BILL VIOLA – Electronic Renaissance
Show from 10 March 2017 to 23 July 2017
Florence – Palazzo Strozzi
Another big and important shows will involve all spring and part of summer, the Florentine public, as well as Italian and international, in the Renaissance spaces of Palazzo Strozzi will host the works of the greatest exponent of contemporary art video: BILL VIOLA.
The exhibition will start from the first works produced by the artist in the seventies to reach up to the current ones and deliberately will dialogue with the architecture of the Palazzo Strozzi and the great masterpieces of the Renaissance. As with the previous exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei protagonist will be the extraordinary dialogue between Ancient and Contemporary. Born in New York in 1951, Bill Viola is internationally recognized as one of the most important contemporary artists, author of video installations, sound environments and performance to the public offering extraordinary experiences immersion between space, image and sound. The artist says: “I’m really happy to recover my Italian roots and to have the opportunity to repay my debt with the city of Florence through my works. Having lived and worked in Florence in the seventies, I would never imagined to have the honor to realize such a large exhibition in an institution as important as the Palazzo Strozzi.”
The exhibition will also involve other important Florentine institutions. Thanks to a special joint ticket you can visit both the Show, the Baptistery of San Giovanni and the Great Cathedral Museum. In the latter be visible video Observance (2002) and ACCEPTANCE (2008) by Bill Viola – two of his famous works dedicated to the themes of pain and suffering, enhancing the reflection on humanity and on the religious sense in today’s world – which will be made in dialogue with the two symbols of the Florentine museum as the “penitent Mag- dalene” by Donatello and “Bandini Pieta” by Michelangelo.
Exhibition catalogue available for guests of B.&B.
AI WEIWEI – Libero
From 23 September 2016 to 22 January 2017
Florence – Palazzo Strozzi
Reduced price for guests staying at our B & B
FREEDOM ‘IN ACTION.
“Creativity is the power to refuse the past, change the status quo and seek new potential. In other words, besides the use of their imagination, creativity is perhaps above all the power to act”
From the end of this summer and until next winter, Florence becomes a destination for all those who love the Contemporary Art and Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist, icon of the struggle for freedom of expression, and lately at the forefront for humanitarian causes and policies.
But Ai Weiwei is much more. Architect and artist, able to produce works by the great social impact, attracts and repels at the same time, because his installations always have a strong charge empathetic, whatever the theme represented. And in his case, his country is often the protagonist.
Strozzi Palace for the first time held an exhibition in the noble seat dedicating it entirely to contemporary art, and chose the most famous among its representatives. And also the most controversial and criticized. The Chinese artist AI WEIWEI, whose work has been the object of exhibition in many of the world’s leading museums.
60 works and new productions inspired specifically to the Renaissance, and the city of Florence (see 4 portraits made with Lego depicting Dante, Filippo Strozzi, Savonarola and Galileo).
His art and life philosophy are a symbol of the struggle against any kind of censorship.
For this reason, this extraordinary exhibition will charming for those who usually do not like contemporary art. The works by Ai Weiwei are beautiful to see even artistically. They have an innate elegance and are always the result of high craftsmanship work. It could not be that Florence, a city famous for the refined and precious Artisans and the Great Artists of the past, to give the great Chinese Master his first Italian Exhibition.
The exhibited works range from his years living in New York 1980s and ’90s, when he discovered his Masters: Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, to the large iconic assemblages works from the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools, of political dissidents built with LEGO bricks, and his projects on migration in the Mediterranean region.
Ai Weiwei has also become a symbol of resistance against censorship. The show offers the opportunity to explore Ai Weiwei’s creative genius but also to understand his personal narrative, offering critical insight to Ai Weiwei’s ambiguous relations with his native China. Ai Weiwei denounces the inconsistencies and gaps between the individual and the community in today’s world and has a profound sense of belonging, as illustrated by his use of traditional material and techniques. Equally, a strong sense of rebellion informs his interpretations of traditional Chinese images and metaphors.
Catalogue of the Exhibition available for our guests of B. & B.
July 14, 2016 – Exibition still open for a few days – Do not miss!
FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK.
Art from the Guggenheim Collections.
From 03/19/2016 to 24/07/2016
A charming and original exhibition developed in collaboration between the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, will be one of the most spectacular events in the country in 2016.
Florence became for a few months, the “ideal place” for some 100 masterpieces of European and American between the twenties and sixties of the twentieth century belonging to the couple more advanced collectors for the unrivaled glamor and artistic intuition that were Peggy and Solomon R. Guggenheim.
The large paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs of some of the most important personalities such as Pollock, Rothko, Man Ray, Fountain, Burry, Dubuffet, Calder, Lichtenstein and many others, united in a dense and constant dialogue between European and American art o attend the birth of neoavanguardia after World War II.
Just inside the Palazzo Strozzi, in the spaces dedicated to Strozzina, in February 1949, Peggy Guggenheim decided to show the collection, waiting to find a permanent home for it. Later you will find it in Venice, in the historical site of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which will become forever even his house.
Catalogue of the Exhibition available for customers of B. & B.
The Kiss (1927)
Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venice
Hans Hofman (1880-1966) – German Painter
The Gate – detail
Museo Solomon R.Guggenheim – New York
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) – American Painter
The Moon Woman – 1942
Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venice
Cover picture: Barberini Faun – Jeff Koons (2013), Sala dei Gigli, Palazzo Vecchio – Firenze
The Contemporary Art comes to Florence.
Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence will host between 26/09/15 and 12/28/15 two picturesque works of the great American artist Jeff Koons that defies comparison with the great timeless masterpieces of Donatello and Michelangelo.
Koons will see installed sull’arengario Palazzo Vecchio his “Pluto and Proserpina”, monumental review of the Bernini masterpiece, while the Sala dei Gigli in the Palazzo Vecchio will find space the “Barberini Faun”, chalk cheeky and seductive realized in 2013.
Piazza della Signoria, free admission;
Palazzo Vecchio daily at 9-23 Thursday 9-14, admission 10 euro.
David di Michelangelo (1504) – Pluto e Proserpina di Jeff Koons (2013)
Ingresso Palazzo Vecchio – Firenze
Settembre 2015 – Dicembre 2015
FULL REFUND of the ticket of the exhibition Divine Beauty of Van Gogh, Chagall and Fontana - Palazzo Strozzi.
The offer is valid for the duration of the exhibition: from 24/09/2015 to 01/24/2016.
Cover picture: The Pietà, Vincent Van Gogh.
“BEAUTY DIVINE between Van Gogh, Chagall and Fountain” is the title of a fascinating show that Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will host from 09/24/2015 up to 01/24/2016.
The Angelus by Jean-François Millet
The Modern Art and the Sacred Art in the mid nineteenth century and mid-twentieth century, are the stars with more than 100 works by artists, Italian and foreign, famous throughout the world.
By Pablo Picasso to Max Ernst, Felice Casorati and Domenico Morelli, Gino Severini and Edward Munch, Vincent Van Gogh and Renato Guttuso, Vedova and Lucio Fontana. All present to discuss among themselves and between artists lesser known but equally valid to bring us to reflect on the complex relationship between art and the sacred generator insights, energy and intense conflicts.
Among the exhibits: the Pietà of Van Gogh, the White Crucifixion of Chagall, the Angelus of Millet.
Born from a collaboration of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi with great art institutions (Orsay Museum in Paris, Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Vatican Museums) is part of the events organized on the occasion of the V National Ecclesiastical Conference, present in Florence between 9 and 11/13/2015 which also speak Pope Francis.
Catalog offers our guests in our B & B.
White Crucifixion by Marc Chagall
The “Forte di Belvedere” the spectacular open air museum of the city of Florence, home to all summer the extraordinary exhibition “Human” by British artist Antony Gormley, one of the most acclaimed sculptors if not the first, at the international level.
“Human” see together over a hundred works by Gormley in the inner rooms of the building, on the ramparts, on the steps and terraces, taking up each side of the fortress dates back to the sixteenth century with its stunning views of the city and the surrounding Tuscan hills.
Among the works on display, note the installation “Critical Mass” was originally conceived in 1995 by a former tram depot in Vienna and called an “anti-monument that evokes all the victims of the twentieth century.”
On display there are two adaptations. On the one hand, in the area east of the lower terrace, the 12 “poses” of “Critical Mass” are arranged in a linear progression, that ranges from fetal pose to that of the man who split the stars.
On the opposite side, the same bodies are placed on each other in a confused heap to represent the dark side behind every idea of human progress.
An exhibition that does not go unnoticed.
Forte di Belvedere.
HUMAN. Antony Gormley
From April 25 to September 27, 2015
From March 14 to June 21, 2015
For fans of the Sculpture, but also and especially for those who come to it for the first time, Palazzo Strozzi offers the opportunity to see, through the most beautiful cities of the Exhibition of 2015, true masterpieces of the ancient world from the most important archeological museums in the world.
The special, which will very much love this show, is that their contemplation will be combined with the history of their discoveries relating them to ancient contexts. For example: the shrines, where they were used as “votes”. – The Public Spaces with the function to commemorate people and events – In House as decorative elements – but also in the Cemeteries as funerary symbols.
Monumental statues of gods, heroes and athletes (well 50 masterpieces in bronze ones) will be flanked by portraits of historical figures and sculptures in marble and stone.
Example: the Viennese Apoxyomenos bronze and the marble version from the Uffizi, used for its restoration. Or the two Apollo-Kouroi one in the Louvre and the other in Pompeii.
In short, a fascinating journey in the ancient and exterminated Hellenistic empire in the time of Alexander the Great, awaits you in Florence. The exhibition will move to the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and finish at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Catalog offers our guests in our B & B.
Cover. Woman with parasol and dog at sea. 1921 about. Moses Levy
In the splendid setting of Villa Bardini, a few steps from Forte di Belvedere in Florence, is staged until 15/02/2015 the evocative Exhibition of a versatile artist and sensitive as was Moses Levy.
Refined paintings where you can breathe the atmosphere of the holidays elitist and worldly Viareggio and Versilia Thirties.
It comes with the desire to reread Francis Scott Firzgerald…..and more.
The Catalog of the exhibition and romances of F.S.Fitzgerald on display at the Guests of the B&B!
Costa San Giorgio, 2 – Firenze
Blue Palace – Pisa
Palace of Art and Culture
Exhibition “Modigliani and his friends”
For adults but also for children
Exhibition “Fairy tales in blue, a book and an exhibition. Andersen illustrated by Fabian Negrin”
From 07/11/2014 to 15/02/2015
For children but also for adults