Frame-worthy Fashion at Palazzo Pitti

TRACCE 2018. Costume Gallery, Pitti Palace. Pitti Palace open Tuesday – Sunday 8:15 am-6:15 pm. Admission € 16, reduced € 8. While it’s true that Italy is home to contemporary fashion power houses such as Gucci, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana, the country’s past possesses an equally rich sartorial history. Explore archival materials of both Italian and European fashion designers such as Roberto Capucci and Azzedine Alaïa at Palazzo Pitti’s new fashion exhibition, [...]

Dance Legend Baryshnikov Performs in Florence

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV is a meld of three great artistic minds. In Mikhail Baryshnikov’s one-man show, the renowned dancer reads the poetry of his friend and Nobel Prize-winning poet Joseph Brodsky at Florence’s Opera di Firenze on July 3, 4 and 5. As a part of the program, on Monday, July 2, the University of Florence awarded Baryshnikov with an honorary master’s degree in performing sciences in recognition of his longtime and continued involvement in [...]

The Creative Paradise of ‘The Season’ 2018

Until July 3: THE SEASON. Literary Fair. New York University Florence, Villa La Pietra, Via Bolognese 120. Free admission. All events in English unless otherwise specified. Villa La Pietra will become a creative paradise over the next few weeks for New York University’s The Season, an international celebration of literature, poetry, drama, and film. Monday, June 11 will be dedicated to a concert of piano sonatas (9 pm) by composer Robert Scarcella Perino [...]

A Striking of the ‘Gong’ Opens Belvedere Show

The public can view an innovative juxtaposition of modern art in the 16th century venue overlooking Florence that was also the wedding site for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in 2014. On June 2, Mayor Dario Nardella struck a gong to officially inaugurate the new exhibition at the Forte di Belvedere. Through October 14, the Medicean fortress, open exclusively in the summer, is the site of the GONG exhibition featuring works by Eliseo [...]

Pontormo Show Reveals a Special Masterpiece at Pitti

A Pontormo masterpiece returns to Florence thanks to a new exhibition curated by Bruce Edelstein at Palazzo Pitti, after being sold 30 years ago to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for a record figure of 32.5 million dollars. The show titled “Miraculous Encounters, Pontormo from Drawing to Painting” will be open until July 29 in the Sala delle Nicchie in the Pitti Palace, part of Florence’s Uffizi Galleries complex. L’alabardiere (Portrait of [...]

U.S. Author Wins Von Rezzori Prize

George Saunders received the Von Rezzori award in a ceremony at the Sala d’Arme,  Palazzo Vecchio on May 3 with his acclaimed novel Lincoln in the Bardo. The novel takes place in 1862, in the beginning of Civil War. President Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son, Willie, is very ill at the White House and in just a few days he dies. Inspired by this real-life situation, Saunders tells the story of familial love and loss [...]

The Power of Words at the Festival degli Scrittori

May 3 – 5:  FESTIVAL DEGLI SCRITTORI (Festival of Writers).  Florence.  Venues and times vary. All the events are free of charge. Can a book festival mirror both the contemporary political disquiet of the Trump era and at the same time the ups and downs of a whole generation of midlife people who are too young to retire and too old to start again? Yes, if the answer is the Festival of Writers [...]

Carla dal Forno, Australian Singer at the Sala Vanni

Network Sonoro is a project born of the partnership between Musicus Concentus and Music Pool. Offering 100 concerts, which take place in traditional theaters, clubs, and auditoriums, this project acts as a reference point for those interested in exploring the contemporary music scene. Taking place throughout the region of Tuscany, Italian and other international artists offer an exciting journey into eclectic music. Carla Dal Forno is the next performing artist who will take [...]

Pontormo Restoration in the Capponi Chapel

Thanks to private donors Kathe and John Dyson, the Friends of Florence foundation was able to finance the €120,000 restoration of the Capponi Chapel, designed in 1420 by Brunelleschi in the church of Santa Felicita. A century later, shortly after Ludovico di Gino di Ludovico Capponi acquired the chapel built for the Barbardori family, Jacopo Pontormo began to decorate the interior. As an exponent of Mannerism, Pontormo pushed the main features of the [...]

The Contini Bonacossi Collection Unveiled at the Uffizi

The Contini Bonacossi Collection at the Uffizi Gallery became available to the public for the first time in 49 years. The history behind this collection is as complex as it is beautiful and tells a unique story of its own. Immediately after World War II, Alessandro Contini Bonacossi donated his private art collection to the Italian State and in 1969, the collection became property of the Florentine Galleries.  For nearly 49 years, the [...]