5 July 2021

On Wednesday, July 7 at 9.30 pm Museo Novecento presents the world premiere of Without Time, Without Place, Without Body, movie dedicated to the exhibition project created by the German artist who has given life to one of the largest solo exhibitions of the last years in Florence, occupying prestigious cultural institutions of the city.

The film, commissioned by the Museo Novecento and produced by MUS.E, was made on the occasion of the homonymous exhibition, curated by Sergio Risaliti, which involved places of extraordinary historical and artistic value such as the Museum of San Marco (Polo Museale della Toscana ), the Magi Chapel (Palazzo Medici Riccardi), the Rucellai Chapel (San Pancrazio Church, Marino Marini Museum) and the Pazzi Chapel (Santa Croce Monumental Complex), in a relationship played between the visible art and the invisible of the spirit, which ideally links Renaissance magnificence with contemporary artistic research.

Within the movie, guided by the artist’s narrator voice, the stages of setting up and realization of the ambitious project are retraced, which gave rise to a close dialogue between the city’s past and the contemporary research of the German master. The art of Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, Benozzo Gozzoli and Beato Angelico dialogued with minimal works with great symbolic power made with natural elements such as pollen and beeswax: a relationship played entirely on the sensitivity and subtle perception between sculpture, architecture and nature, combining the East with the West in his daily life and in his creative practice. In a time like ours in which the whole of humanity is looking for a way out of the tragedy of the pandemic and the disastrous relationship of man with nature, Laib’s art offers itself as a real answer to the redefinition of humanism in a perspective that is no longer merely anthropocentric.

The screening will be introduced by Tommaso Sacchi, Councilor for Culture, Fashion, Design and International Relations of the City of Florence, Stefano Casciu, Director of the Polo Museale of Tuscany and Sergio Risaliti, Director of Museo Novecento.


Wolfgang Laib
Without time, Without Place, Without Body

Florence, Complesso Monumentale di Santa Croce, Museo di San Marco, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Museo Marino Marini

Country: Italy
Year of production: 2019 – 2021
Duration: 45′
Language: English, Italian
Directed by: Francesco Cacchiani
Shooting: Francesco Faralli, Alessio Lavacchi, Davide Castagnetti, Francesco Cacchiani
Editing: Francesco Cacchiani
Soundtrack: various author

A project by: Museo Novecento, Firenze

Curated by: Sergio Risaliti

Produced by: MUS.E