As the heat of summer gives way to the cooler breezes of fall, Florence comes back to life with some of the most popular events of the year.
This September sees more than just a change of season in the air, with newly appointed museum directors Eike Schmidt and Cecilie Hollberg taking the reins of the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia, respectively: the first foreign-born directors in the institutions’ history. The theme of breaking with tradition also coincides with exhibitions on show: Dalí Meets Dante showcases two artists renowned for their groundbreaking contribution to the arts, while Carlo Dolci: 1616–1687 explores some of the highly innovative techniques employed by this artist to create exquisitely detailed works. An exhibition designed to run concurrently with Pope Francis’s highly anticipated visit in November, Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana opens on September 24 at Palazzo Strozzi with an examination of the tumultuous relationship between modern art and religion over the course of a century, with more than 100 works by Italian and international artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and Henri Matisse.
The Bargello National Museum hosts Adi Da Samraj’s multisensory interpretation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth with The Ascent of Orpheus, which challenges ideas of linear perspective that have dominated ideas of Western art since the Renaissance.
Taking its marks on September 27, the Corri la Vita charity walk and competitive run makes the most of the lingering warm days, with a scenic route through city to raise money for breast cancer research.