8 Nov 2017

Resilient culture

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Museo Novecento

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Protagonists of the twentieth century

In the month of the anniversary of the Florence flood, the Museo Novecento proposes a series of three meetings dedicated to the value of culture as an ethical principle and an instrument of resilience.

The critical debate on the need to go beyond recovering the past and opening up to the present and the future, promoted by Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, is combined with the international commitment of artists and intellectuals, which emerged despite the contradictions of the Cold War. The flood, which profoundly marked the recent history of the city, offers an opportunity to question the ability to react to difficulties and the role that art and culture can play in this process of rebirth.

For the occasion, the story is entrusted to some protagonists of the Italian culture of the twentieth century, invited to a multidisciplinary reinterpretation of the century just ended, starting from their own experience as actors and direct witnesses. Ideally inspired by the events of November ’66, the appointments will allow us to broaden our reflection by throwing new light on contemporaneity and the near future.


Wednesday 8 November, H5.30pm
Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian

The pair of directors will propose a reflection on the relationship between art and society, drawing inspiration from their experience in the field of experimental cinema, as well as from the relationships established over the years with artists and curators.

Wednesday 22 November, H5.30 pm
Renato Barilli in dialogue with Enrico Crispolti

The two art historians will retrace their activities as critics and curators, focusing not only on the relationship with artists, but also on the role of institutions and the media in modern society.

Wednesday 29 November, H5.30
Arturo Carlo Quintavalle

A pupil of Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, the art historian will introduce the figure of the master and his contribution to the cultural renewal of the city of Florence in the second half of the twentieth century.

The cycle is part of the Beyond Borders project. After the Flood: the Artists’ Engagement / After the flood: the commitment of artists, created by Mus.e and financed by the Fondazione Sistema Toscana through the Sensi Contemporanei program, promoted by the Agency for Territorial Cohesion in collaboration with MiBACT.

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