THE BODY OF THE ART WORLD. Guided tours, painting workshops, drawing courses and thought meetings around the Jenny Saville exhibition

15 October 2021

On the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to the great English artist Jenny Saville, which has just opened to the public, the Museo Novecento and MUS.E present a new program of initiatives aimed at different audiences.

Saville’s work – so energetic, so carnal, so cumbersome – is in fact the artistic text on which a calendar of appointments is built that allows one to approach his intense poetics and his language, gravitating around drawing and painting, but also to central issues in today’s society.

“We have thought about how to make this great anthology dedicated to one of the most important living painters in the world an opportunity for the public and for the city of Florence,” said Sergio Risaliti, Director of the Museo Novecento. “We thought of a program that aimed at differentiating the public and contributing to deepen the work that Jenny Saville has been able to donate to citizens with extreme generosity, contaminating five of the most prestigious Florentine museum institutions. The intent is to make the Museo Novecento an open laboratory in which children, young people and adults can explore the extraordinary work of the British painter on a theoretical and practical level: from reflection on the canons of the body, to the codes and identities of the feminine up to themes of interior and exterior blindness, in a multifaceted and interdisciplinary dialogue “.

“Once again the great art of our time offers itself as a viaticum to embark on a journey: a journey to learn more about ourselves, others, our way of relating and our world.” Comments Valentina Zucchi, MUS.E Mediation Manager “Children, teenagers and adults, young artists and simply curious people are invited to take part, in their preferred form, in the program that revolves around the work of Jenny Saville to experience the museum as a place to frequent often and with pleasure.”

Guided tours to the exhibition - scheduled every Saturday at 3pm and 4.30pm – will thus allow you to better appreciate the rich body of works exhibited at the museum, investigating the underlying research and exploring its surfaces, high results of the artist’s reflections. around the human figure, the body, the senses, the identity, the visible and invisible relationships between individuals, in a unique synthesis between classical lesson and contemporary sensitivity.

To deepen the possibilities of investigation and reflection offered by the artistic techniques so expertly mastered by the artist, two paths are also offered. The first, Human scribbling, is a drawing course aimed at young people and adults divided into five meetings (in three replicas between October 2021 and February 2022), which allows you to exercise the eye, hand and brain in the representation and multiple interpretation of reality. ; the second, Figures. Painting workshop, is aimed at children and dedicated to painting, in particular to the portrait genre, the protagonist of the work Saville in its broadest forms.
Adults will thus be able to experience without any hesitation the power of a pencil in returning reality in a vibrant, dynamic and introspective form, in direct dialogue with the artist’s creations and under the guidance of the artist and expert mediator Marco Salvucci; while the little ones will be invited to explore the technical and expressive potential of painting, in its multiple layers and shades, inspired by the layered, adherent and luminous material generated by the artist.

Furthermore, around the themes explored by the artist – of overwhelming topicality, now viscerally engaging, now inevitably disturbing, as explicit as unfathomable – a cycle of “thought meetings” has been developed, held by the great scholars of Western culture and society: the appointments, structured in the form of dialogue, will be centered on the themes of the body – transversally affected by anthropological, aesthetic, philosophical, ethical reflections – and of blindness – exterior and interior – exemplary represented by the painting Rosetta II. To look, always, beyond.
It begins on Sunday, November 7 investigating the canons of the body with Loris Mazzagatti, scholar of the concepts of normality and body obesity (University of Milan Bicocca); we continue on December 5 reflecting on external and internal blindness with Carlo Bordoni – sociologist, writer and journalist, as well as a profound connoisseur of the thought of Zygmunt Bauman, who dedicated a deep reflection to figurative blindness – and Roberto Francavilla, expert in the work of José Saramago, author of the famous Blindness, and professor at the University of Genoa; to conclude on January 9 with Saveria Chemotti, a scholar of the codes and identities of the female body (University of Padua) and author of numerous essays and novels, and Maria Teresa Russo, who has dedicated extensive multidisciplinary research to the ambiguities of the body (University of studies of Roma Tre).

The program was created in collaboration with the cultural mediation of MUS.E.
Appointments are possible thanks to the precious support of American Express, GIOTTO – love brand of F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini, Tenderly – brand of Lucart Spa, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella and Unicoop Firenze.

Guided tours of the Jenny Saville exhibition

For whom: for young people and adults
When: every Saturday at 3pm and 4.30pm – starting Saturday 16 October
Duration: 50 ‘

Human scribbling. Drawing course

For whom: for young people and adults
When: five appointments for each course – from Wednesday 20 October to Wednesday 17 November / from Wednesday 24 November to Wednesday 22 December / from Wednesday 12 January to Wednesday 9 February – always at 4.30pm
Duration: 1h15 ‘
* the first meeting of each cycle provides for access to the museum with payment of the admission ticket. From the second appointment there is no access to the museum spaces. Please present your ticket for the duration of all appointments.

Figures. Painting workshop

For whom: for children aged 8 to 12
When: every Sunday at 4.30 pm – starting from Sunday 24 October
Duration: 1h15 ‘

Thought meetings

For whom: for young people and adults
When: 7th November, 5th December, 9th January at 11am
November 7: Canonical bodies? with Loris Mazzagatti
December 5: Blindness – with Roberto Francavilla and Carlo Bordoni
January 9: We are body – with Saveria Chemotti and Maria Teresa Russo
The meetings will be moderated by Valentina Zucchi, MUS.E.
Duration: 1h

All visits, workshops and appointments of the drawing course have a cost of € 2.50 (residents of the Metropolitan City of Florence) and € 5.00 (non-residents of the Metropolitan City of Florence) in addition to the entrance ticket to the museum; they are free for holders of the Card del Fiorentino, within the limit of three annual proposals. Reduction 2×1 for Unicoop Firenze members.
Thought meetings are free and do not include access to the museum. Reservations for each meeting will be taken from the Monday preceding the chosen date.
Reservation is mandatory.
For information and reservations: 055-2768224 info@musefirenze.it