Mercoledì 22 novembre ore 17.30


During the anniversary month of the Florence flood, the Museo Novecento is proposing a cycle of three meetings to explore the value of culture understood as ethical principle and as a ‘resilience tool’. The need to progress beyond recovery of the past and to open a window on the present and the future, as promoted by Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti in critical debate, is examined together with that international engagement of artists and intellectuals which emerged in the 20th century despite the Cold War contrasts. The Florence flood, which literally gouged its mark on the city’s relatively recent history, offers a stimulus to query our capacity to react to difficulties and to reflect on the role art and culture can play in a process of rebirth.

For the occasion, narration is entrusted to several protagonists of 20th-century Italian culture, invited to give their multidisciplinary re-readings of the past century beginning with their own experiences as actors and eye-witnesses. Ideally drawing inspiration from the events of November 1966, the meetings will provide impetus to further reflection and throw new light on contemporary times and the proximal future.

The cycle is part of the Beyond Borders. After the Flood: the Artists’ Engagement / Dopo l’alluvione: l’impegno degli artisti project produced by Mus.e and funded by the Fondazione Sistema Toscana through the Sensi Contemporanei programme promoted by the Agenzia per la Coesione Territoriale in collaboration with MiBACT.


Wednesday 8 November at 5:30 p.m.

Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian

The director duo will propose a reflection on the relationship between art and society, taking their cue from their experiences in experimental cinema and the relationships they established over the years with artists and curators.

Wednesday 22 November at 5:30 p.m.

Renato Barilli speaking with Enrico Crispolti 

The two art historians will retrace their careers as critics and curators, pausing not only to consider their relationships with the artists but also to reflect on the role of the institutions and the media in modern society.

Wednesday 29 November at 5:30 p.m.

Arturo Carlo Quintavalle

The art historian, a student of Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, will introduce the figure of the maestro and his contribution to the Florence’s cultural renewal in the second half of the 20th century.

Free admission on a first come, first served basis.

Admission to the museum is not included.