Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks from October 17-24

Jane Farrell
October 16, 2019 - 11:51

EXHIBITION/ Lapo Binazzi’s Philosophy of the Roasted Chicken

October 24 - December 7


Lapo Binazzi's 'Green Chicken'


An exhibition of radical design objects by Lapo Binazzi, worked on with SACI (Studio Arts College International) ceramics and sculpture students provides a glimpse of Binazzi’s lifelong work. Curated by Špela Zidar and guided by SACI instructors Lisa Nocentini and John Taylor, sculpture/lamps were developed by SACI students in a special and intriguing collaboration. Binazzi's roasted chickens first appeared in his work titled Chicken Circus Circulation, a piece of radical architecture presented in 1968. This current exhibition features three large ceramic roasted chickens in green, red and yellow, that later became lamps and will be featured in Binazzi's upcoming exhibition with original lampshades by Florentine artisans. More info at


SACI Gallery
Via Sant'Antonino 11, Florence




MARKET/ Collezionare a Firenze, Artigianarte

October 19-20, 10am-7pm


Market/Exhibition will take place at Tuscany Hall



34th edition of the market exhibition featuring collectibles, antiques, curiosities, vintage, historic documents, and crafts takes place this weekend. Ranging from small furniture and porcelain dolls to decorated ostrich eggs and knitted owls, this is sure to be a treasure chest delighting all in attendance. Unique and interesting, this is an important event for vintage collectors and the curious. Email [email protected] for info on participating and for details about the event.


Tuscany Hall

via Fabrizio di André angolo, Lungarno Aldo Moro




Florence Biennale – International Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Design

October 18-27




720 exhibitors from 73 countries from all 5 continents take part in the 12th edition of the event. A multitude of artistic forms make up the packed programme with ceramics, digital art, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, jewellery, game design and more. An event themed Big Data and Climate Change is sure to be a highlight during the proceedings. In collaboration with SACI (Studio Art College International), EarthDNA, Studio RF and Anughea Studios, a design exhibition will take place at the Fortezza da Basso presenting interactive projects delving into the complexity of climate change. A number of prestigious awards will also be presented as part of the festival, rewarding innovative thinking and creative excellence. Find out more at


Padiglione Spadolini

Fortezza da Basso, viale Strozzi 1, Florence




EXHIBITION/ Chronicles in Color by Allan Deas

Until November 15


'Island' by Allan Deas



As part of the Florence Queer Festival taking place from October 15-20, Chronicles in Color, is the first solo exhibition by Allan Deas, with a selection of works that span 12 years of his career. The Scottish illustrator's works draw on his childhood in the 70s and 80s, in a gloriously bold style. Referred to as a "playground of colors", the artists humour and retro-meets-contemporary perspective are a highlight of the Florence Queer Festival. To find out more about this exhibition and the other events in the festival, see Free entry.


Monday to Thursday from 9am-9.30pm and Friday from 9am-6.30pm

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design 

via Bufalini 6r 




PHOTOGRAPHY/ Street View Photography's Photowalk

October 19-20, 10am


Discover hidden corners of Florence



Grab your cameras for a photowalk around the streets of Florence in English in collaboration with The Florentine. Every participant will receive a badge with a QRCode linked to an itinerary on Google Maps. The route planned makes the most of the best pockets of Florence for a journey of discovery about the city while gathering photographs in good company. 10am meeting at ZAP, Vicolo Santa Maria Maggiore, 1. Email [email protected] for details.


Vicolo Santa Maria Maggiore, 1, Florence




FASHION/ Gravity

October 18-20, 10am-5pm


Garments inspired by the moon landing in 1969



Fashion, design and graphics come together in this exhibition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Completely white dresses and jewels will be exhibited for three days. The pieces were created as part of the Hands4Work project in which 100 students were selected from Liceo Artistici in Porta Romana and Sesto Fiorentino to spend 100 hours creating 10 outfits based on the theme. With collaboration from specialised tutors. IED students organised the graphics, organisation and promotion of the event.

Free entry.


Sala delle Colonne

Fondazione CR Firenze

via Bufalini 6, Florence

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