The most beautiful exhibitions of 2019 in Florence
Many good reasons to visit Florence in spring
A great journey through time: the new year’s exhibitions are an extraordinary excursus into the evolution of art through ages and styles. From the 1500s to major contemporary artists, from sculpture and painting to tapestries and fabrics. The heart of this very rich art season is the Uffizi Galleries, whose amazing exhibition program will culminate in the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Cosimo I’s birth.
Florence’s art season opens on January 8 with Animalia Fashion, (Palazzo Pitti, Fashion and Costume Museum, January 8-May 5, 2019), which explores the relationship between fashion in the past ten years and animals. What I Saw on the road (Modern Art Gallery - Andito degli Angiolini – February 14-June 2) is the solo exhibition, held at the Uffizi Gallery, by Kiki Smith.
In March, the Modern Art Gallery celebrates women with the exhibition Lessico femminile, which showcases works describing women’s role in society from the 1800s to the 1900s. The Carnival period is the time for an exhibition on Baroque carnival and festivals: Il Carro d’oro di Johann Paul Schor. L’effimero splendore dei carnevali barocchi, showing at Palazzo Pitti’s Palatine Gallery, Sala delle Nicchie, from February 20 to May 5. The exhibition offers visitors the chance to admire the large painting by Johann Paul Schor, the Uffizi Museum’s latest acquisition, depicting sumptuously dressed figures parading for carnival in Rome in 1664. On display in the new, large Magliabechiana exhibition room (February 26-May 26) are twelve works by Antony Gormley. Another two sculptures will be placed in the rooms of the historic collection, and a third work will be installed on the Uffizi’s terrace, above the Loggia dei Lanzi.
In summer, the Boboli Gardens’ Lemon House will host an exhibition on Trajan’s Column, while the Gardens will showcase the sculptures by Tony Cragg. June marks the beginning of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Cosimo I’s birth.
The Uffizi Gallery celebrates the figure of Florence’s first Grand Duke, the man who had the Uffizi built, with three exhibitions: on the Landsknechte (Uffizi, Sale di Levante, June 6 - September 29); on the tapestries depicting stories of the Grand Duke’s government ( same dates at Palazzo Pitti, Sala Bianca and Sala delle Nicchie); on the first sculpture commissioned by the Grand Duke for the Boboli Gardens and recently restored (Palazzo Pitti, Sala delle Nicchie).
Showing at Palazzo Strozzi from March 8 to mid-July, the extraordinary masterworks by Andrea del Verrocchio, one of the greatest artists of the fifteenth century, showcased alongside works by Pietro Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Leonardo da Vinci.
From August through December, I Cieli in una stanza. Soffitti lignei a Firenze e a Roma nel Rinascimento (Uffizi, Sala Detti and Sala del Camino): the exhibition explores the art of wooden coffered ceilings, called “cieli” in the Renaissance age.
The Museo Novecento 2019 program includes five new art exhibitions.
The first one is Solo. Medardo Rosso: he is the star (until March 28, 2019) of the series which, after Emilio Vedova and Piero Manzoni, showcases a selection of works by the artist from Turin on the Museum’s second floor. The new ground floor space, the Room, houses the “Nativity Scenes” by Maria Lai within L’anno zero exhibition (until March 28).
Eleven artists are the stars of Il disegno del disegno (until February 28, 2019), the third chapter of the project conceived by the Museum’s director, Sergio Risaliti, and devoted to the oldest form of art. The Museum will also be hosting Paradigma. Il tavolo dell’architetto again. After Mario Cucinella, Gianluca Peluffo and Benedetta Tagliabue, it is Leonardo Ricci’s turn. He studied with the great Giovanni Michelucci and lands at the Twentieth-Century Museum in the year of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Florentine architect (until March 28, 2019).
A new mise-en-scène for The Wall, the 12-meter-long “vertical exhibition”: this time, it’s a site specific art project by Matteo Coluccia, a young artist in residence at Florence’s Manifattura Tabacchi (until March 28).