Contemporary Art Galleries in Florence

Friday, January 2, 2015

Contemporary Art Galleries in Florence

Posted by Dympna Docherty (02/01/2015)

Florence is world famous for its Renaissance art, finding pride of place in the stunning Uffizi gallery, but less is said about the culture for contemporary art. Florence is home to lots of thriving artists and art students building the creative vibes of the city, with an array of contemporary galleries carrying the torch for Florence in this international field. So rather than letting contemporary art sink into the background as the Renaissance grip takes further hold of the city, take a look at our top contemporary picks and walk on past that mammoth queue outside the Uffizi!
BASE – Progetti per l’Arte
This is an artist run space, founded in 1998 by a collective of Tuscan artists who came together to exhibit Italian as well as international work in an atmosphere of debate and discussion. They curate an eclectic mix of mediums and artists, with a slight leaning towards installation work, whilst programming a selection of talks to accompany their exhibits.

Via San Nicolò 18r, Florence
+39 055 679 378

Eduardo Secci Contemporary
Named after its creator, businessman and collector Eduardo Secci, this gallery exhibits mainly sculptural works dealing with existential issues of contemporary life. The gallery has only been open since 2012, but has already exhibited some impressive artists from the beautiful work of Angela Glajcar to the darker musings of Paolo Grassino. Eduardo Secci is intent on bringing contemporary art to Florence to combat what he considers to be a preoccupation on the Renaissance. If you would like to see his efforts extended to the world of painting, look below to the Sangallo Art Station, founded by himself and Martina Corgnati.

Opening Hours: Call to confirm
Vai Fra Giovanni Angelico 5r, Florence
+39 055 0517157
Sangallo Art Station
Sangallo Art Station has been exhibiting contemporary painting as the antithesis to traditional Renaissance Florence since 2009, providing a great opportunity to see the current whereabouts of the medium. Having been through a multitude of movements, painting can seem to lose its momentum, with everything feeling a little to ‘familiar’, but Sangallo exhibits some surprising work that will have you waking up to the idea of painting as a current medium once more. The gallery holds a large permanent collection, which ranges from the undisputable skill of Picasso to the more modern masters, such as Luca Alonari.

Open times: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-1:30pm, 4-7pm
Via Fra Giovanni Angelico, 5r, Florence
+39 055 0517157

CCC Strozzina Center for Contemporary Culture at Palazzo Strozzi
Strozzina is the Tate Modern of Florence, with a packed catalogue of inventively curated exhibitions questioning current life and the evolution of contemporary art. Past exhibitions include ‘Declining Democracy’ featuring work by Francis Alÿs and Thomas Hirschhorn; ‘Virtual Identities’; and ‘Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art’. They also have a selection of other events including concerts, films and lectures, some of which are free to attend.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-8pm, Free Thursdays 6-11pm, closed on Mondays.
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Florence
Info: +39 055 391711
Tickets: +39 055 2645 155

Tethys Fine Art Photography
This remarkable gallery houses an impressive collection of contemporary photography, which along with their temporary exhibitions, question the preconceptions of photography. Traditional subject matter is reimagined, such as with Massimo Borchi’s epic depictions of the urban environment and Sandro Santioli’s twist on landscape photography, by taking aerial shots of Iceland to create a series of what look like minutely detailed abstract paintings. The gallery also goes beyond the traditions of photography with artists like Guido Cozz, who pushes the physicality of the medium to its limits through manipulation and decay to reveal unexpected and vibrant new perspectives.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am-1pm, 3-7pm, Saturday 3-7pm
Via dei Vellutini 17/R, Florence
+39 055 2286064

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