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January 19, 2023

The most beautiful exhibitions not to be missed in Tuscany

All the exhibitions to mark in your diary

Art, photography and more. Do not miss out the most important exhibitions of the mayor Tuscan cities.


  • Storie di Donne (until 8 March)

A rich exhibition that populates four prestigious spaces in the historical centre of Anghiari with dozens of works depicting the female image from the Renaissance to the present day, including myth, biblical and evangelical representations and much more. Paintings, drawings and sculptures, scattered among the Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari, the Museo di Palazzo Taglieschi, the Church of Sant'Agostino and Palazzo Pretorio, synthesise five centuries of western culture through the iconographic representations of Eve, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Saint Catherine, and also Leda, Medea, Penelope (to name but a few), created by great masters such as Michelangelo, Dürer, Jacopo della Quercia, Giovanni dal Ponte, Goya and Manet. 



Here an in-depth look at all the must-see exhibitions in the city.

The largest exhibition ever held in Italy dedicated to one of the most original and visionary contemporary artists of our time. Famous for immersive installations that put the visitor at the centre, Olafur Eliasson at Palazzo Strozzi invites us to reflect on the idea of a shared and relational experience of reality.

Olafur Eliasson a Palazzo Strozzi

A tribute 50 years after the memorable exhibition at Forte di Belvedere in 1972. After the major exhibitions Henry Moore. The Sculptor's Drawing and Henry Moore in Tuscany, both hosted at the Museo Novecento in 2021, the city pays homage to the English master. Until 31 March 2023 Family Group and Large Interior Form will be exhibited respectively in two of the city's symbolic locations: Piazza della Signoria and, exceptionally, on the churchyard of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte, in dialogue with Florence's historical and artistic heritage.

Henry Moore in Florence ph Serge Domingie

Until 15 January 2023 Tony Cragg is the protagonist at the Museo Novecento and the Istituto degli Innocenti with the major monographic exhibition TONY CRAGG. Transfer, curated by Sergio Risaliti, which presents a selection of sculptures and works on paper. For the first time, three monumental sculptures will be exhibited in the cloister of the Museo Novecento. The project, absolutely unprecedented, is conceived as a mediation tool aimed at presenting not only the works (sculptures and drawings) but also the artist's creative process.

TONY CRAGG. Transfer


  • I Macchiali (until 26 February)

I Macchiaioli arrives at Palazzo Blu until 26 February 2023. The exhibition is organized by MondoMostre and it is dedicated to the history of Macchiaioli painters, founders of one the most original avant-garde of XIX century. It boasts more than 130 works and it can be visited from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Immagini dal Ventennio. Pisa e il regime fascista (1922-1943) - until 26 March

In 2021, the Pisa Foundation purchased from the Allegrini family several thousand photographs (prints, films, plates) that Guido, for the most part personally, had taken between the mid-1920s and the 1940s, images that represent an extraordinary document of the life and history of those years. A century after the start of the fascist regime, an exhibition presents Guido's photos that, together with some others from public or private archives, show, sometimes allusive, symbolic and even curious or ironic, the events, characters and customs of the time.



  • MAURO BOLOGNINI | UN NOUVEAU REGARD. Il cinema, il teatro e le arti (until 26 December)

On the occasion of the centenary of the director's birth, until 26 February Pistoia Musei presents MAURO BOLOGNINI | UN NOUVEAU REGARD. Cinema, theatre and the arts, an exhibition with the twofold aim of reconsidering Bolognini's work in a comprehensive manner and expanding to the European dimension the research on his work and figurative expression, the fruit of a sensitivity honed in his youth in the shadow of French cinema.


  • Due secoli di Textile e Fashion Design (until 30 April)

Going back to Museo del Tessuto, you can find, until 30 April 2023, Due secoli di Textile e Fashion Design which is a chronological route through the historical periods that most have contributed to the greatest fashion and textile changes. The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Due secoli di Textile e Fashion Design


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  • Dame, cavalieri e nobili destrieri (until 9 February)

Marco Lodola illuminates the city of Siena with Dames, knights and noble steeds, at Santa Maria della Scala until 9 February 2023. The protagonist of the exhibition is a monumental light setting composed of a series of outdoor installations and a museum itinerary inside the Santa Maria della Scala museum, in the spaces of the former Refectory and the Sala San Pio.

Marco Lodola - Dame, cavalieri e nobili destrieri

  • Writing Paintings and Sbilenco (until 7 May)

The Continua Gallery in San Gimignano is hosting two new interesting exhibitions. Writing Paintings, a personal exhibition by Bulgarian artist Rudi Ninov conceived for the spaces of the gallery's former cinema theatre. The exhibition presents works of both sculpture and painting, confirming the artist's current focus on sound and form, their mutual relationship, and how sound can be translated into form and colour in his works. The second exhibition is Sbilenco, a solo show by Ornaghi & Prestinari. Among the most interesting representatives of the young generation of Italian artists, Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari have consolidated their position internationally in recent years thanks to a series of exhibitions in public spaces and foreign museums (Here is our itinerary on what to do and where to eat in San Gimignano).

RUDI NINOV (Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA)ORNAGHI & PRESTINARI Legato (Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA)

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