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Exhibitions in Florence

Art Shows, Design Exhibits & Archeology

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A selection of some of the more popular current exhibits across the city, at major museums, private museums and galleries. Learn more about some of the more intiguing contemporary art exhibits at our blog post

Of course, Florence isn't the only place in Tuscany that features interesting exhibits of art, archeology and design! With Pistoia topping the list as Capital of the Culture for 2017 followed by Siena, Empoli, Lucca, Pisa and more. Check our calendar for exhibits throughout Tuscany for 2017 that you won't want to miss while touring the region.

Combine the fabulous art of Florence with a program events and activities that will help introduce you to this wonderful city, click the month below to stay updated on the latest news.

 

Below are the highlights of some of the exciting shows available to the public in Florence, be sure to include at least one in your itinerary!


Palazzo Pitti | I NIPOTI DEL RE DI SPAGNA

Family Portrait

When: September 18, 2017 - January 8, 2017

Address: Pitti Palace, Piazza de' Pitti, 1, 50125 Florence

This presentation will feature the recent acquisition of an important painting by Anton Raphael Mengs ( by the Uffizi Gallery. The canvas depicts two of the children of Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena, Federico and Maria Anna


Palazzo Strozzi | IL CINQUECENTO A FIRENZE

Michelangelo, Pontormo and Giambologna

When: September 21, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Address: Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123, Florence

For Hours see Website

An exhibition, and final act in a trilogy of exhibitions curated by Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali, devoted to the art of the 16th century in Florence showcasing over seventy works of art by such artists as Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna and Bartolomeo Ammannati.


Piazza Signoria | IN FLORENCE

Together with la Biennale Internazionale d’Antiquariato

When: September 21, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Address: Piazza Signoria, Florence city center

For Hours see Website

The Swiss artist, Urs Fisher, will position two human figures, transformed into candles, in the Piazza Signoria square. These two will be lit and then duing the course of the exhibition will slowly burn down symbolizing "human finitude and the durability of art."


Palazzo Strozzi | UTOPIE RADICALI

Beyond Architecture: Florence 1966–1976

UTOPIE RADICALI, Florence Italy

When: October 20 - January 21, 2018

Address: Piazza Strozzi

For more more info Website

The exhibition will be bringing together for the very first time in a single venue the visionary work in a kaleidoscopic dialogue between objects of design, videos, installations, performances and narratives illustrating another possible world had a profound impact on the development of art at the global level.

Florence was the focal point of a revolution in thinking that had a profound impact on the development of art at the global level.

Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana | LEONARDO BRUNI

Humanism in Florence

Leonardo Bruni. L’Umanesimo a Firenze: Florence Italy

When: October 13 - January 18, 2018

Address: Piazza San Lorenzo 9, Florence

For more more info Website

The exhibition with the library at the San Lorenzo church pays homage to Leonardo Bruni, born in Arezzo and Chancellor of the Republic of Florence, was a leading humanist of his time. Over sixty Laurentian manuscripts with works by Bruni are divided into eight sections: humanist writings, controversial writings, biographical writings, political writings, historical writings, translations, erasable writings and biographies.


Le Gallerie degli Uffizi | I VOLTI DELLA RIFORMA.

500 years of Martin Luther

Contemporary & Classical art exhibits in Florence & Tuscany

When: October 31, 2017 - January 7, 2018

City: Florence

Where: Le Gallerie degli Uffizi, Piazzale degli Uffizi 6

For hours check our Information Page

For more information about the exhibit Website

500 years later. The Uffizi presents an the exhibition in “Sala Detti”, of a precious core of Lutheran paintings belonging to the Medici collections. The icons of the new reformed Church will be displayed highlighting the work of Lucas Cranach il Vecchio (Kronach 1472 – 1553 Weimar), who also worked on image engravings, accompanied by reformed sacred texts, which he published himself partly as a publisher. For the first time, three series of high quality engravings that illustrate sacred topics such as the Passion of Christ, the Apostles, Martyrs of the Apostles, and other single prints are exhibited for the first time.


Museo Novecento | REVOLUTION 9999

Architecture with both eyes open to the future

Contemporary & Classical art exhibits in Florence & Tuscany

When: October 28, 2017 - January 28, 2018

City: Florence

Where: Museo Novecento, Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10

For hours check out the Website

The aim of 9999’s work was to rethink the forms and languages of architecture at the dawn of the era of electronics and massification of consumption, and in doing so the group developed – within what is known as the Neoavanguardia Architettonica Italiana – a new project form positing the coexistence of the intimacy of the manual process and the broad reach of the media event as transmitted by the television channels, technological progress and environmentalist sentiment.


Museo Archeologico Nazionale (MAF) | PRETIOSA VITREA

Antique Art of Glass Making

Pretiosa vitrea. L’arte vetraria antica: Florence Italy

When: October 17 - January 29, 2018

Address: piazza S.S. Annunziata, 9, 50122, Florence

For more more info Website

Showing over 300 glass vases and fragments, from various epochs and origins - ranging from Egyptians to the Romans, you can appreciate up close the heritage of the ancient art of glass making - which even to this day is virtually almost unknown. Come and admire the charm of their infinite shapes, varied colors, the shimmer of their golden reflections.


Palazzo Riccardi Medici | MADE IN NEW YORK: KEITH HARING

The Origins of Street Art

Pretiosa vitrea. L’arte vetraria antica: Florence Italy

When: October 25 - February 6, 2018

Address: Via Camillo Cavour, 3, 50129, Florence

For more more info Website

Palazzo Medici Riccardi has put on display the street artist Keith Haring from the private collection of Paolo Buggiani who would describe Haring as a "Genius and talent”. He saved approximately 50 drawings, the first black-and-white chess pieces covering the expired advertisements.


Novecento Museum | I Adrian Paci Di queste luci si servirà la notte

This Light Illuminates the Night

Exhibits, artshows and events in Florence, Italy

When: November 11, 2017 - February 11, 2018

City & Province: Florence

Where:Novecento Museum, Le Murate, Ex-fabbrica Tappeti San Francesco (Pelago), Fornace Cioni Alderighi (Montelupo Fiorentino)

For more information about the exhibit Website

The Arno River, the flow of mankind and Adrian Paci (Shkodër, Albania, 1969)are the protagonists in this contemporary art show. The artists is one of the best-known on today’s international art panorama and his works (paintings, installations, videos, photographs) investigate the human condition, man as a being in continual transit, and the complexity of the social, political and cultural dynamics that define our present. The complete exhibition is spread out in the province of Florence both within the city center and two outreach areas in industrial archaeology sites. Featuring videos, sculptures and collaborating artists this exhibition is an extension of Project Riva which worked around the Arno River and transformed into a discussion about man and the flow of migration.


Accademia | TESSUTO E RICCHEZZA A FIRENZE

Wool, silk and art in the 1300’s

Exhibits, artshows and events in Florence, Italy

When: December 5, 2017 - March 18, 2018

City: Florence

Where:Galleria dell’Accademmia, Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122

For more information about the exhibit Website

Luxurious Florentine fabrics were requested throughout the old continent reaching even the most distant destinations, from the Middle East to Asia and even further. The quality of the wool, and later the silk, of the Florentine products reached, despite the very high costs of raw materials and dyes, a unequaled level of excellence. In spite of wars, frequent epidemics, as well as financial crises and social conflicts this was the new art of Florence. The exhibition highlights examples of material and textile in paintings.


Bargello Museum | DA BROOKLYN al BARGELLO: GIOVANNI DELLA ROBBIA

a painting from Antinori and Stefano Arienti

Exhibits, artshows and events in Florence, Italy

When: November 9, 2017 - April 8, 2018

City: Florence

Where:Bargello Museum, Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122

For more information about the exhibit Website

This exhibition features a masterpiece from the Italian Renaissance, today of property of the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. For the first time in 120 years this beautiful ceramic piece of artwork will be presented to the public, in all its splendor, at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. At the beginning of the 16th century, the Antinori family, a name commonly associated with Tuscan wine, commissioned by Giovanni della Robbia (Florence, 1469-1529 / 30) the lunette with the "Resurrection of Christ" to decorate Villa Le Rose, the country residence just outside Florence.


Santo Stefano al Ponte | MONET EXPERIENCE

become one with these masterpieces

Exhibits, art shows and events in Florence, Italy

When: until May 1, 2018

City: Florence

Where: Santo Stefano al Ponte, Piazza di Santo Stefano, 5, 50122

For more information about the exhibit Website

A sensorial immersion inside the masterpieces of a painter who has thrilled his audience as no-one else before, expressing the beauty of nature in the unique moment of its own revelation. These works by the Great Master Monet and other major Impressionist artists appear in a 360° environment on the huge screens with spectacular colors.



Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 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. It didn't take longe to learn 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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