2 Jul 2020

Summer at the Museo

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Museo Novecento


Sergio Risaliti

Artistic Director

Riccardo Sandiford


Lorenzo di Las Plassas

Writer, journalist, presenter, television reporter

Summer at Museo Novecento starts with theatrical readings, concerts, lectures: an intense program of night events for free, open to the public in respect of security regulation of physical distancing. It is a project of high cultural and symbolic value, a real re-born after months of museum closures and stop to theatrical and musical representations. 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 four famous novels.

Thursday, July 2 at 9p.m, The neighborhood, Maria Lucia Bianchi, Sebastiano Spada, Fabio Facchini, Federica Cavallaro

Thursday, July 23 at 9p.m, Metello, Francesco Grossi, Laura Pinato, Nadia Saragoni Lorenzo Volpe

Thursday, September 24 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


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

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, will start on July 3 and will present, contrary to the primary aims of Piano Novecent, much music by Bach (1685-1750) with excerpts from the well-tempered Harpsichord and the famous Goldberg Variations. The concerts of 10 and 11 September, instead, will be dedicated to the Mediterranean culture and will see as protagonists the soprano Julia Farrés Llongueras with the famous guitarist Massimo Felici, that will present a program of spanish melodies and songs of the 20th century, and the pianist Federica Bortoluzzi, already winner of numerous international competitions, who will play music pages of great authors on the theme of the Mediterranean.

Friday, July 3 at 9p.m, Riccardo Sandiford at piano plays: Riccardo Sandiford at piano plays: Johann Sebastian Bach (Eisenach 1685 –Lipsia 1750), From the Well-Tempered Harpsichord vol. I, Prelude and Fugue with 4 voices in C major BWV 846, Prelude and Fugue with 3 voices C minor BWV 847, Prelude and Fugue with 3 voices in C-sharp major BWV 848, Prelude and Fugue with 5 voices in C-sharp minor BWV 849, Prelude and Fugue with 4 voices in D major BWV 850, Prelude and Fugue with 3 voices in D minor BWV 851, Prelude and Fugue with 3 voices in E-flat major BWV 852, Prelude and Fugue with 3 voices in E-flat minor BWV 853, Ludwig van Beethoven (Bonn 1770 –Vienna 1827) 15 Variations and Fugue op. 35 (Eroica)

Friday, July 10 at 9p.m, Julia Farrés Llongueras soprano, Massimo Felici guitarist stage: Joaquin Rodrigo (Sagunto, 1901 –Madrid, 1999) Romance de Durandarte, Tres Canciones Españolas, En Jerez de la Frontera – Adela – De ronda, da “Villancicos de Navidad” Pastorcito Santo, Enric Morera (Barcellona, 1865 –1942) da“Cançons de Carrer” Clavel del Balcó- L’oreneta – Abril, Manuel de Falla (Cadice, 1876 – Alta Gracia, 1946) da “Siete Canciones Populares Españolas”, Nana – Canción, Vicente Asencio (Valencia, 1908 –1979) Tango de la Casada Infiel, (Homenaje áFederico Garcia Lorca) Matilde Salvador (Castellón, 1918 –Valencia, 2007), Canciones de Nana y Desvelo, Desvelo ante el agua – Nana del mar, da “Endechas y Cantares de Sefarad” A la Una – Endecha – Arvolicos d’almendra, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Firenze, 1895 – Los Angeles, 1968) da “Romances Viejos” Romance del Conde Arnaldos, Isaac Albéniz (Camprodon, 1860 –Cambo-les-Bains, 1909) Catalunya, Enrique Granados, (Lleida, 1867 – La Manica, 1916) da “Tonadillas” La Maja de Goya – El Tralaláy el Punteado – El Majo discreto

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 Canon in unison, 4 5 6 Canon to the second, 7 Giga 8 9 Canon to the third, 10 Fughetta 11 12 Canon to the fourth for inversion, 13 14 15 Canon to the fifth for inversion (Andante), 16 Ouverture 17 18 Canon to the sixth, 19 20 21 Canon to the seventh, 22 To the short, 23 24 Canon to the eight, 25 Adagio. 26 27 Canon to the ninth, 28 29 30 Quodlibet, Aria da Capo.

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.

Thursday, July 16 at 9p.m, Sergio Risaliti chose to tell the audience the life and artworks of Mario Mafai (Rome 1902-1965) and Scipione, as a tribute to the monographic exhibition dedicated to Mafai housed on the second floor of the museum. In the second part of the evening we will talk about Carlo Carrà (Quargnento 1881 –Milan 1966) and Ottone Rosai (Florence 1895 –Ivrea 1957), presents in the collection of Museo Novecento with landscapes that photograph with poetic expression places loved by artists, like coasts and sea of Versilia, between Forte dei Marmi and Il Ciquale, or the squares and alleys of Florence.

Thursday, September 17 at 9p.m, will be dedicated to 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).

Presentation of the book Let the wind talk

“The wind indicates the direction of this adventure, suspended between reality and fiction, between possible and imaginary, in those dens of the soul where monsters and fears hide. In that fall in the bottom, from which it can come, unforeseen and sudden, salvation. A foreign fighter that wants to commit a terrorist act, an artist who wants to realize is Great Work, a thirteen-years old boy that, inexplicably, stops stalking. A misterious old man who manipulates the wind in a fateful day in which the fates of Europe are decided.

Let the wind talk tells a story, made of true events and fantasy, played with methaphors, that leads the reader in a really strong introspective narration, structured by images and with a great evocative power, where themes like the sense of loss and salvation take turns, the need for love and sublimation, exaltation and fundamentalism, the overturning of clichés and the loss of european way.

Lorenzo di Las Plassas (Andrea Lorenzo Ingarao Zapata di Las Plassas) is a journalist, presenter and longtime reporter of Rai News 24. Graduated in Economics and Business at the University of Sapienza, Rome, has majored his study firstly at New York University, with a MBA in Politics and International Businesses, and then at the Journalism School of Rai, in Perugia, where he got his second Master degree, in broadcasting journalism. During his stay in New York was, for a period, assistant of Oriana Fallaci. Let the wind talk is his first novel.

Monday, 20 July at 6.30p.m, Lorenzo di Las Plassas presents his novel Lascia parlare il vento edito da Baldini & Castoldi.

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