Accompanied by stylist Regina Schrecker, present on display at Fortezza da Basso with two Snow White scene dresses, Kathleen Kennedy was interested in the most curious works, talking to some of the artists present.
FLORENCE, ITALY – Describing Florence is a challenge that has captivated many over the years: artists, historians, travelers and writers alike. Each one brought a fresh new perspective of their own to the task. The new multimedia Florence guide named Experience Florence (English version) curated by the city of Florence and produced by Mus.e does the same, adopting an unconventional approach in terms of both the topics covered and the format used.
Various topics promote every kind of tourism imaginable in this Florence guide: from the traditional artistic and museum tours, a must-see in Florence, to activities for families and children, via sports and urban trekking among the area’s leafy hills. And there’s more: food and wine, crafts, tradition, fashion, shopping, and all kinds of cultural events for both young and old.
The historic centre of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an open-air gallery where you can admire the facades of the awe-inspiring basilicas and cathedrals that form its unmistakable skyline, and see the lavish palaces that tell the story of the different periods of the city’s history: from the birthplace of the Renaissance to the capital of Italy, all the way through to the first half of the twentieth century when Florence became a hub for the avant-garde.
The Florence cultural imaginary has contributed to the creation of Western civilisation as we know it, laying the foundations for the aesthetic, educational, scientific, culinary, political and artistic principles that surround us today.
The inestimable historical and artistic value of the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery, the Bargello National Museum, Palazzo Pitti and the Medici Chapels sits alongside buildings that examine more recent history, such as the Museo Novecento and the temporary exhibitions at Forte di Belvedere and Palazzo Strozzi. The choices on offer range from Palazzo Vecchio, a museum and still the centre of administrative power even today, to the more recent scientific, academic and fashion museums.
Listing the great artists and masterpieces housed in the museums that preserve Florence’s immense heritage would perhaps be redundant given their fame. However, admiring this vast treasure trove certainly is not – this heritage belongs not only to Florence, but to humanity as a whole. It is our history, preserved and accessible to all.
This post has been updated with the Florence guide links to all the languages available at this time.
FLORENCE, ITALY – The artist John Currin is the protagonist of an exhibit at Museo Stefano Bardini of Florence until October 2nd, 2016. It is the first significant exhibition of the New York artist in an Italian public space.
A painter displaying a sophisticated technique and a deep figurative culture, Currin is renowned and celebrated for his extremely elegant portraits and erotic scenes rendered with ironic, shameless realism.
In his works, very often small paintings, Currin conceals his deep knowledge of art history and a very refined taste in representational composition. With settings that are never ordinary and often tacitly sarcastic, and a selection of topics that stylistically and graphically also recall glossy and pornographic magazines, the American artist redefined contemporary portraiture.
In this sense, his works follow on the heels of Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning rather than on those of John Singer Sargent or Edward Hopper.
The exhibition promoted by the Comune di Firenze, is organized by Mus.e Association in collaboration with the Gagosian Gallery in Rome and with the support of Faliero Sarti.
The exhibition (included in the Museum ticket) is open on Monday, Friday, Saturady and Sinday (11 am – 5pm), ticket: € 6,00 full price (reduced prices are available for age 18-15 and university students).
The Museo Bardini is in Costa San Giorgio 2, Florence, close to Ponte Vecchio.