For those who are enthusiastic about contemporary art the inauguration of the new Museo Novecento is more than a good news, it is a dream come true. The Museum is in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, set in the ancient building of the Spedale di San Paolo, also known as Scuole Leopoldine since the 18th century when it was used as a school.
The simple and geometrical Renaissance courtyard is a fitting location for the contemporary art. The museum dedicated to 20th century art in Italy holds over 300 works by major artists such as Giorgio De Chirico, Renato Guttuso, Felice Casorati, Ardengo Soffici, Mario Sironi, Arturo Martini and Marino Marini.
The visit to the museum follows an inverse chronological order, going backwards from the 80s to the beginning of the century, as the museum curators decided. Nonetheless some exhibition spaces are dedicated specifically to significant artists, e.g. the Florentine Ottone Rosai, or to meaningful moments in the history of Florence, such as the creation of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Even a dramatic occurrence as the flood in 1966 brought contemporary art to Florence thanks to Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti and his project for an International Museum of Contemporary Art in support of the ruined city. Many artists donated their works, for a total amount of two-hundred pieces. Last but not least the remarkable collection of Alberto Della Ragione also belongs to the the Municipality of Florence and has found again the proper attention of the public.
Guided visit 1h30-2h
Tickets € 8,50
For more information about the opening hours and prices see the website of the Novecento Museum.