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Monuments aren’t the only reason to visit Florence, there is also a great and ever-changing selection of temporary exhibits across the city, at major museums, private museums, and galleries.
Of course, Florence isn't the only place in Tuscany that features interesting exhibits of art, archeology, and design! Check out Pistoia, Siena, Empoli, Lucca, Pisa and more. Check our calendar for exhibits throughout Tuscany for 2018 that you won't want to miss while touring the region.
Combine the fabulous art of Florence with a program of 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 Strozzi | MARINA ABRAMOVIC’
The World of Contemporary Art
When: September 21, 2018 - January 20, 2019
Address: Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi
The event is a unique retrospective bringing together more than a hundred works, providing a comprehensive survey of her most famous creations, from a career ranging from the 1970s to the 2000s, including videos, photographs, paintings, objects, installations, and live recreations of her most famous performances by a group of performers specially chosen and trained for this show.
Marina Abramović, one of the most famous and controversial figures in contemporary art, whose works have revolutionized the idea of performance, testing her body and expressive potential to the limit.
Stibbert Museum | CONVITI E BANCHETTI
The Art of the Banquet
When: October 29, 2018 - January 20, 2019
Address: Stibbert Museum, Via Federigo Stibbert, 26
The exhibition aims to illustrate the art of decorating the table, from the Renaissance up to the nineteenth century through lively reconstructions of the equipment of the past. The banquet is indeed a phenomenon social and cultural that over the centuries has played an important role in the evolution of taste and of styles. the best architects and artists were called to set up celebrations of particular moments happy, like victories, marriages, or special occasions and still today representations survive paintings of some of the most sumptuous banquets in history.
Uffizi Gallery | THE LEICESTER CODEX
From Leonardo da Vinci
When: October 29, 2018 - January 20, 2019
Address: Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale degli Uffizi
This exhibition kicks off the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death! For the first time in 20 years, the Leonardo Codex will be on display in Italy.
When: October 19 - February 24, 2019
Address: Palazzo Medici Riccardi
No one has seen him, knows his face or are there photos of him, yet BANKSY exists through his works that have extreme ethical, evocative and media power. From Bristol, he is generically placed in the Street Art category and represents the biggest popular living artist since the times of Andy Warhol.
On display extensive historical information on the works, with photographic documentation, the original "black books", three small volumes published between 2001 and 2004 and containing images, texts, aphorisms, poems and in general Banksy's thoughts. On show also original posters of some of his exhibitions, counterfeit banknotes and a selection of videos. The exhibition in Florence has rigorously selected the best 20 images known up to now, those that the curators have selected as the ones that have made Banksy one of the most complex, genius and intuitive artists of our time.
Entrance: € 10 / € 6 reduced (Medici Palace museum included)
Palazzo Pitti | FRAGILE TREASURES
The Porcelain Roads between Vienna & Florence
When: November 13 - March 10, 2019
Address: Sala del Fiorino
Featuring the elegant beauty of Ginori porcelain, paintings, sculptures, waxes, ivories, crystals and tapestries from Florence and Vienna.
Uffizi Gallery | ABOUT THE RAPE OF POLISSENA
Pio Fedi, classical sculptor, in the years of Florence Capital
When: from 11/25/18 to 03/10/19
Where: Sala del Camino
On show in the Sala del Camino (first floor as you enter the Uffizi) is a sketch for the statue in the Loggia dei Lanzi and other works by Pio Fedi. Included in the entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery
Price: €12 (€6 reduced) until February 28th, €20 from March 1st
Uffizi Gallery | FLORA COMMEDIA, CAI GUO-QIANG
When: from 11/20/18 to 02/17/19
The exhibition draws its title from the "Divina Commedia" or Divine Comedy by Florentine poet Dante Alighieri. The artist engages the flora of the Renaissance as his subject matter, capturing the spirit and soul of the period. Through painting flowers, Cai Guo-Qiang is painting nature, the cosmos and personal emotions.
In preparing for the exhibition, the artist dedicated himself to studying the metal point technique at the Uffizi’s Department of Prints and Drawings, and repeatedly visited the Medici family’s Boboli Gardens to study the many varieties of Renaissance flora. The Limonaia, a former Medici family greenhouse and current home to the continued cultivation of Renaissance flora, has served as a major source of inspiration.
Cai Guo-Qiang has also worked closely with botanical experts at the Uffizi, re-breeding floral varieties from the Renaissance and bringing them to the canvas.
The exhibition occupies ten halls connected to those that hold Caravaggio’s works, located in the Uffizi’s main building. Each hall has an individual theme, including “Dialogue with Caravaggio,” “Garden of the Renaissance,” “Garden of Color,” “Garden of Nature,” “Garden of the Cosmos,” and “Garden of the Erotic.” Together, they feature approximately 60 works or groups of gunpowder paintings that vary in size, in addition to select artist sketches that illustrate the creative process.
Included in the entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery.
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum | ITALY IN HOLLYWOOD
When: from 05/24/18 to 03/10/19
Based on Salvatore Ferragamo’s autobiography, who spent 12 years in the US before returning to Italy in 1927, the exhibition explores Italian migration to California and the influence that the Bel Paese’s myths and culture had on the state. An extensive section is devoted to Californian film productions in which this Italian influence is evident. The exhibition centers around the world of art, artisans and entertainment, the fields in which Ferragamo focused his creativity, and presents them as if they were the plot of a film.
With photographs, film clips, objects, clothing and artistic depictions, the exhibition illustrates the relationships and the role played by Italians and Italian art in the birth of silent film, while also exploring this theme in a contemporary light.
Open 10am to 7.30pm every day
Piazza Santa Trinita 5R
Entrance: € 8; free under 10 and over 65
Free entrance every first Sunday of the month.
San Lorenzo Basilica | NATUS
When: from 11/08/18 to 01/31/19
22 sculptures by Ugo Riva, inspired by the poetry by Davide Rondoni, in polychrome terracotta, polychrome bronzes and two large drawings focusing on the theme of birth, on the mother-child relationship.... essentially the meaning of existence.
At Salone Donatello inside the San Lorenzo Basilica, free entrance to the exhibition.
Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm
San Lorenzo | VOICES OF WOMEN
The Female Universe in the Laurentian Collections
When: from 10/01/18 to 01/11/19 --> Extended to 02/15/19
66 manuscripts related to the female world: on show literary works and letters written by women, dedicated, owned, commissioned and copied works by female figures, more or less famous, starting from classical antiquity to the twentieth century.
At the Laurentian Library
Entrance: € 3 € 2,50 if bought with the ticket to visit the Basilica di San Lorenzo
Open Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm
Casa Buonarroti | VASIMANIA
From the Explicationes by Filippo Buonarroti to the Medici Vase
When: from 12/12/18 to 02/28/19
The exhibition focuses on ceramics in the collections of the family antiquarian.
Museum of Casa Buonarroti (Via Ghibellina, 70, Firenze), entrance (including the visit to the Museum): € 6,50; € 4,50 reduced
Open Wednesday - Monday 10am-4.30pm
Casa Siviero Museum | UNSEEN RENAISSANCE GLASS PAINTINGS
When: from 12/02/18 to 03/03/19
This is your chance to see four glass paintings of Venetian manufacture of the mid-16th century, never seen before nor studied as they have been stored in a part of Siviero's house that is not generally open to the public.
Casa Siviero Museum, Lungarno Serristori, 1/3
Open Sunday and Monday 10am-1pm; Saturday 10am-6pm, free entrance
Opificio delle Pietre Dure | The 20th Century for the Opificio delle Pietre Dure
When: from 12/11/18 to 05/04/19
On show panels in hard and soft stones made by young Florentine artists who took part in a competition in 1953 to relaunch the technique of working with stone to create paintings, what the Opificio is known for. Their works were successful in renewing in a contemporary way the ancient tradition of the workshop, which dates back to Ferdinando I de' Medici's reign in 1588.
The small exhibition allows the visitor to explore the techniques used by the workshop in creating all of its work.
Where: Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Via Alfani 78
Entrance: € 4, open from Monday to Saturday 8.15am-2pm
Pitti Palace, Gallery of Modern Art | TESFAYE URGESSA, OLTRE
When: from 12/18/18 to 02/03/19
Where: Gallery of Modern Art, Andito degli Angiolini
The painting exhibition of the Ethiopian / German artist Tesfaye Urgessa shows approximately 40 of his works, almost all of which he has painted in the last two years, for his first one-man show in Italy.
The exhibition, devised by Gallerie degli Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt who is also the show's curator along with Chiara Toti, showcases the work of an artist capable of condensing and of re-imagining the production of artists ranging from German and Austrian Expressionism to the School of London who have dipped freely into African culture in both Europe and America.
Entrance with the ticket of the Gallery of Modern Art
€ 10 full price
From Tuesday to Sunday: 10am-6.50pm
Uffizi Gallery | Antony Gormley, Essere
When: from 02/29/19 - 05/26/19
Where: Uffizi Gallery, Aula Magliabechiana
The exhibition will bring together some works by Antony Gormley, made of different materials and scales, that explore the body in space and the body as space. Twelve sculptures are on display in the Aula Magliabechiana, the expansive new ground floor gallery, two further works are placed in the context of the historic collection and another is installed on the terrace of the Uffizi.
Palazzo Strozzi | VERROCCHIO, LEONARDO'S MASTER
When: from 3/09 - 07/14/19
Where: Palazzo Strozzi and National Museum of the Bargello
First ever retrospective dedicated to one of the symbols of the Renaissance, Andrea del Verrocchio, who was Leonardo da Vinci's master. The exhibit will have over 120 works showcasing masterpieces by Verrocchio and of other artists of the era, including works by Leonardo da Vinci (with 5 works, some in Italy for the first time ever), Desiderio da Settignano, Domenico del Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Bartolomeo della Gatta and Lorenzo di Credi.
As part of the exhibit, the National Museum of the Bargello will also have a special dedicated section to Verrocchio.
The exhibit will include paintings, sculpture and drawings, with many on loan from over 70 international museums and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, and from the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence.