On December 8, Florence embraced the Moon with the launch of the F-Light Festival, this year dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Projections, video mapping and art installations, all with a lunar theme created by Museo Galileo Museum, adorn the city’s most well-known monuments until January 6. Under the artistic direction of Sergio Risaliti, and with the collaboration of MUS.E and the City of Florence, the programme will also feature exhibitions, educational activities, special visits to museums, performances and conferences. From Ponte Vecchio and piazza Santa Maria Novella to Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the Oltrarno, lights flicker all over the historic walls.
With the lighting of the Christmas trees also taking place this weekend, the festive season has truly begun. Three special Christmas trees were created by Italian artists Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Paladino and Domenico Bianchi, who interpreted the traditional fir tree in their own unique styles as part of a project by Museo Novecento.
Themed exhibitions at the Museo Novecento, Palazzo Vecchio and other locations also comprise the festivities. Novecento Lunare, in Sala dei Gigli in Palazzo Vecchio until January 15, pays poetic tribute to the Moon, with works including Lucio Fontana's Spatial Concept, Eliseo Mattiacci's Reflection of the Sky, Lunar Surface by Giulio Turcato and La Cometa by Fausto Melotti. The art evokes a sense of the surface of the Moon and the lack of gravity as well as eliciting astronomical observations. A series of seven video projections have been designed specifically for the Sala d'Arme, where they will be visible until January 6. Created by Marco (I Mark) of Grazia Toderi, the works prompt reflections on genesis, the seven continents, the seven metals, the days of the week and how everything in space and on earth is connected.
The Novecento Museum hosts Lucciole per Lanterne by Wang Yuyang, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, consisting of three pictorial cycles and two light installations centred around the means of technical reproduction, both analogue and digital. Paintings of the Moon stand out with coloured renditions of the universal light source.
Lunar-themed guided tours of the INAF Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Stefano Bardini Museum and the Brancacci Chapel will also expand horizons and invite both young and old to learn more about our galaxy.
To find out more about the light-filled festivities, see www.flightfirenze.it.