Opening of the Brancacci Art Gallery in Florence

Located in a deconsecrated medieval church, part of the Carmine complex, the gallery was born from the partnership between three Florentine entrepreneurs specializing in bronze casting and lighting. It will be a showcase for established and emerging contemporary artists

Brancacci Art Gallery, Florence

While a historic Florentine gallery like Tornabuoni (since 1981) is preparing the inauguration of its first branch in Rome (the appointment is Thursday April 20, in Via Bocca di Leone nr , in a deconsecrated church of medieval origin. The debut of Brancacci Art Gallery is planned for Thursday, April 13th, the vernissage for invited guests only at 6 p.m.

However, from Tuesday April 18, the gallery will be open to the public, giving back to the city a historic space – used by the Compagnia di Sant’Agnese – part of the complex of the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, famous for the Renaissance -Frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel, the work of Masolino and Masaccio. The initiative stems from the partnership between three Florentine entrepreneurs: Jacobo Ciglia of the Art foundry Ciglia&Carrai (since 1971 specialized in the technique of bronze casting using the lost wax technique, also for monumental works such as the emblematic replica of the north door of the Baptistery of San Giovanni) and Patrick Larry And Claudius Lari of the historical company Badari, an internationally established reality for the production of classic style lighting. Then there is the art historian, critic and curator Ilaria MagniDeputy of the gallery management, as well as art historian and communication expert Margaret Banchi. In this formation, in fact, the gallery made its debut in early October 2022 in the same place (with Antonio Signorini’s exhibition), but as a Florentine branch of Oblong, a reality already present in Forte dei Marmi and Dubai. Having completed the agreement with the Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery, the space now presents itself as a reality in its own right.

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The layout of the new Oltrarno Gallery was designed respecting the historicity of the place, characterized by a neo-Gothic flavor but enriched by the insertion of 20th-century design elements such as: Italian Rota. Activity will focus on bronze sculpture, figurative painting, and experimental and innovative languages, with the goal of promoting established and emerging international artists and curating wide-ranging cultural events. The aim here is to collect the legacy of the Florentine art dealers and intellectuals who, in the Renaissance – as the proximity to the Carmine complex suggests – led Florence to assume a central role in the creation of cultural dynamics, but starting from comparison with the outside world, thanks to close trade and cultural ties with Northern Europe and Asia. Therefore, “tradition and internationality” in the sense of the owners of the Brancacci Art Gallery will be the tracks on which the research and mediation work in the field of contemporary art is to be built “for a diverse collection”. The opening event will provide an opportunity to introduce themes and motifs that will guide the gallery’s selection. Among the names in its range: the Italian sculptors Antonio Signorini, Gianfranco Meggiato And Flavio Lucchinithe Mexican sculptor Gustavo Aceve, Italian sculptor and painter antonio nocera, the Welsh sculptor Joanna Mallin-Davies, the English sculptor Suzanne Leyland, the French sculptor Laura Boulay, the Russian painter Alexandra de Panthe Danish sculptor Jorgen Haugen Sorensen, the Danish sculptor Eli Benveniste, The Iraqi Painter Resmi Al-Kafaji, the Spanish painter Avoid Andùjar, the Italian painters Giacomo Piussi and Enrico Versari And Fabio Winter.

Livia Montagnoli

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