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Tributing Giuseppe Chiari

Five contemporary art galleries – Santo Ficara, Il Ponte, Frittelli, Tornabuoni, and Armanda Gori – are simultaneously presenting PentaChiari, an exhibition celebrating the work of Giuseppe Chiari, beginning on Dec. 2.  

Each gallery exhibits a particular phase of Chiari’s work, allowing visitors to see the entire repertoire of one of the most acclaimed artists that our city gave the world.

Born on Sept. 26, 1926, Chiari studied piano and music composition alongside mathematics and engineering in Florence.

In 1961, he experimented in visual music converting sound into visual forms. In the same period he joined the Fluxus group, an international and interdisciplinary group of artists, composers, designers and poets that took shape in the 1960s and 1970s and generated new art forms through different media and disciplines.

Chiari later identified as an artist-composer-philosopher and became known in Europe for his contributions to music, performance, painting and sculpture, artistic theory, art aesthetic, and in particular for what he referred to as “action music,” a type of music made of sounds originating from water, dry leaves, stones, etc. His work “Giocare con l’acqua e dire la parola acqua” (“Playing with water and saying the word water”) is renown for the transformation of script into an aesthetic object and the clarity and rigour of the texts that foreshadows later conceptual art.

Chiari also experimented with different visual mediums such as painting-collages, sheet music, and photographs.

Galleria Santo Ficara

Via Ghibellina, 164r

Dec. 2 – Feb. 2  

Monday – Friday

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Galleria Il Ponte

Via di Mezzo 42


Dec. 2 – Feb. 2

Monday –-Friday

3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Frittelli Arte Contemporanea

Via Val di Marina 15

Dec. 2 – Mar. 2

Monday – Friday

10 a.m. –-1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Tornabuoni Arte

Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini 3

Dec. 2 – Jan. 27

Monday – Friday

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Armanda Gori Arte

Viale della Repubblica n. 64-66-68, Prato

Dec. 2  – Jan. 28

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.