21 Dec 2022

Christmas at the Museo Novecento

A rich program of exhibitions, events and guided tours to spend the Christmas holidays in the name of art

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21December 2022


8January 2023
Free admission subject to availability

Christmas in the city? The Museo Novecento continues its activity with a rich program of exhibitions, events and guided tours designed to accompany you during the Christmas holidays scattered between the headquarters in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the other symbolic places of the city that host the projects outside the museum walls.

Throughout the holiday season, it will be possible to visit the ongoing exhibitions at the Museo Novecento dedicated to great protagonists of the international art scene, from Tony Cragg to Jean Arp, with insights dedicated to the masters of the Italian twentieth century, such as Alberto Magnelli, up to Julia Krahn, present with the St. Javelin project. The program outside the museum walls also continues with all the initiatives underway at the Stefano Bardini Museum, which hosts the exhibition by Emiliano Maggi Songs and Spells; to follow, the exhibition dedicated to private collecting Passione Novecento. From Paul Klee to Damien Hirst in progress at Palazzo Medici Riccardi; finally, the double personal exhibition of Camilla Alberti and Anouk Chambaz at the Museo Novecento and at the Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio. Of great impact, the two monumental sculptures by Henry Moore, visible in Piazza della Signoria and in the churchyard of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte. A journey through art to discover the great protagonists of the 20th and 21st centuries that allows, at the same time, to deepen the historical and artistic heritage of the city.

In the Sala Cinema of the Novecento Museum, a new screening program is underway with a selection of documentary films that tell the exhibition projects created by the museum over the years: from Jenny Saville to Wolfgang Laib, from Giulia Cenci to Andrea Francolino, from Ali Banisadr to the project on the Quarto Stato by Pellizza da Volpedo in Palazzo Vecchio, the productions branded Museo Novecento will be visible every other week. Signed by different directors, the documentary films allow you to retrace some of the main stages in the recent history of the museum, shedding new light on the work carried out in recent years: an activity aimed at enhancing important artists of our time and renegotiating the models and paradigms of the history of art, in the presence of a complex and constantly changing present.

On the ground floor, an exhibition dedicated to the last four years of activity of the Museo Novecento which traces the various stages that led from the birth of the Florentine institution dedicated to 20th and 21st century art in 2014, up to the transformation that took place in 2018 in a laboratory of research, valorisation and cultural innovation. Visitors will be able to admire in a timeline that winds in the internal arm of the loggia with the many projects carried out in the last four years inside and outside the walls of the former Leopoldine. A story that is also an opportunity to thank all the institutions, partners, supporters, sponsors and people who have made this journey possible, from artists to collectors, from art historians to curators, from gallery owners to all workers who have made their knowledge and their love for art available.

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Finally, a series of educational activities planned for the Green Line festival – promoted by the Municipality of Florence and organized by MUS.E, with the artistic direction of Sergio Risaliti – in which light will be the protagonist of the workshops for children and families Sculpt with light, scheduled for Saturdays 17, 24 and 31 December at 11 and 12: the works of Tony Cragg and Jean Arp, currently on display and strongly connected with the natural world, will in fact inspire a creative activity in which light will build real light sculptures. The visits and the atelier on the exhibition Tony Cragg. Transfers also continue.

Please note that the Museo Novecento is open every day, except Thursdays, from 11:00 to 20:00 (last admission one hour before closing). The museum is closed on 25 December and open on 1 January from 11:00 to 20:00 (last admission one hour before closing).