Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

Thu 11 Nov 2021 10:13 AM

ART/ Restoration Conversations: The New Woman Behind the Camera

6.30pm, November 16


Tune in for curatorial conversations



From the 1920s to the 1950s, women photographers changed history by capturing it. On November 16, Restoration Conversations will feature exhibition curator Andrea Nelson with sights and insight from The New Woman Behind the Camera, on show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. until January 30, 2022, following its three-month stint at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Showcasing the talent of 120 photographers from 20 countries including Italy, India, Japan, USA, France and Mexico, it exemplifies a period of newfound professional independence for women in a shifting century. As social and political change triggered the rise and fall of regimes, the “new woman” carved her place in the field of photojournalism. Labour protests and peace marches, air pilots and freed prisoners of war, these photographs are signs of their times. Portraiture, still-life and self-representation also gained a new edge as professionals like Tina Modotti, Wanda Wulz, Tsuneko Sasamoto, Homai Vyarawalla and Alma Levenson explored a principle espoused by US photographer Dorothea Lange: ‘To be good, photographs have to be full of the world.’ To join the event, tune into The Florentine’s YouTube channel at 6.30pm on November 16 with host Linda Falcone. 




HISTORY/ First national day of historical places in Italy

November 13


Antico Caffè Valiani in Pistoia



The first national day of historical places in Italy takes place this Saturday with several Tuscan spots included in the line-up. Tastings, talks, and guided tours of noted places in Italy form the programme, with Florence, Ponte a Moriano (Lucca), Pisa, San Rossore (Pisa), Pistoia, and Montepulciano (Siena) representing the region. Hotels, restaurants, trattorias and literary cafès are among the places included in the round-up of sites that embody Italian national identity. For info see here.

Various locations



MARKET/ Dal kitsch al kitsch

November 12


All kinds of everything

A market-exhibition to support the fight against cancer takes place from November 12 to 14 with all sorts of old objects such as costume jewellery, books, dishes and knick-knacks for sale with proceeds supporting the LILT Italian League that works to fight cancer and support patients and families. The event takes place at the Parterre in piazza della Libertà from 3.30-7pm on Friday, 10am-12.30pm and 3.30-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. For further info call 055 576939 or see here.


Parterre, piazza della Libertà 12, Florence




EXHIBITION/ Noemata by Anna Grenman


Work by Anna Grenman



Female Arts in Florence continue their events at borgo San Frediano 131 with an art video exhibition titled Noemata by Anna Grenman. Launching at 5pm on November 11, it will be on display until November 27. Each image is a forced manipulation, a copy that refuses to stop movement at the end of the act. The Finnish artist specializes in interactive graphics and experimental cinema. Get in touch at or see the @fafcraftwomen Facebook page and @femaleartsinflorence on Instagram.

Female Arts in Florence, borgo San Frediano 131, Florence




CINEMA/ Lo Schermo dell’Arte

November 10-14


Cinema and contemporary art come together



Matthew Barney’s Redoubt kicks off the 14th edition of the festival dedicated to cinema and contemporary art that’s completed by Land of Dreams directed by Shirin Neshat (present at the screening) and her partner Shoja Azari. The line-up is sprinkled with stars like Oliver Laric, Roberto Fassone, Beatrice Favaretto and Sara Sadik, as well as curators Valentina Tanni and Luca Lo Pinto, who will make in-person appearances. The films will be viewable through until November 21. In addition to the films, the tenth edition of VISIO: European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images forms part of the festival, with works by ten artists curated by Leonardo Bigazzi presented at NAM – Not a Museum at Manifattura Tabacchi in an exhibition titled Thinking Beyond – Moving Images for a Post-Pandemic World from November 9 to December 12.


Cinema La Compagnia, Manifattura Tabacchi + various locations




URBAN/ Mìles: Il legno e la carne

November 14-28


Pinocchio as you’ve never seen him before



The gallery dedicated to urban art in Florence presents works by street artist and illustrator Simone Miletta (Mìles) dedicated to the well-known Tuscan puppet, Pinocchio. The stunning spaces of the ARTiglieria fill with the wood and flesh exhibit, in collaboration with independent publishing house Contrabbicona. Fairy tales and classics get a contemporary urban twist, with over 75 works on display. Alongside the show, there will be a digital event on the gallery’s new web platform where multimedia material can be found. Musicians from the Orchestra della Toscana are also set to perform. Find out more by emailing


ARTiglieria, via Cittadella 4




CRAFTS/ Handmade market Palazzo San Niccolò

11am-8pm, November 14


Handmade with heart



Sunday market dedicated to high quality Italian craftsmanship and food and wine in the spectacular setting of Palazzo San Niccolò in Florence. With all sorts of clothing, accessories, perfumes, cosmetics, home decorations, food and wine, it’s the perfect chance to get ahead on Christmas shopping. The Voa Voa! Onlus will be present at the event. Free entry.


Palazzo San Niccolò , via di San Niccolò 79, Florence




EXHIBITION/ Women in Love

November 14 to December 17


Solo exhibition on display until December 17



Works by Kamalia Zeynalova come to the visual spaces of the Borghese Palace Art Hotel in a solo exhibition titled ‘Women in Love’. The attentive gazes of young women engage with the emotional and cultural complexity of the female universe through a lively colour palette.


Borghese Palace Art Hotel, via Ghibellina 174, Florence

Related articles


Giardino dei Semplici: A paradise (not lost)

The botanical garden is a green oasis, hidden in the city centre's urban cacophony.


Benheart: both a brand and an inspiration

Passion, care and commitment to high-quality Made in Italy products.