The Florence International Antiques Biennale at Palazzo Corsini: the full programme
Great art and antiques return to the city from 24 September to 2 October 2022
Treasures that you could admire in the world's greatest museums and that, if you wanted (and were able) to, could also furnish your home. It only happens in Florence, at the Biennale Internazionale d'Antiquariato, BIAF in acronym, the oldest market exhibition in the world and the absolute reference point for great Italian art.
Emotions are guaranteed right from the venue. Not a trade fair pavilion but the sumptuous Palazzo Corsini. It is impossible not to be open-mouthed: more than a palace, it looks like a palace, overlooking the Arno. The BIAF is in fact the only trade fair in the world to be held in a historical building of immense value. In the prestigious rooms and halls of Palazzo Corsini, from 24 September to 2 October, some 80 galleries will be welcomed with a new layout by interior designer, set designer and director Matteo Corvino. The traditional gala dinner, on the other hand, will be staged throughout the Palazzo and curated by Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, the Michelin-starred restaurant led by co-executive chefs Karime López and Takahiko Kondo and located inside the Gucci Garden in Piazza della Signoria.
Before your eyes, the best of great Italian art, from the Florentine Renaissance to the great Italian and international 20th century. But also exciting visions of Roman, Etruscan and medieval sculptures and artefacts alongside examples of Italian and international design that have shaped the taste of the most recent century. But above all, the pleasure of dealing with antique dealers admired and envied throughout the world. Women and men who dedicate their lives to the research, restoration and study of these marvels. And their enormous passion is contagious! Great returns and important reconfirmations of international dealers will bring the best of paintings from every era, drawings, sculptures, furniture, ceramics, jewellery.
THE NIGHT OF FIRES AND OTHER PLANNED INITIATIVES
After two days reserved for the Vetting Committee, the BIAF will open its doors to the press on the morning of 22 September. If you are caught by the Stendhal syndrome and feel the need for a break, know that from the terraces of Palazzo Corsini, perhaps with a drink in hand, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Ponte Vecchio. And if you want to experience the magic of Florentine Renaissance festivities, don't miss the Notte dei Fuochi on the evening of 22 September, celebrating the official opening of the Biennale!
The BIAF is the classic that looks at the contemporary: among the initiatives that will animate the days of the exhibition, the preview screening of Eternal Memories, the first docu-game in the world that intends to tell the younger generations about ancient art through a playful moment to bring them closer to this universe.
BIAF as you have never experienced it... projected into the future thanks to EY, Innovation Partner of this 32nd edition of BIAF. An EY corner dedicated to innovation will be available for those present, in which to experience the link between new technologies and art, and a museum space inside the Metaverse with works of art awarded in previous editions of BIAF to live, even remotely, an immersive experience.
The BIAF signifies a great tradition of patronage: with the donation of the splendid altarpiece by Durante Alberti, depicting the Trinity and Saints Andrew, Mary Magdalene and Christine (oil on canvas, 373 x 192.5 cm) by Fabrizio Moretti and Eleonora and Bruno Botticelli, to commemorate the memory of their respective parents, to the Cathedral of Sansepolcro, compensating the church for a serious loss suffered in the past. While, thanks to the financial support of the Biennale dell'Antiquariato, the Fondazione Archivio Museo Richard Ginori della Manifattura di Doccia has launched a major restoration campaign of a significant nucleus of precious wax models, severely damaged by humidity in the years following the closure and abandonment of the Museo Ginori, these include the group depicting Apollo and Marsyas, taken from a work by the Florentine sculptor Giovan Battista Foggini, and the groups with Venus plucking Cupid and Leda with the Swan, whose bronze archetypes are due to the invention of the late Baroque sculptor Massimiliano Soldani Benzi.
Unforgettable days in Florence at Palazzo Corsini and in the rest of the city with the second edition of Florence Art Week: The Maison of Via Tornabuoni, the Galleries of Via Maggio, Via de Fossi, Borgognissanti and the boutiques of Ponte Vecchio will offer activities and events reserved for VIP card holders. With the F.A.W.