Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for November 16-22, 2017

Mary Gray
November 16, 2017 - 8:31

SIP / Florence Wine Event
November 18-19

Il Conventino, via Giano della Bella 20, Florence

What’s in a name? In the case of this particular one, pretty much all you need to know. If wine and Florence are involved, we’ll be there. But some details for posterity: Florence Wine Event will toast to its tenth year in a little-known location in the Bellosguardo area, not far from piazza Tasso, the hidden Conventino di via Giano della Bella. It won’t be just wine on the menu: sake and spirits, truffles and torte, cold cuts and cookies will all be up for tasting (and for sale). Producers hail overwhelmingly from Tuscany, with a few outliers from Friuli, Sardinia and Piedmont thrown in for fair play. Entrance is 15 euro, which includes a drink card, a glass and (handy) carrying case, and a catalog of featured producers. For more information, see the website.

SHOP / ANT: Shopping Solidale Market

November 17-19, 10am-7pm

Palazzo Borghese, via Ghibellina 10, Florence

Scoop up some steals at an early holiday market this weekend featuring clothing and accessories from leading local and international brands. Palazzo Borghese will play host to a free-entry charity market organized by the Delegazione ANT (Assistenza Nazionale di Tumori) di Firenze, with proceeds going toward their in-home work with cancer patients and survivors. But you'll find more than attic relics and Florentine family castoffs at this market: participating labels include Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Patrizia Pepe, Valentino, Trussardi, Armani, Blumarine, Emilio Pucci, Ermanno Scervino, Tod’s and Montblanc, to name a few. Chocolates – it is nearly the holiday season, after all – will be offered by Le Dolcezze Pistoia. For more information, call 055.5000210.




LIGHTS / Adrian Paci
Until February 11, 2018

Museo Novecento and Le Murate, Florence

Albanian artist Adrian Paci makes his Tuscan debut with Lights to Serve the Night (Di queste luci si servirà la notte), a solo exhibition exploring the concepts of migration, identity and ebbs and flows of populations. For Paci, mobility is an ontological condition of the human race. The Museo Novecento is the main hub of Lights to Serve the Night, exhibiting 15 works—three of which have never before been displayed—while clustered work at Le Murate and satellite sites in Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino will expand the show’s reach. Paci’s central themes are highlighted through rather esoteric means: a highlight of this show will be the “skeleton” of a tentacled boat that was recently sent down the Arno, digging a groove in the river floor to reveal its depths. A video of the installation’s findings and artistic statement will be on display in the Museo Novecento’s Sala Grande. For more information, see the Museo Novecento website.


REVOLUTIONARY / Eisenstein at the Uffizi

Until January 7, 2018

Sale di Levante, Uffizi Gallery, piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence

The Renaissance museum par excellence hosts a cinema-centred exhibition for the first time. Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein is spotlighted in the Uffizi Gallery's Ejzenstejn: La Rivoluzione delle Immagini, a show marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The moving image pioneer behind such famed works as Battleship Potemkin,Eisenstein introduced montage to the film world and, incidentally, made reference to 13th-15th century art in select films, adding further dimension to this unprecedented collision of genres at the Uffizi. The exhibition features drawings on loan from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art and several rooms of film clips. For more information, see the Uffizi website.



FILM / Lo Schermo dell’Arte

Until November 19

La Compagnia and various venues, Florence

Contemporary art comes to the big screen at this multifaceted film festival. Active in Florence since 2008, Lo Schermo dell’Arte spotlights films old and new, promotes training projects and artist residencies and collaborates with local, regional and international institutions to bring exciting installations and performances to the city. The 10th edition will infiltrate one of Florence's stalwart structures with Directing the Real: Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s, an exhibition featuring 20 video works by young, emerging artists (until December 10, Galleria delle Carrozze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi). Buzzworthy guest of honor is Egyptian visual artist and musician Hassan Khan, recipient of the Silver Lion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Khan will give a lecture on his creative process (3.45pm, November 16, Cango Cantieri Goldonetta) and will be present for screenings of two of his key works, Jewel and Muslimgauze RIP (6pm, November 16, La Compagnia). For festival details, see the website.






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