The Galleria delle Carrozze at Palazzo Medici Riccardi unveils a new temporary exhibition titled Wolakota on the Native American nation of Lakota Sioux in South Dakota, featuring objects as well as historical photographs and lithographs, famed to be from the richest private collection in Europe.
Within efforts to strengthen a 25-year relationship between the Lakota Sioux nation and the Metropolitan City of Florence, the Wolakota exhibition returns for the duration of September in the Galleria delle Carrozze, having been exhibited there two years ago, accompanied by a vibrant list of events. Promoted by the Wambli Gleska cultural association, led by Alessandro Martire, the programme features esteemed guest Moses Brings Plenty, an actor and activist of Lakota Sioux origin.
The exhibition itself includes a rich variety of objects of interest, ranging from dress to painted wall hangings, from the private collections of Martire and Sergio Susani, both world experts in Native American culture. Spanning history, visual culture and social anthropology, this exhibition aims to bring light to a historically overlooked community and represent moments of everyday life in Native American nations. Among the displays will be an original teepee, which itself houses artefacts.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, there are a series of immersive and informative events on Lakota history, culture and spirituality. These include talks from Moses Brings Plenty on the relationship between humankind and nature, and opportunities to get creative though interactive workshops on beadwork, quillwork and more. See the full calendar of events.
Drawings and lithographs will be available to purchase at a discounted price for visitors, and the proceeds will go to the Wambli Gleska cultural association, aiding their humanitarian efforts. It’s also possible to make donations to the cause.
Free-entry, from September 4-30
Open 10am-7pm, every day except Wednesdays