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|NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2016
|Easter has filled the streets with pageantry, and our tummies with eggs and Easter bread. Now it is time to enjoy the stunning light of Tuscany, so famous around the world. The warm days and cooler nights create skies that are both cloudy and clear, creating spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the city. The city is alive with events and festivals, as we all rush outside to soak up the sunshine. We hope the warmth is bringing you joy, and the fruition of new ideas and opportunities as the flowers reach full bloom, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
|PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR APRIL
BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR APRIL – NOTTE BIANCA
Notte Bianca (or White Night) is one of the biggest nights out of the year all over Italy. It is a celebration of the concept of the city, with its arts, music, culture, and unique identity. Be prepared to stay up late, as this is a party that goes for twelve hours straight, all the way through to sunrise! Florence goes all out, with the Comune doing an open call for applications by artists, musicians, performers, and any creative folk with an idea for an event to hold on the evening. This means that the party is held all over town, with concerts in the main piazzas and dozens of stores, museums, and creative spaces opening up to add to the festivities. The atmosphere is incredible, and everybody hits the streets.
The program for the evening is notoriously released quite late, so I can’t clue you in to what the special events will be this year. In the past there have been aerial circus performances in front of Palazzo Pitti, street concerts throughout the city, and major art installations in Piazza della Signoria.
Keep your eye on the website, the program will eventually be revealed!
For info: www.nottebiancafirenze.it/
P&F RENTAL PICK FOR APRIL – “A delightful sunny and light apartment, renovated in a modern Italian style”
Borgo Pinti is tucked in between Santa Croce, piazza D'Azeglio and piazza San Marco and is lined with monasteries and churches on one side and prominent family palaces on the other. One such monastry has its facade by Michelangelo. It is about 15 minutes walk to the Duomo and close to the Sant'Ambrogio outdoor market, Cibreo restaurant and bar, The Four Seasons hotel, a gym and several super markets. There are numerous buses to the station close by and a garage for parking.
1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and loft, 2nd floor (44 steps no elevator) 68 sq.mts. (approx. 680 sq.ft) and consists of: Living room/dining room (extendable table for 6 persons), Veranda (glassed in), bedroom (double bed 150 cm wide, built in closet), Loft (14 steps, with small double divan bed 130 cm wide, built in closet), Kitchen (with bench and 2 bar stools), 2 bathrooms ( both with showers, 1 ensuite, 1 on loft)
Long grey tiles throughout, except for the parquet on the loft floor, exposed steel girders and original wooden beams, grey windows and shutters, the soft furnishings are mainly linen in shades of grey and white with colour accents, persian and kilm scatter rugs, and restored old furniture. All kitchen equipment is supplied as are all linens.
Positives: Location, quiet, light, gym next door, public parking garage close by, mosquito screens, ceiling fans, air conditioning.
"A delightful sunny and light apartment, renovated in a modern Italian style with some original features maintained. Situated in a convenient location in a typical italian neighbourhood which also boasts one of the best gelati shops.”
BEST SPORTING EVENT FOR APRIL – XXXIII HALF MARATHON FIRENZE VIVICITTà
The 33rd edition of the International Half Marathon Firenze Vivicittà will take place on Sunday 3rd April 2016. Runners from all over the word, enthusiasts and families with children come to participate in this classic sport event in the streets of Florence.
The event will have four different races:
– The classic Half Marathon (21,097 km)
– Non competitive race (10 km)
– Walking (5 km)
– Kids race “Tommasino Run” (1,5 km)
The route will lead you past the main monuments that have made Florence famous all over the world: from Lungarno della Zecca to Piazza della Signoria, from Piazza Duomo to Oltrarno. The race course is completely asphalted and flat. These characteristics make the Half Marathon Firenze Vivicittà loved by runners with start and finish in Piazza Santa Croce.
The Vivicittà Village, located in Piazza Santa Croce, became very popular over the years: here people can find sport events and lots of fun. The Half Marathon Firenze Vivicittà supports a charity event every year and the organization strives to be eco-friendly. All of this guarantees that all runners run for a good cause.
8.45 - Meeting in Piazza Santa Croce, Training with Fulvio Massini
9.30 - The race departs from Lungarno della Zecca (top of Biblioteca Nazionale)
BEST EXHIBITION FOR APRIL – FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK: THE ART OF THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION
You can’t walk very far in Florence without seeing the promotions for this incredible new exhibition coming to Palazzo Strozzi. Even the Odeon Cinema has programmed a documentary to complement.
Starting 19 April and running till 24 July 2016, Palazzo Strozzi will host a major exhibition bringing to Florence over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that reconstructs the relationship and the ties between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim.
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition – the result of a cooperative venture involving the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York – will be offering visitors a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the crucial work of European masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso and European masters of so-called Art Informel, or “Unformed Art,” such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, with large paintings and sculptures by some of the most important personalities on the American art scene in the 1950s and 1960s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.
Devoting an exhibition to the Guggenheim collections means telling the fast-paced story of the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II in a tight and uninterrupted interplay between European and American artists. But producing such an exceptional exhibition in Florence also means celebrating a very special tie that goes back a long way, because it was precisely in the Palazzo Strozzi’s Strozzina undercroft that Peggy Guggenheim, who had only recently arrived in Europe, decided in February 1949 to show the collection that was later to find a permanent home in Venice.
The large paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs on display at Palazzo Strozzi on loan from the Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice and from other leading international museums, paint a vast fresco of the extraordinarily heady season of 20th century art in which Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim played such a key role.
For information and tickets: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/guggenheim-2/?lang=en
BEST DINING OUT FOR APRIL – Il BORRO TUSCAN BISTRO
This restaurant from the Ferragamo family is an absolute favourite of mine, located along the Arno with terrace seating, as well as a beautifully designed seating area inside. The atmosphere is light, elegant, and modern, and the kitchen is open and visible to the main dining room, so you can watch the chefs working through the glass.
The food is seasonal, modern, with a refined take on Tuscan delicacies. The fresh anchovies prepared three ways (fried, marinated, and baked), as well as the plump and juicy mackerel fillets with oregano and citrus pesto, were sensational. I am already planning when I can return to enjoy them again.
The best thing about this restaurant, however, is that it is one of the few places in Florence that you can walk into at any hour of the afternoon and order a high quality meal. The kitchen is open for the entire duration that the venue is open: From 10:00-22:00, seven days a week.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Lungarno Acciaiuoli 80r
** A side note to warn you about a new restaurant, that you should AVOID. Yesterday I went for lunch to Lo Spuntino di Pesce with a friend, a new hole in the wall seafood eatery on Via San Agostino near Santo Spirito. The waitress recommended a platter of crudo for us to share as an antipasto: The tuna looked like it had been sliced with a garden saw, the clams did not taste fresh, and the oysters were poorly shucked and gritty. THEN they had the nerve to charge us thirty euro for it. We speak Italian and we complained, so they reduced it, but I saw a review on Yelp that priced that same platter at 20 euro. So they were marking up their prices because we were foreign. Even without this trickery, the wine was overpriced, and the raw seafood was not great quality. Don’t bother.
BEST BOOK FOR APRIL – FLORENTINE: THE TRUE CUISINE OF FLORENCE BY EMIKO DAVIES
Florentine is a dedication to the beauty of Florence and its classically earthy and rustic cuisine, replete with seventy traditional Florentine recipes and evocative location photography. Florentine is a collection of delicious recipes and stunning photographs from Tuscany’s capital. Emiko Davies draws on her personal experience of traditional Florentine cuisine to share recipes that transport readers to the piazzas of Florence. From the morning ritual of la pasticceria (the pastry shop) and il forno (the bakery), the tantalizing fresh produce of il mercato (the market) and il macellaio (the butcher) through to the evening romance of la trattoria, it will take you on a unique stroll through the city’s streets to the heart of its culture. Davies delves into the stories behind the dishes, their culinary history, and gastronomic traditions to reveal why the people of Florence remain proudly attached to their unchanging cuisine—a cuisine that tells the unique story of its city, dish by dish.
You can buy the book on Amazon, or in the Paperback Exchange.
Read more and see pictures from this stunning cookbook here: http://www.emikodavies.com/cookbook/
|BEST OF THE REST FOR APRIL
FLORENCE BIKE FESTIVAL 2016
The Florence Bike Festival returns with its fifth edition. A festival for everyone, for all ages, all the "cycling trends", all the formal requirements, aimed at athletes, amateurs, families, urban cyclists, cyclists, enthusiasts and bikers. A free event organised by the UISP of Florence Committee, ASD Véloce Club Firenze and SICREA srl. Backed with the support of the Tuscany Region, the Metropolitan City and the City of Florence.
From 15 to 17 April 2016, we are expecting thousands of people from all over Italy and the world, who love the bicycle in all its forms. A festival of national importance in the ideal city to get around by bike, all within the green lung of Florence, Parco delle Cascine.
Centred around the Granfondo Florence de Rosa: a race with up to 3500 participants which has become a major marathon in Italy, and a destination for cyclists from all over the world. Riders will begin in Piazza del Duomo, then try their hand at the Mugello mountains, ending on Via Salviati.
This years beautiful new event is the “Sunrise Bike Ride” on April 16th. Wake up early because the departure is at 6.30am in the Cascine Park! Everyone is welcome to participate.
For more information, see: http://www.fbf.bike/
STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Sunday April 3rd
On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures. Here’s a list of the state museums you could visit:
Museum of Palazzo Vecchio
Complex of Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.
Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance.
You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it
MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE
A literary Open Mic Night for expats in Florence:
On the first Wednesday of every month the lounge lizards, bards, vates, ovates, griots, laureates, thrill-seekers, rhymesters, troubadours, lyricists, exhibitionists, minstrels, librettists, and performers--indeed all of the followers of Orpheus and King David--converge on an ex-Catholic girls-school of the Oltrarno to educate the porcelain ears of the English-speaking community of Dante's ungrateful popolo maligno in the name of the mad poet Torquato Tasso and his midnight flight to Naples dressed as a renegade monk to escape the clutches of the Duke D'Este. We escape in words, song, and performance and nest in the auricular cavities of the faithful. Come join in the sacred circle of our stage with voice, ear, and mind. Your are welcome to perform, welcome to listen.
The first Wednesday of every month.
Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso
FOOTBALL IN FLORENCE
Three matches this April for the football fans:
April 3rd: Fiorentina Vs Sampdoria
April 17th: Fiorentina Vs Sassuolo
April 24th: Fiorentina Vs Juventus
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN APRIL
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June, the British Institute presents a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library, which is followed by an informal drinks reception. The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month. The events for April are:
Lecture in English by Philip Mansel: Cities of the Levant: a warning from history?
13 April 2016 - 18:00
The eminent historian Philip Mansel has written principally about France and the Ottoman empire. His latest book is Aleppo: the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City, while in 2010 he published Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean, which has just been published in Italian by Mondadori. In this talk he contrasts the present tragic situation with the former age of tolerance, prosperity and culture.
Lecture in English by Russell Jackson: Speaking Shakespeare in the English-speaking cinema
20 April 2016 - 18:00
In the late 1920s, when synchronised sound came in, dialogue was suddenly important - and Shakespeare's words could be heard when a ‘Shakespeare film’ was made. But with opportunities came responsibilities. In this talk, Professor Jackson of the University of Birmingham will consider some of these implications, and the ways in which film-makers have addressed them.
Concert by Duo Goldenberg: A recital of music by Beethoven, De Falla and Brahms
27 April 2016 - 18:00
Susan Goldenberg (violin) and her brother William Goldenberg (pianoforte) perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1823), Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). The Goldenbergs have given over 1000 concerts in all parts of the world.
EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO - FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square.
The Museum presents a journey back from the 1990s to the beginning of the 20th century. The itinerary starts with the rooms containing the works on free loan illustrating the last decades from the end of the century, when the Tuscan arts scene showed exceptional fervor. Then come the civic collections, with Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti’s core collection which arrived after the flood, including the exceptional Alberto Magnelli bequest. The itinerary continues with references to Fashion and to the birth of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and with the exposition of the Alberto Della Ragione collection, which comprehensively illustrates Italian art in the first half of the 20th century. The subject of reviews and literature accompanies the viewing of the works belonging to the first decades of the century. The itinerary ends offering a critical reflection on the idea of Florence in Cinema.
Museo Novecento also hosts special exhibitions and events. Here is their program for April:
April 6: GIO PONTI. VITA E PERCORSO ARTISTICO DI UN PROTAGONISTA DEL XX SECOLO
The Author Mauro Pratesi in conversation with Marcello Ciccuto and Carlo Sisi.
April 10: GRANDI ARTISTI DEL ‘900 ITALIANO: LUCIO FONTANA
Part of a monthly series examining the major Italian artists of the twentieth century, who are on display in the museum.
April 13: RIPENSARE IL MEDIUM: IL FANTASMA DEL DISEGNO
An introduction to the exhibition “Rethinking the Medium” with curators Cristiana Collu and Saretto Cincinelli
April 18: INCONTRI E AGGUATI
Readings by Elisa Biagini and students from the School of Poetry “Semicircle” - with poetry by Milo de Angelis, Antonio Prete, and Luigi Tassoni.
For more information: http://www.museonovecento.it/en/
FILM EVENTS IN APRIL
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – ODEON CINEMA
The Odeon has resumed its Original Language films program. Once only screened on Monday nights, you can now find sessions for each film spread over several days.
This month’s English language films include: Truth, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Hitchcock’s Truffaut, The National Theatre’s Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch, Easy Rider, and The Jungle Book.
For session times you can collect a schedule from the cinema itself, or check times online: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/
CLASSIC FILM SCREENINGS AT TODO MODO BOOKSHOP
Tucked in the back room of Todo Modo bookshop is a cafe and presentation area dedicated to events and readings. Currently, Mike Strunin is screening classic films on various Thursday evenings, which he presents with an introduction into the relevant history and themes. There is an aperitivo that begins at 18.30, followed by the film screening at 19.30.
April 7: Naked Lunch
April 22nd: Chinatown
Todo Modo Bookshop, Internet Cafe, and Theatre
Via Dei Fossi 15r
ONGOING EVENTS THROUGH APRIL
“IL RIGORE E LA GRAZIA” (THE RIGOUR AND GRACE) AT PALAZZO PITTI - A LOST TREASURE OF RECOVERED ARTWORKS
Until May 7th.
The Rigour and Grace is an exhibition of a little-known group of works, painted by great artists of the XVII century and carefully restored and returned to public use. The treasures kept in the exhibition come almost entirely from the assets of the company of St. Benedict White, who was one of the most important and prestigious Florentine lay groups. There are works by prestigious artists of the seventeenth century Florentine such as Cristofano Allori, Vincenzo Dandini, Matteo Rosselli, Agostino Melissi, Lorenzo Lippi, Ottavio Vannini, Jacopo Vignali, Giovanni Martinelli, Mario Balassi, and Simone Sprockets.
As of December, a new service of free guided tours of the exhibition was launched. The tours will be led by the curators of the exhibition themselves. This is an unmissable opportunity to enjoy even the opening of the Palatine Chapel of Palazzo Pitti, and the historical adjacent buildings that accommodate the exhibition.
|EXHIBITIONS IN APRIL
ALMS, COMITY AND PLUNDER: SOLO SHOW BY TONY LEWIS AT THE MUSEO MARINO MARINI
Until April 23rd
Curated by Alberto Salvadori.
The first solo show held in a european institution by the young african american artist Tony Lewis (b. 1986, Chicago), an exhibition created specially for the museum's crypt. Lewis is one of the most representative artists of his generation, and he finds his place in the tradition of such conceptual artists as Jenny Holzer, and Lawrence Weiner, and among such great african american artists as David Hammons, Glenn Ligon, and Charles Gaines, whose works analyse language, words, objects, and their effects. Lewis' work is primarily founded on a relationship to writing and its semantic and lexical value. The characters he uses come from different languages, whether shorthand or comic book..
This exhibition primarily presents new works, or pieces that have been reworked in light of a dialogue with the architecture of the crypt. for the first time, the artist has decided to work with a material other than graphite, using pure pigments – characteristic of the florentine painting tradition – for one of his works. This choice underlines how the exhibitions at the marini museum are projects and productions that are always specially designed for the space and context of the place.
This exhibition presents an "exo-literary" form of art that is activated systematically through the use of several devices. Floor drawings, large drawing/sculptures, will occupy extensive areas of the crypt. Drawings appear on the walls of some of the crypt spaces; in these, words are broken down and the semantic value of the letters, the value of the signs, takes on an autonomy beyond the composition. The word chosen is connected to a reference, to a personal meaning, to a sensation related to the place: the exhibition space of the marini museum. once the crypt of a church – for a thousand years, it was a burial place for the monks of the san pancrazio monastery – and a place of transition from earthly to heavenly life, today it is a place of creation and resistance, the same resistance that in the words of the artist can be sensed and that cannot change.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANDY WARHOL BY AURELIO AMENDOLA AT THE UFFIZI
Until April 10
For the first time at the Uffizi Gallery an exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol. Photographs of Andy Warhol taken by Aurelio Amendola, the internationally renowned photographer from Pistoia. There are ten photographs, taken at two different meetings at the Factory in New York between 1977 and 1986 of artist and symbol of pop art, who died in 1987.
Eight of the shots are in color, two at Juventus . Just two of these photographs, one taken in 1977 and the other in 1986, a few months before the death of the artist, will be donated by Amendola to the Florentine museum and will mark the entry of Andy Warhol in the Uffizi.
"With the donations of portraits by Warhol” says Uffizi Gallery director Eike Schmidt, “Increases significantly two sections: the art of the twentieth century, and that of portraits of artists executed by other artists, of which the Uffizi have the oldest and largest collection in the world." The photographs for the donation were chosen by the former director Antonio Natali.
FERRAGAMO MUSEUM PRESENTS: A PALACE AND THE CITY
Until April 2016.
The Ferragamo Museum presents A PALACE AND THE CITY. With a vast display of sculptures, paintings, and installations, the exhibition offers through art the complex history of the palace that now houses Ferragamo.
“In 2015, Florence celebrates the 150th anniversary of the start of its tenure as the capital of Italy. This is, then, the ideal occasion to stage an exhibition and produce a catalogue on Palazzo Spini Feroni, which played host to the City Council and was, therefore, the place where those important decisions were taken that endowed the city with its current layout. The symbol of this exhibition is inspired by a 360° view of Florence from the turrets of Palazzo Spini Feroni originally engraved by Ramsay Richard Reinagle for the 1806 publication of “Journal des Luxus und der Moden” to be used as a diorama of the city for promotional purposes.”
Read more information at: http://www.ferragamo.com/museo/en/usa/exhibitions/
CARLO PORTELLI: AN ECCENTRIC PAINTER BETWEEN ROSSO FIORENTINO AND VASARI
Until April 30
The exhibition Carlo Portelli, Pittore eccentrico tra Rosso Fiorentino e Vasari (Eccentric Painter between Rosso Fiorentino and Vasari) at the Accademia Gallery in Florence brings together all the paintings that can reliably be attributed to Carlo Portelli.
The exhibition, which comprises some fifty paintings, drawings and documents, sets out not only to enhance the Galleria dell’Accademia’s own altarpiece but also to encourage the crowds that daily visit the gallery to discover an artist hitherto known only to the experts, when in fact he deserves far wider appreciation for his originality, his imagination and his ability to translate inventive concepts into painting in the manner of Vasari. Portelli (died 1574) was a Tuscan painter of the Renaissance period. The exhibition aims to investigate and confirm once and for all his role in Florentine painting during the Vasari period. Portelli’s masterpiece is the Immaculate Conception (1566). This majestic work measures 4 by 2.5 metres (13 by 8 feet) and is on permanent display in the Accademia Gallery in the room know as the Tribune, alongside the statue David by Michelangelo.
For more information: http://www.unannoadarte.it/carloportelli/
THE POLYPTYCH OF SANTA CROCE BY ADAM ELSHEIMER - PALATINE GALLERY, PALAZZO PITTI
April until June 5th
The Galleria Palatina, in the special exchange with Städel Museum from Frankfurt, will be exhibiting the Adam Elsheimer’s Polyptych of the Holy Cross. The altarpiece, which once formed part of Cosimo II de’ Medici’s collection, will be accompanied by panels illustrating its history, dispersal and reassembly on the basis of archival documents.
FECE DI SCOLTURA DI LEGNAME E COLORI - PAINTED WOODEN SCULPTURES AT THE UFFIZI
Until March 22
Throughout the first half of the 15th century painted sculptures of wood, marble or terracotta were the primary creations of artistic sculpture. This exhibition aims to investigate for the first time, through a group of approximately fifty works, the story of polychrome wooden sculpture of the 15th century in Florence, where the close proximity of sculptors, painters and architects was crucial for the activity of the masters of the time.
Tickets: 12.50 euro, or 6.25 euro reduced
LIU XIADONG: MIGRATIONS STROZZINA
April 22–June 19
The Strozzina area of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting a major one-man show devoted to the work of Liu Xiaodong, one of China’s most important and original contemporary artists.
The exhibition, devised and produced by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, will be showcasing a broad selection of paintings, drawings and photographs on which the artist will be working during a spell in Tuscany lasting from the autumn of 2015 through to the spring of 2016. The main themes of the work on display will be the cities of Florence and Prato and the Sienese countryside, which the artist is observing and experiencing through direct contact with the local people, but with a special focus on the local Chinese communities.
Liu Xiaodong, who was born in Liaoning province in 1963 and trained in Beijing, is celebrated for his very personal painterly style midway between historical painting and a reporter’s angle on the contemporary world. Seemingly routine moments or daily events take on an epic monumentality in Liu’s large canvases, akin to stills recording places in the world marked by conflict or by social and human tension. With their style which, while summary and extremely controlled, is at the same time emotional and heavy with texture, Liu’s pictures reproduce images of everyday life, almost always in the open air, inhabited by the men and women who populate the countryside or the cities in which the painter has chosen to spend time. A crucial role in his creative process is played by photography, which he uses as a tool of observation and a model for his painting, but also as an objet d’art in its own right for display alongside his paintings and preparatory sketches, testifying to his urgency to forge a link between different artistic techniques and cultural realities.
See more at: http://www.strozzina.org/en/exhibitions/liu-xiadong-a-firenze/
MISERICORDIA MUSEUM IN PIAZZA DUOMO REOPENS
The Misericordia in Piazza Duomo is reopening its museum after a two year renovation, featuring artefacts collected over 700 years of the organisation’s history.
“The 14-room museum’s collection of furniture, manuscripts and items of everyday use charts the course of the Misericordia’s past role during plague and cholera epidemics and its services today. Its numerous artworks also reflect the generosity of donors since the charity’s founding in 1244. The renovation highlights the Misericordia’s art collection, which includes such important pieces as Pietro Annigoni’s St. Jerome the Penitent, Carlo Dolci’s St. John the Baptist, Della Robbia terracottas and Dirck van Baburen’s Christ Amongst the Doctors, which is shortly to travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and then to the Louvre. The museum’s new layout, designed by architecture firm Noferi-Locorotondo, includes space in which to screen four films that bring to life major events in the history of Florence, such as the plague epidemic of 1348 described in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and the critical role played by the Arciconfraternita, the group that formed the Misericordia.” (The Florentine)
Monday–Friday, 10.00 - 12.00, and 15.00 - 17.00; Saturday 10.00 - 12.00.
Entrance free (donations welcome).
For more information, visit the Misericordia's website: http://www.misericordia.firenze.it/
|MUSIC AND THEATRE FOR APRIL
MUSIC CONCERTS AT OBIHALL
The home of every kind of spectacle and event, including music, theatre, television, conferences, and exhibitions. Here is the upcoming program of concerts for April:
April 1: Sabina Guzzanti: Come Ne Venimmo Fuori
April 3: Maurizio Battista: He returns with his New Show!
April 11: Gigi D’Alessio: Malaterra World Tour
April 14: Pupo: Porno Amore
April 15 - 17: Firenze & Danza: Concorso 2016
April 24: Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase. European Tour 2016
April 28: Queen at the Opera
For more details: http://www.obihall.it/
AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE
The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. This month’s program:
April 2: Alexander Lonquich on Pianoforte
April 3: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
April 4: Christian Tetzlaff on Violin, Leif Ove Andsnes on Pianoforte
April 9: Alexander Lonquich on Pianoforte, Vilde Frang on Violin
Fore more information: http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/.
Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola
Tel: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333
MODERN & CLASSICAL MUSIC IN CONCERT AT TEATRO VERDI
Teatro Verdi hosts a diverse line up of performances music acts from contemporary to classical throughout April.
For more information and times: www.teatroverdionline.it
April 2 and 3: Aggiungi un Posto a Tavola
April 5: Trevino - Makhtin
April 13: Caverman
April 15: D’Espinosa
April 19: Daniele Silvestri
April 20: Ezio Bosso
OPERA DI FIRENZE - 79th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
Now is the time to visit Florence’s new Opera House. A world class cultural complex, the auditorium holds 2000 people and the complex contains multiple spaces for music, opera, theatre, and concerts while including bars and restaurants and connecting to nearby La Cascine Park.
The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” continues their 2016 season with:
April 1 - 5: The Opera - The Whims of Destiny or The Italian Girl in Algiers , by Gioachino Rossini
April 6: Oleg Caetani
April 9: Daniele Gatti / Mendelssohn’s Elijah
April 28 - May 5: The Opera “Iolanta” by Pëtr Il'i? ?ajkovskij
April 29: Brad Lubman
Tickets and more information: www.maggiofiorentino.com
THEATRE AND PERFORMANCES AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA
April 4-5: Titanic: The End. A tribute to Antonio Neiwiller on the twentieth anniversary of his death.
April 4-9, and 13-14: Le Proiezioni: Teatri Uniti in Toscana - A selection of American Theatre Pieces, Free Admission while places last.
April 6-9: Dolore Sotto Chiave / Pericolosamente. Two one act plays by Eduardo De Filippo, thirty years after his death.
April 8: Cucineide, La Rivista Ai Fornelli (1900-1915): An aperitivo combined with an old-style Cabaret show. complete with scratchy music, caustic theatre numbers, political commentary, and glittering costumes. Performance included with the aperitivo. Reservations required.
April 16: Musica Showcase: “Musica Ribelle”. Free admission while places last.
The new Pergola program and book for the year has been released, and can be collected for free in the foyer of the Pergola Theatre. For more information: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/
|FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR APRIL
FESTA DELLA STAGIONE BONA IN GREVE IN CHIANTI
The Feast of bona season takes place April 25 in the village of Panzano, Greve in Chianti, and evokes a popular uprising of the sixteenth century with a parade of characters in medieval costume along the streets of the countryside. It remembers an attack against a local duke, and the capture of the aggressor, who is carried along in procession and tried, while the enjoying audience gets to decide his hanging or his release.
The party invites optimism, as the middle of spring raises the spirits and helps us to forget the now spent winter hassles. There are many stalls where you can have excellent tastes of Chianti specialties.
Greve in Chianti
MOSTRA MERCATO DELL’ARTIGIANATO - ANGHIARI
April 23 - May 1
Also known for the famous Battle of Anghiari, in the last week of May the city holds a large artigiani fair. There are a wide range of traditional hand-made goods on sale, as well as demonstrations of their manufacture. A very successful event, featuring a range of trades including antique furniture, goldsmiths, craftsmen of iron, wood, and stone, as well as many more artisan skills. Worth a visit!
Upper Tiber Artisans Market
Last week of April, 10:00 - 19:30
More information: http://www.mostramercatovaltiberina.it/
KITE FESTIVAL IN SAN MINIATO
At San Miniato, in the historic center , the first Sunday after Easter is dedicated to the launch of Kites. The party was founded in 1968. On the lawn in front of the tower of Frederick II, from the early morning will rise dozens of kites, with the masters of San Miniato releasing into the sky kites built according to the old Tuscan tradition: dried river reeds, natural twine, glue made ??from flour and water, oiled paper or tissue. Knowledge is passed down: the parents build the kites with their children, following in turn the advice of grandparents. For over twenty years, this day is complemented by the Exhibition of Flowers found in Piazza del Seminario to complete the spring event. The 2016 edition of this fixture of San Miniato Spring will feature a big party with a parade of illustrious characters of San Miniato, and a market of small antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts throughout the historic center of San Miniato.
More information at: http://www.sanminiatopromozione.it/#sthash.8RpRhNex.dpuf
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April is the month to walk the streets and the hillsides, enjoying the scent of flowers and the new beginnings that come with the emergence of the sunshine. Whatever you are doing as we creep closer to summer, we hope that your efforts are fruitful and fulfilling.
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