12 March 2021

Do you remember? Henry Moore at the Forte di Belvedere in 1972

On May 20, 1972, the great exhibition Henry Moore in Florence was inaugurated. There were many who crowded the stands of the Forte di Belvedere and the halls of the Palazzina during the summer months, braving the sun. Over 345 thousand people.

A truly exorbitant number. There was Princess Margaret of England, accompanied by her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, there were Giovanni Leone, sixth President of the Italian Republic, Edward Heath, then British Prime Minister, and of course the artist, Henry Moore, who had followed in person the setting up of his monumental sculptures on the terraces overlooking Florence.

Were you there? Do you have a memory to share? A photo, a postcard, a catalog perhaps autographed by the artist? If so, send us the (scanned) image to the email address segreteria.museonovecento@muse.comune.fi.it, specifying your name, surname and social profile (Facebook and / or Instagram).

All your memories will be shared on the museum’s Facebook and Instagram profiles for the duration of the exhibitions dedicated to Moore (running until July 18, 2021). The images collected up to that date will then be published in a book, which will be presented to the public in 2022, the true anniversary of the Forte Belvedere exhibition.

Pick up your photo albums and libraries in search of memories. Let’s relive that emotion that marked an initiatory event for the city of Florence, the first step towards contemporaneity. And waiting for your images, we are waiting for you at the museum, as soon as it will be possible to reopen it, for the exhibition Henry Moore. The sculptor’s drawing, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Sebastiano Barassi, organized in collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation, and for the Henry Moore in Tuscany, curated by Sergio Risaliti (until 30 May 2021), dedicated to the intense bond of the artist with the region. A bond born in the 1920s when, as a young student, the sculptor stayed in the main Tuscan cities and then consecrated in 1972 with the great exhibition of the Fort.