Exhibitions in 2016

This is the program for temporary exhibits for the year to be held at the uffizi Gallery (and Print and Drawings Cabinet), announced by Le Gallerie degli Uffizi, the new museum entity created after the Franceschini reforms of 2014 which joined the Galleria degli Uffizi to the museums at Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, all directed by Eike Schmidt.


Don Romualdo and Neri di Bicci, Magdalene, painted wood, Empoli, Collegiata di Sant’Andrea

“Made Sculpture out of Wood and Colored It” Sculpture from the 1400s in painted wood in Florence

curated by Alfredo Bellandi
Uffizi, March 21 – August 28, 2016

During the entire first half of the 1400s, painted sculpture – whether of wood, marble or terracotta – was the highest form of artistic expression for sculpture. The exhibit, for the first time ever, sets out to show the history of wooden, colored sculpture, through a core of 50 works, of 15th century in Florence. In Florence, the life of the workshops, where sculptors, painters and architects came together to discuss, compare and create, were of utmost importance for the work of the Masters of that time.


Mario Romoli (Firenze, 1908 – 1978), Bust of a Hebrew Drinker, Florence, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe

Glances on the 1900s: Sketches by Italian Artists between the Two Wars

curated by Marzia Faietti & Giorgio Marini
Uffizi, at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, May 17 – September 4, 2016

37 works, between sketches and prints, the majority never exposed in public, that date from the first three decades of the 20th century. Drawings of figures, faces, self-portraits with expressing profound emotions that set off psychological games of glances between the artist and the person being drawn and between him and the observer. These works reveal the complexity of those first 30 years of the century, giving an idea of the dramas that were to unfold. Among the selected artists you’ll find Jacques Villon, Alberto Giacometti, Anders Zorn, Ram, Thayat, Giovanni Costetti, Giuseppe Lunardi, Pietro Bugiani, Kurt Craemer, Primo Conti, Giuseppe Lanza del Vasto, Marino Marini, to name a few.


Vincent Van Gogh, Head of a Farmer (The Gardener), 1889, oil on canvas, Rome, National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art

Discoveries and Massacres. Ardengo Soffici and Impressionism in Florence

curated by Vincenzo Farinella & Nadia Marchioni
Uffizi, September 26 – January 8, 2017

This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Ardengo Soffici (1879 – 1964), will be the occasion to study his artistic experience as an artist, writer, art critic and as a polemic that was very active during his time. He came into contact, and at times with stark, courageous contrast with other contemporary artistic movements within the Italian and European panorama. The title of the exhibition, Discoveries and Massacres, alludes to the collection of works by Soffici, published between the first and second decade of the 20th century, and recognized today along with the cultural initiatives he supported and organized as important steps in the renewal of art in Italy in the 20th century. Consider that he helped organize the first Italian exhibition on Impressionism in Italy in Florence in 1910.

The works included in the exhibit – from Segantini to Cezanne, from Renoir to Picasso, from Degas to Medardo Rosso, from De Chirico to Carrà as well as Soffici’s own work – were selected based on the predilections and aversions Soffici demonstrated and wrote about. The works will contain critical phrases directly from Soffici’s writings to ideally help the viewer rediscover one of the most productive and fertile interpretations on the origins of modern art, through his decisive “discoveries” as well as his drastic “massacres”.


Paul Cézanne, Self Portrait with White Cap, 1881-1882, oil on canvas, Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen


Tiziano Vecellio (Pieve di Cadore, ca. 1485/90 – Venice, 1576), A Knight and Horse in the Act of Falling, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum.

The Triumph of Color over Line. Drawings from Venice from the Ashmolean and Uffizi Museums

curated by Marzia Faietti, Giorgio Marini & Catherine Whistler
Uffizi, at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, October 18 2016 – January 8, 2017

This exhibit will bring to light the development of drawing style in Venice and the Veneto region between the time of Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto and that of Canaletto, a period in which figurative production was closely tied to the dynamics of artistic workshops. It will be an interesting occasion to study the particular expressive language of drawings in Venice by placing them in next to and in contrast to the works within the collections of the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints at the Uffizi Gallery and those of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University.


Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto (Venice, 1697-1768), View of the Lagoon with the Island of San Michele, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum.