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What art to see in Florence in 2014

Beyond Florence‘s many permanent museum collections and historical sites, each new year offers a host of temporary art exhibits to plan your visit around. The “Un anno ad arte” series in the state museums make up for the larger body of these exhibitions, and the 2014 ones are simply listed here along with a few others about which I already have information. As the year moves on I’ll be posting more about some of these, including exhibit reviews and seasonal round-ups of what to see in Florence.

Until February 9, Uffizi Gallery department of prints and drawings, A new homeland of the spirit. Florence and the Venetian artists of the early twentieth century

Until April 7, Museo Horne, Horne & Friends. Florence a dream to be saved

Until May 18, Galleria del Costume (Palazzo Pitti), Il Cappello fra Arte e Stravaganza (an exhibit about hats).

January 10 to March 16, Villa Bardini, Aldo Fallai. From Giorgio Armani to the Renaissance. Photographs 1978-2013

January 28 to April 27, Galleria Palatina, Una volta nella vita. Tesori dagli archivi e dalle biblioteche di Firenze (Once in a lifetime: Treasures from Florence’s libraries and archives)

February 11 to May 11, Galleria degli Uffizi, Le stanze delle muse. Dipinti barocchi dalla collezione del direttore d’orchestra Francesco Molinari Pradelli (The Muse’s rooms: Baroque paintings from the collection of Francesco Molinari Pradelli, ochestra director)

February 18 to May 18, Galleria dell’Accademia, Ri – conoscere Michelangelo (Re-getting to know Michelangelo through 19th century and onwards photographs of works by the sculptor)

April 9 to July 13, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Baccio Bandinelli scultore (1493 – 1560) (Baccio Bandinelli, sculptor)

March 8 to July 20, Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism, Palazzo Strozzi.

March 14 to July 20, FAMILY MATTERS. Portraits and experiences of family today, CCC Strozzina.

May 20 to September 28, Museo degli Argenti, Sacri Splendori. Il Tesoro della ‘Cappella delle Reliquie’ in Palazzo Pitti (Sacred Splendours: the treasures of the Chapel of the Relics in Palazzo Pitti)

May 27 to September 28,  Galleria Palatina, Jacopo Ligozzi. “Pittore singolarissimo” (Jacopo Ligozzi, an unusual painter)

June 17 to November 2, Galleria degli Uffizi, Puro, semplice e naturale nell’arte a Firenze tra ‘500 e ‘600 (Pure, simple and natural in art in Florence fro the 16th to 17th centuries)

June 24 to December 8, Galleria dell’Accademia, “La fortuna dei primitivi”. Tesori d’arte dalle collezioni italiane fra Sette e Ottocento (Primitivism in Italian colletions from the 18th to 19th centuries)

Please note: the translated Italian titles are not the definitive English language names of the exhibitions, but their English titles have not yet been released.

ArtSmart Roundtable

This post is for the January topic of the ArtSmart Travel Roundtable, “What art to see in 2014”. See how my colleagues around the table and around the world have interpreted this theme:

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Alexandra Korey aka ArtTrav is a Florence-based art historian and arts marketing consultant.

  • Murissa

    Great list! I am trying to decide if I have enough time to pop over to Italy this summer during my trip to Paris. I’m currently deciding wether I should return to Venice or Florence – such a hard decision for me as I love both places. If I do head over to Florence this will be a great resource and I’ll be sure to let you know!
    Happy new year!

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Murissa, def. let me know if you’re coming and I can help you plan!!

  • Jenna Francisco

    Which exhibits are you looking forward to? The one at Museo Horne intrigues me, but I would definitely skip the Bandinelli one since his Hercules sculpture is so awful to look at. ;)

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    Hi Jenna
    I have heard good things about the Pontormo show… from its organizers. As for the Un Anno ad Arte series, I think that, if done well, the treasures from archives and libraries will be interesting as it will feature books and drawings, and be rather niche.
    Alexandra

  • http://a-sense-of-place.com Erin

    The Uffizi prints and drawing exhibit sounds great! I always love seeing works on paper, and I didn’t realize they had 20th century pieces in the collection.

  • Christina

    What a complete list! I like the sound of the Michelangelo photography exhibit. I saw a really amazing classical sculpture photography show at the Met and was really impressed with how the artists explore the pieces.

    The relics exhibit from the Chapel of Palazzo Pitti could be very cool too.

  • http://www.arttrav.com arttrav

    All good or bad exhibits depend on curation… time will tell, and I will let you know :)