Autumn has arrived, and what better time is there for visiting our beautiful city and discovering the many things to do? Exhibitions, installations, and gourmet fairs...Autumn lights up with its many colours, illuminating Florence with many appointments that should not be missed. Mark them on your calendar.
The Sixteenth Century in a Exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi
You have until January 21, 2018 to visit the "il Cinquecento a Firenze - From Pontormo to Giambologna", the exhibition dedicated to 16th century Florentine art that hosts more than 70 works of art by Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna, and Bartolomeo Ammannati. The exhibition tells the story of an era of extraordinary cultural talent marked by the personality of Francesco I de' Medici.
Open daily from 10am to 8pm and Thursdays until 3pm
The grandchildren of the King of Spain. Anton Raphael Mengs at Pitti Palace
The highlight of the exhibition, to which “Palazzo Pitti” (Pitti Palace) dedicates an entire room, was painted by Anton Raphael Mengs. The work, entitled ‘Portrait of the Archduke Ferdinand and Mary Anna’, depicts the children of Peter Leopold, Archduke of Austria and Tuscany. Painted during the Bohemian art period in Florence in the 1770s, the work of art was never completed. Given as a gift by the painter to his daughter, the canvas has recently come to light among the heir's belongings.
Sala delle Nichie, Pitti Palace, Florence
until January 7, 2018
Contemporary art with the Florence Biennial at the “Fortezza da Basso”
The 11th edition of the Florence Biennale, an important event of contemporary art, begins on October 6th. The title of this edition is "eARTh - Creativity and Sustainability", an idea of a future that combines art and culture based on a respect for nature and all forms of life. There will be over 460 artists competing from 72 countries around the world and the architect Arata Isozaki will be awarded as well.
The Path of the Princes
While awaiting the reopening of the Vasarian Corridor, set for May 27, 2018, the 25th anniversary of the Slaughter of the Georgophiles, it is possible to visit “il Percorso del Principe” (the Path of Princes), which connects “Palazzo Vecchio” (the Old Palace) with the Uffizi Gallery until January, 2017. Visits for small groups of people can be arranged by reservation only and include access to both Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.
Urs Fischer in Piazza della Signoria
Many remember Swiss artist, Urs Fischer, now considered among the great artists in the world today, for melting a life-size wax copy of ‘The Rape of the Sabines’ by Giambologna at the 2011 Venice Biennial. You may have noticed one of his latest works that has been in “Piazza della Signoria” since last week, ‘Big Clay # 4’, a metal sculpture 12 meters high, whose shape reminds one of something primordial and at the same time infantile. Many discordant opinions have been voiced regarding the placement of this piece in such a symbolic and central place as “Piazza della Signoria”.
“Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” (Florentine May Music)
The Florence Opera company resumes in full its season of operas and symphonies from the beginning of October and promises a year full of important events.
Click here for the calendar of the season
“Genius loci” in “Piazza Santa Croce”
The Florentine Summer announces the closing of its 2017 season with an important event: "Genius Loci", which means ‘the presiding god or spirit of a place’, will take place from sunset on October 6th until sunrise on the 7th of October, and has the objective of helping to create an intimate connection between the Florentine people and the Holy Cross. It will take place within the Basilica of Santa Croce, where musicians, actors, and writers will perform for the exclusive event in order to discover the spirit of the place.
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