Dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th century, the Novecento Museum offers a selection of around 300 works located in 15 exhibition areas, in addition to a study room, a cabinet for drawings and prints and a room for conferences and projections. A journey backwards from the Nineties to the first decades of the Twentieth century retraces the unique artistic season that saw Florence as one of the most vital centres through paintings, sculptures, videos, installations and documents. The museum, structured chronologically, thematically and in an interdisciplinary way, creates an immersive experience which combines artworks with multimedia conveniences, sound devices, video halls.
Created after nearly half a century of proposals and projects, it exhibits a part of Florence’s collections, as well as the artworks and documents related to the last decades, granted on a free loan by artists, collectors and authorities, who have generously supported the birth of this new institution. The rooms dedicated to the town collections show, on a rotating basis, the many donations of artists and collectors that arrived in Florence thanks to the plea the critic Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti made after the 1966 flood, including the prestigious collection of Alberto Della Ragione.
The Museum project has been developed on a double level: on one side it integrates Italy’s heritage with evidence of historical events, of national and international appeal, which marked the territory from the Nineties until the second half of the Seventies; on the other side it creates a historical tale that links the civic collections of the Twentieth century to the history of the city with artworks from the Sixties to the beginning of the century. Such an experience does not aim to offer an exhaustive story of the artistic events of the Italian Twentieth century but it does want to offer a critical cross-section on the “short century” and its representation.