor comparisons capable of highlighting the unique chromatic, technical and stylistic features of these objects d’art.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

Palazzo Strozzi, The Strozzina 1-24 July 

Palazzo Strozzi is the first Italian venue to host this prestigious exhibition, an exhibition designed to trigger a debate on contemporary figurative art in the work of forty-six international artists selected to mark the prestigious European award known as the Columbia Threadneedle Prize. Over forty works of art ranging from paintings and drawings to engravings will be coming together to probe the relationship between art and figuration today, taking a fresh look at such traditional genres as portrait painting, landscape painting and still-life.

Master Pieces at Villa La Quiete: Botticelli and Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio in exhibition

Villa La Quiete – via di Boldrone 2 – Firenze- 26 July - 30 October, 2016

The idea is the realization of an itinerary which highlights the important collection of sacred items and reliques, as well as illustrate the history of the Villa. Here you will find the hidden Botticelli, on display together with masterpieces by Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio and Michele di Ridolfo del Gherilandaio. Entrance is free

26 July – 30 August: Tuesday and Saturday from 5pm to 8 pm / Thursday from 5pm to 11pm
1 September - 30 October : Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm

Blades from the Horn of Africa

Palazzo dei Vicari Scarperia - 30 July - 30 October, 2016

In the town famous world wide for its quality knives, there is the 43° edition della Sharp Knives Exhibition (Mostra dei Ferri Taglienti a Scarperia).  A collection of select quality knives, razors, and swords from the Natural History Museum of Florence.

Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been over 24 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. And I soon learned that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.


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