Martin Holman is a British writer and a former Florence resident who often returns to Italy. He is collaborating on the first solo show in the UK by Italian abstract painter Gianfranco Zappettini, which will open at Mazzoleni, London, early in 2020.
At the heart of Declining Democracy, the new show at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, is the realisation that in this new century, representative governments of the western world and the people they aspire to lead are moving farther and farther apart. Of the 12 selected artists and
Bienniale, which opens the first week of June, is modern visual art's most
famous and, arguably, its grandest international festival. It attracts the cream
of the global art world, with high-rolling collectors mooring glamorous yachts
in view of piazza San Marco.
The Biennale is
Villa Romana, the Florence home of the Alliance of German Artists on Via Senese, has been transformed for a unique art installation, currently running there. A bourgeois family has moved in and trouble is afoot. No one, not even the maid, emerges unchanged when a mysterious young man in white