Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence
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Thu 16 Dec 2021 1:10 PM

EXHIBITION/ Anj Smith A Willow Grows Aslant the Brook

December 17 to May 1, 2022

Ph/ Anj Smith, Names of the Hare (detail), 2017-18, Oil on linen, 65.5 x 50 cm / 25 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches. © 2018 Alex Delfanne

12 works by the British artist Anj Smith (Kent, United Kingdom, 1978) will be on display at the Stefano Bardini museum until May 1, created by Museo Novecento, organized by MUS.E, curated by Sergio Risaliti, and in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth. The pieces reflect on the artist’s interior landscapes, with faces, animals and surreal elements, positioned amongst the centuries-old pieces of the museum. It’s the first solo show in an Italian museum by the renowned painter.

Stefano Bardini Museum, via dei Renai 37, Florence

EXHIBITION/ Benozzo Gozzoli and the Chapel of the Magi

December 16 to March 10

Immersive exhibition

The Renaissance master and his relationship with Florence is at the centre of an exhibition from December 16 to March 10 that is intertwined with the history of Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Visitors delve into the life and work of the artist with works on loan from the National Gallery, London, the Uffizi Galleries, the San Marco Museum, Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and the Musèe du Louvre in Paris. Letters from the State Archives of Florence detail the artist’s close relationship with the Medici family and text from the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana also features in the well-rounded display. Read more here.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi Museum, via Camillo Cavour 3, Florence

SUPREMEPOET/ From Hell to Empyrean: Dante’s world between Science and Poetry

Until March 16, 2022

Surround yourself in Dante’s universe

Manuscripts, drawings, engravings, scientific instruments and reproductions of earth and cosmology as it was known at the time of the Supreme Poet are on display until March 6. The works are also viewable online. On display at Palazzo Pitti, the exhibition was put together in collaboration with the Galileo Museum and the Uffizi Galleries, with the patronage and support of the National Committee for the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Aligheri, in what is the final event of the year-long celebrations. Dante’s scientific skills are at the centre of the show, profiling his knowledge on medicine, geometry, geology, and cosmology. The exhibition is divided into three rooms, representing Hell, Purgatory and Paradise

Sala del Fiorino, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

URBAN/ Unity Wanted Vol.2

December 17 – January 16, 2022

Street Levels Gallery celebrates 5 years

The gallery dedicated to urban art in Florence celebrates five years with renovated spaces and a new exhibition titled Unity Wanted Vol.2. The display features well known Florentine and international street artists, including Clet, Ache77, Camilla Falsini, Exit Enter, Fabio Petani, Giulio Vesprini, Hogre, James Vega, Monograff, Mìles, Mr. Wany, Nemo, Rikyboy, Rame13, URTO, and more. 

Street Levels Gallery, via Palazzuolo 74, Florence

DANCE/ Annusare la terra

9pm, December 16 + 17

Earth-based performance

The Virgilio Sieni National Dance Production Centre in collaboration with poet Elisa Biagini performs a site-specific piece titled Annusare la terre. Poems from the Filamenti collection are explored through gesture and movement, with themes including nature, the care of environment, tactile space, human anatomy and the archeology of gesture, the body and the word. The performance is the final installment in the La Democrazia del Corpo 2021 series.

CANGO, via Santa Maria 25, Florence

MARKET/ Fierucola di Natale

9am to 7pm, December 19

Organic and sustainable goods

La Fierucola host their final market of the year in piazza Santissima Annunziata from 9am to 7pm on Sunday December 19. Local agricultural products, olive oil, wine, vegetables, honey, aromatic herbs, bread, flour, cheeses, as well as crafts, ceramics, and handmade toys are all on offer.

Piazza Santissima Annunziata

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