NEWS FROM ST. JAMES
Sunday 7, St. James is holding another of their fabulous bake
sales. Pick up a dessert for Sunday lunch starting from just
after the 11 o'clock service. The proceeds will be sent to
help Haiti. If you love baking, they are always happy to have
more products to sell. So whether you plan to bake or make
or buy something, please do come. Contact Mary Ann Pinto for
more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. St. James Church,
Via Bernardo Rucellai 9.
MESSAGE FROM DEMOCRATS ABROAD
On Tuesday 16, from 6:00-7:30pm, DA will host a lecture by
Edward Deak, Prof of Economics at Fairfield University. Prof.
Deak will speak on The New Normal: The future and what
it means for US and global growth and job creation at
a venue yet to be announced. The Democrats Abroad Florence
February chapter meeting will be held Saturday, February 20,
at Cal State - via Leopardi 12, from 11am-12:30pm. Write email@example.com
for more information. Democrats Abroad Italy, http://www.DemocratsAbroad.org.
MESSAGE FROM FITC
Florence International Theatre Company is beginning work on
its first project of the year which is a continuation of our
involvement in the global movement to end violence against
women and girls: VDAY. This year, VDAY FIRENZE: 2010 will
have another performance of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES in English
and Italian and add a LATE NIGHT performance by an improv
team from Amsterdam for the male perspective which will be
at 11pm on the same stage for those more adventurous theatre
goers (and maybe men who would feel more comfortable while
supporting the cause!). VDAY raises both money and awareness
to the issues here at home and on a spotlight issue of grave
importance: The situation of the women and girls of Congo
who are brutally raped without end as a tool of war and control.
We will give a portion of profits to VDAY global offices toward
the Congo situation and a portion to Artemesia Centro Antiviolenza
here in Florence.
We would love to have those of you who would like to perform
(even if you never have before), be volunteers as organizers,
ushers, flier distributers, ticket sellers, etc, or can use
your role as teachers (there is an educational component on
the Congo situation which we have both in English and Italian
which would serve for university groups or high school students
and is created to evoke conversation) join us for this incredibly
important and community-building project. Our goal is that
this project will continue year after year until, as Eve Ensler
the founder of VDAY and author of The Vagina Monologues says:
'The violence against women stops'. For information please
TWO OUT-OF-TOWN EVENTS OF NOTE
From April 10 to May 23, the Holy Shroud will be on display
in the Duomo of Torino. The visit is free and may be reserved
online at http://www.sindone.org. Torino hosts the Shroud
of Turin, a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image
of a crucified man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth.
Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or
is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some
clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands
of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud.
It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human
history, and we know more about it today than we ever have
before. And yet, the controversy still rages. Hoax or miracle,
the shroud has only been put on view 9 times previously, over
the last four and a half centuries.
From February 16 to June 13, Rome will host an Edward Hopper
exhibition, presenting over 160 works including Pennsylvania
Coal Town (1947), Morning Sun (1952), Second Story Sunlight
(1960) and A Woman in the Sun (1961). The show explores Hoppers
lifetime of work, with pieces procured from the Whitney Museum,
the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, the Terra Foundation
for American Art in Chicago and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Laid out according to chronological order and theme, the exhibition
ranges from his years as a student in Paris, up to his classic
and best-known period of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, closing with
the intense images of his later years. This show may be worth
a side-trip to Rome, to get a better look at the
20th centurys best-known American artist: the leading
exponent of American Realism, the painter who more than any
other artist succeeded in representing the daily life and
solitude of modern man. Museo Fondazione Roma (Museo del Corso),
Via del Corso 320, Roma. Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. 10:00
am to 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Closed Monday. Ticket:
9 euro. Tel: 06 6786209.
BE A TRUE ARTIST IN FLORENCE
La Bottega dellArcimboldo (Florence Art Academy) was
founded for the purpose of restoring the magic atmosphere
that was prevalent in the Renaissance Florentine workshops.
The courses, structured and organized on a sound academic
basis, are linked to the Renaissance and neoclassical tradition.
They are designed for those who want to seriously engage with
commitment and passion to learn and practice the drawing and
painting techniques. The program provides for a full immersion
in drawing as a prerequisite to the Painting courses. The
school is structured on the foundation of a sound academic
basis derived from the traditional Florentine Renaissance
and Neoclassicism. Courses have been developed for students
who desire to study with diligence, passion and with the true
goal of learning the craft of the sketcher and
painter. All the necessary materials the best drawing
and painting products available on the market are provided
by the school. The fees include all these supplies. The academic
structure has been formed and developed by a Florentine Master
artist who has many years of excellent professional knowledge
and experience. An important advantage of studying at this
academy is that classes are limited to a maximum of twelve
students, with two faculty members: this secures private teaching
that is tailored to each students level. The school
is based in Florence, in the Le Cure district, near the central
Arcimboldo Florence Art Academy, Via del Lasca n° 12 -
50100 Florence, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.florenceartacademy.it
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!..........Two wheels on our wagon, but were
still rolling along
..just about. Fiorentina played seven
games this month. We only lost two but both were in Serie
A, where weve tossed away 8 points out of 9 in the last
three matches. Were still in the Coppa Italia and the
Champions League but languish in eleventh place in the league
that counts. We remain in the chasing pack but at its rear,
not its head. Last year, when we stuttered, results conspired
for us; this year, Napoli, Genoa and Palermo are speeding
past. Its not over but it will be if we dont buck
our ideas up!
Week 18: Siena-Fiorentina WON 1-5
Week 19: Fiorentina-Bari WON 2-1
Coppa Italia: Fiorentina-Chievo WON 3-2
Week 20: Fiorentina-Bologna LOST 1-2
Coppa Italia: Fiorentina-Lazio WON 3-2
Week 21: Palermo-Fiorentina LOST 3-0
Week 22: Cagliari-Fiorentina DRAW 2-2
Serie A. Crash, bang, wallop! The Viola came back to work
after the winter break by dismantling sorry Siena. It took
all of 5 minutes for Kroldrup to break the ice, after which
Siena huffed and puffed but only one team had the oppositions
net on its sat-nav. Santana popped in our second; Gila tapped
in after some farcical defending and then, dissatisfied with
a soft goal, headed in a beauty; Mutu drove in our fifth to
celebrate his return. Siena were dead and awaiting burial
but, as we relaxed, the corpse managed to stagger up for a
To the Stadio and Bari. We had to stamp our authority; the
newly-promoted Galletti (the Cockerels) stood a point behind
us and half our first-choice side were unavailable. Just the
time for Montolivo to have one of those games where he ran
everything! It was nip-and-tuck for much of the game with
the Cockerels taking a 25th minute lead but Mutu heading us
level. In the second half, we needed Frey at his flying best
but, around the hour-mark, Baris Almiron stared a red
card in the face. We had a Gila goal called offside but went
ahead as Montolivos rasping drive came off the woodwork
for Castillo to grab his maiden goal for us (just before we
offloaded him to Genoa!). Castillo got over-excited he, too,
headed for an early bath. Thats Bari seen off! Bologna
at the Stadio; Montolivo captain with Dainellis departure
.........Whoa! A wheel falls off! An off-day, an inspired
Bologna goalkeeper and a one-in-a-million goal. We were sharp-ish,
if not the keenest of edges, and getting on top when Gimenez
gave the Rossoblu the lead with an angled scissor-kick that
hell never repeat; Frey could only stare. Just before
the interval, we did the unforgiveable, underestimating Di
Vaio (second-top scorer behind Ibrahimovic last year) and
he punished us 2-0 and we are rocking. Into the second
half; tantalisingly, we score fast with a teasing Vargas cross
and a brave header from Mutu but thats it. We batter
their goalkeeper unstintingly but he wins. Tre punti gettati
A second wheel rolled away at Palermo. Its their pink
shirts. There were times in a torrid first half when it seemed
only Frey had managed to get there, handing Viola shirts to
the first ten people he found hanging around! We were lucky
to lose the first half by only 2 goals; we only lost the second
period 1-0. This was not clever. A punishing month comes to
a close with another trip south, this time to Cagliari where
the axle wobbled but held up. Marchionni shot us ahead in
only the 6th minute but by the start of the second half we
were 2-1 down and chasing the game; even Frey was having an
off-day. Luckily. Cagliari went to ten men with a red card
and Jovetic came on to level the scores. These are games we
should kill off and we couldnt do it!
Coppa Italia The knock-out seemed to sneak up on Fiorentina
as Chievo tore in. It didnt help that our defence went
AWOL a couple of times. We went behind in just 7 minutes as
we stargazed a high lobbed ball. Mutu has come back from injury
hungry for goals; having struck the post, his stooping header
put us level on the half-hour. Only for the defence to wave
in a second Chievo goal. From then on, it was a tide of Viola
but it took to the 74th minute for rising star, Babacar, to
bring us level again. The bit between our teeth, Marchionni
splintered the woodwork before the irrepressible Mutu powered
in the winner. Alls well that ends well. Next, another
home tie with holders, Lazio. They didnt win with this
apology for a defence. Two Gila assists, two Mutu goals
one a header, the other a Saturn rocket from the edge of the
penalty area confirmed that the Romanian hasnt
forgotten where the net is. Lazio pieced together something
of a second-half act, pulling one back before Kroldrup nodded
in for a 3-1 lead. The pace was unrelenting and Lazio got
a second near the end but, at the death, it was Fiorentina
peppering the Roman goal. Forward to the semi-finals and the
At this tricky time, what we REALLY needed was for Mutu to
fail not one but two drug tests (though one would have been
enough) and get suspended. The men in white coats found sibutramine
(not a performance enhancer but banned on the grounds that
it provokes heart trouble). Was it in his porridge or a health
food? For a man whose financial woes relate to cocaine while
at Chelsea, youd think he would be as vigilant as an
airport security man. We rushed out and signed Keirrison from
Barcelona. He added to earlier transfer window purchases -
Dias Felipe from Udinese as an extra brick in our defensive
wall; Adem Ljajic from Partizan Belgrade to enhance our cosmopolitanism
(and challenge our vocal chords); another teenage prodigy
in Seferovic from Grasshoppers in Switzerland: defender Mario
Bolatti from Porto. Old friends are leaving, too. Club captain
Dario Dainelli is off to Genoa; sad to see the passing of
someone who has never swerved from the Viola cause but good
to see Prandelli & Corvino rebuilding continually. Dainelli
appeared on the clubs website, fetchingly dressed for
a 1960s art-house movie about Swinging London!.............................
BUYING TICKETS: Ticket information seating plan, prices,
ticket outlets is on the biglietteria section
of the clubs website [http://www.it.violachannel.tv
]. Basically, tickets can be purchased at official box offices
and holders of TicketOne lottery franchises. Sources include:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between the Piazza
Repubblica post office and the Odeon cinema). Tel 055 292363.
BAR MARISA, viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
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
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de Cerretani 39/32R
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE: Theres no let-up; the medical
team will be pressed to keep the squad running in a month
with no easy games. Following the cup semi first leg at Inter,
we host Roma; Totti & Co are riding high. Sampdoria have
been sliding but they wont be easy prey; Livorno at
the Stadio should be straightforward but the Livornese have
started to grind out some impressive results recently; Lazio
are always tough, especially on their own turf. And in the
middle of all that, we fly to Munich to renew our European
Coppa Italia: 3 February Inter-Fiorentina
Week 23: (Florence): 7 February Fiorentina-Roma
Week 24: 14 February Sampdoria-Fiorentina
Champions League 17 February Bayern Munich-Fiorentina
Week 25: (Florence): 21 February Fiorentina-Livorno
Week 17: (Florence): 24 February Fiorentina-Milan
Week 26: 28 February Lazio-Fiorentina
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
ARISTA IN TEGAME - Serves 6-8
A typical Tuscan winter dish, usually presented with sautéed
spinach or other greens.
1 or 2 pound pork loin, trimmed of excess fat
20 fresh sage leaves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic, peeled
one half tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
one quarter cup olive oil
1 cup dry white wine
Finely chop sage, rosemary and garlic. Combine with salt and
pepper. Poke holes into pork loin and stuff with herb mixture.
Reserve any herb mixture to add later. In a pot, brown all
sides of pork loin with the olive oil. Add wine and any remaining
herb mixture. Cook covered, turning occasionally, for about
30 minutes, or until juices run clear instead of pink.
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!
A few from Kim,
PIAZZA DEL VINO and MAMA HAIR SPA
Two newer spots in town: Part wine storage and sales/part
restaurant and wine bar, the recently opened, Piazza del Vino
should be a winning combination given the warm, light atmosphere,
off the beaten path location, good prices and friendly service.
The menu moves beyond Toscana with dishes reflecting Italy
from Campania to the Alto Adige and Piedmont. At a recent
lunch I had the Piatto della Settimana; a platter/plate
with a portion of vegetable risotto next to a rich, stewed
chicken. The Piatto included a glass of nice Brolio
Chianti Riserva, all for 10 euro. Refreshingly located on
the wrong side of the tracks, park easy in the
Campo di Marte neighborhood or walk there by using the pedestrian
overpass across the Campo di Marte station tracks. PIAZZA
DEL VINO, 18/r, via Torretta. Tel. 055 671404. Open daily
for lunch and dinner (except Sat. and Sun. lunch).
MaMa Hair Spa opened just two months ago. Monica who runs
this cozy, comfortable salon spent two years styling in Los
Angeles. I like her open, friendly character, and the great
work she did with my short hair. She is a Mom and also has
an easy touch with kids, something a little hard to find in
Florence. She has a sweet Sri Lankan male assistant who does
a good job with mens hair. Her shop is on Via Caponsacchi,
right at the round-about of Viale Giannotti, handy to swing
by after dropping kids off at school. MaMa Hair Spa. Via Caponsacchi
9red, Tel. 055 685114.
MEET THE STARS
Wed. 3 stop by Feltrinelli on Via deCerretani at 5:30
pm. to meet director Gabriele Muccino and the cast of his
film "Baciami ancora".
FIERA DEL CIOCCOLATO
Thurs. 4 to Sun. 7, Piazza Santa Croce will be a sweet retreat
for chocolate lovers. Artisan chocolate makers from Florence,
Tuscany, Italy and Europe will show off the best of their
wares. A number of special events will add flash to the fair.
In addition to strolling the booths, have an aperitivo with
Vegan Chocolate Finger Food at 6:30 on Thurs. 4 at the BRAC
bookshop on Via dei Vagellai 18r. Most afternoons you can
taste free Latte Maremma whipped cream. Sat. 6 at noon watch
a medieval sword fight demonstration. The fair is open from
10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. For information about extra seminars
JOY SPOSI: Wedding Fair
Getting married in 2010? Fri. 5 to Sun. 7 the Stazione Leopolda
is hosting JOY Sposi, a fair showcasing wedding fashions,
workshops for wedding planners, catering suppliers, hair stylists,
make-up artists, florists and all the hoop-la surrounding
that most important day. Hours: Fri. 3:00 to 11:00 pm, Sat.
11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sun. 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Ticket: 6
euro. Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5.
A WOMAN TO BE REMEMBERED (AT LEAST ON THURSDAY 18)
Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, the last of the Medici dynasty,
died the night of February 17th, 1743. Anna Maria Luisa lived
her life in the Medici pomp of Florence, except for the period
of her marriage to Johann Welhelm, Elector Palatine of Dusseldorf.
Returning to the city, her father Cosimo III attempted to
verify her as Grand Duchess in case none of the remaining
Medici males produced an heir (indeed, with the weakened blood
line, no heirs were produced). She was not made Grand Duchess,
but nonetheless, she did create the "Patto di Famiglia",
a testament signed on October 31, 1737. With this single gesture,
she willed all the personal property of the Medici family
to the Florentine state, with the explicit condition to any
future ruler of Florence, that none of the Medici artistic
patrimony was ever to be removed from the city.
Florence, in honor of perhaps its most important benefactor,
dedicates February 18th to Anna Maria Luisa as a day of celebration.
Starting at 10:40 am, a historical parade will depart from
the Piazzetta di Parte Guelfa, and travel to the Medici Chapel
to lay a wreath of flowers on her tomb. This year, a ceremony
will also take place at 5:00 pm in the Salone dei Cinquecento
in Palazzo Vecchio. The Cappelle Medicee museum will be open
free of charge on February 18th in honor of Anna Maria Luisa.
It would seem the least they could do!
FIERUCOLINA DEI SEMI
On Sun. 21 dont miss the chance to stroll around Piazza
Santo Spirito and admire the crafts and organic food fair.
Your will find handmade ceramic whistles for kids, antiques,
food, hand-woven dresses and linens, beeswax candles, naturally
scented soaps and oils, home-baked bread and cakes, ceramics,
wine, olive oil, hand-carved wooden salad bowls and more.
From Thurs. 25 to Sun. 28 the Fortezza da Basso will once
again rock with four days of this International Trade Show
and Dance Event. Come absorb the eclectic mix of energy and
talent, grace and harmony, depth and lightness of expression.
Gain insight into the multi-faceted world of dance as exhibitors
and participants put on a program of over 500 events ranging
from traditional to contemporary dance exhibitions, performances
by dance schools, associations and companies, dance competitions,
dancewear and costume displays and shows, and meetings with
prominent figures from the dance and arts world. For example,
the International Review of Caribbean Choreographies takes
place on Sun. 28 at 5:00 pm. Throughout the show an International
Dancing Competition will be held, culminating on Sun. 28 at
8:00, showcasing students from dance studios as solos, couples
or groups for classical ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary,
hip hop, fantasy dancing and choreographic composition. Come
Friday 26 at 7:00 pm for Pasiòn de Tango - All the
best of tango! Whos the best hip hop dancer!? Find out
Sat. 27 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Street Fighters competition.
Danzainfiera. Fair hours: Thursday 3:00pm 9:00pm, Friday
Saturday 10:00am 9:00 pm, Sunday 10:00am
8:00pm. Tickets: 1-day pass - 15 euro, 4-day pass - 45 euro.
For info: tel. 0574 575618 or email: email@example.com
EXHIBITS AROUND FLORENCE
ELIO FIORUCCI - Fashion Jeans Inventor "Histoire"
Until Feb. 12 the SACI Gallery hosts a project created specifically
for Studio Art Centers International (SACI) by Laura Villani,
presenting ELIO FIORUCCI. Fiorucci is the subject of an exhibition
which aims, while celebrating the artist, to outline his extraordinary
role as inventor of fashion jeans, and to highlight his synergies
and connections with many protagonists of fashion, photography,
advertising and design. The exhibition presents the most important
landmarks in Fioruccis revolutionary transformation
process of jeans from work clothes into one of the most loved
items of clothing ever, presented in the famous photographs
by Oliviero Toscani.
Elio Fiorucci, after introducing Italy to miniskirts, found
a way of selling America to Americans. In 1972, availing himself
of Valentinos model-maker Mario Morelli, he decided
to modify jeans which were, at the time, primarily worn only
in the workplace. By washing, softening and fading the denim,
he created an item of clothing modeled for the first time
upon the body fashion jeans. 1,200,000 Fiorucci jeans
were sold, transforming the trousers into an item to be worn
at all times and in every occasion, one that was even capable
of substituting fancy clothing if combined with the right
Yet after transforming jeans into a cult object, Fiorucci
wanted to make them even more adherent; thus when Du Pont
launched Lycra he had the idea to mix it with the denim to
make the item even more seductive, and therefore invented
the first fashion stretch jeans. In 1985 Elio Fiorucci, by
then the officially recognized King of Jeans, signed the Italian
licensing deal with historical USA jeans brand Wrangler. In
1984 he collaborated with Vivienne Westwood on the creation
of a new jeans model. In 1987, alongside Jean-Paul Gaultier,
he produced the Jean-Paul Gaultier Junior Collection, destined
to become hugely successful on a global scale. In 2004 Elio
Fiorucci launched a jeans collection called Ergonomicsexyjeans,
designed to perfectly adhere to womens bodies, revealing
their beauty. The history of fashion jeans contributed to
the construction of the Made in Italy myth, just as Fioruccis
professional career did from the introduction of miniskirts
to lamè bikinis, from fashion stretch jeans to his
famous T-shirts, or the wise dwarf of Love Therapy. Fioruccis
professional itinerary is entwined with diverse dimensions
of creativity and with some of the most celebrated art-world
personalities of the last forty years.
The exhibition presents important landmarks of the history
of jeans and of Elio Fioruccis own story, portrayed
by the extraordinary historic photographs taken by Oliviero
Toscani ay Sterpaia, Toscanis ranch superb equine
specimens and women with cow-girl hats and big boots wearing
sexy jeans (as the collections name, Ergonomicsexyjeans,
states), plus emotions, joy, and open spaces in perfect Fiorucci
style. SACI Gallery, Via Sant'Antonino 11. Tel. 055 289 948.
Open Monday Friday from 9:00 am 7:00 pm, Saturday
Sunday from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. Admission: free.
DE CHIRICO, MAX ERNST, MAGRITTE, BALTHUS: A look into the
From Friday February 26 until July 18, Palazzo Strozzi will
host another fascinating exhibit. This time we get to explore
the early years of the career of De Chirico and the influence
of his first works on movements such as Surrealism and the
Neue Sachlichkeit. De Chirico was born in 1888 in Greece and
partly raised there, where his engineer father designed and
built railway lines. He had a prolific artistic career, and
lived to 90, almost as long as Picasso. He died in 1978. Having
studied in Munich, at the age of twenty-one and fascinated
by the work of the Symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin,
he began painting a series of strange and unusual cityscapes.
Displayed in Paris after 1911 they were enthusiastically greeted
by painters and poets from Picasso to Paul Éluard,
and very soon De Chirico became one of the heroes of Surrealism.
This phase of his work the so-called metaphysical painting
lasted up to around 1918. Subsequently De Chirico changed
direction. Hours: Daily 9 a.m-8 p.m, Thursday 9 a.m-11 p.m.
ANIMANI: Homage from Florence to Mario Mariotti
Until April 11, the Istituto degli Innocenti on Piazza SS.
Annunziata celebrates artist Mario Mariotti with a show of
his colorful works of body painting dating to
the 80s and 90s. The works are presented through
photos, video and various media. Kids and other visitors will
have the chance to experiment with Mariottis creative
techniques thanks to Francesca Mariotti, the artists
daughter who has created a Giotto Make-up Animani
kit. The Animani works were the result of Mariottis
ability to play with art, through creative experiments that
often involved children. With color and the human hand he
playfully found a way to show us a giraffe, an elephant, dogs,
zebras and people as well. Mario Mariotti (born in Montespertoli,
1936, died in Florence in 1997) worked as a graphic designer,
illustrator, performer and communicator from his bottega
in Florences Oltrarno neighborhood. Animani. Istituto
degli Innocenti, piazza Santissima Annunziata 12. Monday to
Friday: 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Sat. and Sunday: 10:00 am to 7:00
pm. Ticket: 6 euro. For info including hours and costs for
childrens workshops: 055 2478386 055 2478386 , firstname.lastname@example.org.
INNOCENT AND SLANDERED - Federico Zuccari (1539/40
1609) and the artists revenge
Until Feb. 28, the Uffizi Gallery Department of Prints and
Drawings Exhibition Room presents a close-up look at Federico
Zuccari. On the fourth centenary of his death, the exhibition
Innocent and Slandered presents the themes of polemic and
revenge that certain artists, and Federico Zuccari in particular,
exploited to declare their innocence before real or alleged
slander and injustice. The subjects of Truth revealed by Time,
Truth delivered from Envy, the Triumph of Virtue over Envy
and that of the Calumny a subject that had enjoyed
remarkable popularity since classical antiquity are
addressed by Zuccari with great figurative originality.
Zuccari, throughout his long career in Italy and in Europe,
was constantly embroiled in a bizarre and recurrent contradiction:
earning the trust of illustrious and powerful commissioners,
eventually losing their favor, and then reacting by painting
and disseminating artistic revenge. This most
often generated further tensions and damning consequences,
so that in the end he felt himself persecuted, on a par with
Aesop and Dante.
However it is not only on account of the appeal of this intriguing
painter, intellectual and art theorist that the Commission
of the Florentine Polo Museale, together with Firenze Musei,
has decided to pay homage to Zuccari. In Florence there are
in fact nearly 2,400 square meters of painting (the largest
expanse ever painted in the city) executed by Federico in
the cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore; also found in Florence
is the house, previously belonging to Andrea del Sarto, that
Zuccari lived in and embellished with mural paintings and
reliefs celebrating the arts set on the facade of the studio,
which can still be seen in Via Giusti. The Department of Prints
and Drawings of the Uffizi conserves the most important font
of drawings and prints attributed to him, all to be displayed
for this event.
Among the loans is an outstanding canvas dedicated to the
Porta Virtutis. The work, painted by Federico Zuccari and
sent to the Duke of Urbino, Francesco Maria II Della Rovere
in the 1580s, reached Florence the following century and became
part of the Medici collections. Believed lost, it recently
reappeared on the Florentine market, where it was purchased
by the Italian State and destined to the Galleria Nazionale
delle Marche in Urbino. This very painting, so dense with
meanings and allegorical inventions, and symbolically set
at the end of the display itinerary, effectively summarizes
the most profound instigations of Zuccaris art; throughout
his career he never ceased to proudly claim his freedom of
thought and expression, contributing to enhance the social
status of the artist. Uffizi Gallery Department of Prints
and Drawings Exhibition Room. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday
- 8:15 to 6:50 pm. Ticket: Free.
PARIGI CAPITALE DELLA FOTOGRAFIA 1920 1940
Until April 11 the Alinari Museum of Photography in collaboration
with the Jeu de Paume museum of Paris, hosts an exhibit of
photos taken during the1920s and 1930s, when Paris,
thanks to a burgeoning political and religious freedom, was
the center of an artistic avant-garde movement. In the early
20s Paris blossomed as the world capital of the artistic
avant-garde, including photography. Cosmopolitan and open-minded,
Paris soon became the chosen city for photographers from Europe,
Russia and America, a stimulating center for all sorts of
exchanges. French photographers like Florence Henri, Roger
Schall, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Pierre Boucher, were joined
by Americans Man Ray and Berenice Abbott, plus Europeans Erwin
Blumenfeld, Marianne Breslauer and Ilse Bing, and the list
goes on. More than 100 vintage prints taken by 40 photographers
are displayed, along with magazines and books from the same
period. Alinari National Photography Museum, Piazza Santa
Maria Novella. Open 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed Wednesday.
Ticket: 9 euro. http://www.alinari.it. Info: Tel. 055.216310,
fax 055.2646990, email@example.com.
LARMA PER LARTE - Aspects of the Sacred Rediscovered
Until April 6, the Pitti Palace Palatine Gallery, hosts a
very special exhibit. Forty years ago, in May 1969, the special
squad of the Carabinieri assigned to the protection of the
cultural heritage was set up, which in 1975 became answerable
to the newly-established Ministry for the Cultural Heritage.
The offices of this special squad were installed just a few
steps from the Collegio Romano, in Piazza SantIgnazio,
underscoring the relationship of collaboration between the
two institutions, protecting the cultural heritage of the
nation. Over the span of these forty years there have been
reforms and changes in both the Public Sector and society
as a whole, fine-tuning the weapons and tools of those engaged
in protecting the cultural heritage, and of those who in various
ways attempt to destroy or violate it.
This show celebrates the birthday of the special squad, the
Comando Tutela Patrimonio Artistico, while also offering the
perfect occasion for appraising how much has been achieved
and how much still remains to be done. It is devoted in particular
to sacred art, and hence to paintings and objects stolen from
churches and convents, and sometimes museums, bringing to
light how sites of worship tend to be exposed to the risk
of theft and damage, and how over time the Carabinieri squad
specialized in this sector has set its resources and competence
at the service of the Church and its enormous artistic heritage.
As well as being arranged in chronological order, the works
are also divided up into panels, canvases, sculptures and
works of applied art, illustrating how the thefts have indiscriminately
affected different genres. Special emphasis is also placed
on the relationship that links the public to the works of
the churches and the sites of worship, the relationship between
museums and territory, and the progress which also
thanks to the activity of the special squad of the Carabinieri
has been made in making safe the individual works and
the sites that house them. Ticket: euro 10.00. The ticket
grants admission to the exhibition, the Palatine Gallery and
the Gallery of Modern Art. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15-18.50.
BETTY WOODMAN: The Cheerful Vitality of the Porcelain
Until Feb. 15, the Porcelain Museum at Palazzo Pitti is stage
to the refined and imaginative creations of Betty Woodman.
With their unpredictable shapes and the intensity and brilliance
of the colors, the unusual Sèvres porcelain pieces
created by Woodman revolutionize the traditional concept of
prized tableware, while preserving a classy elegance. A potter
who has already made her name in New York, Betty Woodman periodically
lives and works in her house in Antella, just outside of Florence,
where she has had the chance to delve into the stratifications
of Italian culture. Her expressive freedom enables her to
renew the design of traditional forms, drawing on diverse
historical and geographical sources to bring forth a new,
playful language of matter, unburdened by the labor and study
that nevertheless lies behind each individual piece. As she
herself puts it I seek to make art that nods its appreciation
towards the history of ceramics without attempting to imitate
it. Palazzo Pitti Porcelain museum. Piazza Pitti. Hours:
8:15 4:15 pm. Closed 1st and last Monday of each month.
LECTURES IN ENGLISH
The British Institute Weekly Cultural Programme. Every Wednesday
at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institutes Harold
Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event,
followed by an informal drinks reception. British Institute
Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.
Wed. 3 - Marco Del Panta: The EUI and the city of Florence.
The European University Institute, housed in the Badia Fiesolana
at San Domenico, is an international teaching and research
institute founded in 1972 by the member states of the European
Community. It has four departments: Economics, History and
Civilisation, Law, Political and Social Sciences. Marco Del
Panto, Secretary General of the EUI, explores the history
and present state of its multifarious relations with its host
city, Florence, and explains the plans for a major event,
possibly a European festival, which is envisaged for 2011.
Wed. 10 - Edward Chaney: Lord Arundel and the obelisk of Domitian.
This lecture examines the fascinating background the attempts
of the great collector Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel
(1585-1646), to export from Italy to England the Roman obelisk
commissioned by the Emperor Domitian for the temple of Serapis,
and how these attempts were frustrated by Pope Urban VIII
Barberini, whose successor Innocent X Pamphili had the obelisk
erected in Piazza Navona. Professor Edward Chaney of Southampton
Solent University is a leading expert on the activities of
English collectors in Italy. Among his publications is the
major study The Evolution of the Grand Tour: Anglo-Italian
Cultural Relations since the Renaissance, Frank Cass, 1998
(second edition 2000).
Wed. 17 - Roberta Cremoncini: The Estorick collection of modern
Italian art in London. The Estorick Collection housed in London
is well known for its core of Futurist works, as well as Italian
figurative painting and sculpture from 1895 to the 1950s,
and includes paintings by the great names of Futurism: Giacomo
Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo
and Gino Severini as well as works by Giorgio de Chirico,
Amedeo Modigliani and Giorgio Morandi. Director of the Estorick,
Roberta Cremoncini, explains how Eric and Salome Estorick
formed the collection during the 1950s.
Wed. 24 - Louis A. Waldman: Agnolo Bronzino and the death
of Pontormo. What happens when a great painter dies suddenly,
leaving the loose strands of his life and career untied? The
death of Jacopo da Pontormo in 1557 ignited a complex legal
battle for possession of his artistic and financial legacy.
Through surviving testimony (much of it newly discovered in
the Florentine archives) we can follow a courtroom drama tainted
with lies, intrigue, theft and scandal. Louis Waldman is Associate
Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History at the University
of Texas. Since 2007 he has been Assistant Director of Harvard's
Villa I Tatti.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS
Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2. Phone: 055 214 068. http://www.cinehall.it
Thursday 4 - THE HURT LOCKER by Kathryn Bigelow with Ralph
Fiennes, Guy Pearce. 5.00 8.00 10.30 p.m.
Monday 8 - THE LOVELY BONES by Peter Jackson with M. Wahlberg,
R. Weisz. 5.00 8.00 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 - INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS by Q. Tarantino with B. Pitt,
D. Kruger. 4.30 7.30 10.30 p.m
Thursday 11 - AN EDUCATION by Lone Scherfig with Peter Sarsgaard,
Carey Mulligan. 5.00 8.00 10.30 p.m.
Monday 15 - A SINGLE MAN by Tom Ford with Colin Firth, Julianne
Moore. 4.30 6.30 8.30 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 16 - UP TO THE AIR by J. Reitman with G. Clooney,
V. Farmiga. 4.00 6.10 8.20 10.30 p.m.
Thurs 18 AVATAR by James Cameron with Sam Worthington,
Sigourney Weaver. 4.45 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Monday 22 - THE WOLFMAN by Joe Johnston with A. Hopkins, B.
Del Toro. 4.00 6.10 8.20 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 23 - NINE (Italian subtitles) by R. Marshall with
D. Day-Lewis, P. Cruz. 3.45 6.00 8.15
Thursday 25 - DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? by Marc Lawrence
with H. Grant, S. J. Parker. 3.00 8.10 10.30
Friday 26 - INVICTUS (Italian subtitles) by C. Eastwood with
M. Damon, M. Freeman. 5.00 8.00 10.30 p.m.
Saturday 27 INVICTUS. 5.00 8.00 10.30
Sunday 28 - INVICTUS. 5.00 8.00 10.30 p.m.
Perhaps most startling of all the film THE HURT LOCKER's
accomplishments is how it approximates the soldiers' feeling
of utter anxiety as they fight a war on foreign soil. With
an able cast and crew, director Kathryn Bigelow had everything
she needed to come up with the defining war movie for the
Peter Jackson directs THE LOVELY BONES, an adaptation of Alice
Sebold's novel. After being murdered, young Susie Salmon looks
down from heaven on both her parents (played by Mark Wahlberg
and Rachel Weisz) and her murderer.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS begins in German-occupied France, where
Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution
of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph
Waltz). Shosanna flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity
as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe,
Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish
soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known
to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad
joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark
(Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The
Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where
Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.
With AN EDUCATION, author Nick Hornby turns from novels to
screenplays. Jenny is a young woman full of promise and intent
to study at Oxford. But meeting an older man leads her to
believe that she can learn things outside the classroom, casting
doubt on her future plans.
A SINGLE MAN is produced by Tom Ford, and set in Los Angeles
in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. It is
the story of a British college professor (Colin Firth) who
is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death
of his long time partner. The story is a romantic tale of
love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of
the human condition, and ultimately the importance of the
seemingly smaller moments in life.
In UP IN THE AIR, George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a
businessman on the verge of reaching five million frequent
flyer miles when his company decides to cut back on travel.
But his goal isn't the only thing just out of reach: he now
won't be able to see a fellow frequent traveler (Vera Farmiga)
who has caught his eye.
AVATAR is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust
into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life
forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds
himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for
his own survival and that of the indigenous people).
THE WOLFMAN brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic
origins. Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted
nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother
vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father, Talbot sets
out to find his brother...and discovers a horrifying destiny
The Broadway hit NINE moves from the stage to the screen for
this musical take on Federico Fellini's 8½, Rob Marshall
directs a star-filled cast that includes Daniel Day-Lewis,
Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, and Sophia Loren.
In DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica
Parker play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan couple whose
marriage is in danger. But when the Morgans witness a murder
and are sent by the government to small-town Wyoming to hide
from the killers, their marriage shows signs of recovery.
INVICTUS tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela
joined forces with the captain of South Africas rugby
team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country as they
make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
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. Viper Theatre, Via
Lombardia 1.055/318056, http://www.viperclub.eu. Auditorium
FLOG, Via M. Mercati, 24/b, 055/210804, http://www.flog.it
Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine 14. Teatro Everest, Via Volterrana
4/b, tel. 055. 23 21 754. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.teatroeverest.it.
Teatro Politeama Pratese, Via G. Garibaldi, 33 Prato.
Tel: 0574/603758, http://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 3:30-7:30 pm, from Tuesday to
Saturday 10:00-7:30 pm. Tel. 055/210804. ARGONAUTA VIAGGI,
Lungarno Torrigiani 33/B, 055/2342777. Many tickets can be
pre-purchased via http://www.ticketone.it, http://www.boxol.it,
http://www.classictic.com/en or http://www.festivalopera.it.
ORGAN CONCERT. Chiesa S. Maria de' Ricci, Via del Corso. Daily
at 9:15 pm; Saturdays at 6:00 pm.
CARMEN CONSOLI. Saschall. 9:00 pm
RYAN MCADAMS CONDUCTS the ORCHESTRA DEL MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO,
Lars Vogt (piano), music by Chavez, Schumann, Stravinsky.
Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
CARMEN CONSOLI. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm
RYAN MCADAMS CONDUCTS the ORCHESTRA DEL MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO,
Lars Vogt (piano), music by Chavez, Schumann, Stravinsky.
Teatro Comunale. 4:30 pm.
ALEX BRITTI. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm.
RHYTHM OF THE DANCE -THE NATIONAL COMPANY OF IRELAND. Teatro
Verdi. 9:00 pm.
ELIO E LE STORIE TESE. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm
RAFFAELE PAGANINI in HO APPENA 50 ANNI, COMPAGNIA NAZIONALE
DI ROMA. Choreographed by Mvula Sungani. Teatro Verdi. 9:00
COMPAGNIA ITALIANA di OPERETTE: presents THE MERRY WIDOW,
with music by Franz Lehar, choreography Serge Manguette. Teatro
Verdi. 8:45 pm.
DENNIS AND THE JETS, Historic Florentine Rockabilly fun. Porto
di Mare, Via Pisana 128 - (Piazza Pier Vettori) Tel: 055 7191160
- 340 3631957
ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA, CARNEVALE CONCERT WITH THE SWINGLE
SINGERS. Teatro Verdi. 8:45 pm
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR. Conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. Music by
Francesco Cilea. Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm. Adriana Lecouvreur
is an opera in four acts by Francesco Cilea to an Italian
libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the play by Eugène
Scribe and Ernest Legouvé. It was first performed on
6 November 1902 in Milan.
SCUOLA DI MUSICA DI FIESOLE, Music from the Risorgimento.
Directed by Renato Rivolta, music by C. Ambrosini, L. van
Beethoven. Museo Marino Marini, Piazza S. Pancrazio. 4:30
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR. Conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. Music by
Francesco Cilea. Teatro Comunale. 8:30
ROBERTO VECCHIONI - TOUR 2010. Saschall. 9:00 pm.
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR. Conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. Music by
Francesco Cilea. Teatro Comunale. 3:30
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR. Conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. Music by
Francesco Cilea. Teatro Comunale. 8:30
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR. Conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. Music by
Francesco Cilea. Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA, conducted by Marco Boni. Music by
Mahler (version by Klaus Simon 2007). Teatro Verdi. 8:45 pm
MORGAN -NON SOLO PIANO Saschall. 9:00 pm
SCHUMANN & CHOPIN MARATHON, music by R.Schumann, F.Chopin.
Villa La Torraccia - Auditorium Sinopoli, Via delle Fontanelle,
24, S.Domenico (FIESOLE). From 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.