If the display of Damian Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull called “The Love of God” is really a message by Palazzo Vecchio that the OLD palace is open to NEW ideas (and art), the presence of a contemporary art bookstore by Arthemisia Group on the ground floor of Florence’s seat of government is a supporting document. The shop almost makes you feel as if you’re in New York or some other modern country – with nice lighting, a great selection of books and affordable design objects – only the books are in Italian rather than in English.
The space is intended to complement the exhibition of Hirst’s work (until May 1 2011) but wouldn’t it be nice if it were here to stay? Maybe with an English section? Check out the luscious photos below.