Lady Liberty’s twin statue travels from Florence to New York

Lady Liberty’s twin statue travels from Florence to New York

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Two stunning women will be confronted in the Hudson Bay of New York. One, monolithic and monumental and dominating the port of the Big Apple since 1886, is the famous symbolic statue Lady Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World, by Frédéric Bartholdi). On the other hand, and thought as a sculpture not as a monument, therefore of smaller dimensions but more significant in ‘aura,’ is her Florentine sister, Libertà della Poesia (The Freedom of Poetry). Less known by the public, but equality captivating, the Italian twin sculpture visits the city of New York on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Sisters in Liberty,’ which will be on display at the Immigration Museum located at the Ellis Island until April 26, 2020.…

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Grande Museo del Duomo in Florence, over 750 artworks covering 7 centuries of history

Grande Museo del Duomo in Florence, over 750 artworks covering 7 centuries of history

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It has taken me five years to discover the Grande Museo del Duomo in Florence. I always thought it was a minor museum, but I was utterly wrong. The way the artworks are displayed in the vast space highlighting its magnificence and the state of conservation of the pieces are truly remarkable. In 1294 the Commune of Florence ordered the construction of a new cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore to replace Santa Reparata. The ‘Fabbriceria della Cattedrale di Firenze’ (Florence Cathedral Works) was founded by the Florentine Republic in 1296 to oversee construction of the cathedral. …

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Pinocchio, protagonist of contemporary art at Villa Bardini in Florence

Pinocchio, protagonist of contemporary art at Villa Bardini in Florence

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Pinocchio is one of the most reimagined characters in children’s literature and a cultural icon whose story has been adapted into many other artistic forms. The exhibition ENIGMA PINOCCHIO. From Giacometti to LaChapelle is dedicated to Collodi’s Pinocchio: a wooden puppet universally recognized as a symbol of Italy and Tuscany. Pinocchio, whose fictional adventures are among the most famous and reinterpreted stories in the 20th Century is now at the centre of Villa Bardini’s latest exhibit. The show examines the tremendous influence on the art world this beloved character has had over the last one hundred years.…

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The house of Piero Bargellini, a key figure during ‘l’alluvione di Firenze 1966’

The house of Piero Bargellini, a key figure during ‘l’alluvione di Firenze 1966’

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The Arno River severely overflowed on November 4, 1966, provoking what is commonly known as ‘l’alluvione di Firenze.’ The city of Florence and part of Tuscany were inundated by the floods, causing an impact affecting the economic and cultural environment of Florence. Fortunately, as November 4 was a bank holiday, many businesses were closed, and a large part of the population was at home, thus avoiding an even bigger disaster. Nevertheless, 101 people died, 5,000 families lost their homes, and 6,000 businesses had to close. The deluge also destroyed and/or damaged countless works of art, prominent buildings and books. The damages could be repaired thanks to the efforts of Italian citizens, international committees and foreign donors. Piero Bargellini (1897-1980), writer, historian, politician and intellectual, was the mayor of Florence in that awkward moment.

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Florence Biennale 2019

Florence Biennale 2019

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On view until October 28 at Fortezza da Basso, Florence Biennale is a minor and modest contemporary art exhibition in Florence, where it is regarded as a showcase of the international contemporary art production. Every two years the Florence Biennale enlivens the Medicean city with a programme of collateral events such as conferences, performances, workshops and lectures. All this with a view to offer artists and their audience the opportunity to engage with art and culture, and know more about the theme of each edition of the biennial. The exhibiting artists compete in a range of art categories, which, in the XIIth edition of the Florence Biennale, includes Drawing & Calligraphy, Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Ceramic Art, Textile & Fiber Art, Jewellery Art, Photography, New Media Art, Video Art, Installation Art, and Performance Art.

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‘The Botany of Leonardo,’ exhibition at Santa Maria Novella Museum

‘The Botany of Leonardo,’ exhibition at Santa Maria Novella Museum

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On view until December 15 at Santa Maria Novella Museum, the exhibition The Botany of Leonardo. A vision of science bridging Art and Nature’ outlines the philosophical and technological context of the time in which Leonardo da Vinci lived in order to explore his study of form and the processes of the Plant world in greater depth. Through his eyes as a “systemic” thinker, the connections between art, science and nature, as well as the relationships between different spheres of knowledge, are revealed.  The botany of Leonardo thus becomes a privileged perspective that opens up a modern discourse on scientific evolution and ecological sustainability.…

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‘OBEY. MAKE ART NOT WAR,’ exhibition at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence

‘OBEY. MAKE ART NOT WAR,’ exhibition at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence

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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the start of his career as a street artist, Shepard Fairey, also known as OBEY, presents at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence the exhibition ‘OBEY. MAKE ART NOT WAR.’ The show is a visual journey at the crossroads between four themes — Woman, Environment, Peace, Culture — recreating in the museum the ideal night-time stroll through the city. The large artworks and the small silk-screen prints are organic parts of the same family, an urban conversation between militant messages. OBEY encourages reflections on humanitarian themes, existential transitions, social utopias and values above the law. His pacifist and environmental message transforms us into little ‘soldiers’ of a new kind of activism.…

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Natalia Goncharova retrospective at Palazzo Strozzi

Natalia Goncharova retrospective at Palazzo Strozzi

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Palazzo Strozzi celebrates Natalia Goncharova, a leading female artist of the 20th century, in a major retrospective. The exhibition explores her unconventional life and career, presenting her rich and multifaceted artistic output with masterpieces from significant international collections by renowned artists including Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Balla and Boccioni.

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Florence, in the city of David

Florence, in the city of David

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The soul of David spreads throughout Florence as a ubiquitous and sheltering presence. All the cities have their symbol: the Statue of Liberty, the musicians of Bremen, the Berlin bear, the Eiffel Tower, the cock of Barcelos, the Christ of Corcovado, the Big Ben … The flower of the lily shares with the David the leadership of popularity in the city of the Renaissance.…

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Uffizi Square of Florence: the sculptures of the Great Tuscans

Uffizi Square of Florence: the sculptures of the Great Tuscans

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The particular design of the Galleria degli Uffizi shapes sort of a square, around which the lodge runs. In the 28 niches that border it, Cosimo I de’ Medici wanted to place sculptures of distinguished Florentines in the field of literature, the military and the government. However, it was not until the nineteenth century, when the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was under the rule of the Lorraines, that the publisher Vincenzo Batelli finally resumed the creation of these statues. Among those illustrious Tuscan characters are Cosimo the Elder and Lorenzo the Magnificent, great representatives of the Medici family; also masters of art, such as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; great names of literature, such as Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio and Machiavelli; and men of science or adventure like Galileo Galilei and Amerigo Vespucci. Overall, the place is a perfect panorama, especially ideal for a romantic walk at midnight, alone or not.

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