Ongoing; current exhibition until July 12
Outside that Santa Maria Novella stronghold, the former Leopoldine complex-turned-20th-century-museum, you may have noticed a colorful new installation of block letters announcing matter-of-factly what awaits you inside: "M U S E O." But the reiteration isn't just a reminder of where you are. It's a mark of the full metamorphosis of the Museo Novecento currently underway, guided by seasoned art world personality Sergio Risaliti, the museum's new director, whose appointment was announced in January. Numerous plans are in the works for the reorganization of the permanent collections and progressive exhibition programming in soon-to-be-opened spaces. Get an early taste of the space's new artistic direction with the current exhibition "Il disegno dello scultore", which launched April 21 and will remain until July 12. Conceived by Risaliti and curated by Eva Francioli, Francesca Neri and Stefania Rispoli of MUS.E Firenze, the show is the first in a series that will focus on drawing as a creative fundamental, "the mother of all arts." For more information, see the Museo Novecento website.
SIP/Florence Cocktail Week
April 30-May 6
Cin cin to the return of Florence Cocktail Week, a celebration of craft cocktail culture and a city-wide stage for the town's top bartenders, now in its third year. The 2018 edition brings a special focus on drinking responsibly and well (which won't be hard with the 20-odd participating bars and each venue's four #FCW-specific cocktails). For more details see our full article; for a detailed program and updates see the website.