Specially created for the notte bianca event which took place in Florence on April 30, the Tape Florence is a surprising work of art. Entirely made of technological materials, this futuristic sculpture, which looks like a huge transparent cocoon, is the brainchild of Numen/For use, a group of young artists (i.e. Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljkovic) who work between Vienna and Zagreb; the installation made up of layers of transparent adhesive tape is on view at the beautiful palazzo Strozzi which, with its Renaissance architecture, seems to underscore the distinctive characteristics of the sculpture. But the big news is that this time visitors can take off their shoes, step inside the installation and become an integral part of it. The enclosed video shows the artists at work.
The Universo hotel in Florence is in the centre of Florence, in the historic Piazza Santa Maria Novella, only a few steps away from Florences museums, shopping district and monuments.
Redecorated last year, the hotel is offering special Galileo Galilei weekend packages in occasion of the Galileo exhibition in Florence. The package includes a two nights weekend stay with entrance to the exhibition from March 1st to 31st, for 158 euros for a single, 170 euros for a double and 272 euros for a triple.
The Florence Galileo exhibition, called “images of the universe, from ancient times to the telescope”, is on display at the Palazzo Strozzi and will be open from March 13 to August 30. The exhibition retraces the story of the Cosmos, how it was imagine from ancient times through to the scientific revolution and the social and cultural happenings in Europe.
Christmas in Italy is a great time to check out some special exhibitions around, and Florence for Christmas is living up to its status as the city of art. The Palazzo Strozzi in Florence has six art exhibitions on display in the form of an Italian art subscription ticket which costs only 20 euros and is valid for the whole of 2009.
It could be a gift for someone who will be travelling to Italy or even living in Florence (in which case you hope they get an apartment with a spare bedroom). The subscription ticket is valid for the following exhibitions:
1) Caterina and Maria de’ Medici: Powerful women. Florence celebrates the legend of two French queens (from February 8th 2009).
2) Galileo. Images of the universe from ancient times to the telescope (March 13 to August 30, 2009).
3) Deception in art. Marvels from the trompe l’oeil ancient to contemporary (October 16 2009 to January 24 2010).
In the Strozzi contemporary culture centre:
4) The price and value of art. Contemporary art and the market (until January 11, 2009).
5) Emerging Talents Award (January 23 to March 29 2009).
6) Green platform (April 24 to July 19 2009).
Italy has been celebrating art from the 1800’s with Giovanni Fattori, and now at the Palazzo Strozzi, an exhibition on impressionism is running until September 28. The exhibition is called “Impressionismo. Dipingere la luce. Le Tecniche nascoste di Monet, Renoir e Van Gogh” (Impressionism, painting light, the hidden techniques of Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh).
The exhibition focuses on analysing the techniques of impressionist and post-impressionist artists, revealing some of the secrets from the famous artists of this movement. It’s an interactive exhibition offering the public an opportunity to view 60 paintings that come from the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud collection in Cologne, also by using high-resolution microscopes, and infrared and ultraviolet light.