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Praising Details. A Tribute to Bino Bini at Palazzo Bastogi

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. An all-round artist, able to express himself cleverly through various techniques and materials, declined in the most different ways – from chiselling to monumental marble and bronze sculptures, following the steps of the great masters of Renaissance. Like Brunelleschi who, in 1401 challenged Lorenzo Ghiberti during a competition to create a panel for the Northern Gate of the Baptistery depicting the Sacrifice of Isaac, before planning the majestic Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. Towering over the city skyline, the Dome – 117 metres high and with a diameter of 45 metres – was the biggest one ever conceived at that time. With this great Florentine architect – as well as with other great artists of the past, such as Bramante, Benvenuto Cellini, Raphael and Michelangelo – Bino Bini started an intimate dialogue, creating the commemorative coin for the fourth centenary of the artist’s birth, in 1977.

Bini was a protagonist of the figurative arts world of the 20thcentury, taking up important positions such as engraver of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing of the Republic of San Marino. In Florence, he founded the International School of Metalsmithing in via Metastasio 15, where entire generations of goldsmiths and medal makers grew up. Even the prestigious Japanese company Mikimoto asked him to create a piece of jewellery embellished with a profusion of pearls. Five of his creations are treasured inside the eponymous Gallery in the elegant district of Ginza in Tokyo.

On show, a sampling of his whole artistic activity, collected with passion by his beloved daughter Anna Bini Rizzo, who is also an expert goldsmith and teacher – sketches, medals, sophisticated jewellery, terracotta and bronze sculptures, (such as the bronze portraits of his three nephews Silvia, Chiara and Stefano), as well as important liturgical objects. And obviously, his beloved animals, portrayed one by one with an amazing sensitivity in all their physical and expressive peculiarities – the rooster, the wounded hare, the crow, the fox, the cat, the puppy, up to the big bronze sculpture made in 1977, depicting an unusual and peculiar subject: the Wasp Fight, where even the subtle and almost imperceptible wing flap, or the excited fight of those two little bodies acquire an unexpected and seductive solemnity and an epic dimension, thanks to the “golden hands” of Bino Bini.

Opening times: Mondays to Fridays – from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m., and from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

(Fiamma Domestici)