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Florence was the driving force of the Renaissance, the witness of a few episodes of the Baroque between the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries and the home of the Macchiaioli painters. This city makes really interesting offers to its visitors concerning the circuit of contemporary art as well.

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In fact, thanks to its continuous ability to innovate by drawing on its past heritage, this city keeps pace with the times and modernity, making its visitors’ stay unique and irrepetible.
Cultural awareness definitely occurs thanks to the presence of art galleries. Only in the historic centre there are more than forty art galleries – from the Aria Art Gallery to the Biagiotti Gallery, form the Poggiali & Forconi gallery to the La Corte gallery, just to mention some of them – which promote the understanding of new and different artistic trends, besides presenting authors. The galleries in the city represent a must if visitors want to reflect on art or if they just want to have the opportunity to carry out further critical in-depth studies.
Among the exhibition areas dedicated to contemporary art, worth mentioning is the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, situated under the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi. Its well-structured exhibition programme and the long series of collateral initiatives make it a central institution concerning contemporary culture in the city. The issues that are addressed are mainly social using new expressive languages, form video art to installations, from photography to digital art.
The Marino Marini Museum, also creates real opportunities, presenting a series of events not to be missed. This evocative building allows for a dialogue between old and modern (the museum is situated in the deconsecrated Church of St. Pancrazio) and offers opportunities that are always new and engaging indeed. Together with the permanent collection that hosts 183 works by the artist from Pistoia, this museum also promotes temporary exhibitions in the crypt below; the Marino Marini Museum offers everyone many chances to study and learn about the languages of contemporary art.
The Museo Novecento is five minutes’ walk from the Marino Marini Museum and it is situated in the fifteenth-century complex of the former Leopoldine convent. Founded in 2014, it is indispensable for those who want to learn about the Italian artists of the XX century, and shows two collections: Alberto Della Ragione' one and Ragghianti's . The museum will display exhibitions, showing always new works of art. 
Outside the historic centre, around twenty minutes’ distance from Santa Maria Novella Train Station, heading towards Siena/Chianti, visitors will have the opportunity to admire Villa Romana. Purchased in 1905 by Max Klinger, the neoclassical Villa Romana in Florence’s Via Senese appears like a platform constantly open to the different approaches that characterize the production of avant-garde art and culture, besides offering a wide range of exhibitions, with its workshops, debates and concerts.
For those who want to continue their tour through the places of contemporary art, another very interesting museum space is worth a visit: it is situated at around 20 km distance from Florence and it is called the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato.
Founded in 1988, it is not only a fundamental exhibition space so far, but also one of the most important centre for studies and research globally, thanks to the presence of a very rich, specialized library and a historical archive. In the permanent collection, some artists are worth mentioning, such as Vito Acconci, Ketty La Rocca, Mario Merz, Bruno Munari, Daniel Spoerri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Paladino, Sol LeWitt.
It is worth going past Prato to reach the nearby city of Pistoia. Here, in fact, visitors will have the chance to admire the Fabroni Palace-Contemporary Visual Arts, a fourteenth-century building that hosts exhibitions dedicated to the twentieth-century artists from Pistoia, in a path that winds its way through Abstract Art, Pop Art, Arte Povera (Poor Art) and Minimal Art.
Moreover, still in Pistoia, visitors should not miss the Marino Marini Museum, a centre entirely dedicated to the artist from Pistoia.


Published: 6/12/2013

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