The Flood Ladies finally find a home

20 June 2014

The Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA), a nonprofit association, founded by the American philanthropist and author Jane Fortune has the mission to find, restore and exhibit artworks realized by female artists in the Florentine museums. Operative in Florence since 2006 and supporter of many restoration works, the Foundation is world-wide recognized for its founder’s book, Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, story of the preservation of female artworks belonging to the Statal Museums of Florence. This book has become a TV documentary and won the prestigious Emmy Award in 2013, the equivalent of the cinema Oscar for television.

It’s Florence’s turn now to benefit of a wide conservative project of great importance, sponsored by the AWA Foundation, that this time is going to preserve and promote paintings and sculptures donated to the city of Florence as a sign of solidarity after the 1966 flood and that are now located in the new Novecento Museum. The project has involved 35 artworks, most of them collected during the historical initiative “Artisti per Firenze” promoted by the art historian Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, five of which will be soon shown in the permanent collection of the new museum’s path.

After being on deposit for nearly 50 years, a painting of Carla Accardi, a well-known exponent of the abstract art in Italy, and three artworks of the initiator of the Roman School, the Lithuanian artist Antonietta Raphael Mafai will be exhibited together with the enormous triptych of the Pop exponent Titina Maselli, considered with Accardi one of the most important painters of the second half of the Twentieth century.

Realized in collaboration with the Florentine Civic Museums, this Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA) project titled “The Flood Ladies” will become a documentary made by PBS (Public broadcasting service) and it will be based on the new Fortune’s book that will be released next autumn in Italy. The documentary will follow the foundation on its main stages of recovery and rediscovery of the artworks collected by Ragghianti and the museum’s inauguration which was part of his dream, where these artworks, since too many years on deposit, will finally find their “home”.