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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.

Ai Weiwei. Libero

Palazzo Strozzi from September 23 - January 22, 2017

Mirroring the artist’s relationship between tradition and modernity, key works will be hung in response to the architecture of the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th century palace built as a political statement, and is considered to embody the history of the city of Florence.

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.

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.

Real Time and Reality Time

Clocks from Palazzo Pitti from XVII to XX century

Gallery of Modern Art at Palazzo Pitti, September 13 – January 8, 2017

The monumental figure of Kronos by Gherardo Silvani will greet you for this special occasion in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti, and will show you the path to follow towards the apartments of the Duchessa d’Aosta, where you can explore the different ways throughout time that the Florentines would tell time: spanning the Medici, Lorena and Sabauda reigns.Approximately 70 clocks have been selected from over 200 examples, most of which some way are tied to Palazzo Pitti. The criteria for the selection includes the form, the use of the clock and the environment in which it was kept.

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. Winckelmann'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.

Masterpieces 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 Ghirlandaio. 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 worldwide 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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