all the arts in dialogue between modern and contemporary

Art and antiques are intertwined in Florence at the end of September. The XXII International Biennale of Antiques (Biaf) at the Palazzo Corsini and the Art Week with a wide range of exhibitions in renowned galleries and museums transform the city into a 360-degree cultural hub. Let’s start with the Biennale, open until October 2, considered one of the most important in the world and the first entirely dedicated to Italian art. Eighty exhibitors, Italian and European, all of a high standard. So much so that Vittorio Sgarbi announced, on the occasion of the press conference, that he had identified about twenty works worthy of a museum. Like the plaster relief The sleeperof 1924, which Felice Casorati he had created for the private theater of the industrialist Riccardo Gualino, exhibited by Gian Enzo Sperone of New York and acquired by Sgarbi for the Mart of Trento and Rovereto, of which he is president.

Laocoon Gallery, Vincenzo de’ Rossi, Laocoonte

A similar fate would also rightfully belong to the Laocoon Group proposed by the Laocoon Gallery in London (which combines the best of two Roman galleries: the W. Apolloni specializing in ancient art and the Laocoonte Gallery, focusing on early 20th century Italian century). sculpture by Vincenzo de Rossi in 1584 in Florence, inspired by the ancient one now preserved in the Vatican Museums (found in Rome in 1506 and probably a copy of a Hellenistic bronze). Fabrizio and Marco Fabio Apolloni, father and son, had found him at an auction in France and had not let him get away. In the pavilion of the Salamon Gallery in Milan, the portrait of Eleonora by Francesco de Medici, the Alessandro Alorifrom about 1582, and one Madonna and child from Philip Lippi, from around 1433, absolute masterpieces. This year Metaverse and Augmented Reality also arrived in Biaf. Thanks to EY (digital leader), Innovation Partner of this edition, you can experience the connection between classic art and the future and live a remote virtual experience to find the winning paintings of previous editions in a virtual space.

Fabrizio Plessi, Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni Gold. performance of the Roberto Casamonti collection

“Fuori Biaf” offers a rich route of galleries. Starting at Tornabuoni Gallery, with “Digital Emotions” (until November 18): 30 installations from Fabrizio Plessi, pioneer of video art who likes to define himself as a sculptor of light and new technologies. On its screens, technological tools at the service of art and poetry, videos that refer to fire, water, air, accompanied by a new series of NFT digital works on the theme of gold symbolism. The Emilian artist, Venetian by adoption, has also made four videos for the facade of Palazzo Salimbeni (until April 2, 2023), which houses the museum of Giuseppe Casamonti, founder of the Tornabuoni Gallery and a major collector of modern and contemporary art.

Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery, The Sleeper, 1924 by Felice Casorati

A passion born as a child, condemn a portrait of Ezio’s father executed by the painter Ottone Rosai, in whose atelier he was infected forever by the fever of art. In a dialogue between ancient and modern, on the contrary, the exhibition “Timelessness” of the Frascione Arte gallery with the Aria gallery (until November 5), divided between “Gold, a spark through the ages”, in the first, and “The echo of ” eternity”, in the second, which combines 17th century painting with contemporary works. A brilliant and original excursion dedicated to the use of gold from the fourteenth century to the present, which sees, for example, the Madonna and Child, by Benvenuto di Giovanni, and the Territorio de ternura by the contemporary Spanish painter Salustiano, from 2018.

Bile. Frascione, Territorio de ternura di Salustiano, 2018 © Micaela Zucconi

Focus on an artist from Tuscany, for the Marletta Gallery, with his exhibition “Drawings, Drawings and First Ideas Behind the Scenes of Art” Giovanni Colacicchi (until October 31), one of the most important figurative painters of the “Novecento Italiano” group, with Carrà, Casorati, De Chirico, De Pisis, Guidi and Morandi. Super contemporary at Galleria Poggiali, with “Trans Formam”, by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, 22 projects mostly custom made. Distorted, bloated, “overweight” objects depicting everyday objects, from cars to food – such as sausages – for an ironic reading of modern society. Fashion and society are present at the Ferragamo Museum with an exhibition dedicated to his memory Wanda Miletti Ferragamo, leader of the brand from 1960 until his death in 2018, always stuck between work and family. The trail examines the reality of women between the 1950s and 1960s, including clothing, design, artwork, photography and film. Finally, the museums: the exhibition “In your time” by Olafur Eliasson, in the Palazzo Strozzi, the largest ever built in Italy. The artist presents new works (such as Under the weather of 2022, site specific work in the courtyard) and historical works, in dialogue with the Renaissance architecture of the building and with visitors (until January 21, 2023).

Olafur Eliasson, Color Spectrum Kaleidoscope

Continuing, the Museo Novecento hosts ‘Transfer’, a monograph of his Tony Cragg, one of the most important exponents of international sculpture, with monumental sculptures, installations and drawings. Director Sergio Risaliti explains: “Tony Cragg’s great monograph (1949) is part of a series of works devoted to English art that has seen protagonists from Henry Moore to Jenny Saville to Antony Gormely.” Speaking of Moore, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 exhibition at the Forte di Belvedere, the Museo Novecento pays tribute to the master with Henry Moore in Florence – two large sculptures on display in the Piazza della Signoria and in the courtyard of the church of San Miniato Abbey in Monte, until March 31, 2023 – and with Back to Moore, a unique competition addressed to all those who visited the ’72 exhibition, invited to send their memories in pictures, now on display in the Sala d’Arme of the Palazzo Vecchio (until October 3rd). In the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the dialogue between ancient and modern is a virtuous exercise capable of transforming abandoned spaces such as the Tobacco Factory or the Torre di Novoli, once a Fiat factory, into spaces of cultural production.

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