IMPRESSIONISTS AT PALAZZO PITTI
A new exhibit of the painting of the Impressionists is at Palazzo Pitti exhibit in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna. Gathered in the ballroom of the Pitti Winter Apartments are twelve Impressionist masterpieces on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, in addition to two works by Camille Pissarro and another by Alphonse Maureau permanently housed in Florence’s modern art collection.
The French works came to Florence through a cultural exchange between the two museums. The exhibit I Macchiaioli: Des impressionistes italiens at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris over the summer was enriched with several pieces from the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and explored the intriguing nexuses between the two movements.
The exhibition opens with ‘En plein air’: here are the landscapes, the light, the gardens and the water. Claude Monet’s La Seine à Port-Villez (c. 1890) is featured, one in the series of 18 canvases the artist painted of the area. A letter explains that Monet painted it one windy summer’s day after two months of bad weather. Also in this section is Auguste Renoir’s startling Étude: Torse de femme au soleil (1875–76).
The second section, ‘Interiors,’ features Degas’s ballerinas and Cézanne’s still-lifes, and La liseuse by Henri Fantin-Latour (1861). This section also includes quotes from leading French novelists of the time—Émile Zola, Honoré de Balzac and Guy de Maupassant—which capture something of the Impressionists’ spirit.
Impressionists at Palazzo Pitti
Until January 5, 2014
Galleria d’Arte Moderna
RUSSIAN ICE SKATERS BRING HOLIDAY MAGIC
The world-renowned Russian Ice Stars bring to the Mandela Forum theatre a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and then, Peter Pan, the fantasy adventure by J.M. Barrie.
On November 22 and 23, romance, tragedy, drama and magic as Beauty Belle falls in love with the Beast and breaks the spell on the cursed Prince... The Russian Ice Stars deliver a dazzling interpretation of this enchanting story loved by all ages, a treat for the whole family.
A must see for lovers of good music, ice dance, ballet and spectacular feats. Heart-stopping and jaw dropping, the high-speed combination of extraordinary skating beautifully staged and breath-taking aerial feats, will leave you mesmerised.
On November 24 Wendy, Michael and John are visited in the nursery by Peter Pan himself, who teaches them to fly with the help of Tinker Bell, and takes them on a magical journey to Never Land.
Packed with all your favorite characters including Tiger Lilly, Mr Smee and the vengeful Captain Hook whose appetite for revenge is perfectly recreated in this spectacular adaptation on ice.
“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”
See http://www.wildroseltd.co.uk/index.html for details
FINISH OUT NOVEMBER WITH THE FLORENCE MARATHON
If you aren’t exhausted from the 2013 CORRI LA VITA, try the 30th Florence Marathon On Sunday, 24 November.
Step by step all along its 42 kilometers and 195 meters you are surrounded by centuries of art, history and culture, a unique emotion that can only be experienced by those who run in Florence. Year after year, thousands of sportspeople and enthusiasts from all over the world come to participate in this classic race on the last Sunday in November. This great event in Florence has increased immeasurably recently so much so that they expect more than 10.500 participants in 2012. Official web site: http://www.firenzemarathon.it/index.php?lang=en
This extraordinary increase in participation also testifies to the constant attention given to the organization of the race. Florence Marathon is now the second Italian marathon (after Rome), and among the 20 most important marathons in the world. The route takes you by all those landmarks of singular beauty that have made Florence famous worldwide: views over the enchanting hills and countryside, and passing right by the Cathedral Square, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio (to mention only just a few of historical importance), before entering the majestic Piazza Santa Croce. The road is entirely asphalted and ramp-free, except for the short, slightly sloping stretch of road at the start, and these characteristics make it a particularly fast route appreciated by runners.
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SO YOU STILL WANT TO RUN? – Every Wednesday Run or Walk With Others
Inspired by the Corri La Vita, Firenze Corre has be created so that every Wednesday a group will run or walk through Florence. The first outing was on October 16, meeting at 7:30pm at Piazza del Duomo and returning back there at 9pm. It was a rousing success. You understood that right – get off your tush every Wednesday until 11 June 2014.
“No matter how slow your pace, you will always be faster than those who remain on the couch” is the motto of Firenze Corre. Find out more information on the web site at: www.firenzecorre.it . Or stop by Universo Sport in Piazza del Duomo. There is a fee for participation.
CYCLING THROUGH THE PAST – Antique Bicycles on Display
The history of the bicycle abounds in surprises. Until November 17, he exhibition Cycling Through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades at the Museo Galileo is divided into two sections and shows some of the most significant stages in the development of two-wheeled vehicles. In the first section, antique bicycles from the museum’s collections – which are usually kept in storage – are now on display. Heavily damaged by the 1966 flood in Florence and restored in the last 10 years, they were donated by various collectors.
Opening hours: 9:30am – 1pm
Tuesdays 9:30am – 1pm
Entrance fees (Museo Galileo)
Full € 9,00
6-18 years old, over 65 years old € 5,50
UNLOCK THAT INNER CRAFTER AT FLORENCE CREATIVITY
From November 21 – 24, at Fortezza da Basso, all types of craftwork and handmade arts will be celebrated at Florence Creativity. Knitting, spinning, cake decorating, ceramics, decoupage, scrapbooking, quilting, and so much more. Workshops and holiday gifts are the focus. See http://www.florencecreativity.it for details.
FLORENCE QUEER FESTIVAL 2013 – Art, Literature and Music
The Queer Festival starts November 6, including Queer Art and Queer Lit (See above for Queer Film).
Queer Art until 23 November
The big news this year is the exhibition of The Pink Choice by Maika Elan, Vietnamese photographer and winner of the World Press Photo Award 2013, one of the most important awards in the context of photojournalism. In exhibition runs until November 23 at IED - Istituto Europeo di Design in Florence (free admission), with 32 photos depicting scenes of daily intimacy of Vietnamese couples (Opening Oct. 26 at 6pm with a presentation by the artist).
Corpovisione Sandra Tapes at Ireos at Via de’ Serragli, 3 is an exhibition of selected works by two photographic projects, one in color and one in black and white, both using the body to depict travel and other forms and surfaces other than skin. (Mon-Thurs 18-20, free admission. Until December 1).
Queer Book until 23 November
In October, the cycle of literary meetings of the Florence Queer Festival begin at the IBS Bookstore and at the Villarosa Center (free admission).
Infoline: 347 8553836 Ireos: 055 216907; Tel. 055 240397
firstname.lastname@example.org – www.florencequeerfestival.it
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design- Via M. Bufalini 6/r – t. 055 29821 – 055 2645685
Ireos – Via de’ Serragli, 3 – t. 055 216907
IBS Bookshop – Via De’ Cerretani, 16 r – t. 055287339
Exhibition hours The Pink Choice Maika Elan at IED Florence: Monday to Thursday from 9 to 21.30, Friday 9-18, Saturday 10-18
FLORENCE TATTOO CONVENTION 2013
November 8-10, the ancient Fortezza da Basso of Florence will host more than 300 world-renowned tattoo artists, shows and eclectic musicians who will enchant an audience of curious and urban fashions lovers in a weird and wonderful way.
Florence looks forward to the sixth edition of the Florence Tattoo Convention. In the wake of the resounding success of previous editions, the association Firenze Indelebile will present the best of the international scene in the world of tattoo and body piercing.
The event will take place in the large lower floor of the pavilion Spadolini and will be presented as usual by Leela Huma who is going to delight audiences with original performances and introduce the artists representing the U.S.A, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, China, Canada, Tahiti, Mexico and most of the European states.
Many will be true masters of tattoo who will perform real works of art on the skin of loyal customers using traditional instruments. Again this year, tattoo artists and the public will be able to participate in the seminars.
Do not miss the exhibition session "Human Installation 0: Chrysalis" (Kyrahm and Julius Kaiser), in which a person will be locked up in a cocoon for 27 hours with web link. Finally every night DJ sets, concerts and typical Tuscan cuisine will be the backdrop to the event that every year opens its doors to more than 10,000 spectators.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Fulgor Cinema
The Fulgor is starting to make one of their theaters available for Original Sound movies , seven days a week, three show times a day. Call to find out what is showing in English. Via Maso Finiguerra – Tel. 055 238 1881
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema
Check the web site http://www.cinehall.it/ for updated information or stop by the theater for a brochure. The Fifty Days of Film festival starts at the end of October. Located in Piazza Strozzi.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Astra 2 Cinema
The usual Odeon Cinema Original Sound film selection moves to the Asta 2 Cinema in Piazza Beccaria for the month of November.
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.
The international success of movies from Australia and New Zealand is a relatively new development in the countries' long histories of cinema production, and the Post-Modern, Post-Colonial ethos of the 1970s seems to have resulted in something of a flowering of directorial, as well as acting talent. Australian and New Zealand actors in particular are nowadays household names. The Tolkien adaptations of recent years have also made stars of antipodean landscapes. But landscapes are only a part of the rich cultural heritage of Australia's Aboriginal, and New Zealand's Maori, pasts, and filmmakers in the last 40 years or so have chosen to investigate the difficult and sometimes traumatic social and cultural interface between the diverse inhabitants of the region.
Jane Campion's The Piano gives us yet another glimpse into the colonial past in a well-received and memorable film. The undeniable talent of Baz Luhrmann is first aired in what may be his best film to date, Strictly Ballroom, some of the glitz of which is transferred to the riotous The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, with its star turn from Terence Stamp. On the more serious side, social disharmony is in full view in Once Were Warriors, and the recent wave of crime thrillers has its origins perhaps in Lantana.
Wednesday, November 06, 20.00
Film: The Piano (Jane Campion, AUS/NZ, 1993) with Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin
Wednesday, November 13, 20.00
Film: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott, AUS/UK) 1994 with Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
Wednesday, November 20, 20.00
Film: Once Were Warriors (Lee Tamahori, NZ, 1994) with Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell
Wednesday, November 27, 20.00
Film: Lantana (Ray Lawrence, AUS, 2001) with Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June there is a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library followed by an informal drinks reception.
Wednesday, November 06, 18.00
Lecture: Janice Graham
Romanticising the Brontës and the Shelleys
Janice Graham, raised in Kansas and now living in Florence, has written a novel about the Brontë sisters (Romancing Miss Brontë) and is working on another about Mary Shelley, née Wollstonecraft, author of Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818).
Wednesday, November 13, 18.00
Lecture: Judith Testa
Webs of desire and violence: power politics and sexual politics in three works of Florentine renaissance art
Judith Testa, whose new An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence is published by Northern Illinois UP, analyses three iconic Florentine sculptures, two by Donatello and one by Cellini.
Wednesday, November 20, 18.00
Lecture: John Hoenig
Laszlo Hoenig, a Hungarian designer in Mayfair: the Italian connection
Laszlo Hoenig, the Austro-Hungarian architect, interior designer and cabinet-maker who studied at the Bauhaus and practised for many years in London, is the subject of an illustrated talk by his son John.
Wednesday, November 27, 18.00
Lecture: Margherita Calderoni
Giovanni Boccaccio after 700 years
The 700th anniversary of the birth in Certaldo of Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), author of the Decameron, is the occasion for a lecture by Margherita Calderoni, the London-based journalist who spoke for us last year about Amerigo Vespucci.