Spring exhibitions in Florence
From Donatello at Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello to Giuseppe Bezzuoli at Palazzo Pitti: all the appointments to mark in your diary
Here a preview of the events that will inaugurate the Florentine spring of art:
Donatello, il Rinascimento. Curated by Francesco Caglioti, Professor of Medieval Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, the exhibition - on view until 31 July reconstructs Donatello's extraordinary career by comparing it with masterpieces by his contemporaries such as Brunelleschi and Masaccio, Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini, as well as later artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo, and sheds new light on this artist, eliminating the patina of habitual perfection with which we too often wrap some masterpieces. 130 works including sculptures, paintings and drawings with unique loans, some of which have never been shown before, from over fifty of the most important international museums and institutions, the exhibition is held in two venues, Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello. It begins with his beginnings and his dialogue with Brunelleschi. It then proceeds through the places where Donatello worked (Siena, Prato and Padua, as well as Florence). The exhibition concludes with a special section devoted to Donatello's influence on the artists who followed him, including Raphael, Michelangelo and Bronzino, thus testifying to the paramount importance of his work for the evolution of Italian art.
Le Tre Pietà by Michelangelo. From February 24 to August 1 for the first time an exhibition compares, close to each other, in the hall of the Tribuna di Michelangelo of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the original of the Pietà Bandini, whose restoration has recently been completed, and the casts of the Vatican Pietà and the Pietà Rondanini from the Vatican Museums.
The exhibition is a project that exceptionally involves the Vatican Museums, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the Museo Novecento in Florence and the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.
Placed close to each other, the three Pietà will offer the opportunity to study the evolution of Michelangelo's art as well as his spiritual maturation, from his early youth - when in Rome he sculpted for the ancient St. Peter's the work now in the north aisle of the Basilica - to his last season, when, now old, he put his hand to the Pietà now in Florence and then to the Rondanini Pietà preserved in Milan.
At Palazzo Medici Riccardi from 7 April to 13 September 2022 you can visit the exhibition Oscar Ghiglia. The Novecento years. The exhibition, curated by Leonardo Ghiglia, Lucia Mannini and Stefano Zampieri, is promoted by the Metropolitan City of Florence and organised by MUS.E in collaboration with the Matteucci Institute of Viareggio, and offers the opportunity to get to know a great artist of the Italian twentieth century.
Until 26 June and from 6 September to 27 November the Andito degli Angiolini at Palazzo Pitti will host K(C)ongo, Fragments of Interlaced Dialogues. Subversive Classifications, Sammy Baloji's first solo exhibition in Italy. The exhibition - enriched by the production of two new site-specific works for the rooms of the Andito degli Angiolini, Palazzo Pitti - interweaves motifs and narratives from objects that arrived from the Kongo Kingdoms (today's Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Angola) from the 16th century onwards, now housed in Palazzo Pitti and various museums.
From 18 May to 31 July 2022 Palazzo Strozzi presents Let's Get Digital!, a new exhibition project that brings to the spaces of the Strozzina and the courtyard the revolution of NFT art and the new frontiers between real and digital through the works of international artists such as Refik Anadol, Anyma, Daniel Arsham, Beeple, Krista Kim and Andrés Reisinger.
In the heart of Palazzo Vecchio, in the Salone dei Cinquecento, Pelizza da Volpedo's large canvas Il Quarto Stato (1898-1902), one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, is on display until 30 June.
Until 5 October 2022, the inner loggia of the Museo Novecento will be transformed for the exhibition Architecture and Generosity, a project exploring the intimate and design world of Alfonso Femia and his Atelier(s) starting with the representation of the Whale. About 30 works including models and ceramic maquettes, as well as the Mediterranean Bestiary conceived by Alfonso Femia in 2011 for the OGR project in Turin and made by master ceramist Danilo Trogu, who has always accompanied this journey.
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Fabrizio Plessi's exhibition Oro (Gold) can be seen in Florence at the new Rifugio Digitale until 31 May: in Via della Fornace 41, below Piazzale Michelangelo and a stone's throw from the Arno. A new exhibition space inside an old gallery that was used as an air-raid shelter in 1943, as a place of defence for civilians from the bombings of the Second World War, and that today is proposed as a place dedicated to the promotion of digital art, where architecture, design, photography, cinema, literature and all the other multiple artistic and expressive forms find their own dimension, dialoguing with each other.
After the reopening of the Halls of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, the Hall of the Colossus was inaugurated in February. Since October 2020, it has been the object of impressive architectural and structural restoration work, air conditioning and a complete restyling of the layout. Today, it features a new, state-of-the-art lighting system, designed to enhance the works on display along with the very special blue color chosen for the walls. The Sala del Colosso is the first large room that one encounters in the exhibition itinerary of the museum, characterized, in the center, by the imposing unbaked earthen sketch of the Rape of the Sabine Women, a masterpiece by Giambologna, and houses the collection of Florentine paintings from the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. In order to make the vision of these works more enjoyable, a new room has been created, which can be accessed through the Colossus room, dedicated specifically to the fifteenth century, in which masterpieces such as the so-called Cassone Adimari by Scheggia and the Tebaide by Paolo Uccello, which can finally be seen in all their wonderful details, are perfectly placed. Work on the Galleria dell'Accademia is expected to be completed by late spring, with the new complete layout.
Until October 2, 2022 at the Stibbert Museum, we find the exhibition Giallo allo Stibbert (Yellow at the Stibbert), which wants to go beyond the mere fact of chronicle and open a reflection on the work of art, the passions it arouses, and consequently on the value that we give it. The symbolic value of the artistic heritage has always been universally recognized, in fact, the appropriation of works of art as spoils of war is a practice that dates back to the beginnings of civilization and has been perpetuated until today. One of the objectives of this exhibition, realized thanks to the contribution of the Fondazione CR Firenze, in addition to shedding new light on the life of the Stibbert Museum, is also to try to make the public aware of the importance of protecting and safeguarding cultural heritage.
The luxurious halls of the Palazzina della Meridiana in Palazzo Pitti host until June 5 the first major monographic exhibition ever dedicated to one of the protagonists of Romantic painting of the nineteenth century: the Florentine Giuseppe Bezzuoli. The exhibition presents over 130 paintings, sculptures and drawings, which tell the story of Bezzuoli's career and the art of his time. There are also many loans from Italian and foreign museums and collections. The path starts from the neoclassical beginnings of the painter up to his full maturity, when at the height of his fame he created some masterpieces of the great Italian romantic painting: the Entrance of Charles VIII in Florence, The Repudiation of Agar, Eve tempted by the Serpent.
Until September 7, 2022 Filippo de Pisis, Giulio Paolini and Luca Vitone meet at the Museo Novecento, in a surprising and original exhibition project. Three solo exhibitions, separate but interconnected, that give life to a game of mirrors and thematic comparisons.
In the meantime, the exhibition curated by Cecilie Hollberg, which revolves around the bronze effigy of Daniele da Volterra, will remain on view until 19 June. For the first time, all the antique examples of Michelangelo's bronze busts, attributed to Daniele da Volterra, will be exhibited in a single location, thus dealing with the complex relationship between originals and derivations.
The collection of 78 Russian icons, collected in Florence by the Medici and especially the Lorraine families during the 18th century and the following century, the oldest of its kind in the world outside Russia itself, has found a home in the heart of Florence, in the Palace of the Pitti, where it will be on permanent display from January 2022. The four large rooms with 17th-century frescoes overlooking the courtyard on the ground floor of the Pitti Palace have just been restored and are now part of the normal tour of the palace. Also reopened is the evocative, elegant Palatine Chapel, with its nineteenth-century frescoes by Luigi Ademollo, now fully restored and open to visitors every day.