The exhibitions not to be missed this winter in Florence
All the exhibitions to mark in your agenda
Florence is surrounded by art and culture everywhere. A wealth of artistic heritage among the most appreciated in the world, and many exhibitions not to be missed during this winter, let's discover them together!
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
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.
SONGS AND SPELLS, LA MOSTRA DI EMILIANO MAGGI AL MUSEO STEFANO BARDINI (until 13 May 2023)
Emiliano Maggi returns to Florence with his solo exhibition Songs and Spells at the Museo Stefano Bardini after having been the protagonist of Florence Art Week with the project Water Spell.
THE BRONZES OF RIACE, A JOURNEY THROUGH IMAGES AT THE ACADEMY GALLERY (until 12 March)
The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence, in collaboration with the MArRC, the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, is hosting until 12 March 2023, the exhibition I BRONZI DI RIACE an itinerary through images, photographs by Luigi Spina, realised for the 50th year since their discovery, an extraordinary event that has marked the history of the artistic heritage of our country. A tribute to the power and iconographic beauty of the Riace Bronzes, undisputed masterpieces of Greek art from the 5th century BC.
CHRISTIAN BALZANO. FUORI DAL MONDO (until 12 March)
It is entitled Christian Balzano. Fuori dal mondo (Out of the World) the exhibition organised by MUS.E and Casa d'Arte San Lorenzo and curated by Marco Tonelli, which will be held from 19 January to 12 March at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Christian Balzano conceived the exhibition project Fuori dal mondo (Out of the World) that aims to raise questions on the condition of the planet. The exhibition is divided into thematic sections, deeply connected to each other: the pluralism of religion, the contaminated and contaminating nature, continents, countries and flags are in fact the themes around which the works on display revolve, all united by the use of fabric, a material that symbolises with its weaves the very skin and flesh of nations in all their geopolitical complexity.
ELEONORA AND THE INVENTION OF THE FIORENTINE COURT (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.
TRANS FORMAM DI ERWIN WURM (until 18 March)
Erwin Wurm's works are exhibited in the spaces of Galleria Poggiali in a project entitled Trans Formam. About twenty-two works among distorted, exaggerated, inflated objects that portray central aspects of contemporary society such as the car, massified food, the home, consumerism, reinterpreted with irony and acumen through the alteration of their usual version.