2017 Exhibitions at the Uffizi

From the Medici Palaces to Japanese Gardens

Samantha Vaughn
February 21, 2017 - 17:52

On the tail of two successful exhibitions, the Uffizi Gallery has just announced their program for the remainder of 2017, and it’s going to be a big year. The rich line-up ranges from Renaissance themes and crucial moments in Medici collecting to the anniversaries of revolutionary activities across history and personal exhibitions by renowned contemporary artists.

 

 

 

 

The program will kick off on March 7 with Il restauro del trittico con la Resurrezione di Lazzaro di Nicolas Froment in the Sala del Camino, followed immediately by the inauguration of Plautilla Nelli. Arte e devozione in convento sulle orme di Savonarola in the Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture on March 9th. Froment’s triptych will be presented after a long restoration, funded in part by the Amici degli Uffizi, and his role in the Italian interest for Northern art will be explored. Plautilla Nelli will focus on the life of the nun-artist Plautilla Nelli and her devotional images.

 

Three additional shows will open at the end of the month: Maria Lassnig: Woman Power at the Palazzo Pitti, part of the Uffizi’s new initiative, beginning this year, to dedicate two exhibitions to the work of two women, past and present, in the month of March; Facciamo presto! Marche 2016 - 2017: tesori salvati, tesori da salvare, an homage to Marche and the works whose homes are at risk in the earthquake-prone region. The proceeds of exhibition will be donated to help restore the monuments damaged by the earthquakes this past year; and Il cosmo magico di Leonardo da Vinci: l'Adorazione dei Magi restaurata. Leonardo da Vinci’s recently restored Adoration of the Magi will go on display alongside the similarly themed work by Filippino Lippi, who was called upon to paint his own Adoration when da Vinci abandoned his piece to move to Milan. The side-by-side display will highlight the political and cultural changes that took place in Florence in the little more than 10 years between the two works and how they influenced the execution of each piece.

 

Giuliano da Sangallo. Disegni dagli Uffizi, opening on May 9, will be the first monographic exhibition dedicated to Giuliano da Sangallo’s graphic art. Just in time for Florence’s patron saint’s day, Omaggio al Granduca: i piatti d’argento per la festa di San Giovanni will debut on June 24, with an eye towards the extraordinary and storied series of silver plates in the Medici collection and the political dealings that brought them to Florence. Switching to the contemporary, the nature-inspired monumental steel pieces of Helidon Xhixha will go on display mid-summer in the Limonaia in the Boboli Gardens, positioning themselves as an alternative to the Buontalenti Grotto.

 

Opening the fall season, the Sala del Camino will host Gli Uffizi e il territorio: bozzetti di Luca Giordano e Taddeo Mazzi per due grandi complessi monastici, focusing on two preparatory sketches by Luca Giordano and Taddeo Mazzi recently acquired by the Uffizi Gallery and which were originally designed for the decoration inside the Corsini Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine and the Chapel of the Santissima Sacramento at the Sanctuary of Monte Senario, respectively. Mid-September, I nipoti del re di Spagna: il ritratto di Federico e Maria Anna di Lorena di Anton Raphael Mengs a Pitti will open in the Sala delle Nicchie in the Palazzo Pitti. The show will highlight the recently discovered incomplete painting by Mengs of two of Peter Leopoldo’s children, alongside another portrait by Mengs of the young children and a portrait of their brother, Francesco, the future Emperor of Austria, by Johann Zoffany. The focus will turn towards the East at the end of the month, with the show Il rinascimento giapponese: la natura nei dipinti su paravento dal XV al XVII secolo. Approximately 40 landscape and nature paintings on folding screens will go on display, coming from the golden era of Japanese art, which spanned the Muromachi and Edo periods (15th to 17th centuries).

 

The last three exhibitions of the year will shine light on the anniversaries of three revolutionary moments in history. Lucas Cranach, i ritratti di Lutero dalla collezione medicea will address the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s history altering 95 theses, which he posted to the doors of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. Lucas Cranach, whose portrait of Luther will be on display in the exhibition, became one of the leading artists of the new Protestant themes being expressed in artworks at the time. Ejzenštejn: la rivoluzione delle immagini will be a collaborative exhibition with the Puškin Museum in Moscow and the Cineteca Comunale di Bologna for the 100th anniversary of the Socialist Revolution in Russia, also known as the October Revolution). Sergej Ejzenštejn’s pioneering montage work will explored as one of the most revolutionary film editing developments of the 20th century. Finally, the year will come to an end with the focus back on the Medici family: Leopoldo de' Medici, principe dei collezionisti, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Leopoldo’s birth. This member of the powerful family amassed a collection that spanned vast interests and a variety of objects, the majority of which made their way into the Uffizi Gallery through Leopoldo’s nephew, Cosimo III. Their systematic entrance into the Tuscan family’s main museum was one of the most radical transformations in the museum’s history.

 

Il restauro del trittico con la Resurrezione di Lazzaro di Nicolas Froment

Uffizi, Sala del Camino

March 7 – April 30, 2017

 

Plautilla Nelli. Arte e devozione in convento sulle orme di Savonarola

Uffizi, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture

March 9 – June 4, 2017

 

Maria Lassnig: Woman Power

Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini

March 25 – June 25, 2017

 

Facciamo presto! Marche 2016 - 2017: tesori salvati, tesori da salvare

Uffizi, Aula Magliabechiana

March 28 – July 30, 2017

 

Il cosmo magico di Leonardo da Vinci: l'Adorazione dei Magi restaurata

Uffizi, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture

March 28 – September 24, 2017

 

Giuliano da Sangallo. Disegni dagli Uffizi

Uffizi, Sala Edoardo Detti e Sala del Camino

May 16 – August 20, 2017

 

Omaggio al Granduca: i piatti d’argento per la festa di San Giovanni

Palazzo Pitti, Tesoro dei Granduchi

June 24 – November 5, 2017

 

Helidon Xhixha: in Ordine Sparso

Boboli Gardens

June 27 – October 29, 2017

 

Gli Uffizi e il territorio: bozzetti di Luca Giordano e Taddeo Mazzi per due grandi complessi monastici

Uffizi, Sala del Camino

September 5 – October 15, 2017

 

I nipoti del re di Spagna: il ritratto di Federico e Maria Anna di Lorena di Anton Raphael Mengs a Pitti

Palazzo Pitti, Sala delle Nicchie

September 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018

 

Il rinascimento giapponese: la natura nei dipinti su paravento dal XV al XVII secolo

Uffizi, Aula Magliabechiana

September 26, 2017 – January 7, 2018

 

Lucas Cranach, i ritratti di Lutero dalla collezione medicea

Uffizi, Sala del Camino

October 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018

 

Ejzenštejn: la rivoluzione delle immagini

Uffizi, Sala Edoardo Detti

November 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018

 

Leopoldo de' Medici, principe dei collezionisti

Palazzo Pitti, Tesoro dei Granduchi

November 7, 2017 – January 28, 2018

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