Tornabuoni Art presents theAnthology 2021. Modern and contemporary art, the annual event which, as usual, offers a careful selection of works, the result of the important research work that the gallery has carried out over the last year. In this particular moment, due to the Covid emergency, which led to the temporary closure of museums and public galleries, the exhibition that can be visited from December in the two Italian locations in Florence and Milan, acquires great value.

It is a unique opportunity not only for collectors but for the public in general to be able to visit an exhibition that traces the most significant moments in the history of art from the beginning of the twentieth century to today, through the masterpieces of some of its main protagonists.

It will be possible to visit the exhibition in Florence (Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini 3) from December 9 and a selection of works will be exhibited in Milan (Via Fatebenefratelli, 36) from 12 December 2020.


Tornabuoni Arte confirms itself, also on this occasion, as a place dedicated to culture and not only to the market. The volume, timely and complete, which accompanies the exhibition with the introductory text Journey to the end of the form signed by Sonia Paws. A precious guide with a rich photographic and textual apparatus, a reference tool also from a strictly didactic point of view.

The exhibition itinerary begins with a first section representing the figurative art of the twentieth century, starting with the work Versailles, the Gallery of Mirrors, painted by Giovanni Boldini around 1871, during his Parisian period, created in Versailles, a symbol of 'Ancien Re? Gime, whose particular atmosphere echoes the pomp desired by the monarchy of Louis XIV. And it continues following its evolution through a roundup of extraordinary works by masters such as Balla, Campigli, Carrà, Casorati, de Chirico, De Pisis, Guttuso, Magnelli, Marini, Paresce, Prampolini, Rosai, Savinio, Severini, Sironi, Soffici, Tozzi and Viani.

Certainly Giorgio Morandi could not miss in this section, among the most emblematic figures of the artistic panorama of the early twentieth century, with a still life of 1930, to testify how his painting has managed to redraw the boundaries of the physical world through the representation of humble objects of our daily life that Morandi celebrates in a solemn way.

Pablo Picasso with his 1922 Tasse et paquet de tabac marks the transition between the first and second part of this anthology. Picasso, protagonist of the first avant-gardes, contributes in a decisive way to the revolution of pictorial figuration with a new language that challenges easel painting and that "... will initially interest the image - as Sonia Zampini writes - to then involve, in the progressive the affirmation of contemporary art, the materials, the contents and finally the places of art themselves. "

The exhibition continues with works from the second post-war period to today and opens with the figure of a great Italian artist, Carla Accardi, present in the volume with some important works including an impressive 1967 work, Untitled, characterized by the use of sicofoil, whose transparency allows to show the frame which becomes, together with the essentiality of the sign, a fundamental part of the visual structure. A section full of significant pieces in this cross-section of art history that sees numerous experiments such as the 1955 Spatial Concept by Lucio Fontana - also present in the catalog with other works - interpreter of Spatialism that moves even further away from the classical conception of painting. There are: a Combustion of 1960 where Alberto Burri plays the material of a primary role; two large canvases by Hans Hartung, both painted in 1962; the preparatory drawing of Running Fence, one of the most celebrated projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude where a continuous fence, about forty kilometers long, extends into the Californian countryside north of San Francisco, a clear example of what Land art was .

Representing the surrealist movement, we find Jaon Mirò and Sabastian Matta while Arte Povera, expertly theorized by Germano Celant, has, here, undoubted witnesses such as Boetti, Kounellis, Pascali, Pistoletto, Zorio. The Portrait of Bronka Weintraub, 1986, introduces American Pop art and Andy Warhol's serial portraits. Many other artists that can be admired: Adami, Afro, Alviani, Angeli, Baj, Calzolari, Capogrossi, Castellani, Ceroli, Chia, Colombo, Crippa, Dadamaino, De Maria, Dorazio, Mambor, Manzoni, Paladino, Pamiggiani, Pomodoro , Mimmo Rotella, Paolo Scheggi, Mario Schifano, Antoni Ta`pies, Joe Tilson, Giulio Turcato, Victor Vasarely and Vedova.

Among the most recent works we remember Red Book for the Divine Comedy, 2018, and Oristano, 2010, by Emilio Isgrò, one of the most internationally known Italian names, whose research stems from different disciplines, poetry, art, theater and literature. Isgrò has the merit of having created a new language through the theorization of the cancellation of the word itself which gives the texts a new meaning.

The exhibition, in the two locations, will be ongoing throughout 2021.

Info: Tornabuoni Arte, Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 3 - 50125 Florence
exhibition opening times: from Monday to Friday, 9.00-13.00 / 15.00-19.00); Saturday 09.00-13.00; free admission Tel. 055/6812697, - ​​