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September 4, 2015

International Biennial of Antiques in Florence

From 26 September to 4 October 2015, Palazzo Corsini

From September 26 to October 4, at Palazzo Corsini the 29th BIAF - International Biennial of Antiques in Florence.

To inaugurate it will be the most successful in the world contemporary artist Jeff Koons that, for the occasion, will present his solo exhibition entitled 'Jeff Koons in Florence', until December 28.

By Sergio Risaliti, the important initiative will present two particular works by the artist, one of the protagonists on the world stage. Piazza della Signoria we will see the sculpture more than three meters high, stainless steel, polished and with a chrome-colored gold, revitalized and inspired by flowers cerulean Rape of Proserpina by Bernini. While at the Palazzo Vecchio, in the Sala dei Gigli, there will be the 'Barberini Faun', chalk cheeky and seductive, created in 2013 as part of the series Gazing Ball.


88 merchants of ancient and modern, including 27 foreigners, come then to Palazzo Corsini on the Arno to exhibit works of high quality carefully selected: there will be big returns as Jean-Luc Baroni, London, but also illustrious new features, including Otto Naumann Ltd., New York, and Dr. Jorn Guenther Rare Books AG, one of the leading merchants of books and prints with galleries in Stalden and Basel, as well as like confirmations Mullany, London, De Jonckheere, Paris and Geneva, Caesar Lampronti , London and Rome, Robilant + Voena, Milan and London.

More and more open to modern art with the new presence of the Galleria Tega Milan, the Galleria Farsetti Frediano of Florence and Tornabuoni Art, Florence, Milan, Paris, which will be added to Sperone Westwater, New York, already present some editions.

The director and set designer of international renown Pierluigi Pizzi propose some changes along the exhibition, inspired: will be highlighted the monumental staircase recently restored, the access from the Arno river will be made more functional and welcoming, but above the Throne Room, a large room of 320 square meters made by Antonio Maria Ferri between 1684 and 1696, for the first time it will not be an exhibition space but a place to meet, relax and entertainment and can be enjoyed by guests of the Biennale in all its glory.

In the Throne Room Thursday, September 24 there will be a welcome dinner in honor of the guests with a menu created by chef Marco Stabile Florentine and wines of Antinori Cellars, followed by a fireworks display on the terrace of Palazzo Corsini.


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