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Contemporary Art in Florence

The city of the Renaissance offers, for those who are passionate about contemporary art, a series of unexpected opportunities! Let's start with the Museo Novecento, in the former Leopoldine complex in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, which houses an interesting permanent collection on the art of the 20th century, from Futurism to the present day and also exhibitions and installations of contemporary art by many important artists. Our itinerary should also include the Marino Marini Museum, dedicated to one of the greatest sculptors of the twentieth century and located in the former Church of S. Pancrazio, the Roberto Casamonti Collection, inaugurated in 2018 in the historic Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, and the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, which combines fashion and contemporary art.

For some years now, the municipal administration has been encouraging a dialogue between the great protagonists of contemporary art and the works of the 16th century in the city's museums, gardens and squares, for a new concept. The famous Piazza della Signoria has already served as a stage for important artists such as Jeff Koons, Jan Fabre, Urs Fischer, while recently Lorenzo Quinn exhibited his hands at the Boboli Gardens and Liu Ruowang staged his wolves in the city's central squares. An exceptional location is Forte Belvedere, which has reopened its doors a few years ago and every summer presents internationally renowned contemporary sculptors, painters and photographers to the public!

We must also mention Le Murate Art District (MAD), the PARC project and the Manifattura Tabacchi, centres of artistic production and entertainment sponsored by the Municipality, where exhibitions, meetings, performances and workshops focused on contemporary artistic themes and languages are organised.

The city also boasts a number of private galleries dedicated to contemporary art and emerging artists. In some streets, such as: Via Maggio, Piazza Goldoni and in the San Niccolò district it is possible to find more than one, but they are located all over the city and often display the works of international artists.

Explore below the places that offer us the show of contemporary art!


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Walking route
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 10, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Piazza di S. Pancrazio, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Piazza delle Murate, 50122 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Via di S. Leonardo, 1, 50125 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Via delle Cascine, 33/35, 50144 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Piazzale delle Cascine, 7, 50144 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Piazza di Santa Trinita, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italia38578
Viale della Repubblica, 277, 59100 Prato PO, Italia38578
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