The chilly weather makes for the perfect opportunity to retreat indoors. If you’re tired of going to the movies or want to try more enriching, check out these 5 must-see exhibitions on around Florence this winter.
1. Christian Balzano at Palazzo Medici Riccardi
Livorno-born Christian Balzano presents his work titled Fuori dal mondo to the public. Curated by Marco Tonelli and organized by MUS.E and Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo, this show is on display at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. His works explore religion, the environmental crisis, globalization and identity. The exhibition is on display until March 12.
2. The Riace Bronzes photography exhibition at the Accademia Gallery
The Accademia Gallery hosts an exhibition curated by Carmelo G. Malacrino featuring photos by Luigi Spina of the Riace Bronzes. Photos of the two bronze statues famously found in 1972 will be in the gallery celebrating the 50th anniversary since their discovery. The exhibition is on display until March 12.
3. Women in Balance at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Women in Balance 1955/1965 at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum is dedicated to the Ferragamo family legacy. Namely to Wanda Miletti Ferragamo (1921-2018). Salvatore Ferragamo’s wife caused his creations—and their family—to become household names, known for creative and business endeavours that stem from an enriching and supportive family life. The exhibition costs 8 euro for entrance and is on display until April 18.
4. Inside Banksy – Unauthorized Exhibition
The former Santo Stefano al Ponte church in piazza Santo Stefano is transformed with Banksy’s street art until February 26 in an immersive experience. Created by the Crossmedia Group and curated by Gianni Mercurio and Madinart, the spaces are projected with the pseudonymous England-based artist’s instantly recognizable works, as images, sounds and music blend together to conjure Bristol’s underground culture.
5. Elliott Erwitt at Villa Bardini
After its phenomenal success, Villa Bardini has extended the exhibition of world-renowned photographer Elliott Erwitt‘s works into February. Best known for his ability to capture the most beautiful aspects of everyday mundanity, the shots feature some of history’s most intimate photos of 20th-century actors, politicians and overall icons. The exhibition has been extended until February 26.