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.
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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 | MARIA LASSNIG | ends June 25, 2017
Recognized at the Biennale in Venice in 2013
When: March 25 - June 25, 2017
Address: Andito degli Angiolini (Room) Palazzo Pitti, 50125 Florence
Hours: See official Website
Another exhibition highlighting contemporary artists in Florence, this time focusing on Maria Lassnig (1919-2014). She was an Austrian artist whose work consisted mainly of painted self-portraits and her theory of "body awareness" - thus the name of the exhibition Women Power. The exhibition will take you on a journey of her artistic development over the years which cumliated in the receiving several awards from her home country and in Venice.
Florence | PALMIRO MEACCI | July 7, 2017
When: July 7, 2016 - July 7, 2017
Where: Museo Pietro Annigoni - Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
personal exhibition by Pietro Annigoni
Pietro Annigoni Museum of Villa Bardini in Florence renews hosting, starting tomorrow, for a year, a group of 40 works by Annigoni belonged to Palmiro Meacham (1928 to 2014) in the exhibition Palmiro Meacham: a season with the Master. The private collection of Annigoni Secretary promoted by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze in collaboration with the Foundation Bardini Peyron Monumental Parks.
This collection consists of about fifty paintings, drawings, engravings and blood, as well as a sculpture and a small fresco on tile. Its singularity is represented being illustrative of the entire creative process of Annigoni, from the beginnings in the '30s to the latest impromptu views performed in 1988 shortly before his death.
Palazzo Strozzi & Strozzina | BILL VIOLA | July 23rd
the unchallenged master of video art
When: March 10 - July 23
Address: Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Florence
In a totally unprecedented layout, the exhibition will also use the Renaissance context of Palazzo Strozzi to fuel an extraordinary dialogue between the classic and the contemporary through the juxtaposition of Viola’s work and masterpieces by great artists of the past that have served as sources of inspiration for this American artist and marked the development of his style. FYI for those traveling all over Tuscany, the exhibition will extend to sites such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Santa Maria Novella Church Museum in Florence and the St. Andrea Church Museum in Empoli, where the artist’s work will be on display, further illustrating his rapport with the history and art of Tuscany.
Uffizi | GIULIANO DA SANGALLO. DISEGNI DEGLI UFFIZI | until August 20, 2017
Designs for the Renaissance
When: May 16 - August 20, 2017
Address: Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, Uffizi Musuem, Florence
Hours: See official Website
The protagonist of this exhibition is Giuliano Giamberti, better known as Giuliano da Sangallo (active until his death in 1516), a key figure in the Italian Renaissance. On show is the first surviving collection of architectural drawings, guarded and cared for by his heirs.
The designs selected for the exhibition not only reveal the development of Sangallo's particular technical and graphic methods, but more generally the most popular and shared ones in the period between the last decades of the fifteenth century and the end of the Second Renaissance.
Uffizi Gallery | THE MAGIC COSMO OF LEONARDO | Sept 24, 2017
the restored Adoration of the Magi
When: March 28 - Sept 24
Address: Uffizi Gallery, 50123 Florence
A showcase of the the largest painting by Leonardo in existence in a temporary exhibit until its permanent relocation within the museum. Special attention is given to paticulars and surpises that came forth during the 6 years of restoration. This masterpiece is shown side by side to a piece by Filippino Lippi with the same theme.
This will permit visitors to witness the fascinating dialogue between the two masters and their very different interpretation of the same theme just a few years apart, the result of changes that occurred in the political and cultural climate in Florence in less than a decade at the end of the 15th century.
Uffizi | La fabbrica della bellezza | until October 1, 2017
The Factory of Beauty. The Manifattura Ginori
When: May 18 - October 1, 2017
Address: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence
Hours: See official Website
The collection of models, expanded by the heirs of Charles, is divided between the Richard Ginori Manifatture and the Museum adjacent to the factory, closed May 2014. This set of models and porcelain, kept in the museum, is immense importance for the history of sculpture. The statues have found an ideal home in Bargello Museum, the first national museum in the Kingdom of Italy, and the most important in the world for collections of Italian sculpture.
The exhibition is divided into six thematic sections, in which the transformation of a sculptural invention into a porcelain is traced.