9 Sep 2020


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11:00 – 20:00

Museo Novecento


Sergio Risaliti

Artistic Director

Luca Scarlini

Writer, Essayst and Playwright

Riccardo Sandiford


Free Admission

Continue the events at Museo Novecento of Florence with theatrical readings, concerts, lectures; an intense program of free evening events, open to the public in compliance with the rules of safety and physical distance. A project of great cultural and symbolic value, a real rebirth after the months of museum closures and the stop to theatrical and musical performances. Museo Novecento, only example in Italy during this period, is transformed into a choral theatrical space to accomodate up to one hundred seats, distributed between the cloister and the Renaissance loggia, evocative places and an excellent acoustics.

With the participation of the young actors of the theatrical project of “iNuovi”, Artistic Direction Sergio Risaliti in collaboration with Fondazione Teatro della Toscana.

Reading Pratolini

Reading Pratolini is a theatrical project completely focused on Vasco Pratolini, famous author of fiction and plays, poems and articles, beside being screenwriter for some of the greatest filmmaker of the Italian 20th Century. Readings will involve the young actors of the theatrical project ‘iNuovi’, already known to the florentine public, and not only, for having ventured at the Teatro Niccolini with the Girls of San Frediano, always by Pratolini. Reading Pratolini is born also as a development project of the museum collection in an ideal comparison between the works of Ottone Rosai, another “pure florentine” who, like the writer, was able to immortalize the authenticity of the most popular Florence.

The iniziative is in collaboration with Fondazione Teatro della Toscana to confirm the multifaceted cultural activity of the Museo, as a scientific reference point in the city on the arts of the past century and of the contemporary.

Of the writer, born in Florence in Magazzini Street on 19th October 1913, will be read some famous novels. Furthermore, the writer, essayist and playwright Luca Scarlini will intervene and read one of his stories from the title The reason of the other: shadows and lights of Family Chronicle, based on the novel of the same name by Pratolini.

Monday, September 14 at 6p.mThe reason of the other: shadows and lightsof Family Chronicle. A tale from Family Chronicle by Vasco Pratolini curated by Luca Scarlini

Thursday, September 24 settembre at 9p.m, The Girls of San Frediano, Anastasia Ciullini, Athos Leonardi, Claudia Ludovica Marino, Luca Pedron

Friday, October 2 at 9p.m, Cronicles of Poor Lovers, Maddalena Amorini, Davide Arena, Alessandra Brattoli, Beatrice Ceccherini, Davide Diamanti, Ghennadi Gidari, Erica Trinchera, Filippo Lai


After the success of the concerts presented last year, return at Museo Novecento Piano Novecento, the second season of the kermesse dedicated to the key figures of the musical history of the past century and to the piano, instrument protagonist of twentieth century creativity and main workshop of composers. Curated and conceived by the florentine pianist Riccardo Sandiford, season 2020, entitled Refuges and Narrations, continues with the appointments that will take place in the cloister of the museum.

Concerts, Rufufi and Narrations in collaboration with Associazione Musicale Euterpe, Direzione artistica Sergio Risaliti, curated by Riccardo Sandiford Rufufi e Narrazioni,

Friday, September 11 at 9p.m, Federica Bortoluzzi at piano plays: Claude Debussy (Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1862 –Paris 1918), Da Six Épigraphes Antiques Pour l’Égyptienne, Isaac Albéniz (Camprodon 1860 –Cambo-les-Bains, 1909) Da Suite Espanola op.47 Granada – Cadiz – Castilla, Mallorca (Barcarola) op. 202, Enrique Granados (Lleida, 1867 -La Manica, 1916) Da Goyescas Los Requiebros, Silvia Colasanti (Roma 1975) Ombre del bianco, Manos Hadjidakis (Xanthi 1925-Atene 1994), Ionian Suite (I-II-III-IV-V), Franz Liszt (Raiding 1811 –Bayreuth 1886) Venezia e Napoli, Gondoliera – Canzone – Tarantella (Supplément aux Annèes de Pelerinage, Vol.II S 162)

Friday, September 18 at 9p.m, Andrea Cassano at piano plays: Johann Sebastian Bach (Eisenach 1685 –Lipsia 1750) Variazioni Goldberg (BWV 988), Aria 1 2 3 Canone all’unisono, 4 5 6 Canone alla seconda, 7 Giga 8 9 Canone alla terza, 10 Fughetta 11 12 Canone alla 4 per inversione, 13 14 15 Canone alla quinta per inversione (Andante), 16 Ouverture 17 18 Canone alla sesta, 19 20 21 Canone alla settima, 22 Alla breve 23 24 Canone all’ottava, 25 Adagio. 26 27 Canone alla nona, 28 29 30 Quodlibet, Aria da Capo

Friday, September 25 at 9p.m, concert in the cloister by Riccardo Sandiford and Anastasia Boldyreva

Lectures by Sergio Risaliti, Artistic Director of Museo Novecento

Born during quarantine, Made in Italy is a project realized in collaboration with Controradio. For ten weeks, every day at 12a.m, the Director of Museo, Sergio Risaliti, commented an artwork from the permanent collection for radio listeners. The great masters of the twentieth century were the protagonists of a long story, a challenge, one could say, to make paintings and sculptures preserved in the museum appreciated even afar and only with words, impossible to be seen in presence because of the lockdown. A project to bring art in the houses of the florentines, and not only, during a period where italian museums were not accessible. Now that Museo reopened, Made in Italy reborns in a new format adapted to the Renaissance courtyard.

→ giovedì 17 settembre alle ore 21.00, sarà dedicato a Filippo De Pisis (Ferrara 1896 –Brugherio 1956), Felice Casorati (Novara 1883 –Torino 1963), Carlo Levi (Torino 1902 –Roma 1975) e Arturo Martini (Treviso 1889 –Milano 1947).


Around the tragedy of Semmelweis, it is not men who face each other, but there are huge biological powers being fought. This infernal pettiness of which he was victim possesses the greatness and fatality of a war. –
Louis Ferdinand Céline

Ignazio Filippo Semmelweis was one of the unsung scientific heroes of the nineteenth century, who in the 19th century Vienna discovered the causes of puerperal fever, a serious infection which caused death in pregnant patients. His discovery was as revolutionary as banal: the cause of the infection was due to the infected hands of students and doctors, therefore avoidable with a thorough washing of the same before entering the delivery room.

Ostracized and taunted by all medical personnel for his argument considered unlikely, Semmelweis not only was forced to leave Vienna, but the awareness of the impotence in the face of the deaths that his discover could have avoid led him to madness and death. Céline, who was a medicine student and wrote a thesis dedicated to Semmelweiss, consecretes his work to the fatal meanness of the human being, to the drama of this benefactor killed by the madness caused by the same people he wanted to save.

Wednesday, September 9 2020 at 9p.m, will be staged andrà in scena Doctor Semmelweis, theatrical representation in the cloister with Sergio Basile, scenic coordination by Andrea di Bari

Conference by Luca Scarlini

Luca Scarlini (Florence, 1966) is essayist, playwright and storyteller, often on stage together with singers, actors and as interpreter too. He teaches at Accademia of Brera and at other italian and foreign institutions; he collaborates with numerous theatres and festivals in Italy and abroad. He collaborates with Radio3 and wrote in various different contexts about relationships between music and society, by interventing in the theatrical programmes of many european theatres, curating also columns for the Teatro Regio di Torino; his texts are translated in various languages. Through his books: The disturbing muse (Cortina), Misunderstandings and mmirages (Rizzoli), D’annunzio in Little Italy (Donzelli), Sequins for the kingdom of heaven (Bollati Boringhieri), he writes regularly on “Alias” by Manifesto and on “Lindice dei Libri”.

Monday, September 14 at 6p.m, conference in the cloister by Luca Scarlini.
The conference will take place following the museum opening hours.

Inauguration of the new temporary exhibitions on Friday, September 25.

Andrea Francolino – HUMUS

The projects is born form the reflections about the relationship man/nature that have always accompained the research of Andrea Francolino. The installation includes the setting up in the loggia of Museo Novecento of 28 flags, one for each state called “sovereign”, made of wood and jute canvas for mulching, a sort of “global” flag which could be adopted by individual countries in the name of love and protection for the environment. Faced with the worsening ecological crisis, that has assumed the status of global environmental emergency, every difference of creed, race, culture or origin collapses and the individual countries are obliged to adopt common policies to ensure the survival of the planet.

Andrea Francolino, HUMUS, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Luca Puri
September 25 – December 17 2020

Irene Montini and Rocco Gurrieri – INCANTO

Irene Montini and Rocco Gurrieri are a duo of young photographers, illustrators and videomarkers. They have been working together since 2017 by realizing editorials, campaigns, fashion movies and experimental animations. Their works lives from the mixture between art and fashion and propose themselves as a transversal trip between two fields, where the main objective of the research is a subtle reversal of the precaurious concept of ‘normality’. Incanto is a black fairy tale where the main set becomes a place of shade and passage through fantastic and diabolical worlds, cinematic and visual experiment articulated between photos, movies and a room dedicated to the exhibition of a sculpture with a ‘plant’ form, focus of the narrative of this misterious story. The exhibition at Museo Novecento is their first monographic exposition inside the italian museum institution, a travel through a dreamlike universe, supernatural and dark.

Irene Montini and Rocco Gurrieri, INCANTO, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Luca Puri
September 25 – January 28 2021


The project Paradigma the desk of the Architect, that saw every 4 months the involvement of an internationally renowed architect, called to tell through the preparation of an exhibition the meaning of the workdesk, was transformed during health emergency in the initiative On-line Desk of the architecht.

The studies involved were asked to make a video on the theme “What is the desk of the architect?”. The videos were regularly broadcast during the lockdown on the official channels of the Museo. The same online materials, together with objects of various kind, are now presented inside the museum.

25 Settembre – 28 Gennaio 2021

Lori Lako – THE WALL – OFF  

OFF is a public art project that from the museum enters and invades the city in a game of references, of going and returning: from the museum to the urban space and vice versa. A large wall (12 x 3.50m meters) painted with the colors of the italian flag periodically hosts a different work that has the ambition to speak to the world and of the world, which is attuned to the urgencies and the emergencies of our time, that faces reality without being a mere comment. The same work is reproduced at the same time on the pages of local newspapers or on the posters on the streets. OFF intends to broaden the discourse of art to social participation in order to contribute to the building of a new humanism.

THE WALL – OFF – Lori Lako
September 25 – November 23 2020

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