The final exhibition of the award in support of Italian art under 40: Binta Diaw, Riccardo Giacconi, Marco Giordano and Margherita Raso.

On the occasion of F-LIGHT Firenze Light Festival 2021-2022, the Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio hosts the final exhibition of WONDERFUL! (8 December 2021 – 12 January 2022), the award in support of Italian art under 40 organized by the Museo Novecento and promoted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Florence in collaboration with MUS.E and realized thanks to the commitment of Publiacqua, always alongside contemporary art.
From the Renaissance onwards, Florence has always been a place of experimentation. Great artistic talents were trained in the workshops and patrons supported the development of quality arts and crafts. In a garden near San Marco, Lorenzo the Magnificent created the first Academy where the best artistic youth were awarded with important assignments. Over the centuries, the magnificence of Florence was born and grew on the support of emerging creativity, believing in the qualities of the avant-garde and creating the necessary economic, political, social conditions for the affirmation of art.

The WONDERFUL! Award! was born on these historical foundations and in response to the pandemic to give concrete recognition and support to the new generation of Italian artists, hard hit, together with the entire artistic system, by the health and economic crisis. Through a public selection in which 290 artists took part, a jury composed of Pepi Marchetti Franchi, director of Gagosian Gallery Rome, Cristiana Perrella, former director of the Pecci Center in Prato, Francesca Pinzauti, collector and entrepreneur and Paola Ugolini, independent curator, selected the artists Binta Diaw, Riccardo Giacconi, Marco Giordano and Margherita Raso who were awarded a one-year scholarship. The exhibition represents the final moment of this project and an opportunity to present to the public the research of these four excellent artists, housed in the heart of the city, in Palazzo Vecchio, in a room that has dedicated numerous exhibitions to the contemporary over the years. , a sign of constant attention to the most recent artistic production. On this occasion, it should also be remembered that between the 1960s and 1970s the Municipality of Florence annually made a scholarship available to young painters and sculptors, also selected by a jury. From that project a corpus of works was born which today is part of the civic collections of the twentieth century and which includes artists among others, such as Maurizio Nannucci, Remo Salvadori, Sandro Chia.

The intent of WONDERFUL!, therefore, is to tell the most recent developments in art in Italy through the voice of four artists born between the mid-eighties and the mid-nineties. The works presented in the Sala d’Arme – including installations and videos – are the photography of a generation of new authors, their languages, their interests and their gaze on contemporaneity.


Sala d’Arme – Museo di Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria, 50122 – Firenze

Winter hours (October – April):

Mon – Tue – Wed – Thu – Fri | 14:00 – 19:00
Sat and Sun | 11:00 – 19:00

Admission is free.