The 35th World Congress of Art History Presented at Palazzo dei Congressi – September 1-6, 2019


Florence, 1st July 2019 – This morning, the 35th World Congress of CIHA (Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art) was presented at Villa Vittoria. After forty years, this event will be back in Italy, in Florence from 1st to 6th September 2019.

“MOTION: Transformation” represents the first part of the World Congress of Art History which, for the first time, will take place in two different countries one year after the other. The second part, named MOTION: Migrations” will be held in São Paulo in September 2020. The key issue of these two events will be Movement, applied to two of the main and most important aspects of the contemporary cultural process: Transformation and Migrations.

The event is organised by CIHA Italia in co-operation with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck Institut, with the help of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, supported by the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and sponsored by MiBAC, the Florence Municipality, Metropolitan City of Florence, the University of Florence, the Florence Chamber of Commerce and the Region of Tuscany. Over 500 scholars from all over the world are expected to participate.

The congress will feature nine sessions aiming at deepening the topics of art and its creative process: Art as a Vision – Art and Matter over  Time – Art and Nature – Art and Religions – Art between Sign and Writing – Iconicity and the Production Process in Architecture – Art, Power, Public – Art, Critics and Viewers – Art as a Voyage.

“We decided to host this event at Villa Vittoria because it is a crucial time for discussion on issues which are particularly felt and deeply rooted in Florence, and because its contents help target the activities we are developing as Firenze Fiera, along with our public institutions – events and new formats, dedicated to art and its relationship with the public and the city” said Leonardo Bassilichi, President of Firenze Fiera.