By Cheyenne Curley
The 30th edition of the Biennale dell’antiquariato, the International Antiques Fair of Florence, is taking place this year at Palazzo Corsini every day from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1.
The Biennale was inaugurated in 1959, inspired by Luigi Bellini, the famous Florentine antiques collector who organized the first Florentine exhibit of its kind in 1953, with the goal of tributing Florence with an event that could valorize its tradition in this field. Florence was, in fact, the leader of the antiques trade between the 19th and the 20th centuries, thanks to antiquarians such as Stefano Bardini, one of the most important art traders of all times, Elia Volpi, who restored the Davanzati Palace, Salvatore Romano and Bellini himself, among many others.
This edition of the Biennale aims to shine the international spotlight on the Italian antiques market and offer the public more novelties and surprises. There will be over 3,000 works on display and more than 80 Italian and foreign galleries. Additionally, the fair will be extending its timeline to the 1980s, featuring works by American artist Jeff Koons.
In an effort to have visitors experience the beauties of Florence in a new light, the Biennale will be working closely with Florentine institutions to offer a rich program of events in many of the symbolic spots of the city center. As a part of the program, there will be an exhibition titled: “An encounter between late gothic and contemporary art: Pietro di Chellino and Pietro Annigoni,” with works belonging to the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.
Additionally, another featured event, in collaboration with Palazzo Strozzi, will highlight some of most significant works of Italian art. Visitors to the Biennale will also receive a discount on the admission ticket to the show, “The sixteenth century in Florence. From Michelangelo, to Pontormo and Giambologna.” The same discount will apply to visitors to the show at Palazzo Strozzi and they will be welcome to admire the works of the 30th Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato.
The fair overall will feature various mediums of the visual arts such as: paintings, sculptures, drawings, and furniture.
Opening hours of the fair are from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is € 15 and the reduced price is € 10.