Spring exhibitions in Florence
From Maurizio Cattelan at Palazzo Strozzi to Giacometti and Fontana at Palazzo Vecchio: all the must-see events
All the must-see art events in Florence this spring:
The exhibition Reaching for the Stars. From Maurizio Cattelan to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye features a selection of works by leading international contemporary artists, including Maurizio Cattelan, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, Lara Favaretto, Cindy Sherman, William Kentridge, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Josh Kline, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Rudolf Stingel. Between painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance, the project enhances the dialogue between Palazzo Strozzi and contemporary art by offering visitors a path to discover the great stars of global art in recent years along with a look at the younger generations.
GIACOMETTI – FONTANA. LA RICERCA DELL’ASSOLUTO (until June 4)
Alberto Giacometti and Lucio Fontana for the first time together within the monumental spaces of the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, particularly in the Sala delle Udienze and the Sala dei Gigli. An unprecedented museum project presents the ideal encounter and powerful dialogue between two giants of the 20th century, thanks to the extraordinary comparison of masterpieces arriving from Italy and abroad. For the first time, these two pillars of the 20th century, so distant in attitude and life, but equally linked by a reflection on truth in art, conquered through the experience of matter and at the same time of imagination, poised between the primordial dimension of time and the cosmological dimension of space, will be brought together. An exhibition in which the juxtaposed works acquire the evocative power of a dream, whose presence as in a dream must be interpreted by seeking answers far away in time and the future. At the Museo Novecento, also in the same period, we find the exhibition Lucio Fontana. L'origine du monde, which stems from the desire to explore some as yet little probed aspects of the work of the Italian-Argentine master.
ELEONORA E L'INVENZIONE DELLA CORTE FIORENTINA (until 16 May)
A maxi exhibition at the Museum of the Treasure of the Grand Dukes of Palazzo Pitti recounts the elegance and refinement in clothing, the taste for jewellery and the secrets of beauty of Duchess Eleonora of Toledo five centuries after her birth. The exhibition is curated by Bruce Edelsien and Valentina Conticelli and focuses on Agnolo Bronzino's portrait of the noblewoman wife of Cosimo I de' Medici.
ESCHER (until 26 March)
At the Museo degli Innocenti around 200 works and the most representative works of the Dutch artist Escher, world-famous for his most iconic works such as Hand with Reflecting Sphere (1935), Bond of Union (1956), Metamorphosis II (1939), Day and Night (1938) and the Emblemata series.
HENRY MOORE IN FLORENCE (until 31 March)
A tribute 50 years after the memorable exhibition at Forte di Belvedere in 1972. Until 31 March 2023 Family Group and Large Interior Form of Henry Moore are exhibited respectively in two symbolic locations of the city: Piazza della Signoria and exceptionally on the churchyard of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte, in dialogue with the historical and artistic heritage of Florence.
LIGHT, GAZE, PRESENCE (until 24 September)
An exhibition by Y.Z. Kami (Tehran, 1956) presents a selection of works exhibited for the first time in Florence in some of the city's symbolic places: Museo Novecento, Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Museo degli Innocenti and, exceptionally, in the millenary Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte. The exhibition is a journey through the pictorial universe of the Iranian-American artist, who has lived and worked in New York since the 1980s. With a selection of 24 works, Light, Gaze, Presence unites some of the main strands of Y.Z.'s artistic research. Kami in a close dialogue with the extraordinary medieval and renaissance masterpieces housed there.
BANKSY ALLA CATTEDRALE DELL'IMMAGINE (until 1 May)
Inside the monumental complex of Santo Stefano al Ponte, the world premiere of the unauthorised immersive digital exhibition dedicated to the subversive and satirical British writer Banksy. A true immersive story that unfolds through a skilful mix of images, sounds and music, a unicum between technology and space capable of realising the illusion of being transported on an incredible journey among the graffiti of the most irreverent and mysterious British writer.