Modern Florence - A Tour of Contemporary 3D Art (part 2)

Many Masters of the Renaissance, even more masterpieces of the Renaissance. Florence dazzles with beauty, mastery and good taste. The tours are well known and the most important stops of art history popular. Here is the second part of a more unusual tour through a contemporary, modern and three-dimensional Florence.

Welcome back to our tour of contemporary 3D art in Florence, which takes you to the most beautiful places in this diverse city. 
Let’s recap: We started the first part of the tour at Piazzale Michelangelo and went to the nearby Rose Garden. We continued our tour at the "Le Murate Caffé", the Giardino della Gherardesca of the Four Seasons Hotel, the Museo Novecento and the Street Levels Gallery. If you missed the first part, you can find it here

Florence tour part 1 


Ausblick vom Piazzale Michelangelo bei Sonnenuntergang
View from Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset


After we have regained our strength, we start the second part of the tour in the Museo Marino Marini.

From the Street Levels Gallery to the Museo Marino Marini (approx. 3 min):

The Marino Marini Museum is not only named after the artist, but 183 works by Marino Marini (1901-1980) are also permanently on display. Who was Marino Marini? One of the most famous Italian painters and sculptors of the 20th century. Marini studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where he was taught by Galileo Chini and Domenico Trentacoste. The museum contains sculptures, paintings, drawings and engravings by the artist.

Das Museum des Bildhauers Marino Marini
© Museo Marino Marini


Das Museum des Bildhauers Marino Marini
© Museo Marino Marini


From the Museo Marino Marini to the Eduardo Secci Gallery (approx. 2 min):

Just a few meters away we find a gallery that has been showing contemporary exhibitions of works from various genres since 2013. The gallery focuses on contemporary minimal and conceptual artists from all over the world. Among others, works by Alice Brown, Daniel Canogar, Maurizio Dozelli, Richard Dupont, Andrea Galvani, Paolo Grassino are on display here.

Baptiste-Debonbourg, (R)EVOLVE, 2017, Tensioni Strutturali#3, © Giovanni Romboni
Baptiste-Debonbourg, (R)EVOLVE, 2017, Tensioni Strutturali#3, © Giovanni Romboni


From the Eduardo Secci Gallery to the Aria Art Gallery (approx. 4 min):

Now we are only a few steps away from the famous Ponte Vecchio, on an old courtyard with botanical garden from 1534: at the Aria Art Gallery. In this beautiful location we find an exhibition space that presents 20th century pieces such as those by Carole A. Feuerman, Szymon Oltarzewski and others in temporary exhibitions.

Blick auf die Uffizien von der anderen Seite des Arno
View of Uffizi

From the Aria Art Gallery to the Uffizi Gallery (approx. 4 min):

The tour continues to a museum that couldn't be more popular: the Uffizi Gallery.
Here, Antony Gormley’s exhibition Essere will be on display from 26 February 2019 to 26 May 2019. The exhibition will focus on the dialogue between two sculptures, entitled Passage (2016) and Room (1980). However, there will also be new works to see, such as Veer II (2018), a figurative exploration of the nervous system, and Breathe (2018), a sculptural representation that explores the principles of the Big Bang.

From the Uffizi to the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Garden (approx. 15 min):

From here we cross the breathtaking Ponte Vecchio and reach Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Garden behind it.

In Palazzo Pitti we find the Gallery of Modern Art with paintings and sculptures from the Neoclassicism to 1930. The number of exhibits is constantly growing. 

After having seen this exhibition in the beautiful palace, we can head out to the palace garden, the Boboli Garden. Here we can find, among others, the work Tindaro Screpolato by the sculptor Igor Mitoraj from the year 1997. The face should both remind us of the passage of time and our fragility and serve as a symbol of beauty and the moral values associated with it.

Furthermore, from 7 May 2019 to 13 October 2019, you will be able to marvel at works by the artist Tony Cragg, who deals with the potentials of the visual arts and experiments with them. By doing this he focuses on the dialogue between contemporary sculpture and nature, which is why the Boboli Garden will be a decisive step in his creative creation.

Blick auf die Ponte Vecchio von den Uffizien aus
View of Ponte Vecchio

From Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Garden along Terzo Giardino to Piazzale Michelangelo (approx. 25 minutes):

To complete the tour and close the circle, we can now walk along the shore of the Arno from Palazzo Pitti back to Piazzale Michelangelo. But this walk is a very special one because it leads us along the "Terzo Giardino". The "third garden" is not only a natural design created by the Studio ++ under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini on the 10,000 square meter wild area of the Arno, but also a representative area of wooden sculptures. 

During the walk we can enjoy the city and discover how nature behaves in the urban environment, until we arrive back at Piazzale Michelangelo. 
The circle is closed. We can admire David again, return to Renaissance Florence, enjoy the old Italian flair at sunset and start the evening with a view of the city and a glass of "Vino".

An excursion into contemporary 3D art in Florence – a less noticable and more elusive genre of the Florentine art scene. Nevertheless, it is no less important and certainly just as much worth seeing.

No matter what you see on your first or next trip to Florence – one of the most fascinating cities in the world – we wish you much inspiration, Italian sunshine, and enjoy "La Dolce Vita" in a city of epoch-spanning artistic diversity and extraordinary beauty. 

Ausblick vom Piazzale Michelangelo im Dunkeln
View from Piazzale Michelangelo in the dark



Author: Natalia Nedza

After studying in Florence for half a year, I am now happy, to show you a very special side of this beautiful city.

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