The Four Continents. Florentine Tapestries after drawing by Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani
curated by Caterina Chiarelli and Daniele Rapino
Palatine Gallery in Pitti Palace, Sala Bianca
On display four beautiful tapestries dating back to the third decade of the 18th century and woven from cartoons by the painter Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani. It is one of the finest series realized by the Grand Ducal tapestry workshop, signed by the most skilful weavers of that time, among whom Vittorio Demignot, whose apprenticeship took place in Flanders. The four continents are represented with extravagant features and creative innovations which reflect the contemporary conception of cultural and historical identities of world lands. Comparable to the finest coeval French examples, their magnificent and elegant composition was largely appreciated: in particular, on the 20th of January 1739, they were used as decorative setup for the triumphal entry into Florence of the new Hapsburg-Lorraine Grand Duke, Francis II, and his wife Maria Teresa, future empress of Austria.
"Discoveries and Massacres. Ardengo Soffici and the Avant-Garde Movements in Florence"
curated by Vincenzo Farinella and Nadia Marchioni
Gallery of the Statues and Paintings of the Uffizi
27 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
The exhibition devoted to Ardengo Soffici (1879–1964) will provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the figure of this painter, writer, polemicist and art critic who played such an active role in his day, coming into contact with, and on occasion even deeply and courageously clashing with, the movements on the Italian and European art scene of the time. The title of the exhibition, Discoveries and Massacres, alludes to the title of Soffici’s collected writings, published between the first and second decades of the 20th century and acknowledged today (together with the cultural initiatives that he promoted and organised, such as the First Italian Exhibition of Impression in Florence in 1910) as marking a crucial contribution to the renewal of Italian art in a 20th century vein. The exhibits on display (from Segantini, Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Degas, Medardo Rosso and De Chirico to Carrà and beyond, in addition to Soffici’s own work), chosen on the basis of Soffici’s explicit predilections and aversions, will be accompanied by critical pieces from his writings on art, ideally accompanying the visitor on a voyage of rediscovery to explore one of the most fertile and productive interpretations of the origins of contemporary art, with its crucial "discoveries" and equally drastic "massacres".
For further information see http://www.gallerieuffizimostre.it/Mostre/discoveries/