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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A Trip to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

By Cassandra Pintro, FFE 2015-16

Today I went on a little field trip with my introduction to fashion class to… wait for it… THE FERRAGAMO MUSEO in Florence. The museum is located directly below the store in the Ferragamo palace. We enter and the first thing you see are all the walls of shoes and more shoes from top to bottom. They’re from the feet of royals, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe to today’s Angelina Jolie and Michael Jordan.

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New Art in the Old City

By Aimelie Moen, BA 2014-18

With an upcoming exhibition March 9th-12th of works focused on “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” by contemporary young artists featured in the Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio, it seems fitting to shoutout to the young and innovative population of artists in Florence whose lives and works are both blessed and burdened by the great nature of the Renaissance history of the city. As yet another amongst hundreds of new artists living in this old town, I am proud to be standing on the shoulders of giants—they broke barriers in innovation, technique, material, and design that, although obvious today, were transformative and visionary and still do affect us each day. Their triumphs, however, come at the cost of my work and my contemporaries’ works being much smaller to see under the greatness of their legacies and breakthroughs.

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Il Grande Museo del Duomo

By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16

After more than two and a half years under renovation and 45 million Euro later, Il Grande Museo del Duomo has finally reopened. It is a beautiful testament to the construction and legacy of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, and according to the museum’s website “if you haven’t seen this, you haven’t seen Florence.”

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