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|NEWSLETTER – april 2009
April If even March showers bring flowers, we should
have a very colorful April. After a particularly wet March,
this months many garden and flower events in Florence
and Tuscany should be the best ever.
Five years ago we sent out our first newsletter and now, 60
issues later, we are going stronger than ever and getting
appreciative feedback that brightens even the bleariest days.
In this issue, we offer a wide selection of April exhibitions,
movies, music and lots of fairs and markets in the countryside.
April is a holiday-filled month starting with Easter on Sunday
12. Watch for shops and banks to be closed on Easter Monday
(13th), Saturday April 25th (Liberation Day), and Friday May
1 (Labour Day).
Sent with all our very best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA,
LORI, ANNA PIA, KIMBERLY and MARIO.
& FLACCOMIO REPORT
BARDINI MUSEUM REOPENS
After a closure lasting ten long years, Florences Museo
Bardini on Piazza deMozza in the San Niccolo neighborhood,
is scheduled to reopen April 5th. A meticulous restoration
has brought back, amongst other features, the original blue
chosen for the walls by Stefano Bardini himself, prior to
his death in 1922. While looking up further information about
the museum, I stumbled onto a divertente story
on a blog sponsored by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
(gardnerafterhours.wordpress.com). Ill carry the story
here, as an aside, and leave discovering the new Bardini Museum
to each of us on our own (Via dei Renai 37. Open Saturday,
Sunday and Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. tel. 055 2342427.
Ticket: 5 euro.)
Stefano Bardini was a popular 19th century art dealer
based in Florence, Italy, offering furniture, paintings and
sculpture to buyers such as architect Stanford White and the
Louvre Museum. Gardner purchased objects and furniture from
Bardini and seems to have admired his own particular approach
for displaying his collection which included sculptures by
the della Robbia brothers and 15th century polychrome stuccoes.
Bardini chose several shades of blue for his rooms, which
inspired visitors to call his house now a museum
the Blue Museum.
Gardner wrote again to Berenson later in the year,
you get there (you are there) please do get me a piece of
paper painted with the blue of Bardinis walls. You know
you promised me before. I am working hard over my new house.
Berenson writes back right away: I was most sincerely
pleased to hear from you, after so long a silence even
tho you mildly scolded me for not having gotten you
a sample of Bardinis blue. The truth is that when you
wrote about it last year, I saw Bardini about it directly.
He solemnly assured me he would send it [to] you in a day
.This time I went down and approached him. He
was profuse in apologies, and to make sure that now you really
got it, I told him to give it to me. I enclose it, the sample,
and with it, the receipt for preparing it
She was unrelenting in her pursuit of the right color, wondering
if the paint chip was the correct color. Did you compare
them [the paint chip and wall]? In case you have not, will
you kindly do so. I enclose a piece. The important [thing]
is to get the tint exactly
Berenson assured Gardner that the color was the exact shade
on Bardinis walls and, to this day, the museum has continued
to follow a similar formula (with the help of Benjamin Moore),
in keeping with Gardners intent.
FROM OUR NEW YORK CORRESPONDENT:
In the New York Times Style Magazine: Travel Spring 2009,
eight luxury experiences in the heart of Florence are spotlighted
in the magazine's "Style Map." The introductory
paragraph reads "Rightly celebrated for its history,
Florence too often seems like a city-cum-museum, preserved
in amber for the enjoyment of the tourist hordes. But lately
it is rediscovering its innovative side, as artisans and entrepreneurs
are giving the town's traditional pursuits - art, craft, food,
fashion - a distinctly modern sensibility."
The map directs the reader to 'ino wine bar, Villa Bardini
restaurant, FOR gallery, Four Seasons Hotel Spa, Saskia Scarpe
Su Misura for (mostly) men's shoes, Britta in Bicicletta children's
clothes, Q.B. Quantobasta restaurant and wine bar, and Taddei
Try this link for access: http://travel.nytimes.com/indexes/2009/03/22/style/t/index.html#pageName=22map
A MESSAGE FROM ST. JAMES (including a handy explanation of
the 5 per mille program)
If you pay taxes in Italy, you can support our non-profit
association "Amici di St. James in Florence" by
using the "5 x 1000" line on your tax return. Simply
sign the relevant box on your tax return form and indicate
the 'codice fiscale' (tax ID number) for Amici di St. James
Cinque per mille for Amici di Saint James is an instrument
to support the outreach/mission giving programs at St. James,
including the Food Bank, Thrift Shop (whose proceeds support
the work by the sisters of Madre Teresa in Florence), as well
as annual donations that St. James awards to sustain local
and international charities. To learn more about these programs
please contact: Cindy D'Alimonte (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Barbara Maraventano (email@example.com) or Mary Diamond
What is "5 per mille"? "5 per mille" is
a percentage of earnings that the Italian government relinquishes
and redirects to non-profit organization to support their
activities. Therefore, "5 per mille" does not cost
individual taxpayers anything and is NOT an added tax.
How can I give "5 per mille" to the AMICI DI SAINT
JAMES? Your tax returns (forms CUD, 730 and UNICO) contain
a space dedicated to "5 per mille" where you should
add your signature and the "codice fiscale" of the
AMICI DI ST. JAMES 94138720480, and more specifically in the
box that states "Sostegno del volontariato e delle organizzazioni
non lucrativa di utilità sociale ....". Thank
you and we do hope we can count on your contribution.
Music at St. James has begun its inaugural season this year
with a program of opera and chamber music. Saturday night
is opera night, presenting performances of four beloved operas
in Spring 2009: Tosca, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Seviglia
and La Bohème. The final Monday of each month will
feature chamber music, including concerts by world-famous
organists on our new Willis organ, music for piano, vocal
and world music ensembles and more. Maestro Riccardo Foti,
music director at St. James, is impresario for this new arrival
on the musical scene in Florence. He is also music director
for the monastic choir at the Badia Fiorentina, and teaches
at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. The Monday recital: €15
(€10 students, seniors). All other performances: €25
(€15 students, seniors).
Saturday 4 - Il Barbiere di Siviglia. 8.30 pm
Saturday 18 - La Bohème. 8.30 pm
Saturday 25 Tosca. 8.30 pm
Monday 27 - Organ recital Giovanni Vitangeli. 9:00
Saturday May 2 - La Traviata. 8.30 pm
Egg Decorating Fun!! Date:Saturday, April 4. Time: 4:00-6:00pm.
Location: St. James undercroft. Egg decorating, book reading,
games and crafts. Baked goods, books and toys will be on sale.
Entrance €3 euro for library members and €5 euro
for non-members/per child, children under 2 free. Bring your
own eggs to decorate! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Visit our website at www.stjames.it or join us on facebook
-- St. James American Church!
MESSAGE FROM DEMOCRATS ABROAD FLORENCE
This seasons Distinguished Lecturer Series has its exciting
kickoff with a lecture by an advisor to President Obama for
environmental policy. So if youre interested in the
changes a Democratic Administration is bringing Americas
environmental footprint and the role our country is now poised
to play in working to heal our environment, then this is a
talk you wont want to miss! We are very excited to welcome
Armin Rosencranz, Stanford professor and member of Obamas
energy and environment advisory committee during the campaign,
to speak on Realistic climate and energy policies in
President Obama's first two years in office. This event
is co-hosted by DAF and Stanford University in Florence and
we have a wonderful new venue at the Palazzo Strozzi
Altana, top floor. Friday, April 3, 5:00pm. RSVP email@example.com.
Refreshments will follow. Volunteers appreciated.
At the April chapter meeting we will be experimenting with
a new day, time and venue: Tuesday April 21st at 7:30pm we
will meet at Moyo (www.moyo.it) located in centro at via dei
Benci 23R. We hope to see new faces as we seek to involve
as much of our membership as possible in DAF.
Democrats Abroad Florence is making a bid to be the site of
the fall Regional Meeting of DA (EMEA: Europe, Middle East,
Africa) in early October 2009. This is a very exciting initiative
for us sort of like trying to get the Olympics in your
hometown!! and if anyone is interested in entering
at the planning stages, please write me.
Democrats Abroad Florence said goodbye to one of its founding
members this week. Carolyn Demcy died Sunday, March 8, 2009.
A native of Brooklyn, Carolyn came to Florence in 1967 as
a Mud Angel to help save books and art after the terrible
flood of 1966. She made Florence her home and was known and
loved by many many people here. She will be missed.
Cathleen Compton, Chair Democrats Abroad Florence, Treasurer
Democrats Abroad Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!......Not good. March was not good at all. In
the last newsletter we said nine points are essential;
more desirable. If we had managed nine, Fiorentina would
be starting April in the prized fourth position and hanging
onto Milans coat-tails. Seven points would have been
enough to keep us in fourth spot. But four (quattro)! Yes,
a meagre four points and an outburst from the wonderful Mr.
Prandelli threatening to leave if people dont stop moaning.
Where has it all gone wrong between us? And on top of all
that, Giampaolo Pazzini, whom we sold to Sampdoria in January
is suddenly scoring goals and getting into the national squad
for whom he then scored against Montenegro! Not fair!
Serie A. Presumably, the squad approached week 26s game
against bottom-placed Reggina in a bad mood; edged out of
the UEFA Cup after a fighting display but gifting a late goal
to the cloggers from Amsterdam lead to Florence criticizing
Prandelli and he had blasted back. None of which actually
explains why we slunk back home with a single point in a 1-1
draw. Reggina even had the cheek to take the lead on 20 minutes;
sure, we equalized three minutes later as Bonazzoli scored
his first since joining us but, ominously, Reggina had the
better of the rest of the game.
The following week, Palermo visit the Stadio. Wed already
beaten them on their own ground and had only lost once at
home all season so the scene appeared set fair. Make that
two home defeats at home this season. Amateurish defending
gave them an opening goal; once the rest of the defence had
opened the door, even Freys gymnastics were of no avail.
As we faded, Palermo nicked another to win 2-0. At this level,
confidence is simultaneously vital and fragile and ours looked
low. At times like this, fans have to remember that all teams
experience a dip in format some time each season; the issue
is how long it lasts. This is where coaches earn their money
(and the right to keep their jobs!).
Still, just what we need when times are tough and the bickering
is audible a trip to league-leaders Inter, themselves
smarting at being dumped out of the Champions League by Manchester
United. The result Ibrahimovic 2: Fiorentina 0
might be expected but it doesnt tell the full story.
Mr. Prandelli had done his stuff and we clearly felt we had
nothing to lose and everything to prove. A draw would not
have been an unfair result but we were always just a whisker
away. No shame here (but no points either); Fiorentina are
a young team in development and we were facing a mature squad
confident in their ability to beat us. Our dander seemed to
be up once more but the week 29 derby against relegation-battling
Siena still looked daunting. Siena stirred occasionally but
we were clearly superior. Nonetheless, it was a relief to
see Mutu slide the ball into the net in the 72nd minute. A
second was rightly ruled out for offside. In these difficult
times, 1-0 will do as well as 6-0 thank you very much.
Nine games to go. Inter, Juve and Milan are almost out of
sight. We are in fifth place, two points behind Genoa. Roma
crashed heavily against Juventus in week 29 so we now have
three points on Totti & Co. On the face of it, the battle
for fourth place is among the three Genoa, Fiorentina
and Roma; however, Palermo and Cagliari are far from out of
it and Aprils games will be tense. Especially when you
look at the Viola schedule. We travel to Atalanta, who probably
harbor some last thoughts of qualification for the Europa
competition (earlier this season, we beat them 2-1); then
we host Cagliari in one of two must-not-lose matches
they beat us 1-0 back in week 12 and we need to extract revenge.
Off to Udinese, who just arent getting the results any
more and whom we slaughtered 4-2. Finally, the other critically-important
game as we host Roma. After a mysteriously abysmal start to
the season, Roma went on a long and winning run (including
defeating us 1-0 in the capital) but they may have gone off
the boil again, especially after the mauling from Juve.
Twelve points up for grabs and we must match or better Genoas
excellent form. We want ten points and we must not, in any
circumstances, settle for fewer than eight otherwise
well be too far off the pace in the final stages. We
need goals. Looking at the Serie A top scorers, Gilardino
stands in fourth place (16 goals) and Mutu in sixth (13 goals);
we need them to remember how to put the inflated animal bladder
into the onion bag (i.e. the ball into the net). The next
Viola player on the list is Montolivo in 47th place; we need
the rest of the team to stand up and be counted. Forza Viola!
Ticket information is available from the biglietteria
section of the clubs website [www.acffiorentina.it].
There is a plan of the stadium seating areas, prices and a
list of ticket outlets in Florence, including:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between the Pzza
Repubblica post office and the Odeon cinema). Tel 055 292363.
BAR MARISA, via Carnesecchi 1. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ASS. SPOTIVA COLLETTIVO AUTONOMO VIOLA 1978, via Lungo lAffrico
10r. Tel 055 672580.
BAR H9, via dellAriento (south side of the central market).
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, via Luigi Alamanni 39 (close to SMN station).
Tel 055 264321
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE:
Week 30: 5 April: Atalanta-Fiorentina
Week 31 (Florence): 11 April: Fiorentina-Cagliari
Week 32: 19 April: Udinese-Fiorentina
Week 33 (Florence): 26 April: Fiorentina-Roma
READERS REVIEW RESTAURANTS
We invite your comments for our Readers Review Restaurants
section. Use this forum to spread the word about restaurants
that merit recognition for their great food and good service.
The contents will reflect our readers points of view
(though we reserve the right to agree or disagree). Send your
input to email@example.com.
ANTICO NOE OSTERIA
Calling this place "tucked away" would be an understatement.
Not only is it tiny, its located off an ancient "underpass"
archway connecting Via Sant'Egidio and Borgo degli Albizi.
Once inside though, the ambience is every bit as friendly
as the nice owner. You will find good, solid Tuscan food with
steaks in the 15 to 20 euro range, primi around 10 euro and
antipasti from 6 to 10 euro.
Antico Noe' Osteria. Volta di San Piero 6/r. Open 12:00 to
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN Our Readers Right
Our Thumbs up, Thumbs down column is your chance
to write us and share your own ideas and information, or to
toot the horn of businesses, events and those Florentine situations
that strike you as either wonderful or terrible. Please note:
all opinions are (usually) strictly those of our readers.
Lend us your thoughts!
THUMBS UP FOR CHOCOLATE
In the waning days of March, Florence welcomed a great Tuscan
Chocolate Master, Roberto Catinari. This humble father of
all Tuscan chocolate makers has given his blessing for the
opening of a shop with exclusive rights to sell his handmade
chocolates. If you want to treat someone special to the best
chocolate Easter egg, head with a good map into the centro.
Just around the corner from Via Tornabuoni/Piazza Santa Trinità,
as you start down Via Porta Rossa, keep an eye out to your
left for a tiny (TINY) lane called Chiasso dei Soldanieri.
This is where you will find chocolate bon bons, hot chocolate,
chocolate bars of the most amazing quality, chocolate eggs
and more. Ask the staff to prepare a chocolate tasting for
LArte del Cioccolato Esclusivamente Roberto Catinari.
Chiasso dei Soldanieri. Tel. 055 217136, 3351778359.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH CHICKEN LIVER CROSTINI
WITH APPLE SLICES
In Tuscany vin santo, a sweet wine, is sometimes used to deglaze
the pan. Another delicious variation is to use balsamic vinegar
instead of red wine vinegar.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped pancetta
1/2 onion, finely chopped
8 ounces chicken livers
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus leaves for
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Red Delicious apple, cored
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium
heat. Add the pancetta and onion and sauté until golden,
5 minutes. Add the chicken livers and wine; cook until the
livers are firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vinegar and stir
to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Transfer the mixture to a food mill or a food processor and
process until smooth. Stir in the thyme, minced parsley, and
salt and pepper to taste.
Just before serving, spread chicken liver mixture on the crostini.
Cut the apple into thin slices and place 1 parsley leaf and
a 1 apple slice on top of each toast. Arrange on a platter
and serve at room temperature. Serves 8
This month our recipe comes from 50 Great Appetizers by Pamela
Sheldon Johns (www.FoodArtisans.com).
WORLD SACRED MUSIC WEEK
From Fri. 3 to Fri. 10 Florences Santo Stefano al Ponte
church will be filled with the spirit of both youth and music.
The International Festival of European Youth Orchestras started
in 1999 thanks to an EU grant and to the longstanding relationship
between the Accademia San Felice and the Florentine and Tuscan
governing boards. The aim of the Festival is to offer young
European musicians a unique experience in Italy, with the
chance to play in magnificent venues, and experience full
immersion in classical and contemporary music.
Easter 2003 saw the birth of the renowned World Sacred Music
Week festival in the Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence.
The festival runs for one week before Easter and offers up
to 3 concerts a day. Quality youth, amateur and professional
ensembles from all corners of the globe unite to present over
5 centuries of beautiful sacred music, ranging from solo performances
of the Goldberg Variations to mass choral-symphonic productions
of the Verdi, Brahms, Mozart, Faure Requiems and Beethoven's
The festival has been enriched by and internationally recognised
for its organisation of joint productions and stunning performances
of ensembles from India, Morocco, Cuba, Africa, Eastern and
Western Europe, and the USA. As well as including major religious
works from the classical Western repertoire, the festival
has presented performances of Klezmer, Samaa, contemporary
music (Arvo Part, Gubaidulina), gospel, cross-over projects,
gregorian chant, traditional Sardinian polyphony and the famous
Italian musicians Paolo Fresu and Mauro Pagani, who play rock/jazz/folk
music heavily influenced by popular Eastern and Mediterranean
Chiesa di S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, Via Por Santa Maria.
Info: tel. 055 611299 - 055 6123516. Box Office: tel. 055
210804. Ticket office S. Stefano: 338 4306155 (on concert
days). Reserve tickets at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outlines of each concert can be found on the site www.accademiasanfelice.com.
Friday 3 - Jacques Loussier TRIO. 9:00 pm.
Saturday 4 - Quintetto Polifonico "C. Terni". 6:00
Saturday 4 - F. Corteccia - Passione Secondo Giovanni. 9:00
Saturday 4 - M.R. Delalande Troix Lecons de Tenebres. 10:30
Sunday 5 - Recital WALEY-COHEN. 6:00 pm
Sunday 5 - W.A. Mozart - Requiem in Re min. 9:00
Monday 6 - Quem Queritis? (BASILICA DI S. CROCE). 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7 - L.van Beethoven - Concerto per Violino, A. Dvorak
Concerto per Violoncello Op.104 (G. Ricciardi). 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8 - Orchestra Milano Classica. 9:00 pm
Thursday 9 - Glass, Beethoven, Pärt. 9:00 pm
Friday 10 - G. Mahler - Sinfonia n.4. 9:00
EASTER WEEK CHURCH SERVICES IN ENGLISH
Holy Week Services at St. James
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2009
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
10:00 am - Adult Forum: Preparing for Cross and Resurrection:
THEOLOGY, with Gianluigi Gugliermetto. What is the Atonement?
Was the Resurrection physical? How could God really die on
a cross? Theologians put it all together.
11:00 am - Liturgy for Palm Sunday: Palm Sunday commemorates
Jesus entry in triumph into the city of Jerusalem. The
liturgy then moves immediately into the Story of the Passion
and Crucifixion of Jesus.
Maundy Thursday, April 9
8:00 pm - Liturgy with washing of the feet, followed by all-night
vigil in the chapel of repose. Maundy Thursday takes its name
from the traditional Latin refrain during the ceremony of
the washing of the feet (I give you a new commandment,
mandatum novum, John 13:31). The service is also the commemoration
of Our Lords Institution of the Eucharist in the story
of the Last Supper narrative in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark
and Luke. It includes a light meal, called an agape,
which is a Greek word for love.
Good Friday, April 10
10:00 am - Neighborhood Stations of the Cross
12:00 pm - Liturgy for Good Friday
Good Friday is probably a Middle English modification of Gods
Friday (in the same way that Goodbye is
derived from God be with ye.). This commemorates
the day of Our Lords crucifixion and is usually celebrated
within the traditional hours of noon and three in the afternoon,
the hours in which the crucifixion and death of Jesus occurred.
Holy Saturday, April 11
9:30 - Parish Excursion to San Vivaldo (Details to be announced).
8:00 pm - Great Vigil of Easter with Baptisms.
The culminating festival of Holy Week and the first Mass of
Easter Day. The Jewish practice of the observance of sunset
as the beginning of a new day merges with the earliest Christians
practice of re-kindling the New Pascal Fire and retelling
the great Scriptural stories of salvation history in a new
light. Whenever possible, baptisms are also celebrated
as they did in the early church, in the darkness of what is
liturgically Easter morning. The First Mass of
Easter is always followed by a celebration that the Lenten
Fast is ended and the Victory of Christ is won!
Easter Sunday, April 12
6:00 am - Sunrise Service
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
10:00 am - Gather to watch the ox-drawn procession of the
11:00 am - Feast of the Resurrection and Musical Celebration.
Childrens Easter egg hunt. This service will be followed
by a potluck lunch.
LO SCOPPIO DEL CARRO E IL VOLO DELLA COLOMBINA
Starting at 9:00 am on Easter Sunday 12, the city of Florence
hosts one of its most ancient, living traditions: the Exploding
of the Cart and the Flight of the Dove. The event holds all
of Florence with bated breath, hoping for a positive outcome.
At 9:00, a huge, lumbering cart, tricked out with a carefully
laid mountain of fireworks, pulled by a team of richly decorated
oxen and accompanied by a parade of costumed attendents, is
paraded through the streets of Florence to the space between
the Duomo and the Baptistery. At around 11:00, once in place,
it is connected to the High Alter of the Cathedral by a long
wire riged with a symbolic, rocket-shaped dove.
The dove is lit and zooms down and out from the High Alter
to light the cart, setting off an impressive succession of
explosions (hopefully). A fully exploded extravaganza of sparks
and flames tells Florence that the coming year will be a good
Easter Sunday 12, Piazza del Duomo. 11:00 am.
CULTURAL HERITAGE WEEK.
For the week of April 18 to 26, Italy celebrates its cultural
patrimony by opening all state-run museums admission-free.
The list of these museums in Florence happily includes: the
Uffizi; the Pitti Palace museums (Palatine, Silver and Porcelain
museums, and the Costume Gallery, the Accademia; the Bargello,
the Archaeological Museum; the Medici Chapels; San Marco Museum;
and the Semi-Precious Stone Inlay Museum (Opificio delle Pietre
26th VIVICITTA RUN.
Sat 18 and Sun. 19 join the action in Piazza Santa Croce leading
up to the traditional Vivicittà Half Marathon. Saturday,
from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, the piazza will host demonstrations
from various Florentine dance schools. The runs (a 12 km non-competitive,
and a 21 km agonistic) begin and end in Piazza S. Croce, starting
off at 9:30 am Sunday morning. The route leads the athletes
through the city of Florence. Kids can participate in the
4th annual "TOMMASINO RUN" departing at 9:45 am.
www.mediauisp.it. Call 055432055 or 055 9060156 for further
Sunday 19 browse Piazza Santo Spirito and pick up all kinds
of natural and organic prducts, from fresh cheeses, to jams,
clothing, and handmade items of all sorts. Open from 9:00
am to 7:00 pm.
7th FIRENZE TANGO FESTIVAL
From Thurs. 23 to Sun. 26 the Italian Tango Festival in Florence
will billow the white tent ceiling of Florence's Saschall
Theater. From rank beginners to some of the world's best tangeuros,
all will have a chance to experience the intense emotions
of tango. Beginners can sign up for classes starting Tuesday
21, held at the Tangoclub on Via Gemignani in Florence.
The main tango nights begin on Friday 24 with the Tango-Show
Colores de Tango onstage The protagonists of this
show will be Hyperion an 7 element orchestra and five
dance couples. After the show, the ball begins. The theatre's
400 square meters of dance floor will be transformed into
a typical Milonga where the dancing will continue until morning
to live music.
The tangonights of Thursday 23 and Sunday 26. will be in a
smaller theatre about 10 minutes from the Saschall. Further
info will soon be available at www.tangoclub.it
SPRING PLANT AND FLOWER MARKET.
From Sat. 25 to May 3, in the fairytale setting of Florences
Giardino dellOrticulture, not far from Piazza della
Libertà, it is possibile to browse amongst flowers
of every color, shape and size. Smell them, touch them, and
most of all, take some home. From primroses, to cactus to
bonsai, nearly 50 different produces and growers come together
to present their colorful wares. It is a great excuse to visit
one of Florences best hidden secrets. The
Giardino dellOrticulture has entrances at Via Vittorio
Emanuele II, 4 and off the Via Bolognese. Open daily 8 am
- 7:30 pm. Free admission.
ART 2009, INTERNATIONAL ARTS AND CRAFTS EXHIBITION
From Fri. 25 to Sunday May 3, check out the Fortezza da Basso
for an array for the best artistic handicraft work that Italy
and the world have to offer. The International Arts and Crafts
exhibition, has reached it's 73rd edition and it is not by
chance that ART was born and developed in Florence. Artistic
handicraft is an important richness of this culture and economy,
one of the sectors which made the ingeniousness of Made
in Italy products known and well-regarded all over the
world. The 73rd Fair will be characterised by a vision toward
the future, aiming at new shapes, new materials, new colours,
taking into account at the same time, the traditions not to
Fortezza da Basso, Viale Strozzi 1. Open from April 25 to
May 3, daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (last day until 8:00
pm.). Ticket € 5.00.
EXHIBITS AROUND FLORENCE
GALLERIA POGGIALI E FORCONI: DAVID LACHAPELLE
Until May 6th the Galleria Poggiali e Forconi on Via della
Scala hosts a one man show of the multi-faceted American photographer
David LaChapelle. Ten years after his last show in Italy,
LaChapelle has chosen to return to a private gallery. The
exhibition is a tribute to the artist, a celebration of his
career, consisting of 39 works and a video.
The display features four sections: Deluge, Recollections
in America, Star System and Heaven to Hell, presenting a transversal
show focused on the lesser known recent works of the artist
(the series Awakened and Recollections in America) alongside
the works for which LaChapelle is famous: his Pietà
with Courtney Love, Hi Bitch and Bye Bitch with Paris Hilton
and Bon Apetite with Naomi Campbell, displayed in different
areas of the gallery.
In Deluge, LaChapelle criticises rampant consumerism, and
the collapse of universal values such as solidarity between
peoples and compassion. Belonging to this section is Cathedral,
an evocation of nineteenth-century neo-mediaeval painting;
in the centre, a beam of supernatural light emerging from
a rift in the stained glass window behind the altar strikes
a group of faithful at prayer. The dismay on the faces of
those present, submerged up to the waist in water, is proportionate
to their hope of salvation. Only a child turns her back on
the light, gazing back at the observer impassively like a
witness to the time, in line with the consolidated tradition
of Renaissance painting. Water returns again in the cycle
Awakened, which shows ordinary people wearing their everyday
clothes immersed one by one in a tank of water. The artist
strives to underscore how universal rebirth emerges through
individual destiny. The same is true in Statue, where salvation
belongs to works of art alone, which are nevertheless left
to their own devices.
The photographs of the section Recollections in America date
to the Seventies and portray groups of friends gathered for
family parties and other occasions. After buying them, LaChapelle
manipulated them via the insertion of objects and figures
extraneous to the original context, such as flags, weapons
and symbols of American power. The protagonist of Star System
is public image, the most important visiting card for every
celebrity, from Paris Hilton to Courtney Love. The artist
grasps the aspects of personality that capture the narcissistic
nature and exhibitionist attitudes of those belonging to the
star system. Normality is ruled out, because the real attraction
is every conceivable form of excess. Each of these portraits
underscores how the icons of the star system morph into an
alter ego to which they entrust their identity.
The section Heaven to Hell presents a series of three photos
addressing the theme of death that grazes us or strikes us
every day. Two of the images show a raging fire as it destroys
the decor of an interior; the third is a contemporary Pietà
interpreted by Courtney Love holding in her arms the dead
body of a young drug addict. The drama of grief for the loss
of a loved one, is condensed in the historic iconography of
the Pietà, and extends to embrace the whole of humanity,
giving shape to a sentiment of empathy that feeds on influences
deriving from LaChapelles profound passion for the history
Galleria Poggiali e Forconi until May 6. Via della Scala,
35/a. Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:30
to 7:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. Tel. 055 287748. www.poggialieforconi.it.
email@example.com. Free entry.
GALILEO. IMAGES OF THE UNIVERSE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE TELESCOPE
Until August 30, at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence pays homage
to the human and intellectual epic of one of its most ingenious
Galileos first celestial discoveries date to exactly
400 years ago, and to mark this fourth centenary the United
Nations has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.
The exhibition proposes a journey through time and space that
begins with the mystical and poetic visions of ancient Egypt
and Mesopotamia. It moves on to the Greek cosmogonies, characterised
by the ingenious homocentric spheres of Eudoxus, through the
planetary architectures of Ptolemy and Arab astronomy, revoking
the Christian interpretations and finally arriving at the
heliocentric theories of Copernicus that inspired Galileo
and Kepler, the scholars who together with Newton
made a decisive contribution to the definitive consolidation
of the new concept of the universe.
Enhanced by informative videos, the itinerary is illustrated
by archaeological finds, beautifully-fashioned scientific
instruments, celestial atlases, paintings (spectacular frescoes
from Pompeii never shown before, in addition to Botticelli,
Rubens and Guercino), sculptures, precious illuminated codices
and specially-built working cosmological models. Among the
most spectacular exhibits are the monumental astronomical
tapestry of Toledo, the Farnese Atlas, the mysterious painting
Linder Gallery Interior, displayed here for the first time,
and Galileos telescope.
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi. Until August 30. Open daily
9:00 am 8:00 pm, Thursday until 11:00 pm. Tickets:
€ 10.00. Tel. 055 2645155. For bookings: tel. 055 2469600.
PIETRO BENVENUTI AT THE COURT OF NAPOLEON AND OF THE LORRAINES.
From March 10 to June 21, the Palatine and Modern Art Galleries
of the Pitti Palace host Pietro Benvenuti.
Pietro Benvenuti (Arezzo, 1769 Florence, 1844) was
the leading protagonist of Tuscan art in the years that marked
the passage from neoclassicism to romanticism. He studied
at the Fine Arts Academy of Florence and completed his training
in Rome where he painted his first important studio trials:
the Judith for the Cathedral of Arezzo and the Martyrdom of
the Blessed Signoretto Alliata for the Cathedral of Pisa.
Elisa Baciocchi (whose brother Napoleon Bonaparte received
the principality of Lucca and Piombino, and then the government
of the entire Tuscany) appointed Benvenuti court painter,
and in 1807 she summoned him to direct the Academy of Florence,
an office he maintained until his death. The Napoleonic parenthesis
was the period of several monumental compositions (The Death
of Priam, The Oath of the Saxons, Elisa and the Artists),
which precluded to the great decorative undertakings planned
to modernise the Pitti Palace, the Room of Hercules in particular
(in the wing today occupied by the Palatine Gallery), terminated
during the Restoration.
Benvenuti was also an extraordinary portraitist. In Tuscany,
he represents the style that prevailed in the middle-European
ambit, both in bringing the character of the personages into
focus, and in the setting. His classicist vocation is fully
expressed in the composition of mythological themes, which
the painter prepared with exquisite drawings that often assume
the value of autonomous works. Leopold II of Lorraine commissioned
him to complete the decorations in the dome of the Chapel
of the Princes in the Church of San Lorenzo.
So the exhibition illustrates Benvenutis artistic history,
presents his most important works, and compares them with
those of his early teachers, and those by Italian and foreign
artists (from Giani to Sabatelli to Thorvaldsen), encountered
in Rome in the eccentric and experimental Accademia dei Pensieri
(Academy of Thought). The Sala Bianca of the Gallery of Modern
Art presents the paintings of the Napoleonic years (mainly
portraits and mythological themes). The set up revolves around
the large painting of Pyrrhus, presented to the public for
the first time after a long and complex restoration that has
revealed its stylistic components drawn from the study of
David and Canova.
The exhibition itinerary also includes the Room of Hercules
and ends with a section dedicated to the paintings of the
years of the Restoration, genre paintings for the most part
of a historical-literary matrix with inflections of a troubadour
flavour. The particular interest of these works emerges from
the comparison with several paintings with an explicit romantic
adhesion by contemporaries Luigi Sabatelli and Giuseppe Bezzuoli.
They are the proof that the classicist maestro Benvenuti at
least in part shared the instances of truthfulness advanced
by the next generation of the moderns, especially
the Macchiaioli. Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery,
Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 6:50 pm. Closed Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it.
Info: 055 294883.
MEMORIES OF ANTIQUITY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART
From March 14 to July 12, the Pitti Palace Silver Museum hosts
a show featuring the art of antiquity reflected in twentieth-century
and present-day art. Paintings and sculptures that have passed
through the centuries (from the Etruscans to the Classical
Age, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance), are proposed
in comparison with Picasso and Dali, Modigliani and De Chirico,
Soffici, Marino Marini, Vangi, Mitoraj, Theimer, Guadagnucci
and Franco Angeli.
The more than 130 works on show include a series of significant
parallels of the applied arts: between the glass manufactures
by Ercole Barovier and Carlo Scarpa and extraordinary pieces
from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, between
ceramics by Giò Ponti and those from the National Archaeological
Museums of Florence and Rome, between twentieth-century jewels
and several wonders from antiquity and the Medici collections
in the Pitti Palace.
The exhibition visually represents the innovative force and
great expressiveness of twentieth-century art, juxtaposed
with an historical Neoclassicism. Already present in Picassos
works from the early XX century (the exhibition presents the
Repas Frugal from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London),
the return to origin became a creative drive also for a generation
of Italian artists. After the disruptive experiences of the
turn of the century, Carrà, Severini, Soffici, De Chirico,
Morandi, and Modigliani chose this road to reconnect with
roots and traditions. Even foreign artists were influenced
by the allure of our past: in the Birth of Liquid Desires
dated 1931-32, and on loan from the Guggenheim Museum of Venice,
Salvador Dalì presents a surreal atmosphere, and literally
cites the famous Cornelian with Apollo, Marsias and Olympus,
which once belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent. Silver Museum.
Palazzo Pitti. Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 5.30 pm. Closed
Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it. Info: 055 294883.
CARLO MOLLINO PHOTOGRAPHER
Until June 14, the Alinari National Museum of Photography
hosts works by Carlo Mollino, Italian architect and designer
whose skill as a photographer was only rediscovered some years
after his death in 1973. Mollino held photography in high
esteem, it was a great passion and favourite means of expression.
He was a photographer who advocated retouching, as documented
in his treatise The Message from the Dark Room. Mollino often
painted on his photos or negatives.
Alinari National Museum of Photography. Piazza Santa Maria
Novella. Open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed Wednesday.
Entry: euro 6. www.firenzeperfattori.it, www.alinarifondazione.it.
ANNIGONI AT VILLA BARDINI.
This ongoing show at the newly restored Villa Bardini, features
Pietro Annigoni, who died in 1988, leaving a legacy that we
can now begin to explore in depth. A selected portion of the
6000 works of art recently donated by the artists family
will be on show, changing annually to enable his public to
eventually view the entire collection. Painting in a Renaissance
style, Annigonis portraits graced the cover of Time
magazine five times during his life. Visit the museum today,
to enjoy an introduction to the artists works, as this
year we will be shown paintings (and lithographs, designs
and memorabilia) dating to the beginning of his career.
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2 and Via dei Bardi 1r. Museum
hours: October 1 through March 31: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday. From April 1 through September 30:
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tel. 055-2638599.
Theatre info: Teatro Comunale , Via Solferino 15. Tel. 055
27791. Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel.
055 2479651. Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, tel. 055 212320.
Teatro Saschall , Lungarno Moro 3, tel. 055 6504112. Teatro
Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15. Tel. 055 229651. Teatro Romano,
Fiesole, Tel. 055/59187. Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3, tel.
055 678841. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5.
St. Marks Church. Via Maggio 16. Tel. 055 294764. Church
of Orsanmichele, Via dei Calzaiuoli. Tel. 055-210305. Teatro
Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, tel. 055 362067. Chiesa S.
Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, piazza S. Stefano 5. Teatro Politeama
Pratese, Via G. Garibaldi, 33 Prato. Tel: 0574/603758
www.politeamapratese.com. Purchase tickets for theatre, concerts
and other events at the following ticket agencies: BOX OFFICE:
Via Alamanni, 39 (alongside the train station). Open Monday
15,30-19,30, from Tuesday to Saturday 10,00-19,30. Tel: 055/210804.
Fax: 055/213112, INTERNATIONAL STUDIO, Chiasso de Soldanieri,
Tel. 055/293393, ARGONAUTA VIAGGI, Lungarno Torrigiani 33/B,
055/2342777.9187. Many tickets can be pre-purchased via www.ticketone.it
or www.boxol.it or www.classictic.com/en or www.festivalopera.it.
ORGAN CONCERT. Chiesa S. Maria de' Ricci, Via del Corso. Daily
at 9:15 pm; Saturdays at 6:00 pm.
PIERO PELU - Politeama Pratese - Prato
MARTHA ARGERICH AND LILYA ZILBERSTEIN, piano. Music of Mozart,
Rachmaninov, Schumann. Teatro Pergola. 9:00 pm
ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA - OTTAVIO DANTONE, conductor and harpsicord.
Music of Handel. Teatro Pergola. 4:00 pm
ARDITTI QUARTET, THOMAS SELDITZ, VALENTIN ERBEN, viola and
cello. Music of Brahms, Schonberg. Teatro Pergola. 9:00 pm
MAX GAZZE - Teatro Puccini - Firenze
PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE - Fabio Lombardo, Nicola Pazkowski.
Pietro De Maria (piano), Andrea Lucchesini (piano), Antonino
Siringo (armonium). Music of Rossini. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm.
ANDREA TACCHI with voice and poetry by Alba Donati. Music
of Haydn. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm.
ANDREA TACCHI with voice and poetry by Alba Donati. Music
of Haydn. Duomo (to be confirmed)
BOB DYLAN - Nelson Mandela Forum
NOMADI - Saschall
GABRIELE FERRO, ORCHESTRA GIOVANILE ITALIANA, ORCHESTRA DELLA
TOSCANA . Music of Brahms and Ravel. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm.
TIZIANO FERRO - Nelson Mandela Forum
NEK - Saschall
FIORELLA MANNOIA - Saschall
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE CINEMA
Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2 (across from Colle Beretto
Bar). Phone: 055 214 068.
Tom Tykwers movie The International is a tale of banks
involvement in money-laundering and arms dealing in the context
of the War on Terror.
Kate Winslet is the older woman with a past, romantically
involved with a teenager in Steven Daldrys reconciliation
drama The Reader, set in post World War II Germany (Berlin
Film Festival, WINNER BEST ACTRESS OSCAR Kate Winslet).
Easy Virtue is a delightful period adaptation of Noel Cowards
play about a 1920s culture clash between the new and the old
Costa-Gavras movie Eden a lOuest (Eden is West)
is a story of illegal immigrants in the EU. Shown in its original
Based on actual historical events, Valkyrie stars Tom Cruise
as a Nazi officer who heads a plot to assassinate Hitler at
the height of World War II.
Another solid performance as both star and director from Clint
Eastwood in his Gran Torino, a challenging story of racism
and crime and the difficult road to multicultural tolerance.
Harvey Milk was the first openly-gay man to be elected to
public office in the US, in San Francisco in 1977. Sean Penn
plays him in Gus Van Sants excellent biopic Milk (winner
of 2 OSCARs, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay).
Barry Levinsons comedy drama What Just Happened? is
about the business of trying to get a movie made in Tinseltown.
Marley & Me is a cheery family comedy about a dog, Marley,
and the naughtiness he gets up to in the family who host him.
Tony Gilroys thriller Duplicity features a star line-up
and tells the story of corporate espionage and revenge.
Courtney Hunt's directorial debut Frozen River is an unflinching
tale of two women, who, driven by economic hardship, form
an unlikely partnership smuggling illegal immigrants.
Thursday 2 - The International by Tom Tykwer with Naomi Watts,
Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, James Rebhorn. 3.45
6.10 8.20 -10.30
Monday 6 - The International. 3.45 6.10 8.20
Tuesday 7 - The Reader by Stephen Daldry (Italian subtitles)
with Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin,
Bruno Ganz. 3.45 6.10 8.20 -10.30
Thursday 9 - Easy Virtue (Italian subtitles) with Jessica
Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes, Kimberley
Nixon. 4.30 6.30 8.30 -10.30
Tuesday 14 - Eden a lOuest (Original French version)
with Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Tukur,
Anny Duperey, Antoine Monot Jr. 4.00 6.10 8.20
Thursday 16 - Valkyrie by Bryan Singer (Italian subtitles)
with Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson.
3.45 6.10 8.20 -10.30
Monday 20 - Gran Torino by Clint Eastwood (Italian subtitles)
with Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley,
Austin Douglas Smith. 3.45 6.10 8.20 -10.30
Tuesday 21 - Frozen River by Courtney Hunt with Melissa Leo,
Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone Junior, Michael
O'Keefe. 4.30 6.30 8.30 -10.30
Thursday 23 - Milk by Gus Van Sant with Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch,
Josh Brolin, James Franco, Victor Garber. 5.00 8.00
10.30 pm with Italian subtitles
Monday 27 - What Just happened? by Barry Levinson with Robert
De Niro, Sean Penn, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, Stanley
Tucci, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis. 4.00 6.10
8.20 10.30 pm
Tuesday 28 - Marley &Me by David Frankel with Owen Wilson,
Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin.
3.45 6.10 8.20 -10.30
Thursday 30 Duplicity by Tony Gilroy (Italian subtitles)
with Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton,
Tom Wilkinson. 3.45 6.10 8.20 -10.30
Held in Fiesole on Sunday 5 (the first Sunday of each month),
this open-air market celebrates antiquities and vintage objects
in the newly reopened central piazza of this pretty hilltop
town. Sun. 5. Piazza Mino, Fiesole. Open: 8:00 am to sundown.
Info: Tel. 055.055. www.comune.fiesole.fi.it.
MERCATINO DI APRILANTE
Artisan wares market: Sun. 5 (morning to afternoon).
Panzano-in-Chianti. The first Sunday of each month the weekly
town market held in Panzano is expanded with artisan booths
of all sorts. Depending on who chooses to show up, youll
find honey and pecorino (sheeps milk) cheese makers,
hand-embroidered linen makers, boutique wineries and antique
dealers and much more. To visit Panzano by car from Florence
or Siena, take Route 222, the "Chiantigiana" highway
passing through the Chianti wine area. From the west, there
is a road connecting with the highway at Tavarnelle or S.
Donato. This pretty road passes the monastery at Badia a Passignano.
It is also possible to reach Panzano by SITA bus from Florence.
The trip takes about one hour.
SCOPPIO DEL CARRO (Explosion of the cart).
On Tuesday 14, Easter Tuesday. Panzano-in-Chianti hosts a
sweet, small-town version of the traditional Scoppio del Carro
(Exploding Cart). This one takes place in pretty Panzano,
about an hour drive south of Florence, in the heart of the
Chianti region. A cart is rigged with fireworks and sparklers
so that when a dove-shaped rocket (symbolising the Holy Spirit)
zooms down a steel cable from the local church, it will set
off a magnificent dance of fire on impact. Plan to be there
by 6:00 pm. to catch the fever. For information call 055852020.
Easter Monday 13 is the perfect holiday to take a drive to
Scarperia, into the northern heart of the Tuscan Mugello countryside.
Starting at 9:00 am, the village streets will explode with
the presence of the best of Tuscanys flower and fruit
tree growers. This is a chance to stroll through one of Italys
prettiest historical villages, invaded by sweet scents and
all the colors of the rainbow.
Piazza dei Vicari, Scarperia
FESTA DELLA STAGION BONA (A local fair in medieval style)
Saturday April 25, Panzano in Chianti is traditionally host
to a local fair born in remembrance of an event which took
place in the twelfth century. One April centuries ago, a young
nobleman of the Firidolfi family was taken prisoner and killed
by two hit men hired by the Gherardini clan. The present-day
procession evokes the event with a parade of more than 200
locals dressed in medieval costume, plus a trial
and a hanging. The fun starts around 4:00 pm.
JAZZ IN MACELLERIA
Sunday 26th the Macelleria Falaschi in San Miniato (province
of Pisa) opens its doors and its heart offering Jazz in Macelleria,
the 5th annual edition of this aperitivo/concert/event featuring
the smooth, rolling notes of the Trio Scafroglia. Dont
miss the fun if you are in the area. The town of San Miniato
is worth a visit in any case. From 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Macelleria
Norcineria Gastronomia, Sergio Falaschi, Via A. Conti, 18/20,
56027 San Miniato (PI). Tel./Fax 0571 43190. firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXHIBITS AROUND TUSCANY
THE DELLA ROBBIA: A Renaissance Dialogue Between the Arts.
Until June 7, Arezzos Museum of Medieval and Modern
art of Arezzo presents the industrious Della Robbia family.
From the early 1400's to near the end of the 1500's, this
family produces glazed earthenware works that still speak
to us today, with grace, charm and silent sweetness.
Starting with Luca della Robbia, through the ingenious, secret
formula for creating and glazing the terra cotta masterpieces
attributed to this family, sculpture, architecture and painting
dialogue with the so-called "decorative arts (gold-smithing,
glasswork, enamels, etc). In order to better explain this
moment in art history of sharing and comparing that bred genius,
alongside the Della Robbian production, will be works by artists
contemporary to the family (Donatello, Ghiberti, Andrea del
Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Desiderio
da Settignano and others).
Arezzo, Museo Statale dArte Medievale e Moderna, Via
San Lorentino 8. Open: daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Ticket:
10.00 euro. For info: www.mostradellarobbia.it
ART, GENIUS, FOLLY: The Night and Day of the Artist.
Until May 25, Sienas Museum Santa Maria della Scala
will host an exhibition of works by Ernst, Dix, Van Gogh,
Kirchner, Munch, Guttuso, Mafai, Ligabue and more (do you
feel the angst?). The show highlights the results of research
from both artistic and scientific viewpoints, on the rapport
between artistic production and mental disturbances that have
touched art over time. More than 300 works, both paintings
and sculpture, have been chosen to illustrate this complex
Siena, Museo di Santa Maria della Scala. Open: every day including
holidays from 10:30 am/7:30 pm., Ticket: 8.00 euro. Tel. 0577
ANTONIO LIGABUE: His Tiger Roars between Pontassieve and
Until June 7, the Palazzo Municipale of Pontassieve hosts
49 works by Antonio Ligabue, one of Italys most important,
20th century Naïve artists. Ligabue was born in Zurich,
Switzerland, and died in Reggio Emilia in 1966. During a life
spent in and out of psychiatric hospital wards, his natural
talent came out in his use of wild colours, and the deep-seeing
expressions that haunt his many self portraits, three of which
are on show in Pontassieve. Other pieces depict wild animals,
especially regal felines.
Pontassieve, Palazzo Comunale, Sala delle Colonne. Open: 9:30
to 12:30 and from 3 to 7:00 pm. On Fridays, afternoons only.
Closed Mondays. Ticket: 5 euro. Info: tel. 055 8360346 www.comune.pontassieve.fi.it
GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES
IN PRATO. Prato Cathedral. Open Mon. ¬ Sat. 10:00 am ¬
5:00 pm. Admission: 4
euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by calling
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories
of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Pratos cathedral.
Today, the three-tiered frescoes, which cover the walls and
vaults of the main chapel with stories of St. John the Baptist
and St. Stephen, are visible in renewed splendour after seven
years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle
now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi.
All our best,
The Staff of Pitcher and Flaccomio
Newsletter compiled by Kim Wicks
Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter Copyright 2009
Direttore responsabile Mario Spezi - Pubblicazione con
iscrizione n. 5697 del 23\01\09 presso il Tribunale di Firenze