Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for January 21-28, 2021

Jane Farrell
January 21, 2021 - 12:19

EXHIBITIONS/ Marco Tirelli and Radu Oreian

January 23 - March 6


Striking works by Marco Tirelli


The Eduardo Secci Gallery has announced two new exhibitions: Marco Tirelli, curated by Alberto Fiz, and Radu Oreian, curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto. On display from January 23 until March 6, Roman artist Marco Tirelli will present a series of new works created during the months of lockdown in a show consisting of 12 impactful frameless canvases of different sizes that interrogate the regenerative power of images when the endless stream of media seems to subtract value from iconography and trivialises any significant message. Romanian artist Radu Oreian brings his first solo exhibition to Florence, with a body of work made up of graphite drawings and oil paintings on canvas, wood and plexiglass. Check here for updated opening hours. 

Eduardo Secci Gallery,

Piazza Carlo Goldoni 2, Florence




ARCHITECTURE/ Pier Luigi Nervi

From January 25


Iconic projects by the noted engineer, Pier Luigi Nervi



Manifattura Tabacchi host an exhibition on Pier Luigi Nervi titled Architettura come Sfida (Architecture as a Challenge), a retrospective dedicated to the noted Italian 20th century engineer. Created following an extensive research project, the show details Nervi's career through twelve of his most iconic projects, selected by an international committee chaired by Professor Carlo Olmo. On display will be scale models, designs and archive photographs that explore the entire creative career of the great engineer. The show can be seen from 10am-5pm, Mondays to Fridays. Alongside the exhibition will be an online video art project curated by Parasite 2.0 and produced by NAM - Not A Museum titled 'Cinema Nerves' that presents a contemporary digital vision of Nervi's architecture with 5 original video works streamed on the NAM - Not a Museum IGTV and Manifattura Tabacchi YouTube channel every Tuesday at 11am.


Manifattura Tabacchi,

Via delle Cascine 33/35, Florence




CONCERT/ Aldo Ciccolini 

4.15pm, January 23


Renowned pianist Aldo Ciccolini



Organized by Amici della Musica, a remarkable concert from the archives by pianist Aldo Ciccolini at the Teatro della Pergola in 2012 will be broadcast on the Association's YouTube channel. The programme features Mozart's Fantasia in C minor K.475 and Sonata in C minor K.475, Clementi's Sonata in G min. op. 34 n. 2, Debussy's Preludes n. 1, 6 and 12, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Neapolitan rhapsody op. 32. It will only be possible to tune into the concert at the scheduled time of 4.15pm on January 23.




CONNECT/ Online community events




TF Together - The Florentine’s online events series viewable on our Facebook and YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe!) continues with Sheryl Ness, author of Love in a Tuscan Kitchen and her chef husband Vincenzo on January 22, sharing the romance of their food-focused Tuscan love story. Laura Biancalani, president of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, speaks on January 29 about the organization's 10 year anniversary as well as plans for their new global headquarters and vocational laboratory soon to be inaugurated in San Firenze. The updated programme is available here.




REOPENINGS/ Civic museums

Henry Moore working on Elephant skull etchings in 1971, on display at the Museo Novecento. Ph/ Errol Jackson




Civic museums got the go ahead to reopen in a highly anticipated announcement this week. Exhibitions that can now be viewed once more include Tutankhamon: Journey to eternity at the Galleria delle Carrozze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, and Henry Moore at the Museo Novecento as well as a whole host of other cultural favourites at the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, Palazzo Vecchio, Torre di Arnolfo, Museo Bardini, Brancacci Chapel and the Santa Maria Novella Museum that's currently hosting Massimo Sestini's photographic show based on Dante. The museums listed will be open on weekdays and only in regions classed as "yellow zones" (medium-low risk of Covid-19 infection). Tuscany is currently classified as a yellow zone until January 24, when the situation is due to be reevaluated. Read more about the opening times here.

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