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, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, and Emilio Vedova) and great international names (Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault, and Henri Matisse). The exhibition counts among the events organized for the 5th National Ecclesiastical Conference to be held in Florence November 9 to 13, 2015, in which Pope Francis himself will participate. The exhibition was made possible through the joint efforts of Palazzo Strozzi and the Archdiocese of Florence.

From September 23, 2015 to January 24, 2016

Palazzo Strozzi in Florence

Daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Thursdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Admission: 10 euros

Opera del Duomo

The new Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is set to become one of Florence’s most popular attractions, in the span of a few months, after a €45 million investment and a space doubled in size, from 2,600 to 5,500 square meters. Absolutely not to be missed: a life-size reconstruction of the Duomo’s facade with original statues by Donatello Nanni di Banco, Niccolò Lamberti and Bernardo Ciuffagni placed in the exact positions conceived by their sculptors. Across from the facade, the three Baptistery doors have been completely restored and are shown in glass cases. This single large museum truly represents the heart of Florence.

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Synchronicity: Contemporaries, from Lippi to Warhol

Modern and contemporary art meet in the magnificent restored setting of the Museo di Palazzo Pretorio in Prato. Visitors can admire over 30 works by twentieth and twenty-first century artists, selected by Stefano Pezzato — curator and conservator of Centro Pecci — including Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Daniel Spoerri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Matthew Barney, and Vanessa Beecroft. Alongside these works, paintings by artists such as Filippo Lippi and Donatello are hung in a fine synchronization between past and present.

From September 25, 2015 to January 10, 2016

Palazzo Pretorio Prato

Every day except Tuesday; from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm;

Admission: 8 euros



Jeff Koons in Florence

It’s been almost 500 years since the last time an original large sculpture was placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio, not far from the copy of Michelangelo’s David. The sculpture in question is “Pluto and Proserpina” by Jeff Koons, a brilliant, controversial American artist. The exceptional event of it being placed here kicks off the In Florence project that creates a relationship between artists of our times and those of the Florentine Renaissance. Koons is a contemporary icon, quite controversial both for his work and personal life (his brief marriage to porn star Ilona Staller was much discussed). He will be in Florence starting September 26, a guest of the International Biennial Antiques Fair. The exhibition will put him relationship to great artists of the past, from Michelangelo to Donatello. The points of contact will be Piazza della Signoria and the Sala dei Gigli in the Palazzo Vecchio, which will hold his 2013 work “Barberini Faun.” Definitely an event not to be missed!

From September 26 to December 28, 2015

Piazza della Signoria (free admission)

Palazzo Vecchio, daily from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm; Thursday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; Admission: €10

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: the Lights and Shadows of Montmartre

Starting October 16, you can visit Pisa’s Palazzo Blu to see works by one of French Impressionism’s great artists, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Curated by Maria Teresa Benedetti, a scholar of nineteenth-century French art and a Toulouse-Lautrec expert, the exhibition presents a complete portrait of Paris in the era of the Moulin Rouge, Montmartre and maisons closes.

From October 16, 2015 to February 14, 2016

Palazzo Blu in Pisa

Mon–Fri 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sat. Sun. 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

English translation by Miriam Hurley

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