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Florence is drenched in color this summer as Pitti Immagine returns with a theme entitled Thats Pitticolor. It will be about color and col-ors, the colors we are steeped in, the colors that surround us, the colors that we wear, that are in-side us and before our eyes, said Agostino Poletto, deputy general manager of Pitti Immagine.Showcasing the latest in con-temporary lifestyle trends, the series of trade fairs once again brings top designers to Florence
for Pitti Uomo 88 (June 1619) and Pitti Bimbo (June 2527), located at Fortezza da Basso and throughout the city. It is one of the first in a series of similarly colorful events this summer taking place in June. Estate al Bargello continues its spectacle of dance, music and theater in the courtyard of the Bargello National Museum, while the Roman theater at Fie-sole hosts music, cinema and dance for Estate Fiesolana from June 11.
The Tuscan Sun Festival (June 1118) invites international mu-sicians, artists, actors and chefs to the region while the Chianti Star Festival (June 13 July 19) explores the relationship be-tween art and science.The city brims with energy to celebrate the feast day of its pa-tron saint John the Baptist on June 24. Best known for calcio storico fiorentino, a barbarous combi-nation of football, rugby and wrestling that pits the four quar-
Fashion show inaugurates a spectrum of summer eventsters of the city against each oth-er, the anniversary also includes a rowing regatta on the Arno and the San Giovanni Nocturnal Run, a marathon consisting of a 10-kilometer competitive run and a four-kilometer walk that starts and finishes from the Pi-azza del Duomo on June 20. As night falls over the city on June 24, the legendary fires of San Giovanni, a pagan summer rite now a modern pyrotechnic spectacle, set the sky alight over Piazzale Michelangelo.
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HumanUntil September 27Forte di BelvedereTuesday Sunday 10 a.m 8 p.m.
(Closed on Monday) Free entrance
Forte Belvedere Hosts Gormley
Forte Belvedere is hosting an ex-hibit on Antony Gormley, one of the most acclaimed sculptors working today. Since its inauguration last month, the exhibit has boomed with more than 22,000 visitors within the first 10 days. Human brings together more than 100 works by Gormley in the inner rooms of the villa, the bastions, the staircases and the terraces, to occupy every side of the six-teenth-century fortress with its extraordinary views over the city and the surrounding hills. At the core of the exhibition are two arrangements of the famous work Critical Mass II, an an-ti-monument that comprises 12 body forms, each cast five times to produce a total number of sixty works that can exist in any orien-tation. Made in 1995, the work is a reflection of the darkest side of German history, dedicated to all
the victims during the twentieth century.On the east side of lower terrace, 12 body forms of Critical Mass II are installed in a linear progres-sion, from foetal to stargazing, re-calling the ascent of man. This dialectic between aspiration-al and abject is the tension that runs throughout the exhibition.Critical Mass II acquires a new po-tency in relation to a Renaissance city, the history of humanism and the continuing and ever-present relationship between money, mil-itarism and power.
The Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina is presenting the exhibition Sculptures Also Die, a reflection of contemporary sculpture that presents works by 13 Italian and international art-ists. The exhibition explores the way artists today are rediscover-ing materials that were previously dedicated to an academic sphere, such as bronze, stone or ceramic. These materials are revitalized and used in a conceptual manner in an attempt to recover the recent modernist past.Artists showcased include Fran-cesco Arena (Italy), Nina Beier (Denmark), Katinka Bock (Germa-ny), Giorgio Andreotta Cal (Italy), Dario DAronco (Italy), N.Dash (USA), Michael Dean (UK), Oliver Laric (Austria), Mark Manders (Netherlands), Michael E. Smith (USA), Fernando Snchez Castillo (Spain), Francisco Tropa (Portu-gal), and Oscar Tuazon (USA).
Sculptures Also Die at the Strozzina
The exhibition is designed to tie-in with the Palazzo Strozzi exhi-bition, Power and Pathos. Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, which offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience a di-alogue between the ancient and contemporary worlds of sculpture.The sculpture of the past survives today chiefly due to its ability to survive the test of time and yet bronzes often remain in a bro-ken state, creating an impression of both durability and a certain ephemeral quality, thereby trans-forming our perception.
Sculptures Also DieUntil July 26
CCC StrozzinaOpen daily: 10 a.m.8 p.m
(Until 11 p.m every Thursday)Cost: 10; reduced: free/4/8.50
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Search for National Museum Directors Extended
The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tour-ism (MiBACT) announced last month that the appointment of new directors for 20 of Italys fin-est museums has been delayed until mid-August. MiBACT sent a stir through the museum world as it issued an in-ternational call for candidates, es-chewing tradition by opening the position to bilingual foreigners as well as nationals. With new poli-cies, MiBACT is hoping to attract prominent international figures as well as encourage a slowdown in Italys brain drain within its own borders. A powerful interna-tional response has now brought
in more than 1200 applications. Such an influx of interest paired with a wider pool of competent applicants has thus delayed the reviewing process as the Ministry will need to spend more time and resources sorting out the most promising contenders. Culture Minister Dario Fran-ceschini was behind this change in the breadth of the search. In January, Franceschini intro-duced an extensive package of reforms intended to shake up the current administration of Italys museums in order to revitalize the protection, management and enhancement of the countrys cultural heritage. The 20 muse-ums will no longer be dependent on state superintendents, but will
have fiscal, managerial and ad-ministrative autonomy.Three museums in Florence are awaiting directors: the Uffizi Gal-lery, the Accademia Gallery and the Bargello National Museum. Each new director will take the helm for four years and lead in the implementation and development of cultural and scientific projects, organize shows and exhibitions and even establish opening hours and ticket prices, amongst a pleth-ora of other demands. Opening high-level roles within cultural institutions to an inter-national and national audience is ultimately reflective of Italys new and flexible approach in choosing the most advantageous manner to move forward.
In a joint collaboration, the Acca-demia Gallery and the Order of Friars Minor present an exhibition highlighting the art of the Fran-ciscan movement between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. The exhibition also highlights the Franciscan orders success in spreading the gospel throughout Asia. Franciscan Art: Masterpieces of Ital-ian art and Asian lands from the 13th to the 15th centuries runs till October 11 and displays such no-table works as the cuspidate pan-els from the altar of Santa Croces Bardi Chapel, painted glass by the Master of Figline, a significant artist in fourteenth-century Italy, and a panel depicting St Francis Offering the Sultan Ordeal by Fire from the Alte Pinakothek in Mu-nich, which is being displayed alongside fellow pan