The reopening of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – 29 October
This museum was closed for several months for restoration purposes, the museum’s reopening is a long-awaited event. The numbers alone are impressive – 750 works of art, 25 rooms over three floors, with a total of 6,000 square meters. This space is used to honor Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Arnolfo, just to name a few. Some of the restorations are from the 1401 contest to design the Florentine churches; whether it be for decorative purposes inside or outside of the churches. This museum, with its new and updated works, should be a stimulating and fresh visit.
Divine Beauty: Van Gogh, Chagall, and Fontana – Palazzo Strozzi, Until 24 January
This is an exhibition whose description would only be apt by saying “particular.” The theme is based upon the reflection of the divinity of the great artists between the 1800s and the 1900s. To name a few, they are: Vincent van Gogh, Jean-Francois Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Henri Matisse, and for the Italians, Domenico Morelli, Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, and Emilio Vedova.This exhibition should only interesting for the names of the artists, which will bring in great curiosity and attention.
Jeff Koons in Florence – Until 28 December
Not exactly an exhibition..more of an event. The contemporary art will be confronted with the art of the past. There will be two of Koons’ works in Florence. One of them will be a distant copy of the David on the Piazza della Signoria. It will be three meters high, and made of steel in a golden color. It will be inspired by Il Ratto di Proserpina, which is a work made by Bernini, and the only difference will be in the materials and the small changes made by Koons.
The second work will be exposed inside the Sala dei Gigli, where there is already “la Giuditta e Oloferne” by Donatello. It will be a copy in chalk of the Roman-Greek “Fauno Barberini,” that is part of a series that the American will add to, always in a precarious position and like leitmotif, with a blue-ish reflection.