SAVE THE DATE! Exhibitions 8 – 20
FROM MARCH TILL JULY
PONTORMO AND ROSSO: DIVERGING PATHS OF MANNERISM Palazzo Strozzi is hosting a major exhibition devoted to the work of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino, the two painters who were without question the most original and unconventional adepts of the new way of interpreting art in that season of the Italian Cinquecento which Giorgio Vasari called the 'modern manner'. Pontormo, always a favourite with the Medici, was a painter open to stylistic variety and to a renewal of the traditional approach to composition. Rosso Fiorentino, on the other hand, was more tightly bound to tradition, yet at the same time he was fully capable of flights of originality and innovation, influenced also by Cabalistic literature and esoteric works. FLORENCE, PALAZZO STROZZI www.palazzostrozzi.org
9 - 13
FROM APRIL TILL JULY
BACCIO BANDINELLI: SCULPTOR AND MAESTRO (1493-1560) The Museo Nazionale is hosting the first monographic exhibition ever devoted to Florentine sculptor Baccio Bandinelli, an exhibition full of discoveries and surprises in its determination to restore Bandinelli at long last to the important place he occupies in the panorama of Italian Mannerist sculpture, and to re-establish the truth regarding an artist who was still very much admired in the 17th and 18th centuries but who has been unfairly ostracised by critics since then. FLORENCE, MUSEO NAZIONALE DEL BARGELLO www.unannodarte.it
SAVE THE DATE! Exhibitions 10 – 8 FROM MAY TILL SEPTEMBER COUNTERPOINTS OF CONTEMPORARY ART The historic Medici Villa at Poggio a Caiano, one of the Medici sites declared to be part of the UNESCO "World Heritage" will become the setting for counterpoints of contemporary art: a series of works selected by the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato and presented on the ground floor of the villa. The artwork by Tuscan artist Roberto Barni, Massimo Barzagli, Alberto Moretti and Gianni Ruffi, as well as a video by Chinese artist Yang Jiechang enter into a direct dialogue with the extraordinary heritage of this residence, which over the centuries has belonged to the houses of Medici, Habsburg-Lorraine, Bonaparte and Savoy. POGGIO A CAIANO, VILLA MEDICI www.uffizi.firenze.it
21 - 20
FROM JUNE TILL SEPTEMBER
ART AND POLITICS: THE ELECTRESS PALATINE AND THE FINAL SEASON OF MEDICI PATRONAGE IN SAN LORENZO There are many reasons for paying due tribute to the Electress Palatine, the last descendent of the Grand-ducal branch of the Medici dynasty. Indeed the last years of her life were intimately bound up with the present and future life of her State, for the safeguarding of which she drafted the “Family Pact”, the fundamental document that guaranteed the protection and conservation of the heritage of the Medici within their city and their State. The Museum of the Medici Chapels decided to illustrate to the public the results of the rehabilitation of the tomb as well as the restoration of part of the important collection of grave goods by organising this exhibition, centred in particular on the last years of life of the Electres
FLORENCE, MUSEO DELLE CAPPELLE MEDICEE www.polomuseale.firenze.it
SAVE THE DATE! Exhibitions 16 - 27 FROM APRIL TILL JULY JACKSON POLLOCK – THE FIGURE OF FURE This unique exhibition wants to compare Jackson Pollock to Michelangelo, two artists apparently so distant but in thruth having many similarities. The show brings under scrutiny two distant, and yet, antithetical languages: one originates in drawing that with all of its strength attempts to respect the order of nature and of the divine, the other is based in the phenomenology of the unconscious and mystical geometry, the perfect representation of an expanding universe. What Michelangelo and Pollock shared was the inspired frenzy they both transmitted as they worked, a sort of agonistic trance that rendered them extraneous to the outer world. FLORENCE, PALAZZO VECCHIO AND SAN FIRENZE http://www.pollockfirenze.it/
20 – 25 FROM SEPTEMBER TILL JANUARY PICASSO AND THE SPANISH MODERNITY MASTERPIECIES FROM REINA SOFIA In the minds of all Picasso appears as the major reference for modern Western art. The exhibition aims to show Picasso’s output in its influence on Spanish art: in its reflections about art; its encounter with “pure art”; the emergence of the monster with a human face; in the artist's commitment to the historic tragedy; and in the metaphor of erotic desire as a privileged source of creation and vision of the world. In this exhibition will be also presented the poetics of artists such as Juan Gris, Miró, Dalí, Maria Blanchard, Julio González. FLORENCE, PALAZZO STROZZI www.palazzostrozzi.org
SAVE THE DATE! Summer Festivals 16 – 2 FROM JUNE TILL AUGUST 67° ESTATE FIESOLANA / FIESOLE SUMMER FESTIVAL Highlights: 25 JUNE - NATALIA GUTMAN, Violoncello concert 26 JUNE - AMADOU & MARIAM PREVIEW OF FESTIVAL AU DÉSERT, concert 17 JULY - EELS IN CONCERT – Launch of the new Album “The cautionary tales of Mark Oliver Everet” 28 JULY - ACHILLE E PENTESILEA – BOLERO, Dance and Theater show 29 JULY - TAKE FOUR GUITAR QUARTET ORIENT EXPRESS, guitars concert FIESOLE, TEATRO ROMANO http://www.estatefiesolana.it/
10 - 17 JULY PISTOIA BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 Highlights: 10 JULY - NEGRAMARO IN CONCERT 13 JULY - MORCEEBA IN CONCERT PISTOIA, PIAZZA DUOMO www.pistoiablues.com
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LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2014 Highlights: 20 JULY - STEVIE WONDER 23 JULY - BACKSTREET BOYS IN CONCERT LUCCA, PIAZZA NAPOLENE www.summer-festival.com
SAVE THE DATE! Theater , Ballet & Concerts FROM
20 TO 22
JUNE CARMEN Ballet in 2 acts by Davide Bombana. Music by Georges Bizet FLORENCE, LA PERGOLA THEATER www.fondazioneteatrodellapergola.it
24 JUNE BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER, GUSTAVO DUDAMEL Guided by the trusted baton of Gustavo Dudamel, the Berliner Philharmoniker, considered by many to be the best orchestra in the world, returns to Florence. The concert opens with two masterpieces by Čajkovskij on Shakespearian subjects. FLORENCE, OPERA DI FIRENZE www.operadifirenze.it
4 JULY DANIELE GATTI MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO The closing concert of this 77th Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, entrusted to a specialist of the German repertoire as Daniele Gatti, with works by Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Alban Berg. FLORENCE, OPERA DI FIRENZE www.operadifirenze.it
15 TO 22
JULY IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, O SIA L'INUTILE PRECAUZIONE by GIOACHINO ROSSINI A kaleidoscope of disguises, nighttime serenades, hilarious misunderstandings and famous arias. Comic opera in two acts from the comedy of the same name by Pierre- Augustin Caron de Beumarchais. Libretto by Cesare Sterbini. Music by Gioachino Rossini FLORENCE, OPERA DI FIRENZE www.operadifirenze.it
SAVE THE DATE! Events 17 – 20
86 TH PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO Men’s fashion collections The most important international platform for collections of clothing and accessories for men and for launching new projects in men's fashion. The 86th edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo marks an important year for Florence which sees the center of Florence for fashion turning 60 . th On the 16 of June many events for the opening of this great feast of fashion: Andrea Bocelli’s concert, the new lighting of the Old Bridge and the aquatic show along 450 meters of the River Arno, created exclusively for Florence, by French artists of the company Ilotopie.
21 JUNE NOTTURNA DI SAN GIOVANNI Regional competitive podistic race. Running through the heart of Florence, for a magic sport night for everybody. Rediscover the magic atmosphere of Florence historical center through one of the most ancient street races in Italy: 10 kilometer route curling along the most beautiful monuments in the city.
24 JUNE SAN GIOVANNI NIGHT – HISTORIC SOCCER & FIREWORKS Every year, on June 24th, Florence celebrates the feast of its patron, San Giovanni, with a series of exhibitions that involve the entire city. On the morning of June 24th, a Historic Parade starts from Piazza Signoria and continues towards the Baptistery of the Cathedral with an offering of candles for the patron. After the parade, a solemn mass follows with the exposure of the Saint’s relics. In the afternoon, it’s time for one of the most popular events linked to the Feast of San Giovanni is the Calcio in Costume, also known as “historic Florentine soccer,” which is held in Piazza Santa Croce. At the conclusion, there is a traditional fireworks display in Piazzale Michelangelo .
SAVE THE DATE! Events 12 - 13 FROM JUNE TILL JULY 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL
2 JULY AND 16 AUGUST PALIO HORSE RACE - SIENA The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on July 2 is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, who has a church in Siena. The Palio held on August 16 is named Palio dell'Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary. A pageant, the Corteo Storico, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.
RIFICOLONA – FESTIVAL OF LANTERNS During this festival, the children of Florence carry papier-mâché lanterns, of various shapes and colors tied to the ends of sticks as they walk through the streets of the city. These lanterns are called rificolone. The origin of this festival is not known for sure but it legend tells that it could have begun in 1555 when the triumphant Florentine troops returned from Siena with lanterns tied onto the end of their pikes. Most probably though, is that the Festival began just before the celebration of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary celebrated every year on September 7th, when farmers and mountaineers came to the city to sell, buy, and trade at the annual Fall Market held in the Piazza of Saint Annunziata.
SAVE THE DATE! Events 21 JUNE 2014 MTV MUSIC AWARDS FIRENZE, PARCO DELLE CASCINE …………………………….
5 JULY INGORGO SONORO MUSIC FESTIVAL The all city of San Piero a Sieve becomes for one day and one night a huge, open-air stage, where you will find the most different music styles. Not only you will satisfy your ear and sense of rythm but you will als be able to taste typical food and enjoy the artisans’ fair. SAN PIERO A SIEVE
10 AGUST SAN LORENZO, THE NIGHT OF THE FALLING STARS The night of San Lorenzo, August 10th, is the night of the shooting stars, a magical midsummer night when all dreams come true.
28 SEPTEMBER XII CORRI LA VITA MARATHON Corri la Vita is a manifestation of sport, culture and solidarity, in which all can participate: young people, the elderly and children, organized in collaboration with LILT, the Italian League for the Fight Against Cancer - Section Florence, a unique opportunity to have fun but also to know a reality that accompanies us every day.