6. Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti and the MIAC project
The November 1966 flood engulfed Florence. Pictures of the “Mud Angels” working tirelessly to retrieve artworks and valuable books from the silt were beamed around the world. While precious art and works on paper were being restored by the city’s conservation studios, the art critic Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti mounted an international call to set up an International Contemporary Art Museum that would led Florence to become “a contemporary centre of artistic life”. Over two hundred artists responded, brought together by the Artists for Florence exhibition (1967). Many of them had already been to Florence. The city enjoyed a large number of visitors, drawn by leading galleries such as La Vigna Nuova, Numero and Quadrante. Then the legacies by Corrado Cagli, Mirko Basaldella, Bruno Saetti and Aldo Salvadori will arrive.