Contemporary spaces in Florence: the definitive guide

An alternative to the routine Renaissance route

Samantha Vaughn, Sam Griswold
May 31, 2017 - 15:45

Last month we gave you a comprehensive guide to Florence’s major monuments and museums. This edition here is the definitive list of city’s contemporary museums and galleries. More fervent and friskier than you could ever imagine.

79rosso Gallery
This creative hub, situated in the heart of the Oltrarno, is dedicated to exhibitions, artist residencies and events of all art mediums.
Via dei Serragli 79r; Hours vary depending on exhibitions and events

Aria Art Gallery
Its permanent collection contains works by contemporary greats, such as Rodin, Modigliani and Warhol. Nestled in an historical garden in the heart of the city.
Borgo Santi Apostoli 40 – Tel. 055 216150; Mon – Sat: 10:30am – 1:30pm & 3:30pm – 7:30pm; Sunday by appointment

BASE – Progetti per l’Arte
A non-profit space by artists for artists, attracting all those looking to explore the many interesting aspects of the art of today.
Via San Niccolò 18r – Tel. 329 2298348; Mon – Sat: 6pm – 8pm; 24/7 visibility as a window space

Biagiotti Arte Contemporanea
The gallery turned non-profit highlights emerging contemporary artists of all mediums, with a focus on exploring methodologies that the newest generations of artists adhere to.
Via delle Belle Donne 39r – Tel. 055 214757; Tues – Fri: 3pm – 7pm; or by appointment

C2 - Contemporanea 2

 

C2 – Contemporanea 2
Originally the founder’s personal studio space, now hosts temporary exhibitions.
Via Ugo Foscolo 6 – Tel. 0556801225; Open only by appointment

Cartavetra Gallery
Part exhibition space, part workshop, Cartavetra hosts a variety of shows and artistic opportunities.
Via Maggio 64r – Tel. 340 079 2997; Mon – Fri: 3pm – 7pm; Sat: 10am – 1pm & 3pm – 7:30pm; Closed on Sundays

CCC Strozzina
Contemporary section of the Palazzo Strozzi. Nifty basement space with rotating exhibitions in conjunction with the piano nobile upstairs.
Piazza degli Strozzi – Tel. 055 264 5155; Daily: 10am – 8pm; Extended hours on Thursdays until 11pm; Entrance: € 12

Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci
In Prato, just 20 minutes from Florence, the museum is at the center of the area’s push towards the contemporary, rotating exhibitions, a permanent collection and side events every night of the week.
Viale della Repubblica 277, Prato – Tel. 0574 5317; Tues & Wed: 12pm – 8pm; Thurs – Sun: 12pm – 12am; Entrance: € 10

Eduardo Secci Contemporary
A supporter of all mediums, the gallery hosts a wide-range of shows across three locations in Florence and Pietrasanta.
Piazza Goldoni 2 – Tel. 055 661356; Mon – Sat: 10am – 1:30pm & 2:30pm – 7pm; Closed on Sundays

Frittelli Arte Contemporanea


Frittelli Arte Contemporanea
Over 2,000 square metres of permanent and temporary exhibition space, as well as a small auditorium for film showings, meetings and seminars.
Via Val di Marina 15 – Tel. 055 410153; Mon – Fri: 10am – 1pm & 3:30pm – 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday by appointment

Galleria360
Multi-medium group exhibitions; monthly rotation to promote various experiences.
Via il Prato 11r – Tel. 055 239 9570; Mon: 3pm – 7pm; Tues – Sat: 10am – 1pm & 3pm – 7pm; Closed on Mondays

Galleria Antonella Villanova Contemporary Jewellery
For a touch of the different, jewellery as art is the focus here, with permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Via del Parione 47r – Tel. 0552608559; Tues – Sat: 10am – 1pm & 3pm – 7pm

Galleria Frediano Farsetti
A varied exhibition program, from retrospectives on canonical 20th-century art movements to group expositions by current artists.
Lungarno Guicciardini 21/23r – Tel. 055 210107; Mon: 3pm – 7:30pm; Tues – Sat: 10am – 1pm & 3pm – 7:30pm; Closed on Sundays

Soonja Han exhibition at Galleria Il Ponte


Galleria Il Ponte
One of the oldest contemporary galleries in the city, with shows centered on the 20th-century masters and today’s prime artists.
Via di Mezzo 42/b – Tel. 055 240617; Mon – Fri: 3:30pm – 7pm; Sat by appointment; Closed on Sundays

Galleria Poggiali e Forconi

 

Galleria Poggiali e Forconi
This Florence and Pietrasanta-based gallery organizes on-site exhibitions as well as off-site projects around the country.
Via della Scala 35/a and Via Benedetta 29 – Tel. 055 287748; Tues – Sat: 9am – 1pm & 3pm – 7pm; Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Galleria Santo Ficara
This ground-floor gallery inside the Palazzo Borghese has long hosted exhibitions designed especially for this space, becoming a hub in the modern and contemporary art community.
Via Ghibellina 164R – Tel. 055 2340239; Mon – Sat: 9:30am – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – 7:30pm; Closed on Sundays

Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea
A former men’s prison, PAC is an exhibition space and “production site” in equal measure, with temporary shows, site-specific installations and artist residencies, as well as conferences, workshops and concerts.
Piazza delle Murate – Tel. 055 2476873; Tues – Sat: 2.30pm – 7:30pm; Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Mentana
Great focus on promoting and assisting new talents through solo shows, catalogues, critiques and visibility in public spaces.
Piazza Mentana 2 – Tel. 335 120 7156; Mon: 4pm – 8pm; Tues – Sat: 11am – 1pm & 4pm – 8pm; Closed on Sundays

SACI Gallery during Black History Month Florence, 2017


SACI Gallery
Exhibition space for SACI instructors and students to display the fruit of their efforts during their studies in the Renaissance city.
Via Sant'Antonino 11 – Tel. 055 289 948; Mon – Fri: 9am – 7pm; Sat and Sun: 1pm – 7pm (call to confirm for weekend hours); May be closed during term breaks (call to confirm)

Maidoff Gallery
Second exhibition space for SACI instructors and students to display the fruit of their efforts during their studies in the Renaissance city.
Via Sant'Egidio 14 – Tel. 055 240 910; Mon – Fri: 9am – 7pm; Sat and Sun: 1pm – 7pm (call to confirm for weekend hours); May be closed during term breaks (call to confirm)

SENSUS – Luoghi per l’Arte Contemporanea
Featuring objects from the founder’s personal collection as well as temporary exhibitions.
Viale Gramsci 42; Opening hours depend on exhibition schedule, but the permanent collection can be visited upon appointment outside of exhibition dates by scheduling an appointment via email: info@sensusstorage.com; for the month of June, the gallery is open for the exhibition Polvere every Thursday and Friday, 4pm – 7pm.

SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art
Official gallery of the Santa Reparata International School of Art, featuring short-term shows of both well-known artists and artists from the SRISA community, including students, faculty and alumni.
Via San Gallo 53r – Tel. 055 500 0380; Daily 10am – 8pm

Street Levels Gallery
Bringing street art to the masses, the hip gallery is a bit of Brooklyn in Florence.
Via Palazzuolo 74 – Tel. 339 2203607 / 347 3387760; Tues – Sat: 11am – 8pm; Sun: 3pm – 8pm; Closed on Mondays

Tethys Photography Gallery


Tethys Photography Gallery
The only gallery in Florence dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography, with temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection.
Via dei Vellutini 17r – Tel. 055 2286064; Mon – Fri: 9pm – 1pm & 2pm – 6:30pm; Gallery may be open on Saturday and Sunday during exhibitions (call to confirm) 

Tornabuoni Arte
The Florence-based gallery is at the center of the Italian and international contemporary art scene, organizing and participating in many exhibitions and art fairs across Europe.
Via Maggio 58r – Tel. 055 6812697 / 055 6813360; Mon – Fri: 9am – 1pm & 3:30pm – 7:30pm; Sat: 11am – 7pm; Closed on Sundays

ZetaEffe Galleria
A meeting point for established and upcoming artists alike, the gallery’s mission is to explore the identifying aspects of contemporary and its many, diverse mediums.
Via Maggio 47r – Tel. 055 264345; Mon – Sat: 3:30pm – 7:30pm; Closed on Sundays

 

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