Exhibits & Events

This section is a bit in flux in 2013 - going forward it will feature new (but temporary) exhibits and events that are not related to art exhibits or religious holidays or festivals, and annual, biannual, and biennial events will be in the Annual Events section (where many already are). Art specific events will be in their own section Art Events. For additional up to date and one time events as they happen, visit our sister site Florence Journal and the separate Calendar of Florence Events we maintain there.

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Below are some of our most recent entries posted in the Exhibits & Events category - use the links at the end of the page to access all the articles individually.

Chocolate Fair 2010

Here are some first photos from the 2010 edition of "Fiera del Cioccolato Artiginale" in Piazza Santa Croce:


"Painting Light" at the Palazzo Strozzi

The exhibit "Painting Light: Hidden techniques of the Impressionists" at the Palazzo Strozzi will come to end on September 28, 2008

scheda_DL_02.jpgHow did the Impressionists paint? Painting Light is not just another Impressionist exhibition - it examines some of the most famous canvases of the last century, looking for clues as to where the paintings were made, under what conditions and, in some cases, by whom. The exhibition brings together over sixty masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet ,Signac, Sisley, Morisot and Renoir and others from the Wallraf-Richartz Museum Foundation Corboud, Cologne, and other museums.

Painting Light: Hidden techniques of the Impressionists
Florence, Palazzo Strozzi 11 July - 28 September 2008

Info: +39 055 2645155

Opening hours:
Daily 9 a.m - 8 p.m
Thursday 9 a.m - 11 p.m
Last admission to the exhibition 1 hour before closing

Full € 10,00
Reduced € 8,50 € 8,00 € 7,50
Schools € 4,00

Florence Biennale

They are gearing up for the Florence Biennale already (it is six months away - so put it on your calendar!):

"The sixth edition of the Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art will take place at the historic Fortezza da Basso from 1st - 9th December, 2007. This year's edition will include, as honoured guests, the acclaimed artists Gilbert & George and from the White Cube Gallery London, Tim Marlow. Gilbert & George will be awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico prize on 4th December."

International Wine Auction

Costumi17th May 2007

7th Edition of Rare Wines, Stage Furnishings and Costumes Auction
to support Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence Opera)

MaggiodiVino Committee organizes the seventh edition of an auction of rare wines and scenery furnishings, that will will take place in Florence on the 17th of May at 7pm at Pagliere Medicee (an old medicean hay loft), Viale Machiavelli, 24.

More information here.

Florence's Maggio Musicale

Florence's Maggio Musicale Opens With World Premiere of Fedele's Antigone

Maggio2007poster180"Opening night at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale features the world premiere of Antigone, the first opera by Italian composer Ivan Fedele. Michel Tabachnik conducts the Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, along with a cast drawn largely from Italy's baroque music specialists: mezzo Monica Bacelli in the title role, bass Roberto Abbondanza as King Creon, tenor Mirko Guadagnini as Haemon, coloratura soprano Chiara Taigi as Ismene, and countertenor Martin Oro as Tiresias."

More here.

ART 2007, International Arts and Crafts exhibition


There is a really interesting craft fair at the Fortezza da Basso from now until April 22nd:

"Tradition and innovation, pursuing high quality: this is the idea that has always inspired the International Handicraft Fair, ART, and that has enabled this event to celebrate this very year the prestigious target of the 71th exhibition. ART is the shop-window and the market for the unique products of handicraft, coming from Tuscany and from other places as well, which are being shown at the Fortezza da Basso in the spaces of the eight sectors the exhibition is divided into."

There are hand-made items for sale from all over the world: jewelry, carpets from Iran and India, furniture, ceramics, clothing, accessories, and more.

Cézanne in Florence

St6_mat_arbresThe new exhibit "Cézanne in Florence" at the Palazzo Strozzi is fantastic. A strongly curated show, that is well documented (details on every work in Italian and English, plus some notes specifically for children) and has many amazing works by Cézanne and others. The exhibit is meticulous in laying out the details of the two collectors, Egisto Paolo Fabbri and Charles Alexander Loeser, who first owned most of these paintings.

Continue reading Cézanne in Florence.

Small Antiques Market, Fiesole

Mail7There is a small antiques market in Fiesole on the first Sunday of the month now through July. At Piazza Mino da Fiesole, from 8:00 am to sunset. Mercato del Piccolo Antiquariato a Fiesole 2007. Phone 800 414 240 or visit www.comune.fi.it (though I couldn't find any more info except the dates in the caledar they have).

Children's Story Hour

1The Paperback Exchange will be hosting a children's story hour on the first and third Saturdays of every month - the first Saturday will be appropriate for 4-6 year olds, while the third Saturday will be for 6-8 year olds. The story hours are from 10 to 11am and will be free. I'm unsure whether a reservation will be recommended, so for more information you can call 055-293460. The events are in collaboration with FITC (Florence International Theatre Company) Creative Campus. Study abroad students will read to the children in English - with a focus on " vocabulary building, comprehension... and fun!". The first reading, on March 3rd for 4-6 year olds, will be The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The second book, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, will be read to 6-8 year olds on March 17th.

The Paperback Exchange's last children's event was a great success, so we expect this one to be lots of fun too. Ellen

Cézanne a Firenze

Cezanne_01_1Here is the official URL http://www.cezannefirenze.it for the new Cézanne exhibit which opens Friday, March 2nd at the Palazzo Strozzi. You can book tickets directly on the site (or so it says).

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