Of all beauties that Tuscany offers to its inhabitants and tourists, you can also find important exhibitions of artists’ known all over the world. If you love art and photography, this autumn, 3 interesting art exhibits in Tuscany deserve a visit. Therefore, if you are traveling around Tuscany or if you are looking for the last tips before to get the plane, take not of my suggestions.
The 3 Art Exhibits in Tuscany to see
Toulouse Lautrec "Luci e ombre di Montmartre"
From 16 October 2015 until 14 February 2016, the splendid Palazzo Blu in Pisa hosts one of the most interesting art exhibits in Tuscany: Toulouse Lautrec “Luci e ombre di Montmartre” (Lights and shadows of Montmartre). The exhibition shows to the public, with more than 180 works (posters, lithographs and paintings), the extraordinary human and artistic adventure of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, one of the best European artist of the Post-Impressionist period.
The French painter and illustrator, through its pieces of art, was able to describe and characterize, better that anyone else, the city of Paris and the colorful theatrical bohemian lifestyle of the late 19th century. In its art, he represents the modern and decadence life in Montmartre talking about weird characters living in the quarter, Ladies dancing in the theatres and working in the “maisons closes”.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge, La Goulue, 1891
Coloured Lithograph, 84 x 122 cm Private Collection
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonais, 1892 -1893
Coloured Litograph, Private Collection
Franco Fontana “Full Color”
My second suggestion about art exhibits in Tuscany is Franco Fontana “Full Color”.
If you like stock photography, from 20 September 2015 until the 6 January 2016, at the “Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea” of San Gimignano, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site, you can admire the colored masterpieces of Franco Fontana. He is considered one of the most important Italian photographer known all over the world.
His pictures are a mix of brilliant colours, surreal panoramas of the Italian sea and countryside, urban landscapes of United States of America, lights and shadows and geometry. He has a particular style on shooting, and many pictures look like canvas.
We are all surrounded by reality, but people who take photographs can decide what they wish to express”.
® Franco Fontana_Puglia 1987
® Franco Fontana _LOS ANGELES 2001
Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana
The third advice about art exhibits in Tuscany is The “Divine Beauty: from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana”. Set at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, from 24 September until the 24 January 2016, it includes more than hundred masterpieces from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.
The exhibit displays works by the major Italian artists and, for the first time in Italy, renowned pieces of art as the Angelus by Jean-François Millet from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, The Pietà by Vincent Van Gogh from the Vatican Museums, and the White Crucifixion by Marc Chagall from the Art Institute of Chicago. The Divine Beauty analyze a century of religious modern art, showing us relationships, conflicts and the different trends between art and sacred sentiment.
Vincent Van Gogh, The Pietà, 1889
Oil Painting, cm 41,5×34. Città del Vaticano, Musei Vaticani
Foto © Governatorato dello Stato della Città del Vaticano-Direzione dei Musei
Marc Chagall, White Crucifixion, 1938
Oil Painting, cm 155 x 139,8. Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago. © Chagall ®, by SIAE 2015
If you wish, you could buy a special ticket that allow you to visit the exhibit together with the new Opera Duomo Museum. You will follow an extraordinary itinerary through eight centuries of art history, from the Middle Age to the modern Art, in the suggestive city of Florence.
I hope you will enjoy these three art exhibits in Tuscany. Stay tuned for more tips about events and exhibitions in Tuscany.