You can enter the Novecento Museum from Santa Maria Novella Square and from Via Palazzuolo. On the ground floor, which develops itself around the colonnade of the old Spedale, there is the ticket office, the cloakroom and a welcoming area. The set up of the bookshop and café is in progress.
Study room and Cabinet drawings and prints. Areas reserved to the consultation of papers and drawings, accessible by appointment only.
The visit at the Museum starts on the first floor, where a succession of 7 areas hosts important collections of the second half of the Twentieth century's Italian art. The collections of the city of Florence, which include the works of the scholarships for young artists and the donations related to Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti's effort to establish the International Museum of Contemporary Art, are integrated with a nucleus of works and papers donated by artists, collectors and institutions. Some examples of the artistic experiences that projected Florence into the international art scene, such as the independent production centres Zona, Schema and art/tapes/22 and the studies on the visual Poetry and on the radical architecture, create a dialogue with the masterpieces of Alberto Moretti, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Vedova, Corrado Cagli, Mirko Basaldella, Pietro Consagra and Alberto Magnelli.
The exhibition continues on the second floor, with two rooms dedicated to fashion and to the Florentine Musical May. The enfilade rooms, reserved for the collection of Alberto della Ragione, host the artworks of some of the most significant Italian artists of the first half of the Twentieth century, such as Renato Guttuso, Felice Casorati, Giorgio Morandi, Arturo Martini, and Marino Marini. The floor ends with the sections dedicated to the art's developments in Tuscany between avant-garde and return to order, in connection with the cultural debate which rose on the lively mood of the “civilization of the magazines”. Here, among the others, the artworks of Filippo De Pisis and Ottone Rosai, the paintings of Ardengo Soffici, Primo Conti, Severo Pozzati and Baccio Maria Bacci are shown.
COVERED ROOF TERRACE
The visit ends in the covered roof terrace with the section dedicated to the idea of Florence in the cinema scene. This versatile area is used to host conferences, projections, meetings and didactic activities too.