To help you plan your next trip to Tuscany in the best possible way, here are the most important and keenly awaited exhibitions as from September. You won’t be disappointed!
After the beautiful exhibition “POWER AND PATHOS. Bronze sculpture of the Hellenistic world”, Palazzo Strozzi continues to bring outstanding exhibitions to town.
Now it’s the turn of “Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana”: over 100 works by well-known Italian and international artists set out to explore the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. Get ready to admire masterpieces such as Jean-François Millet’s Angelus, Vincent van Gogh’s Pietà, Renato Guttuso’s Crucifixion and Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion. (September 24, 2015 – January 26, 2016)
Another much awaited event is the arrival of Jeff Koons’ controversial creations. The exhibition is organized on the occasion of the International Biennial of Antiques and it will be displayed between Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti. (late September)
But the most anticipated event in town is the reopening of the renovated Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (the museum dedicated to the Duomo of Florence). The museum is packed with unique collections of religious art masterpieces, including works by Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Luca della Robbia, Antonio Pollaiuolo and Michelangelo, as well as statues and paintings made for the Duomo, the Campanile and the Baptistery of Florence – like the 40 statues made for the old facade of the cathedral.
The new, spectacular setting (over 5500 square meters!) will enhance the beauty of masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pieta, Mary Magdalene and the Prophets of Donatello, the Cantorie of Luca della Robbia and Donatello, the legendary Gate of Paradise and the North Gate of the Baptistery by Lorenzo Ghiberti (the latest one will be visible for the first time, after the restoration).
A large room will house a colossal model of the ancient medieval facade of the cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1296 and destroyed at the end of the sixteenth century. (re-opening October 29, 2015)
The breathtaking Square of Miracles (a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987) provides the backdrop for a major exhibition dedicated to the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. In addition to the square, the exhibition also involves the Opera Palace and the Museum of Sinopia: over 100 works that interact with the urban space and the history and art of Pisa. (June 27, 2015 – January 31, 2016)
In the meantime, the countdown has begun for one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year, which Palazzo Blu dedicates to the French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. (October 2015 – Febraury 2016).
In Volterra, the major exhibition dedicated to Rosso Fiorentino – “Rosso Fiorentino. Rosso Vivo. La Deposizione, la Storia, il ‘900, il Contemporaneo” (Rosso Fiorentino. Bright Red. The Deposition, the History, the Twentieth Century, the Contemporary) – goes on until the end of the year.
The exhibition involves some of the most prestigious venues in Volterra – the Pinacoteca Civica, the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum, the Priori Palace, the Roman Theatre, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, and the Eco-museum of Alabaster. The Pinacoteca Civica is also hosting two other amazing exhibitions dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini and Terry O’Neill. (until December 31, 2015 – all the info here)
The Duomo of Siena will unveil its mosaic floor: “the most beautiful, largest and most magnificent floor that ever was made” (Giorgio Vasari). Jump to the occasion! (August 18 – October 27, 2015 – info here)