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UNSETTLING GENEALOGIES, Alessandra Ferrini, View Courtesy of Museo Novecento, Firenze (ph. Serge Domingie)UNSETTLING GENEALOGIES, Alessandra Ferrini, View Courtesy of Museo Novecento, Firenze (ph. Serge Domingie)
February 5, 2024

The must-see exhibitions in Florence

All the must-see events

All the must-see art events in Florence:

The exhibition Florence - Kyiv and Back by Massimo Listri, curated by Sergio Risaliti, artistic director of the Museo Novecento in Florence, is on display at Palazzo Vecchio. It is an unprecedented cycle of photographic works that Listri has dedicated to the architectural and artistic beauty of Kyiv, where much of the historical and artistic heritage is at risk of survival. The exhibition is also intended as Florence's homage to the capital of Ukraine, a symbol of the struggle for freedom and independence of a people militarily attacked by Russia. In the exhibition we do not find images of war, destruction of theatres and libraries, of homes and schools, the wounded and the dead. Twelve of these large-format photographs are printed and displayed on metal frames, like old paintings on their easel. The others projected on the walls of the Hall of Arms.

Firenze - Kyiv e ritorno


The rooms on the first floor of the Museo Novecento host Unsettling Genealogies, an exhibition by artist Alessandra Ferrini that is part of a critical investigation into the history of Italian cultural institutions that was initiated by the artist in 2020. This new production focuses on the colonial and fascist origins of some Italian art institutions and their founders, combining historical, political and personal reflections in order to highlight the affective dimension of history. In Unsettling Genealogies the artist interweaves family stories with considerations of social class, colonial history, European imperialism and the fascist legacy. During the exhibition, and until 10 March, there will be a screening of Alessandra Ferrini's video Sight Unseen, from 2019-20, in the museum's cinema room.

Unsettling Genealogies Lungomare Volpi

  • DIVINA SIMULACRA (until 30 June)

The Uffizi's most beautiful ancient statues are exhibited in the ground-floor rooms of the Vasari Museum: in these spacious rooms visitors can see and admire them up close, in all their beauty. Among them was the Medici Venus, destined to become the icon and symbol of the Florentine museum for the next two centuries. For a short time, some of the Uffizi's most famous classical works are placed outside their historical locations: the aim of Divina Simulacra is to restore to full public enjoyment masterpieces that in some cases are difficult to appreciate up close in their most evocative details, and to propose juxtapositions between the different sculptures that would be impossible to achieve in the context of the ordinary exhibition.

Divina Simulacra


Split Face is a monographic exhibition of the work of Nathaniel Mary Quinn, an artist known for his pictorial portraits created in a style reminiscent of the decomposition and collage typical of the historical avant-gardes. The exhibition involves the Museo Stefano Bardini and the Museo Novecento, offering the public the opportunity to see a series of paintings that have never been exhibited before or have been produced recently, alongside works of Florentine Renaissance portraiture and Italian 20th-century masters.

Mr Shaw 2023 Nathaniel Mary Quinn Photo Rebecca Fanuele Courtesy the artist and Gagosian

  • L'INCANTO DI ORFO (from 20 March to 8 September)

Entitled L'incanto di Orfeo (The Enchantment of Orpheus), curated by Sergio Risaliti and Valentina Zucchi, this major exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi will host 80 works of art dedicated to the key figure of Greek mythology, ranging from antiquity to some previously unseen works by great contemporary artists. Works by Titian and Rembrandt, De Chirico and Feuerbach can be admired among the works on display, which come from prestigious Italian and international cultural institutions. Starting with the emblematic presence of Baccio Bandinelli's statue of Orpheus in the main courtyard of Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the resonance of the myth in Renaissance, modern and contemporary civilisation, the exhibition project is dedicated to the centuries-old relationship between art, music, poetry and philosophy. The figurative works will be juxtaposed with codices and original printed volumes of classical and modern texts, as well as works in music inspired by the myth of Orpheus.

Baccio Bandinelli, Orfeo che incanta cerbero Palazzo Medici Riccardi (ph. Antonio Quattrone, Courtesy MUS.E)

The new exhibition recounts the 102-year history of the Maison, in a tribute to the emblematic models, iconic elements and the talent of the Creative Directors and master craftsmen who have created them over the years. To open the itinerary, an illustrated chronology reveals itself to visitors as they walk down the various flights of stairs, tracing the history of the Maison through dates, events and key figures. Eight themed rooms are set up on the first and second floors of the building, which can be visited in any order, and each presents a particular aspect of the Maison's extraordinary history.

Gucci Visions


A fascinating 35-minute digital narrative, realised through an extraordinary 360° multi-projection with sharp images and an immersive soundtrack. Inside Van Gogh takes you on an exploration of the troubled human and artistic story of Vincent van Gogh, one of the most celebrated and beloved painters of all time.


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