City Events

Every month the display of exhibitions, cultural events, appointments not to be missed in the city for exhibitors, visitors, buyerscongressmen and our guests.

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From human beings to the centre of the universe of Florence Humanism, up to man as part of a harmonious whole, no longer limited by ties, hierarchies, pyramidal views, geographical and social boundaries. From Anthropocene to Aerocene – a new geological era in which contemporary men deeply and amazingly connect with unusual elements such as spiders and spiderwebs becoming real works of art. From 22nd February to 19th July 2020, this is Palazzo Strozzi’s programme, featuring Argentine artist Tomàs Saraceno, born in 1973, one of the most versatile and visionary contemporary artists. With his solo exhibition Aria, curated by Arturo Galansino, he captures and moves visitors by mixing arts, natural and social sciences and by offering them the opportunity to come in contact with other creatures in a totally new and original way.

The artist reveals utopian and at the same time real worlds, inviting us to widen our horizons, losing our usual physical and mental references for a moment, and get captivated by his spectacular installations. The first one is Thermodynamic Constellation, set up inside the courtyard of the Palace – three large, suspended aerosolar balloons which take us back to the experimentation of the Argentine artist, featuring hot air balloons flying thanks to solar power alone. Inside some rooms on the first floor of the Palace, Saraceno guides us into the darkness, inviting us to lose our usual physical and visual certainties within the emotional and dreamlike “net” of vibrations radiated by wind and propagated by the silken threads of monumental webs, real art masterpieces. Because, in the artist’s words, we will manage to emerge from this deep environmental crisis only if we are ready to enter a new era of cosmic harmony, where everything will be reversed in favour of a new behavioural ecology. Saraceno’s question is “Do spiders live in our houses, or do we live in theirs?”

ARIA by Tomàs Saraceno is supported by a rich programme of events and activities in co-operation with Aerocene Fondation, such as Aerocene Flights, taking place at the Manifattura Tabacchi and Museo Aero Solar, developed with the help of IED and Publiacqua, featuring spectacular performances of flying elements not powered by fossil fuel, but by air and solar energy alone.

This exhibition is promoted and organised by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and Studio Tomàs Saraceno, and sponsored by the Florence Municipality, the Region of Tuscany, the Florence Chamber of Commerce and Fondazione CR Firenze. With the support of Terna, in co-operation with Manifattura Tabacchi and with the participation of IED (European Institute of Design).

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What do cinema, fashion and the ancient Rome have in common? Shoes, as proven by a refined and incredibly original exhibition called Worn by the Gods. Footwear in the Ancient World and 20th Century Revisitation, curated by Lorenza Camin, Caterina Chiarelli and Fabrizio Paolucci, hosted inside the rooms of the Museum of Costume and Fashion at Palazzo Pitti, and open until 19th April 2020. Continue reading Worn by the Gods – The Art of Footwear on Show at Palazzo Pitti until April 19, 2020

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“Where white acacia blooms, houses are yellow, pink, blue, red, and are repainted every year. Amidst the trees, near the houses, the sky is blue, blue. Tahiti can also be found in Russia”. These words belong to Natalia Goncharova, one of the main protagonists of the Russian avant-garde. Florence and Palazzo Strozzi dedicated a great retrospective to her, named Natalia Goncharova. A Woman of the Avant-garde with Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso, open until 12th January 2020 inside the exhibiting halls on the first floor of the palace, which for the occasion were decorated with sophisticated wallpaper  – inspired by images of books of the artist – and with bright, colourful brushstrokes on the walls, indulging in strong and savoury shades which recall her paintings. Continue reading The Imaginative World of Natalia Goncharova – Palazzo Strozzi, open until January 12, 2020

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If you wish to learn more about the Italian Jewish community, then this summer do not miss the exhibition The Colours of Judaism in Italy. Precious Textiles, from the Temple of Jerusalem to Ready-to-Wear Fashion, taking place at the Uffizi Gallery from 27th June to 27th October 2019. Curated by Dora Liscia Bemporad and Olga Melasecchi, this exhibition gathers 140 works including tapestries, laces, fabrics and various ornaments used in daily life and for religious use inside the Aula Magliabechiana. This exhibition takes us from the ancient world right up to the fashions of the 20th century and to modern textile manufacturing, addressing key themes such as the role of writing as a decorative motif, the use of textiles in synagogues, embroidery as a secret labour, and the role of women. What emerges is a Judaism which cares for tradition, but which also proves to be joyous, colourful, and rich in hidden meanings and symbols. Continue reading Precious Emotions of Italy’s Jewish Community through the Art of Textiles, on Show at the Uffizi until 27th October 2019

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After an exhibition dedicated to Marina Abramovich, Palazzo Strozzi now celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio, born Andrea di Michele di Francesco Cioni. A fitting tribute to a great artist, Master of Leonardo da Vinci and an icon at the time of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Florence, as well as a cultural event of absolute importance as part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, which took place in Amboise shortly after he was appointed “first painter, architect and engineer” by King Francis I of France. Continue reading Rediscovering Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo’s Master – Palazzo Strozzi, Exhibition Open until 14th July 2019

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The appealing and irresistible power of nature and the animal world captures the creativity and the ingenuity of fashion designers. Spiders, insects, urchins, lobsters, snakes, fish, shells, corals, parrots and butterflies become a source of inspiration for dream garments, shoes, sophisticated bags and stunning pieces of jewellery.  Continue reading Animalia Fashion: Nature and Haute Couture on Show at Palazzo Pitti – Open until May 5, 2019

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Do not miss the beautiful exhibition Omaggio a Bino Bini (A Tribute to Bino Bini) at Palazzo Bastogi, open until 22nd November 2018 and closing the 2018 cultural activities promoted by the Regional Council of Tuscany.

An eclectic and multifaceted personality, “a modern sculptor with an amazingly ancient heart” as Antonio Paolucci remembered him, Bino Bini was also a painter, engraver, medal maker and goldsmith. The Wine & Food Biennale – November 16-19, 2018. Continue reading Praising Details. A Tribute to Bino Bini at Palazzo Bastogi

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From 11th June to 16th September 2018, inside the halls of the Andito degli Angiolini at Palazzo Pitti, 90 wonderful photographs will display the timeless charm of cars – icons of beauty and elegance – as well as the seductive and unstoppable power of speed, as experienced in Florence and Tuscany in the thirty years going from 1934 to 1965.  Continue reading The Elegance of SPEED – Palazzo Pitti, June 11 – September 16, 2018

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The creative and imaginative world of Roberto Capucci will be on show in the comfortable frescoed halls of the Andito degli Angiolini at Palazzo Pitti until 14th February 2018. The exhibition will feature 72 drawings showing extremely sophisticated men’s theatre costumes made by the great designer starting from the 1990s, playing a leading role in the exhibition named Capucci dionisiaco (Dionysian Capucci). Continue reading Dionysian Capucci at Palazzo Pitti – Open until 14th February 2018