The don’t miss list – May 6 to 19,

Alexandra Korey, Devin Tooma
May 5, 2011

Fair/ Artigianato e Palazzo

May 13 to 15, Giardino Corsini


Three days, nearly 100 artisans and the rare opportunity to see them at work and explaining their craft, all in the stunning setting of Giardino Corsini, which will be in full bloom. This year will feature artisanal kite making (and flying), a beer garden, violin makers, and mini-workshops. A wonderful way to spend a warm day out with the family (dogs are welcome as well!). For more information, see our interview with Neri Torrigiani, the event's founder, in TF 141, visit or call 055/2654588.



Sports/ Guarda Firenze Run

May 8, 9:30am, piazza Duomo


GuardaFirenze, now in its 39th year, is a noncompetitive 10km run or a 3km or 6km fit walk that takes you on a path through the city's most beautiful piazzzas (and up the hill to piazzale Michelangelo). There is also the ‘Ginky' Mini Guarda Firenze for kids (3km). The event is intended to promote physical fitness in the city. Sign up at Firenze Marathon's office (viale M. Fanti 2), call 055/5522957 or visit for more information.



Movies/Exit Through the Gift Shop: a film by Bansky, Italian premier

May 12, 9pm and 11pm, Odeon Firenze


The work of Bansky, a street artist, is known the world over, yet his identity remains strictly confidential. We only know he was born around 35 years ago in Bristol, that he executes his art in symbolic locations in major cities, and that his work, although extremely critical of the current art ‘system,' is the envy of myriad collectors world wide, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. He has released a film about his guerilla antics, and we believe that one look at the preview will it. For more information, see



Movies/Martedì al Cinema in cerca di identità

Until June 14, Odeon Firenze and Palazzo Strozzi


A unique event combining cinema and fine art: Palazzo Strozzi has teamed up with Odeon Cinema to screen a series of films and shorts that relate directly to exhibits currently showing and coming soon to Strozzi. Among the wide array, films will include those that star, address or feature scenes designed or directed by Picasso, Mirò or Dalì (Strozzi's ‘angry young men'), including Un chien Andalou and Hitchcock's Spellbound, which has a dream sequence designed by Dalì. A BBC documentary about social networking relates to Strozzina's Virtual Realities exhibit. For more information, visit



Art/Notte dei Musei 2011

May 14, All over Italy


This annual event promoted by the MiBAC means that state museums across Italy are open free and late on the night of Saturday, May 14. From 8pm to 2am, star in your own 'night at the museum' experience. The full list of region-by-region participating museums is available at (scroll down to 'Notte dei Musei 2011').



Lecture/Jane Fortune on Invisible Women

Forgotten Artists of Florence

May 18, 6pm, British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini, 9

May 20, 5:30pm, Biblioteca comunale di Bagno a Ripoli, via di Belmonte, 38


On May 18, Jane Fortune, TF's culture editor, author, art collector and founder of two nonprofit organizations that bring to light and restore art by women in the Florentine museums, discusses the hundreds of women artists whose talent and courage-and thousands of works of art-remains the ‘hidden half' of one of the world's most celebrated cities. (By her count, 128 works by women are on public view in Florence; yet more than 1,500 works by women artists are currently stored in Florence's various art deposits, most of which have not been seen for centuries.) How can these artists and their works become recognized as a fundamental part of the city's artistic identity? For more information on the May 18 lecture at the British Institute, see On May 20, the format will be an interview as she discusses the findings in her groundbreaking book, Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence.



Duets/Drawings by Leonardo and Michelangelo in comparison

Until August 1, Casa Buonarroti


Compare the skill of the masters in this exhibit, which places 12 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci next to 10 by Michelangelo. This small exhibit is but a preview of a much-awaited major exhibition of their drawings in Rome this coming October. For more information, see



Contemporary Art/ From Russia with Love

Dubossarsky & Vinogradov in Pietrasanta

Until May 29, Complesso di S. Agostino, Palazzo Panichi e Museo Virtuale piazza Duomo, Pietrasanta (Lucca)


Pictures, sculptures, films and photographs that provide a comprehensive window into the Russian contemporary art scene and explore how the latest Russian art stars are reinterpreting ancient Russia in their works. The event coincides with the year of Italy-Russia cultural exchange and will feature, among others, AES+F, the Dubossarsky Vinogradov art duo and Ivan Matveevic Vinogradov, new to Pietrasanta, but well established internationally (great success in Venice, London, Paris and New York). For more information, call 0584/795500 or see



Photography/40.jpg by Marco Badiani

Opening May 7 until June 4, Art Bar (open from 6:30pm), via del Moro, 4r


TF's own director Marco Badiani presents a selection of his photographic anthology in the bar with the best artisanal drinks in Florence. Marco, always with his camera at hand, takes seemingly mundane moments and captures their beauty, color, contrast, rhythm, light and geometry. Go grab a passion fruit mojito and check out the multifaceted talent of a TF founder.


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