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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!


Uffizi Gallery | THE MAGIC COSMO OF LEONARDO

the restored Adoration of the Magi

Leonardo da Vinci e gli Uffizi

When: March 28 - September 24, 2017

Address: Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Florence

For more more info Website

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.

Bargello | LA FABBRICA DELLA BELLEZZA

The Factory of Beauty. The Manifattura Ginori

When: May 18 - October 1, 2017

Address: Bargello National Museum, Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Florence

More Info 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.


Forte di Belvedere | YTALIA

Energy, Thought, Beauty. It is all connected

When: June 2 - October 1, 2017

Address: Forte di Belvedere (see description below)

More Info: Read our Blog Post

Once again, the city brings together Renaissance and contemporary, with over 100 pieces in this exhibition spread throughout the city in specific symbolic locations: Forte Belvedere, Uffizi, Santa Croce, Marino Marini Museum, Palazzo Vecchio, Novecento Museum and Boboli Gardens.


Uffizi Gallery | OMAGGIO AL GRANDUCA

silver plates for the Feast of St John

When: June 24 - September 24, 2017

Address: Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Florence

For Hours see Website

With this exhibition the Gallerie degli Uffizi sets out to shed light on a little known yet nonetheless fascinating episode in the history of silverworking in Italy between the 17th and 18th centuries – an episode occasioned by the feast of St. John the Baptist, which has been solemnly celebrated in Florence every year on 24 June since the city’s earliest days.

The exhibition highlights a passionate and insignificant episode of the sixteenth and eighteenth-century Italian ornaments that originated from the recurrence of St. John the Baptist, solemnly celebrated in Florence in ancient times on 24 June each year, and from reports Diplomats entertained by Casa Medici both with European courts and with Roman curiosity.

The exhibition presents, alongside the eighteenth-century dome, many preparatory drawings of Roman artists - including Carlo Maratta and Ciro Ferri - distributed among various Italian and foreign museums and collections, as well as porcelain and silver reproductions of recent realization Particularly evocative, in the light effects of matter, of original splendor.


Florence City Center | HELIDON XHIXHA IN ORDINE SPARSO

Order and Chaos

Helidon Xhixha In Random Order

When: June 27 - October 29, 2017

Address: Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace, Uffizi Gallery

For more more info Website

In the most unexpected place you will come upon these 15 monumental installations and sculptures, which are set up around the city center and in the lush green setting of Boboli Gardens. The artist Xhixha transforms stainless steel, polished until it gleams like a mirror, into incredible abstract forms at once massive and delicate.

His recent success at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and at the 2016 London Design Biennale, together with the prestigious awards he has received, have given Xhixha a position of prestige in the panorama of international art and his works are currently among the most recognisable and sought-after in the context of contemporary sculpture.

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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."



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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