SERIES ON ART AND WOMEN AT VILLA PALMERINO
Notable Women: Artists, Photographers, Creators
Wednesday, May 7, 6pm
Villa Il Palmerino, Via del Palmerino 8/10, Florence
Martha Ladly – Professor at OCAD University, Toronto
This seminar and round-table discussion features several outstanding women photographers: Julia M. Cameron, Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore, and Francesca Woodman. Special focus on the eras of Vernon Lee and Lola Costa at Il Palmerino. Event in English. Limited places; please RSVP.
Private Mythologies – Storytelling Walk / WorkshopSaturday, May 10, 9am to 4pm
Villa Il Palmerino – Via del Palmerino 8/10, Florence
Martha Ladly - Professor at OCAD University, Toronto
Gianandrea Facchini - Founder and CEO at Buzzdetector, Web and Social Media Listening
Stefania Chipa - Cultural Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Basilica Santa Croce, Natural History Museum, Florence
Explore memory and storytelling by creating personal narratives using digital technology. Walk along the private trail leading from Il Palmerino to Villa Il Treppiede, the historic home of Elisabeth Chaplin. Event in English and Italian. Admission: 40 euro; Lunch included. We thank the Fiesole School of Music for their collaboration.
Women Artists Of The Renaissance And Baroque
Wednesday, May 14, 6pm
Villa Il Palmerino – Via del Palmerino 8/10, Florence
Adelina Modesti – Art historian, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Lecture on Italian women artists in the early modern period: Sofonisba Anguissola, Properzia de’ Rossi, Lavinia Fontana, Artemisia Gentileschi and Elisabetta Sirani. Issues discussed include: academy access, training and education, patronage and reception. Event in English. Limited places; please RSVP.
Plein Air Painting / Workshop
Saturday, May 17, 10am to 4pm
Villa Il Palmerino – Via del Palmerino 8/10, Florence
Sandra Walkeen – American figurative artist
During this hands-on outdoor course, participants will learn simple plein air set-ups and how to create appropriate color palettes, how to organize and capture the shapes, values and light source. For the ultimate beginner to the advanced student. Event in English and Italian. Admission: 60 euro; Lunch and materials included.
Please note: Unless otherwise specified, events are in Italian and admission is free.
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TWO EXHIBITS AT THE PALAZZO STROZZI
Until 20 July 2014
Palazzo Strozzi is hosting Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism until 20 July 2014, a major exhibition devoted to the work of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino, the two painters who were without question the most original and unconventional adepts of the new way of interpreting art in that season of the Italian Cinquecento which Giorgio Vasari called the 'modern manner'.
Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino trained under Andrea del Sarto while maintaining a strongly independent approach and enormous freedom of expression. Pontormo, always a favourite with the Medici, was a painter open to stylistic variety and to a renewal of the traditional approach to composition. Rosso Fiorentino, on the other hand, was more tightly bound to tradition, yet at the same time he was fully capable of flights of originality and innovation, influenced also by Cabalistic literature and esoteric works.
Mirroring the precepts underlying the Bronzino exhibition, this exhibition opted for a broad and multifaceted overview of the two great painters' masterpieces, according priority to the formal splendour and lofty poetry of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino so that the exhibition appeals in its clarity not only to the specialist but also to a wider audience thanks to themed sections set out in chronological order.
Introducing the exhibit, in the first room of Palazzo Strozzi, are three overwhelmingly large frescos, supported by deep maroon arched temporary walls that create the effect of walking into a dimly lit basilica. The three frescos, of equally large proportions, create a closed space, with two flanking the sides and one looming opposite the entrance. Del Sarto painted the first fresco in 1511; Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino completed the other two shortly after in 1513 and 1514. All three were made for SS. Annunziata, thusly the ecclesiastical atmosphere is fitting. Spotlighting illuminates the frescos dramatically, increasing the feeling of being in a religious setting, which these images were originally produced for.
The second room is dedicated to the workshop of Del Sarto, including images produced by Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino and Fra Bartolomeo. Already, the divergence of styles between the two protagonists is visible.
The following rooms are dedicated solely to the individuality of the artists, Pontormo and Rosso and the wall texts comment on their evolved styles. One of the final rooms, titled Rosso and Pontormo between the sack of Rome and the Siege of Florence, opens to the beautifully conserved masterpiece by Pontormo The Visitation or Visitazione painted between 1528 and 1529. Clearly, this painting is one of the most important of the exhibition. Since its drastic restoration, it revealed Pontormo’s vibrant use of color and elements that had been lost.
The final room exhibits three large and beautiful tapestries, modeled after designs by Rosso and Pontormo. The largest, Combat of the Centaurs and the Lapiths 1539 to 1544, rests on a slanted surface, allows the textiles to rest but also reflects the light off of the detailed and intricately woven gold and silver wefts.
The exhibition design combines the contemporary concept of simplicity through the dramatic spotlighting and the comfort and feel of a traditional museum. Dark and muted altar-like structures are beneath the works, suggesting to the visitor the ecclesiastical connotation of the majority of the works. The bold maroon, which serves as a backdrop for the paintings, almost reminds the viewer of a textile background that compliments the Renaissance culture.
A unique and unrepeatable event bringing together for the very first time a selection of masterpieces by the two artists in Italian and foreign collections, many of them specially restored for the occasion.
You can download a pdf of an English language guide to the exhibition here:
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While you are at Palazzo Strozzi don’t miss: The Palazzo Strozzi unveils Family Matters: Portraits and Experiences of Family Today (CCC Strozzina, 14 March-20 July 2014), which presents the works by contemporary artists that encourage an investigation into the images and dynamics of family in the contemporary world.
And there is still more: The Greeting by Bill Viola
The Greeting, a video which the artist first presented at the Venice Biennale in 1995, will be on show at Palazzo Strozzi alongside the work of art that inspired it, Pontormo's Visitation from the church of San Michele Arcangelo in Carmignano. The event will mark the return of this great contemporary artist to Palazzo Strozzi after the CCC Strozzina's first exhibition, Emotional Systems, in 2007, in which his Observance (2002) played an extremely important role.
The Greeting is the first work in which the artist relates directly to the work of the old masters. His aim is not to recreate Pontormo's Visitation (which depicts the meeting between Mary, who is pregnant with Jesus, and St. Elisabeth, who is pregnant with St. John the Baptist) but to use the Florentine master as "a guide for doing something new." Viola has created a choreography of contemporary characters interpreting a scene from traditional Christian iconography using these great masterpieces of the past as his models. The figures are stripped of their religious symbolism and provided with a new context in a new dimension. What we see here is neither a literal transposition of the story from the Gospel of Luke nor yet Pontormo's interpretation of that story, but a touching and original vision of a meeting that becomes a timeless and universally poetic metaphor for the very essence of the human condition.
THE ARTIST’S JEWELRY: TRADITION IN MODERNITY
This exhibit, lead and organized by the Associazione Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte at the Ente Cassa di Risparmio in Florence, presents the artistic creations of Tuscan goldsmiths and foreigners who work in the region. Another section, housed at the Horne Museum, will instead see certain works of this tradition “converse” with the works of the Herbert Horne collection. The many provocative and unusual displays are all meant to shed a new and unique light on both the contemporary and the antique.
The attention of the two shows focuses, in particular, on these artists that create jewelry as a wearable sculpture, as an artistic expression; the artists whose work is unrepeatable, and who desires a continuous search for the secret to beauty, sensibility, and innovation.
The exhibit will run until October 15, 2014 at the Exhibition Space of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio on Via Bufalini, 6 (free); and at the Horne Museum on via de’ Benci, 6 (ticket).
For more information, see http://www.entecarifirenze.it/ and http://www.museohorne.it/
Notte Blu celebrates Europe with 27 hours (one for each state in the EU) of events from May 8 to 10.. While it doesn’t get nearly as much press as her big sister Notte Bianca, Blu, the more serious, less partying sister (although there will be opera and tango on the 8th), holds her own with free lectures, concerts, gallery exhibits, video screenings and more. This year, most of the excitement will take place at Le Murate, the former convent turned cultural hub in Florence. For a full list of the interesting events scheduled, visit the official website here: http://lanotteblu.unimap.eu/
BAROQUE PAINTINGS FROM THE MOLINARI PRADELLI COLLECTION
The Rooms Of The Muses at the Galleria degli Uffizi until 11 May 2014
The famed orchestra conductor Francesco Molinari Pradelli (1911-1996), in the course of his numerous travels throughout his professional career, collected baroque art which is housed in the Bologna Molinari Pradelli Collection. This special exhibit is part of Un Anno ad Arte 2014.
Born in Bologna in 1911, he attended the “Gian Battista Martini” music school, studying piano under the guidance of Filippo Ivaldi and orchestra conducting under Cesare Nordio, and completing his musical training in Rome. In 1938, from his very first performances, the press defined him as a “conductor with a glowing future, while Arturo Toscanini commended him as a young man “with talent who will go places”. In Rome, he distinguished himself in conducting concertos with soloists like Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Wilhelm Kempff. In the 1940s, he performed on the podiums of Milan, Pesaro, Trieste, Bologna and Florence, directing in particular, works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner. His international success began with a 1949 tour in Hungary and then on to the most important theatres in Europe and America, with a repertory of thirty-three concertos and twenty-eight operas, from 1938 to 1982.
In the 1950s, the Maestro began to cultivate a growing passion for painting, first for nineteenth-century works, and then discovering an interest for Baroque painting. He developed a very original attraction for still-life, a genre that was just then beginning to garner interest from scholars, in which he combined the pleasure of owning artwork, aesthetic appreciation and the desire for knowledge, stimulated by museum visits in the cities his professional career took him to.
His collection of some two hundred paintings that in time lined the walls of his Bologna home and later, the Villa at Marano di Castenaso, was admired by the greatest art historians of the XX century, from both Europe and America. As the exhibition documents with a selection of one hundred paintings, the Maestro rigorously preferred seventeenth- and eighteenth-century painting, collecting works from the various Italian schools.
FIESOLE AND THE LONGOBARDS
One of the many events to celebrates the 100 years of the Civic Archeological Museum of Fiesole, this exhibition for the first time shows what was found in the recent excavations carried out in the Piazza Garibaldi area of Fiesole, supplementing finds previously excavated here from the late 19th century onwards.
The recent discoveries from about 40 burials in the extensive fortified settlement – which was of great strategic importance in the control of communication routes in central Italy and comprised over 100 tombs – have taken Fiesole to the forefront of Longobard archeology. On display are various objects from the Longobard grave furnishings unearthed and some tomb reconstructions.
The exhibit will run until October 30, 2014.
The Civic Archeological Museum of Fiesole may be found on Via Portigiani, 1 in Fiesole.
FIERUCOLINA DI MAGGIO
On Sun. 18, pop around to Piazza Santo Spirito and admire the crafts and organic food fair. This one, as the name suggests will focus on food, plants, and Spring gardening. Your will also 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. www.lafierucola.org
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema
May 5-7 The Grand Budapest Hotel
May 8-11 Japan Film Festival
May 15-18 Grace of Monaco
May 22-24 “Film A Sorpresa”
May 26-29 Dragon Film Festival
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute
The Talking Movies Series at the British Institute Library. Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a film, followed by discussion. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Check the web site at www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/default.asp for times, dates, and detailed information or stop by the library for a brochure.
An American cultural icon, voted by the American Film Institute as the greatest star in American cinema, and winner of an Academy Award, Humphrey Bogart stands head and shoulders above any competition heading in his direction. With his unique hard-boiled style, this most romantic of cynics captivated audiences across the globe, gracing many a noir with his inimitable presence, but avoiding the kind of typecasting that was an ever present danger for practitioners of his craft. He made each role his own in a career spanning thirty years and some eighty movies, and is remembered with a fondness rare in movie history.
This brief Talking Pictures homage starts with his first big success, THE MALTESE FALCON (1941), the first of several collaborations with director John Huston, the others in this series being THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948), alongside Huston's father Walter, and THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) opposite Katherine Hepburn. His Private Detectives Sam Spade in THE MALTESE FALCON and Philip Marlowe in THE BIG SLEEP (1946) can be said to set the standard for screen characterisations of the noir fiction specialists Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
In CASABLANCA (1942) Bogart's Rick Blaine stole hearts worldwide with his tough vulnerability, nobility and sacrifice, partnering the equally memorable Ingrid Bergman. His most successful partnership, both on and mostly off the screen was with Lauren Bacall, whom he met on the set of TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944), based on Ernest Hemingway's novel.
"Himself, he never took too seriously-his work most seriously. He regarded the somewhat gaudy figure of Bogart, the star, with an amused cynicism; Bogart, the actor, he held in deep respect... In each of the fountains at Versailles there is a pike which keeps all the carp active; otherwise they would grow overfat and die. Bogie took rare delight in performing a similar duty in the fountains of Hollywood. Yet his victims seldom bore him any malice, and when they did, not for long. His shafts were fashioned only to stick into the outer layer of complacency, and not to penetrate through to the regions of the spirit where real injuries are done... He is quite irreplaceable. There will never be another like him" (John Huston's eulogy at Bogart's funeral in 1957).
Wednesday, May 07, 2014. 20.00
Film: CASABLANCA 1942
Wednesday, May 14, 2014. 20.00
Film: TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT 1944
Wednesday, May 21, 2014. 20.00
Film: THE BIG SLEEP 1946
Wednesday, May 28, 2014. 20.00
Film: THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE 1948
LECTURE SERIES – British Institute of Florence
Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event, followed by an informal reception. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Check the web site at www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/default.asp for times, dates, and detailed information or stop by the library for a brochure.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 18.00
Lecture: Nigel Beevor
Nigel Beevor, son of Kinta Beevor (A Tuscan Childhood) and grandson of Lina Waterfield (A Castle in Italy), describes his grandparents’ life in Tuscany before the First World War, their journalism and painting.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 18.00
Lecture: Shafquat Towheed
Dr Shafquat Towheed of the Open University is Director of the ‘Reading Experience Database’, an exciting project that records the experience of readers over the period 1450-1945: in this talk he concentrates on Britain and Italy.
Friday, May 16, 2014, 17.00
Presentation: Paolo Granata, Alyson Price, Sanni Tengvall and Mark Roberts
The new app based on Susan Horner’s 1861-1862 diary is presented by the British Institute’s collaborators at the University of Bologna and by the BIF’s own Mark Roberts and Alyson Price.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 18.00
Lecture: Melissa Pritchard
Melissa Pritchard discusses the life of Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935), and reads from her own new novel Palmerino.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 18.00
Exhibition: Portraits from the Atelier of Charles H. Cecil
George William Clark, Rupert Knox and Isabella Watling are young British painters, training in Florence in the Atelier of Charles H. Cecil: their exhibition will run for a month.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 18.00
Lecture: Lynn Catterson
The sleuthing art historian Lynn Catterson returns to the subject of the 19th-century Florentine antiquarian, Stefano Bardini.
LA NOTTE DEI MUSEI
Once in a while, Florence’s biggest museums throw open their doors, stay up late, for free. Luckily for May visitors, one of those special nights falls on the 17th. Known as the Notte dei Musei, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. visitors enjoy free entry to museums across Italy. Last year, participating institutions in Florence included the Accademia, the Uffizi, the Galleria Palatina at Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio, the San Marco Museum, and a smattering of Medici villas: Poggio a Caiano, Cerreto Guidi, and Petraia. Now, we might be jumping the gun a bit. This year’s lineup is still being firmed up, and Florence’s participation is yet to be announced. But considering the city’s heavy involvement in 2013, we’re confident this year will be just as special.
La Notte dei Musei (105 open museums across Tuscany) is done in conjunction with Amico Museo, a production by the Region of Tuscany in collaboration with the European Union.
See the website (in Italian) here:
MILLE MIGLIA: VINTAGE CAR RALLY
On Sat. 17, listen for the roar of powerful motors and the applause of the crowd as Tuscany hosts a leg of the fabulous Mille Miglia vintage car rally. Eighty years after its inception, the Mille Miglia epitomizes the passion people hold for cars in the pursuit of adventure, excitement and discovery. It is also the easiest and most fun vintage car show ever attended. You can sit in one spot and enjoy the noisy, colorful show going by.
Nearly 400 automobiles are registered this year, including Alfa Romeos, BMWs, Aston Martins, Maseratis, Jags, Ferraris and more; each beauty from 30 to 80 years old. On Saturday, watch for the classic Freccia Rossa sign (a red arrow with 1000 Miglia written on it) marking the route, and find yourself a good observation spot.
It was Enzo Ferrari who defined it "the world's greatest road race". From the starting line in Brescia, to the much-awaited appointment with Rome, and finishing with arrival back in Brescia, the Mille Miglia rally meets the enthusiasm of the cities it passes through and the fervor of the crowds lining the streets.