A woman and the avant-garde between Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso
Exhibition from 28 September 2019 to 12 January 2020
Palazzo Strozzi – Florence
Natalia Goncharova (Governorate of Tula 1881 – Paris 1962) artist of Russian origins but of international vocation, was one of the first women to establish herself in the avant-garde panorama of the early twentieth century, as evidenced by the 130 works set up in rooms designed for sections that lead us, crossing them, in the heterogeneity of his gaze and his influences. She is active as a painter, costume designer, illustrator, graphic designer, set designer, decorator, stylist, but also as a film actress, dancer and performing artist ante litteram.
The layout of Palazzo Strozzi clearly highlights this aspect, as it creates a passageway between the various rooms, articulating it through the use of wall colors: gray for the artists who have had influence on his art and colored for the various seasons of its production.
For this formidable versatility and non-conformism you never get bored during the show. His paintings, his works are fascinating, colorful, intense, able to excite each of us in a different way.
He has exhibited in the most important European avant-garde exhibitions, in Munich, Berlin, Paris and London, while in Moscow he has participated in performances in which he has paraded in the most elegant area of the city with his face and body painted with images and phrases intended for scandalize right-thinking people.
Defying public morality was the first woman to have exhibited paintings depicting female nudes, and for this she was accused and tried.
For over fifty years he lived and worked together with the artist Mikhail Larionov in a free and open way, coming to marriage only in the last years of his life and only to protect the common work. Hero of the Russian avant-garde, she lived as an exile in Paris to continue working without constraints.
We can also say that Natalia Goncharova has lived for art in a total and unconventional way, as we can well see in the works exhibited in the single rooms of Palazzo Strozzi, which have been prepared according to very specific themes: Looking to the West, Natalia’s Russia, 1913: female monograph, Religion, The Great War, Theater, Modernism, Goncharova and Italy and finally After Russia, highlighted by a brightly colored installation, also using a graphic reworking of decorative motifs derived from his book illustrations.
The exhibition can be visited every day from 10.00 to 20.00, on Thursdays from 10.00 to 23.00 and will remain open to the public until 20 January 2020.
His famous phrases:
“You must believe more in yourself, in your efforts and in your rights before mankind and God; believe that everyone, including women, has an intellect in the shape and image of God “
“I am not afraid of the vulgarity of life, which I transform into artistic forms”
“The art of my country is incomparably deeper than anything the West knows”
Portrait of Natalia Goncharova, 1907
Peacock (in the style of russian embroidery), 1910
Autumn: a park, 1909
Goncharova’s Works at the Tretyakov State Gallery
Triptych – Mother of God, 1911
“Spanish Woman with Green Shawl”
Costume design for the ballet Triana, 1916
The Forest, 1913
Three Young Women, 1920
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EXPLORE – TO THE MOON AND BEYOND
Until 21 July 2019
BLUE PALACE – Pisa
Palace of Art and Culture
Lungarno Gambacorti, 9
Palazzo Blu – Pisa
For the 50th anniversary of the first man on the Moon, Palazzo Blu and National Geographic present “On the moon and beyond“.
From the incredible adventure that brought the man to the Moon (50th anniversary celebrated this year), up to the fantastic images of the boundaries of the Universe. “On the moon and beyond” is the heart of the cultural itinerary, the new exhibition that arrives at Palazzo Blu from March 2019 curated by National Geographic and with the special collaboration of the Italian Space Agency.
A captivating journey across the wonders and mysteries of the universe through a collection of symbolic photos, models, videos and immersive and interactive experiences that offers you the opportunity of retracing the main stages of man’s journey through space. A journey marked by visionary ideas, successes, failures and characters who have written our history. From Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, the first woman in space Valentina Tereškova up to Laika the dog.
More than 500 men and women have ‘touched’ Space, including the Italians Luca Parmitano who will return on board the International Space Station in 2019, and Samantha Cristoforetti. The history of space expeditions includes missions to discover the secrets of the Sun – the uncontested protagonist located in the center of the Solar System, but also to know the icy gas giants like Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, and the rocky and hot planets like Venus and Mercury. Without omitting Mars, the planet that most of all has challenged the human imagination, a red desert that could have hosted life in its distant past and today still preserves lakes of liquid water in the subsoil. Earth’s ‘younger brother’ touched between successes and failures, from the Viking probes to the latest Curiosity and the European ExoMars with its unfortunate Schiaparelli lander.
Palazzo Blu exhibition leads to the discovery of the International Space Station that represents the human outpost in Space: a zero-gravity environment orbiting the Earth, which in about two decades has hosted on board more than 200 astronauts from 18 Countries. It is also a unique scientific laboratory and a symbol of international cooperation. And finally, the Earth seen from the Space and defined as The Blue Marble in one of the rare photos that sketches our entire and completely illuminated planet. There is a unique point of observation in Space, from which you can understand the fragility and complexity of our planet.
The exhibition “On the moon and beyond” is also an invitation to question what the future of explorations will reserve, since today the project of the first human colonies on Mars and on Moon is very demanding. The exhibition was designed for all ages, from adults to children, with educational paths for the classes built to integrate with the school programs and, thanks to the guidance of the educational staff, young people are also involved in order to understand the important scientific phenomena.
YURI GAGARIN was the first Man in the space.
He was launched on board the Vostok 1 space capsule on 12 APRIL 1961 at 9:07am Moscow time and bis flight ended at 10:55am
Collage of images of the Sun in different wavelengths by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
Front and back of the Golden Record installed on the Voyager spacecrafts, a gesture which astronomer Carl Sagan compared to “launching a bottle into the cosmico ocean” to provide proof of the existence of human civilisation on Earth.
John Glenn in 1962 while shaving a few hours before the mission that will make him the first American to orbit the earth and then to the record age of 77 when he returns to space with a mission aboard the Shuttle Discovery.
The complex control panel of the first Space Shuttles.
The uncluttered control panel of the Vostok 1 capsule which flow Yuri Gagarin to space in 1961.
Hubble Ultra Deep Field is the deepest image of the Universe, enabling us to see up to 13 billion years back in time.
Realised with an exposure of one million seconds, it shows about 10000 galaxies.
In the picture, the main mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope (scheduled to launch in 2021 aboard a European Ariane 5 launcher). Is made up of 18 hexagonal mirrors arranged in a honeycomb pattern measuring 6,5 metres in diameter overall.
Space exploration continues…..
Have a nice trip
VERROCCHIO, MASTER OF LEONARDO
Exhibition from 9 Mars 2019 to 14 July 2019
Palazzo Strozzi – Florence
Palazzo Strozzi celebrates Andrea del Verrocchio, an emblematic artist of the Florentine Renaissance, in a major exhibition showcasing over 120 paintings, sculptures and drawings from the world’s leading museums and collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence.
The exhibition, with a special section at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, brings together for the first time Verrocchio’s celebrated masterpieces and capital works by the best-known artists associated with his workshop in the second half of the 15th century, such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino and Leonardo da Vinci, his most famous pupil, also reconstructing Leonardo’s early artistic career and interaction with his master thanks to outstanding loans and unprecedented juxtapositions.
The exhibition, curated by two leading experts in the art of the Quattrocento, Francesco Caglioti and Andrea De Marchi, is one of the flagship events in the programme of celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death and is the first retrospective ever devoted to Verrocchio, while also exploring the early years of Leonardo di Vinci’s career and providing an overview of artistic output in Florence from roughly 1460 to 1490, the age of Lorenzo the Magnificent.
- Daily 10.00 – 20.00
- Thursdays 10.00 – 23.00
- Exhibition also open on public holidays
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GIOVANE GENTILDONNA (1465-1466 circa)
Andrea Del Verrocchio
Marmo bianco – New York, The Frick Collection
DAMA DEL MAZZOLINO (1475 circa)
Andrea Del Verrocchio
Marmo – Firenze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello
TRE BUSTI FEMMINILI visti di spalle
Desiderio Da Settignano e Andrea Del Verrocchio (dal 1455 al 1475 circa)
TESTA DI ANGELO (1472 – 1476)
Andrea Del Verrocchio
Carboncino o Matita nera poi rilavorati dall’artista a penna e inchiostro bruno scuro
Firenze, Gallerie degli Uffizi
SPIRITELLO CON PESCE (Putto col Delfino) 1470 – 1475 circa
Andrea Del Verrocchio
Firenze, Museo di Palazzo Vecchio
DAVID VITTORIOSO (1468 – 1470 circa)
Andrea Del Verrocchio
Bronzo con tracce di dorature
Firenze, Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Amazing terracotta that is supposed to be attributed to a young Leonardo Da Vinci, at the time a pupil in the Andrea Del Verrocchio workshop.
MADONNA COL BAMBINO (1472 circa)
Leonardo Da Vinci
Londra, Victoria and Albert Museum
“From MAGRITTE to DUCHAMP. 1929: the Great Surrealism from the Centre Pompidou“
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BLUE Palace – Pisa
Palace of Art and Culture
Lungarno Gambacorti, 9
The Foundation BLUE Palace, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and MondoMostre are presenting “From MAGRITTE to DUCHAMP. 1929: The Great Surrealism from the Centre Pompidou“.
For the first Time ever, the French museum is lending to Italy its jealously guarded masterpieces for this exhibition staged in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Blu in Pisa and curated by Didier Ottinger, Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Around 150 works, including collages by Max Ernst, wire masks by Alexander Calder, sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, photographs by Man Ray and a variety of objects, drawwings, paintings and documents map the extraordinary journey of the Surrealist avant-garde during its most exuberant period: the years around 1929.
Untitled – Summer 1929
Paris, Centre Pompidou
The Double Secret (1927)
Paris, Centre Pompidou
Woman in an armchair (Summer 1927)
(Tzara, Éluard, Breton, Arp, Dalì, Tanguy, Ernst, Crevel, Ray)
MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ – The Cleaner
From 21 September 2018 to 20 January 2019
Palazzo Strozzi – Firenze
Florence and Palazzo Strozzi joined this autumn / winter 2018/2019 to host a major exhibition dedicated to the international Serbian artist MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ, one of the most famous and controversial figures in contemporary art, whose works have revolutionized the idea of performance, testing her body and expressive potential to the limit.
The event is a unique retrospective bringing together more than a hundred works, providing a comprehensive survey of her most famous creations from a career ranging from the 1960s to the 2000s, including videos, photographs, paintings, objects, installations, and live recreations of her most famous performances by a group of performers specially chosen and trained for this show.
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Daily : 10.00-20.00
Thursdays : 10.00-23.00
Exhibition also open on public holidays
Durata: 90 minuti
Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna
Bologna, giugno 1977
Piano Nobile – Palazzo Strozzi
Firenze, settembre 2018/gennaio 2019
“The House with the Ocean View”, 2002
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, 15-26 novembre 2002
Tiina Pauliina Lehtimäki
“The House with the Ocean View”
Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, 4-16 dicembre 2018
BANKSY – THIS IS NOT AT PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Exhibition from 10/19/2018 to 24/02/2019
Palazzo Medici Riccardi – Florence
“Flying Copper”, 2003
Nobody knows who he is, yet he is perhaps the most popular artist of the 21st century. Here they come, so this fall, even in Florence the works of Banksy, the father of contemporary street art.
His early works appear in the early nineties on the streets of Bristol, a city in the south-west of England that in those years broke a season of intense artistic ferments. Provocative, ironic, unpredictable, Banksy talks about war, pollution, repression, homologation and manipulation in Western society, with images of powerful evocative impact that simply appear from day to day on the street, in any place, on the walls of buildings visible to anyone passing by. Always remaining anonymous: its identity has never been revealed and the hypotheses about who is behind the signature of those graffiti, which over the years have appeared on the walls of the world, have fueled the myth of Banksy.
“Banksy. This is not a photo opportunity” is the exhibition scheduled at Palazzo Medici Riccardi from October 19th 2018 to February 24th 2019, where a selection of his most famous images, those that have gained high popularity even through sharing on social media, will be exhibited.
Just a few days ago he came back to talk about himself for one of his works that, at the very moment when it was sold at the Sotheby’s London auction, self-destructed by slipping through a shredder hidden in its frame.
To complete the exhibition, the public will have an infographic on the chronology of the artist, extensive historical cards on the works with photographic documentation, the original “black books”, original posters of his exhibitions, counterfeit banknotes, balloons “I am an imbecile “used at Dismaland and a selection of videos.
Daily : 09.00-19.00
Wednesday : closed
Holidays : always open
“Pulp Fiction”, 2004
“Love Rat”, 2004
“Get out while you Can”, 2004
PROJECT: “THE WALL” The Dark – At the edge of vision From 21.04.2018 to 21.06.2018 – Museo del Novecento
A truly exciting exhibition that was signed by MARCO BAZZINI inside the Museo del Novecento in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence. IL BUIO is the first graphic exhibition of the project “THE WALL”, the original exhibition format conceived by the new director of the Museum, Sergio Risaliti. An easily understandable graphic model, information concepts and data on the works collected by the curator so as to suggest to the visitor new stimuli and new traces of reading. Bazzini has chosen the theme of darkness and that of art. The darkness not to be understood as absence, but rather as a common line to tell the story of art under a new point of view, to understand how artists have used or lived or depicted the darkness from the contemporaries to go back in the centuries.
Defining darkness is difficult. Is it a character, a dimension, a metaphor? A condition or rather an environment? The darkness is, however, it is declining, something certainly ambivalent. It presents itself and retracts at the same time. There is no darkness without light, darkness without clarity. Precisely because it is unattainable in its entirety, in this exhibition the darkness has been sought in works of art. A visual journey in the history of art that shows how the darkness in its constant presence – it is too often believed that only art is light – muted according to culture and time.
If the more recent artists invite to stay in the darkness, other protagonists of the twentieth century are referring to the darkness as a material for the pictorial expression or for the introspective investigation. A journey of more than 60 WORKS which, proceeding to the contrary, arrives at the nocturnal representation, a pictorial genre whose first episode is present in FLORENCE in the BARONCELLI CHAPEL of SANTA CROCE with the “ANNOUNCEMENT OF PADS OF TADDEO GADDI.
Saturday 21.04.2018 – Starting from this date the historic site of the Museo del 900, dedicated to Italian Modern and Contemporary Art, is reborn with a new image strongly desired by the new artistic director Sergio Risaliti. The interventions will be multiple and on several levels:
- enhancement of exhibition planning, with alternating exhibitions and temporary projects
- recovery of new spaces
- better use of the museum heritage
- future multitasking institution
Immediately admire the colorful installation of the writing M U S E O in front of the external gate, designed by the artist Paolo Parisi in collaboration with the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. A choice, that of the word “Museum” to indicate the desire to modernize the term to give back to the House of the Muses a contemporary vitality reminding that art is the daughter of memory (Mnemosyne).
To be reported for the next months:
- The video installation “The body is a sacred garment” by Beatrice Bulgari for In Between Art Film
From 21.04.18 to 20.09.18
- The “The Wall” Project, the original exhibition format conceived by the new director Risaliti who, for his debut, has the signature of Marco Bazzini entitled Il Buio. At the edge of vision
From 21.04.18 to 21.06.18
- the Exhibition “The sculptor’s drawings” with graphic works signed by A.Wildt, J.Lipchitz, D.Smith, Louise Bourgeois, L.Fabro, Rebecca Horn and R. Whiteread.
From 21.04.18 to 12.07.18
- the first Italian exhibition of the German artist Ulla Von Brandenburg “Of a golden sun”
From 21.04.18 to 21.06.18
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.
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AI WEIWEI – Libero
From 23 September 2016 to 22 January 2017
Florence – Palazzo Strozzi
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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.
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