The Museo Novecento Firenze does not stop. Despite the pandemic, which at the moment does not allow to welcome the public, it continues to work to carry out, within the limits of the restrictions, the programming scheduled for 2021.
The artistic director Sergio Risaliti and his staff have decided to present the events scheduled for this year, aware of the variations they may undergo, but determined to give an important signal of resistance, because museums are fundamental for the cultural growth of a country.
“The activity of a museum cannot be improvised overnight - he says Recovered - but it is prepared over months and years; there are commitments, scientific and organizational, already underway that we must take into account despite the great budgetary difficulties. As in 2020, a very complicated year in which we nevertheless completed the pre-established projects, we must do everything in our power to carry out the work we have started. The authority of a public institution is also recognized by this ability to remain steadfast in adversity and be ready at the right moment. In addition to the enhancement of the permanent collections, it is necessary to invest in research, the production of events and training. This is why we have focused as much on international exhibitions as on young artists from the point of view of a museum that is not only an art depot or a spectacular machine but also a place for experimentation and support for creative talent. In this sense, I would add that after the results achieved in these three years, the Museo Novecento in Florence must be recognized in its public function with adequate funding not only from the Municipality but necessarily also from other public and private institutions. Results that should not be understood in an accounting sense, that is, for the quantity of tickets detached, but on the basis of increased sensitivity and the dissemination of a greater knowledge of the facts and of the protagonists of twentieth-century and current art. A service that enhances artists and researches also considered marginal and less known, without the obsession of celebrating idols or submitting to the rules of the now rampant cultural populism. "
“While waiting to be able to reopen soon our places of culture - declares the councilor for culture Tommaso Sacchi - we are pleased to present the programming of the coming months at the Novecento museum: a wide-ranging mix that alongside the most well-known names puts talented young people continuing in its mission of supporting and enhancing the new generation of contemporary artists, also assigning them spaces for production and exhibitions. The museum thus confirms itself, for quality and innovation, a crucial hub for contemporary art in Florence and beyond, strengthening our belief that a new rebirth after months marred by the health crisis can only come from the culture and education of young people ".
Recall that the Museo Novecento has been nationally recognized as the first museum to inaugurate a new exhibition at the beginning of 2021, with a tribute to the English sculptor Henry Moore, almost 50 years after his memorable exhibition at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence: “Henry Moore. The sculptor's drawing ”, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Sebastiano Barassi, organized in collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation (until 18 July), and“ Henry Moore in Tuscany ”, curated by Risaliti alone (until 30 May).
The program of the Museo Novecento will continue with the exhibitions of artists who have marked the history of modern art such as Arturo Martini e Leoncillo.
In September it will be the turn of the staff of Jenny Saville, among the leading exponents of the Young British Artists movement (with works in Casa Buonarroti, Palazzo Vecchio and other places in the city).
Women are the protagonists of the exhibitions scheduled for next spring. Giulia Cenci, finalist at the Maxxi Bvlgari Prize 2020, was invited for the Duel cycle, while the very young Chiara Gambirasio will carry out an intervention on the walls of the loggia inside the museum.
The enhancement of the collections continues with the new étoile project, reserved for civic collections. One work will be chosen from those kept in the deposits, a solo that will allow us to focus, on this first occasion, on Titina Maselli, author of an ideal portrait of Greta Garbo. The project, curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti, is carried out in collaboration with the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum.
To follow, another project of the étoile cycle will instead be dedicated to Vinicio Berti, master of twentieth-century Tuscan art whose centenary is celebrated and of which the Museo Novecento preserves an important collection of works, the result of the donation of the artist's widow.
The appointment with architecture is also renewed. The new paradigm. The architect's table is dedicated to Gender Gap, curated by Laura Andreini, a reflection on the role of women in the world of architecture with the testimony of as many as 20 internationally active architects. In autumn, the spaces on the ground floor of the cloister will instead be occupied by the project dedicated to Monte Verità, Anarchy, dance and architecture, curated by Chiara Gatti, Nicoletta Mongini and Sergio Risaliti dedicated to the colony of artists, anarchists, philosophers and thinkers, born thanks to Baron Eduard von der Heydt in the XNUMXs in Ascona.
The Museo Novecento, in the spirit of collaboration with other institutions of the city, will also organize a double appointment with international contemporary art in the rooms of the Stefano Bardini Museum. The exhibition of Ali Banisadr, an Iranian artist living in the United States, known for his precious paintings that mix references to Bosch and surrealism. Banisadr was invited to create three site-specific paintings inspired by the reading of Dante's Divine Comedy, for the Sala dei Gigli in Palazzo Vecchio, a special event on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Supreme Poet. In autumn, again at the Stefano Bardini Museum, the works of the English painter will be presented for the first time in an Italian public museum Ankh Smith.
Alongside the exhibition program, the Museo Novecento will continue its commitment to teaching and training. With this in mind, two ateliers will be set up within the museum rooms, cyclically assigned to young artists from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, partners of this project. At the end of the residency period, the artists will be asked to create an exhibition within the space assigned to them: the museum will thus become a center of production, as well as dissemination, of the creative talent of the new local generations.
The museum also announces the birth of the School of Interdisciplinary Thinking which, from the beginning of May, will propose workshops aimed at tackling fundamental issues of the last century and of our time, first of all "The Revolt". The Museo Novecento thus intends to act as a reference point for an investigation into our society and the history of contemporary thought, putting in dialogue professionals and apparently very different disciplines: from philosophy, to literature, from economics to anthropology, from natural sciences to psychoanalysis.
Furthermore, in 2021, the course for curators, announced for some time, created in collaboration with the University of Florence.
Another big news will be the publication of GONG, the museum's official magazine, which aims to reconcile the academic dimension with the more pragmatic and "militant" one, in order to overcome the barriers and open the field of sector publishing to new possibilities of criticism and the history of art.
Finally, agreements and projects are announced with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and with the FAF - Alinari Foundation for Photography.