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 Rosetta II portrait, placed above the altar, inside the former church of the Spedale

text Martina Olivieri

October 1, 2021

Contemporary Florence: the new exhibitions not to be missed in the city

Jeff Koons at Palazzo Strozzi, Jenny Saville at the Museo Novecento, Francesco Vezzoli in Piazza della Signoria and more

Despite its beautiful Renaissance past, Florence has always had a vocation for innovation and boasts art galleries and contemporary spaces that perfectly blend past and present.

Autumn opens under the banner of rediscovery and contemporary art that has arrived in the city these days with Jenny Saville, the protagonist of an exhibition project conceived and curated by Sergio Risaliti, director of the Museo Novecento, in collaboration with some of the city's major museums: Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Museo degli Innocenti and Museo di Casa Buonarroti. The exhibition - on view through February 20, 2022 - stages a wonderful dialogue between the ancient and the contemporary and presents Jenny Saville's work through a retrospective approach, with paintings and drawings from the 1990s and works created specifically for the exhibition.

Jenny Saville exhibition at the Museo Novecento ph Dario Garofalo

From October 2, 2021 to January 30, 2022, Palazzo Strozzi will host a major new exhibition dedicated to Jeff Koons, one of the most important and controversial figures in contemporary art. The exhibition brings to Florence a selection of the most famous works by an artist who, from the mid-1970s to the present day, has revolutionized the international art system.

Balloon Monkey Blue - Jeff Koons

After the interventions of Jan Fabre, Urs Fisher and Jeff Koons and the presentation of a work by Giuseppe Penone, with Francesco Vezzoli Piazza della Signoria will once again become the fulcrum of contemporary art in the cradle par excellence of the Renaissance. Together with the intervention in the square, the project includes a second sculpture, placed inside the Studiolo di Francesco I de' Medici in Palazzo Vecchio.

Leone - Piazza della Signoria

Il Museo Marino Marini ospita dal 3 al 30 ottobre 2021, la mostra Andature, frutto di un progetto che in questa prima edizione vede Chiara Bettazzi Daniela De Lorenzo – artiste attive ormai da tempo sulla scena italiana ed internazionale – protagoniste di un’inedita collaborazione. Un confronto e una coesione tra poetiche, dove l’andatura di ognuna delle due artiste ha intercettato sul suo percorso una possibilità di compendiare, nell’altrui ricerca, la propria.

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