19 July 2021

Museo Novecento and Mus.e present “Novecento Live. The Lives of the Great Italian Twentieth Century Artists” a series of events dedicated to the lives of the great protagonists of Italian twentieth century art.

“The painter is my profession [...] but the true painter meddles with life and runs on it”

(Renato Guttuso)

Museo Novecento explores the fascinating reality of the artist’s lives with a new project conceived by the cultural mediation of Mus.e and aimed at everyone. Artists of all times are frequently considered in the light of their works, material outcomes of their own poetics and their own language. But, like us, they were people who led their own existence in the world, who wove relationships, who lived the events of history. The events brought together by Novecento live, signed by MUS.E, devote their attention precisely to the lives of artists, with particular attention to some great protagonists of Italian art of the twentieth century, well represented in civic collections. The meetings are structured as stories, to be listened to and enjoyed thanks to the pleasure of the narration in the evocative cloister of the museum, which will be intertwined “live” with the visual representation of the main features narrated: in fact, the narrator will be accompanied by a visual action, which it will freeze the salient episodes on a large backdrop, in the form of an image. In the interweaving of story and performance, therefore, each appointment will thus allow you to approach the biographical and historical events of the different characters in a particularly engaging way, capturing their particularities and curiosities. For this reason, the Novecento live program is dedicated to everyone and suitable for everyone, young and old: four evenings – for the moment – to experience the pleasure of encountering art made in person. “We firmly believe in the museum as a place of training and awareness, of the substantial value of cultural mediation, whose action is essential to the practices of enhancement and updating” declares Sergio Risaliti, Director of the Museo Novecento. “The Novecento Live project goes in this direction. And it helps us to bring down the great figures of the artists of the twentieth century with their lives and human affairs. Perhaps a way of going against the trend of the action of new technologies that are accustoming us to experience art from a distance. So it is welcome a nice educational project in which you can have fun while learning”.

The calendar opens with Arturo Martini, who called himself the “true Etruscan” and on which an exhibition at the museum opens in the same days, then continues with the eclectic Severo Pozzati, with the lively Gino Severini and concludes on September 1 with Filippo De Pisis, getting lost in its depths and its mysteries: “sometimes a chicken quill, a poor dusty quill collected on the street and contemplated in an hour of grace, may have been the dull touch for the composition of a beautiful picture , a beautiful still life, filled with that secret spirit that smells of eternal”.

⇒ Wednesday July 21 7pm – Arturo Martini – curated by Valentina Zucchi and Marco Salvucci
⇒ Wednesday August 4 7pm – Severo Pozzati – curated by Federica Berti and Marco Salvucci
⇒ Wednesday August 18 7pm – Gino Severini – curated by Giaele Monaci and Marco Salvucci
⇒ Wednesday September 1 7pm - Filippo De Pisis – curated by Elisabetta Stumpo and Marco Salvucci

The Novecento live events are possible thanks to the precious support of American Express, GIOTTO – love brand of F.I.L.A. Italian Lapis and Affini Factory, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Unicoop Firenze and Tenderly, brand of Lucart Spa.

For whom: for everyone, from 8 years old
Where: Museo Novecento, piazza Santa Maria Novella 10 Florence
Duration: about 1 hour
The meeting is free, reservations are required.
There is no access to the rooms of the Museum.

For info and reservations:
T: +39 055 2768224
The service is active from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00. Sundays and holidays from 9.30 to 12.30.