It’s showtime in Tuscany

Exhibitions worth an out-of-town trip

Helen Farrell
October 3, 2017 - 16:17

From photography in Lucca to sculptures in Pistoia, Escher in Pisa and Canova in Carraia, autumn in Tuscany has something for everyone on the exhibition front.


Visual Passions #PISTOIA

The first retrospective on Marino Marini’s sculptures has taken up suitable residence at Palazzo Fabroni. The “Passioni Visivi” exhibition examines all the phases of the Pistoia-born artist’s output from the 1920s to the 1970s. Composed of ten sections, the impressive show places Marini’s masterworks next to masterpieces from Ancient Greece, Imperial China and Etruscan times. A highlight of Pistoia’s year as the Italian Capital of Culture, the exhibition’s next stop is Venice’s Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Until January 7, 2018.



Lorenzetti #SIENA

An exhibition extolling one of the greatest European painters of the 19th century. Most famous for his Allegory of Good and Bad Government in Siena’s city hall, this collection of his works showcases loans from the Louvre, London’s National Gallery and the Vatican Museum, paintings that were originally crafted for the pleasure of the sienesi and their churches. It’s a multilocation show in Santa Maria della Scala, the churches of San Francesco and Sant’Agostino as well as the Palazzo Pubblico. Until January 21, 2018.



The Shadow Hour #PONTASSIEVE

After exhibiting at the Venice Biennial and in the Uffizi, Prato-born artist Andrea Martinelli shows the light and dark of anxious faces in Pontassieve’s Sala delle Colonne. Offering irresistible insight into the depth of human psyche, the works display the geography of wrinkles, imperfections and shadows. The small exhibition also features photography by Berengo Gardin and the short film “Mistral” dedicated to Martinelli by Alessandro Pucci. Until November 26.



After Canova #CARRARA

At Palazzo Cucchiari the “After Canova – A History of Sculpture in Florence and Rome” exhibition highlights two particular moments during the renewal of Italian sculpture in the first half of the 19th century: the Roman scene was dominated by the heirs and direct collaborators of Canova and Thorvaldsen, while in Florence Lorenzo Bartolini’s teachings were imposed with some resistance. Until October 22.



Escher #PISA

Expect 100-plus hypnotic masterpieces by the great Dutch artist at this autumn show at Pisa’s standout exhibition venue. Nine sections zoom in on Faces, Animals, Objects and Reflections, Geometries and Rhythms, Landscapes, The Artist, Imaginary Architecture, Nature and Self-Portraits, punctuated with works from past centuries, largely originating in Pisa: marble fragments with Cosmatesque ornamentation, wooden intarsia depicting geometric solids and engravings by G.B. Piranesi, with his imaginary buildings and evocative perspectives. Until January 28, 2018.



Henri Cartier-Bresson #SANGIMIGNANO


FRANCE. Paris. Place de l'Europe. Gare Saint Lazare. 1932.

“I’m merely a nervous type, and I love painting… As far as photography’s concerned, I don’t understand a thing.” And yet the French humanist photographer vaunts a cult following that belies his words. Only a few more days remain to check out the 140 snapshots exhibited at San Gimignano’s Galleria di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea “Raffaele De Grada”—enjoy the spontaneity and surprise captured by Cartier-Bresson’s camera. Until October 15.



Robert Doisneau #LUCCA

The street photographer whose lens sought out normal people and society outcasts in the Parisian suburbs exhibits at Lu.C.C.A. – Lucca Center of Contemporary Art. “A l’imparfait de l’objectif” features 80 black-and-white images including Doisneau’s celebrated Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville. Expect playing children, kissing couples and studious rascals in this well-conceived exhibition in Lucca’s city centre space. Until November 12.



Sauro Cavallini #FIESOLE

“I looked at the trees in the garden, I stroked the dog who looked at me, I read my past in the silence of the sky and at the sea that renders the waves sisters I smiled. So I got up and carved Love.” “Intrusions” is the name of the exhibition starring 18 sculptures by the La Spezia-born yet Florentine-by-adoption artist Sauro Cavallini at Fiesole’s Archaeological Museum and in the town’s main piazza Mino. Until October 15.



Giovanni Boldini #PISTOIA

An exhibition dedicated to painter Giovanni Boldini focuses on the period the Ferrara-born master spent in Tuscany during his youth. Titled “Giovanni Boldini. La Stagione della Falconiera”, Pistoia’s striking Museo dell’Antico Palazzo dei Vescovi hosts 16 masterpieces from private collections and public museums, all executed during Boldini’s Tuscan Macchiaiolo years from 1864 to 1871. Until January 6, 2018.


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