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A journey through 20th century Italian art

Museo Novecento in Florence is the space dedicated to 20th century Italian art, with a selection of about 300 works distributed over 15 rooms.

A backward journey from the 90s to the early 20th century retraces – through paintings, sculptures, videos, installations and documents – the unique artistic season that saw Florence as one of its vital centres. The museum, ordered chronologically and by theme, is interdisciplinary, and creates an immersive experience with multimedia stations, audio devices and video rooms.

The rooms devoted to the municipal collections display the many donations by artists and collectors received for the International Museum of Contemporary Art set up by the critic Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti following the flood of 1966, including the prestigious collection of Alberto Della Ragione.

The museum has been designed on two levels: on the one hand it integrates heritage with testimonies of artistic events, both national and international, that have marked the territory from the 90s to the second half of the 60s; the other constructs a historical narrative that binds the public collections of the 20th century history of the city with works from the 60s. The path does not intend to propose an exhaustive account of the artistic events of the Italian Novecento – the 20th century – but wants to offer a critical insight into what is known as the “short century” and its representation.

Until February the Museo Novecento hosts the exhibition Maestà tradita – betrayed majesty – by Gaetano Pesce, dedicated to the status of women today and inaugurating the new exhibition halls. The artist, designer, architect, creator of our icons such as the famous Up, has put women at the centre of his interdisciplinary research since the late 60s, by connecting deeper and archaic aspects of being a woman (the feminine) to the social, political and economic life of our time.

Anthropology, art history, sociology, folklore, bio-political, geo-political topics: in his approach Gaetano Pesce embraces all the techniques and the different cultural sources replicated in fantastic shapes, experiences and information, experimenting with images and materials with unparalleled freedom of expression and exemplary iconography.