Ai WeiWei “Libero” Exhibition Opening

By Jean Hinkley, MA 2016-17

September 23 marked the opening of “Libero” at Palazzo Strozzi – a retrospective of the controversial Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. Curated by Arturo Galansino, the exhibition plays with the juxtaposition of tradition and modernity, old and new, the individual and the collective. Fortunately, the MA Museum Studies students had the opportunity to attend the exhibition opening!

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Venetian Carnivale

By Tierney Riccitelli, FFE 2015-16

After a face full of confetti that magically covers you from head to toe and gets in your mouth and inside your clothes, one could say that Carnivale is a wild celebration. In New Orleans, people lift up their shirts just to receive strings of beads to wear around their neck, but in Venice, you buy a bag of confetti and pelt people with it. Maybe you are like me and have determined what Carnivale is like based on Mardi Gras and the celebrations that take place in Rio and Otavalo, but this celebration is nothing like that.

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Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt: ‘Tis the Season!

By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16

November is quickly coming to end. Heaters are officially on, we’re already wearing our winter coats and scarves for the chilly and overcast days, and coffees taste even better when you’re cold. As we approach the end of the month, there is one thing that is definitely on our minds: Christmas! Soon, the city of Florence will be decorated with lights and nativity scenes, buildings and shops will be adorned with holiday cheer, and there will be Christmas trees in many of the piazzas. Soon, the atmosphere will be filled with the joy and spirit of the holiday season.

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EXPO 2015

By Anna McLaughlin, BA 2015-19

Imagine 100,000 people in one small space, all trying to stuff themselves with delicious food and good memories. This is an accurate description of EXPO2015, essentially the modern world’s fair. EXPO is the World Food Expo, a shared space where the countries of the world get together, build their own pavilions, and then share their cultural cuisine with the visitors to their pavilions.

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La Viola: the Pride of Firenze

By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16

The spirit of football and team pride in ACF Fiorentina is strong in the beautiful city of Firenze. The passion for calcio (football) is alive and almost tangible when you are surrounded by the passionate tifosi (supporters) of the sport. In every single piazza, there is purple, red, and white. As you walk through the Central Market at San Lorenzo, you will see the bright flags, scarves, and posters that display the name of the club and the symbol of the city. Talking about the last match is common in most conversations and the phrase “Forza Viola!” is often said.

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