International Contemporary Art: THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE

Florence opens its doors once again to international contemporary art for the Biennale that has been bringing in artists from around the world every two years since 1997. Once again this year. its primary location will be at the Fortezza da Basso, a hop and a skip from our hotel (go by foot!). The Biennale is slated from November 30 to December 8, 2013.


“Newness” is one of the ninth Biennale’s core themes, so much so that it has been christened “THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE“. It is to the new generations that it looks for its primary audience. It is a new paradigm explored by art in the digital era. The spaces are new too. The program is organized as “events within the event”. Several artists will present their installations and performances in Florentine settings dubbed “Urban Spaces”.


The under-30 set will be the event’s focal point and guiding spirit. They are the ones who are given the challenge of defining art’s role in the new millennium. It looks to young people, digital age natives, to forge a union between new media and art, discovering their points of connection, shared borders of express, and understanding their broader possibilities. The intent is to share these artist generations’ perspectives and dreams as they engage in exploring all media in their work.


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Guests will include Anish Kapoor, a world-famous artist, architect, and sculptor who has to his name the famed Cloud Gate in Chicago. He will be conferred a career achievement award in Florence.

In addition to the exhibition at the Fortezza, conferences and shows will be held throughout Florence.
Another of the Biennale’s intents is to inspire a critique of the relationship between art, ethics, and aesthetics. This is where the connection is made with Florence as a city. In the birthplace of the Renaissance and Humanism, it seeks to bring their values up-to-date and consider them with a contemporary eye. The Biennale is an event of serious substance, giving you a chance to walk amidst art works and installations and rub elbows with artists with whom you can talk and ask for explanations, in a genuine international climate of stimulating openness. This rendezvous with art is one not to be missed.
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