Villa Vittoria today the spirit of its illustrious owner, the count, lives again Alessandro Contini Bonacossi cosmopolitan collector and patron, thanks to the availability and generosity of fourteen Tuscan artists who have decided to grant free loan to Florence Fair their works. A gesture that contributes to enriching the high cultural and artistic value of Villa Vitoria which was built between 1886 and 1891 by Poggi's pupil, Gerolamo Passeri, for the marquis Massimiliano degli Strozzi of Mantua, was enlarged in 1925 on a project by Giovanni Michelucci with the 'Belvedere', a mezzanine floor that offers a breathtaking view of the main monuments of the city to congressmen, buyers and event visitors.
In 1931 the villa was purchased by Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi who established his residence there with his wife, Vittoria Galli (hence the name of Villa Vittoria) who supported him in the purchase of masterpieces of art giving life to one of the most prestigious art collections in the world (now preserved in the Uffizi), in which there was no shortage of works by contemporary artists such as De Chirico, Carrà, Sironi, Rosai, Spadini, Primo Conti, Soffici, Marino Marini. Gio 'Ponti, in those years artistic director of the Richard Ginori factory in Doccia, designed some furnishings and furniture that are still preserved inside the villa.
In the Gallery and in some rooms on the first floor you can now admire works by Giovanni Maranghi, Paolo Staccioli, Giampaolo Talani, Franco Mauro Franchi, Andrea Stella, Elio De Luca, Lorenzo Bonechi, Franca Pisani, Fabio Calvetti, Luciano Pasquini, Francesco Nesi, Alessandro Reggioli, Marco Lodola and Venturino Venturi.
“I want to thank all the artists who responded with enthusiasm to my 'call' - he declares Lorenzo Becattini president of Firenze Fiera - and that with their works they are helping to restore the villa to its original splendor and to add culture and beauty to our spaces. This is a first step towards a further enhancement of our environments, unique in the Italian exhibition-congress scene and to the advantage of a greater and progressive integration of Firenze Fiera with the cultural fabric of the city and its territory ”.
On Friday at 17,30 pm Lorenzo Becattini met the artists, in compliance with the protocol of anti-Covid security measures applied by Firenze Fiera.