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A hidden gem of Florence has recently reopened: the Marino Marini Museum.

Museo-Marino-Marini-1 ph-Dario-LasagniThe Marino Marini Museum is in Florence, within a short walking distance from Piazza della Repubblica. Located in an ancient church now deconsecrated, it has been beautifully readapted to house the sculptures on display according to modern criteria.The works housed in this museum, one of the most original in Florence, are very large sculptures which require ample space to be admired in their entirety.
The church of San Pancrazio is a particularly suitable setting for these sculptures, since visitors can walk around them and admire them from all angles: the open and spacious nave and isles are connected by modern wood and iron walkways.
The warm and luminous interior of this museum dedicated to contemporary art is an unusual setting for a Florentine museum and will undoubtedly stimulate visitors’ curiosity. The museum is ‘inhabited’ by the works of the sculptor Marino Marini, born in Pistoia and active in Florence, Milan and Paris.

Marino Marini is one of the most interesting figures in the cultural and artistic panorama in Italy during the 20th century. The theme of the knight that is on show in this museum will constantly be present throughout his career, almost as a symbol of his personal vision of the world. Marino himself used to frequently say that “the entire history of humanity and structure are present in the figures of the knight and his horse”.

There are indeed numerous sculptures of horses with or without knights on display in this Florentine museum. Another recurring theme is that of Pomona, a female figure symbolizing fertility and generous, welcoming femininity. Over the years, Marino Marini abandoned this icon, turning his attention to figures tied to the world of the circus and theatre. Even in Florence, jugglers and dancers are characterized by strongly expressive elongated forms.

Some paintings and graphic works are also on display in the museum in piazza San Pancrazio, where the entrance to the permanent collection is free. The crypt of the church is used for temporary exhibitions (on payment).
The museum also contains theHoly Shrine of the Rucellai Chapel, on payment and accessible by appointment only. It is a precious architecture of the Renaissance, created by Leon Battista Alberti.

More information about the museum in the official website

Published: 11/1/2019

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