In 2021 we celebrate the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, symbol of Italian culture in the world, father of the Italian language and inexhaustible source of inspiration till nowadays. Italy and Florence are ready and many initiatives will be arranged, culminating with the inauguration of the Museum of Italian Language inside the Santa Maria Novella Complex.
The first photographic exhibition at the Quirinale in Rome, Dante 700, will be soon moved in Florence. It is a series of shots by Massimo Sestini about Dante and those places loved by the poet. The calendar of events includes all the traditional arts (music, poetry, dance, theatre, figurative arts) often mixed among them, also through the use of multimedia tools.
Please check here a selection of the main events scheduled in Florence for the next year:
The Uffizi Gallery starts the celebrations in March with the exhibition by Giuseppe Penone and his installation in Piazza della Signoria dedicated to the Supreme Poet; while during the second half of the year the Museo Galileo will propose the exhibition "Dall'Inferno all'Empireo - Il mondo di Dante tra scienza e poesia" focusing on Dante's scientific skills.
Two exhibitions will be held at the Bargello Museum from March: “Onorevole e antico cittadino di Firenze” e “La mirabile visione - Dante e la Commedia nell’immaginario simbolista”.
The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has three important projects in the pipeline: a complete reading of the Divine Comedy in 20 appointments at the Teatro Goldoni; concerts in the three cities of Dante (Ravenna, Verona and Florence) directed by Riccardo Muti; a sonata dedicated to Dante for the inauguration of the New Auditorium and directed by Zubin Mehta.
The Teatro Nazionale della Toscana will also host performances of theatre and dance: "Progetto Inferno" an international production directed by Bob Wilson; "Silent Dante", a tale of Dante's life and works in a journey between Florence and Verona; the film "L'Inferno", directed by Mimmo Paladino; the dance performance "Paradise Now" in Piazza della Signoria by the Virgilio Sieni Company.
Worthy of note are many other events, such as: the initiatives of the Accademia della Crusca, with an exhibition in the cloisters of Santa Maria Novella; the Società Dantesca Italiana, in partnership with the Biblioteca Mediceo-Laurenziana, Biblioteca Riccardiana and Biblioteca Nazionale; the Basilica di Santa Croce with a multimedia exhibition "Dante Poeta Eterno" by Felice Limosani. There are also many study days dedicated to Dante by the Istituto Nazionale degli Studi del Rinanscimento, the Casa Buonarroti Foundation and the Dante Alighieri Society. Finally, at the Museo Franco Zeffirelli Foundation, a mix of readings of Dante's triplets and extracts from the film Inferno (unfinished work) and a multimedia exhibition.
For further information please check the complete programme.