Everyone knows the museum routine: you step into an exhibit, walk around the room, stare at a painting for a few seconds, and continue ambling on through the room. You have ‘seen’ a Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, or whichever artist, and can go home happy. But what would happen if you stopped for ten whole minutes to look at a single artwork?
Slow Art Day is an international event that encourages people to slow down and enter into the world of art, slowly. Over 100 institutions worldwide hosted slow art events in 2012, in which viewers were directed to look at only a few works of art, but very slowly.
Slow Art Day in Florence will be at Palazzo Strozzi again this year for the third time. This time visitors have the opportunity to discover how much can be learned through looking slowly at select works in the current exhibition The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the Arts in Florence 1400–60.
Slow Art Day consists of two moments: the individual observation of the works of art, and the group sharing of the experience. Around 11 am on Saturday April 27, 2013, the observation portion of Slow Art Day will begin with visitors looking at several works of art, slowly, for 10-15 minutes each. Visitors will be given to specially-designed looking kit to enhance their visual explorations. The second portion, around 1:30 pm in the first floor Education studio, will open conversation between visitors and encourage everyone to exchange opinions and ideas. Participants are invited to converse over lunch, so feel free to bring a lunch from home, or purchase lunch if you wish at the Renaissance Café found in the Palazzo Strozzi courtyard. Anyone can participate, and looking kits and group-exchanges will be in held both Italian and English.