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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.

"Adriana Pincherle. The Colors of an Artist" and "Art and Memory. Adriana Pincherle and Eloisa Pacini"

Palazzo Panciatichi (via Cavour 4), May 12-29 for the first, and at Villa Il Palmerino, May 13-June 10 for the second

Although they had different personalities and frequented different social circles, Eloisa Pacini and Adriana Pincherle shared a love for Florence and made it their home. Though their artistic languages are diverse, they both had canvases and paintbrushes in common. Both also both comparable experience of living their lives alongside "illustrious" men: Giovanni Michelucci and Alberto Moravia. From the 1930s until their deaths, this two women have a lot to show of the Florentine literary circles, lifestyle and renewal after the two world wars.

The first exhibition is dedicated just to Adriana Pincherle, while the second to both women. Works by both were restored by the Advancing Women Artists Foundation.

The Polyptych of Santa Croce by Adam Elsheimer

Palatine GalleryPalazzo Pitti - April - June 5, 2016

Adam Elsheimer, Tabernacle of the Holy Cross, oil on copper, Frankfurt, Städelscher Museums-Verein

The Galleria Palatina, in the special exchange with Städel Museum from Frankfurt, will be exhibiting the Adam Elsheimer’s Polyptych of the Holy Cross. The altarpiece, which once formed part of Cosimo II de’ Medici’s collection, will be accompanied by panels illustrating its history, dispersal and reassembly on the basis of archival documents.

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.

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 objets d’art.

Author: Chiara Ricci

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