17 October 2022

Jenny Saville in Florence: the Movie

On the occasion of the 27th edition of Artecinema, the International Contemporary Art Film Festival held in Naples from October 13 to 16, the Museo Novecento is pleased to announce the premiere of the film dedicated to the exhibition Jenny Saville in Florence.

The film, produced by the Museo Novecento and directed by Francesco Fei, will be screened on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:40 p.m. at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. The movie traces the journey to discover the art of Jenny Saville (Cambridge, 1970), through the behind-the-scenes of the exhibition at the Museo Novecento in Florence, a project conceived and curated by Sergio Risaliti that involved some of the city’s major museums: Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Museo degli Innocenti and Museo di Casa Buonarroti.

The show, promoted by the Municipality of Florence, organized by MUS.E and supported by Gagosian, represented a unique encounter between the historical and the contemporary, through a close dialogue between Jenny Saville and Michelangelo, which marked the memory of the more than 200,000 visitors who were able to admire the masterpieces of the great British painter.
One year on, the film reveals unseen details and behind the scenes of one of the most ambitious exhibition projects of the recent decades in the Tuscan capital. With a series of exclusive interviews with the artist and the directors of the museums involved, the film traces an extraordinary journey where Renaissance and contemporary art dialogue against the backdrop of the city of Florence.

Watch the trailer here


Is an international film festival of documentaries regarding contemporary art, was established in 1996 with the objective of making various facets of contemporary art known to the public at large.
This objective has been attained by presenting a selection of documentaries of important artists, architects and photographers who have been active during the last fifty years and includes interviews, filmed biographies and narratives based upon archive materials which has made it possible to bring the universe of visual arts to life on the screen.
Each year, Artecinema presents a selection of some thirty documentaries from the world over which have been painstakingly sought out directly from the directors and producers. The programme is divided into three sections: Art and environs, Architecture and Design, and Photography
The films, shown in the original languages with Italian subtitles, are alternated by round table encounters-debates featuring the directors, the artists and the producers. More than 7,000 spectators from all over Italy and abroad participate in the festival.

Francesco Fei

established himself as a director by making numerous clips with well-known Italian musicians. He directed and produced the feature films Onde, 2005 and Mi chiedo quando ti mancherò, 2019. He has collaborated with important contemporary artists such as Giuseppe Penone, Jenny Saville and Velasco Vitali. Her video art works have been exhibited in various Italian museums and galleries, and her documentaries have participated in major international festivals.

Jenny Saville in Florence
Italia, 2022, 31’, Italian, English
direction: Francesco Fei
photography: Francesco Fei
editing: Roberto Polimeno
music: Lost ABC
sound: Federico Mannana
production: Museo Novecento Firenze