Browsing category: Monuments and museums

The sculpture by Gaetano Pesce in Santa Maria Novella

Here we have another example of Renaissance Florence being true to itself and highlighting its bond with contemporary art. The choice of location this time is the gorgeous Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, whose relationship to contemporary art has already been spotlighted by the Museo del Novecento, diametrically opposite the majestic, historical facade of the church of Santa Maria Novella, both in its physical placement and its placement in history. An original sculpture by Gaetano Pesce has

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I Medici

After Inferno, Florence finds itself once again a big screen star. On October 18, RAI 1 broadcast the world premiere of the first episode of the TV series "The Medici" and it's already a huge hit. A major international production with a star-studded cast, it features the likes of Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman and the acclaimed Richard Madden, star of the TV series Game of Thrones. In eight episodes, for now it is being broadcast only in Italy, but it will be sold internationally soon

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Ai weiwei at Palazzo Strozzi

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi is putting on a major exhibition on one of the most famous and controversial contemporary artists, for the first time in the cradle of the Renaissance: Ai Weiwei. More than an artist, he is also a major dissident journalist and a symbol of the fight for freedom of expression. Photo credits: www.ioamofirenze.it His spectacular and provocative art works are taking over all of Palazzo Strozzi. The building’s facade is covered by twenty-two orange life rafts, an

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New Palazzo Strozzi exhibition: from Kandinsky to Pollock

The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi impresses once again — this time with a journey between Europe and America taken through the collections of Peggy Guggenheim and her uncle Solomon. From the very first room of the show, we can appreciate the curators’ meticulous work as they deftly used light and rounded walls to recreate the magic of the famed Guggenheim Museum in New York. We are taken on a journey through Surrealist, Expressionist, Abstract and Pop Art movements (though only one of the

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Toscana ‘900 exhibition

Villa Bardini is one of Florence's most beautiful, hidden-away locations, and it would be worth visiting if only for its wonderful scenic position — you can get a shot of Florence's Duomo from a perfect perspective — and its Italian-style garden is considered among the ten finest in Italy. And now, only at this time of year, there is even more reason to visit — the Toscana '900 exhibition, open throughout the Christmas season until January 10, 2016, organized by the Region of Tuscany and the

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New Opera del Duomo Museum

On October 29, after more than two years of remodeling, the Opera del Duomo museum reopened its doors. This beautiful museum covers three floors and a breathtaking scenic terrace. Inside there are over 750 works, including marble, bronze and silver statues and reliefs, with masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Pisano, Antonio del Pollaiolo, Luca della Robbia, and Andrea del Verrocchio. Engraved in white marble in the first

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Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

A new exhibition is underway at Palazzo Strozzi, open until January 24, 2016 and called "Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana." Featuring over 100 works by Italian artists the likes of Morelli, Guttuso, and Casorati, and world-famed artists like Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse — to name just a few — the exhibition invites us to think about the relationship between art and religion. The artworks span from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century,forging a dialogue

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Autumn Exhibitions: Five Not to Miss

If you are mourning the end of summer, take heart — fall promises to be full of events sure to make all art lovers (and others!) happy with over five exhibitions not to be missed!

Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana This exhibition explores the relationship between art and religion from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Works shown include masterpieces by Italian artists (the likes of Domenico Morelli, Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati,

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Dalì Meets Dante

Marking the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth, Palazzo Medici Riccardi has joined forces with The Dalí Universe to put on a one-of-a-kind exhibition until September 27: Dalí Meets Dante. Dalí's world-renowned genius is on display, proving once again he is deserving of the title of genius. He applied this genius, taking a psychoanalytic eye to illustrate in watercolors Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. The exhibition is organized in three sections depicting Hell, Purgatory and

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New exhibition at Museo Ferragamo

Among the key missions of a museum is finding the right balance between displaying works of art and preserving them. This is precisely what the Museo Ferragamo at Palazzo Spini Feroni sought to do with the "Un Palazzo è la città" — "a building is the city" — which will be up until April 2016. The exhibition lets visitors to Florence learn about it from a different vantage point and discover how the magnificent Palazzo in Piazza Santa Trinità has played a key role in Florence's

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