Written by Marisa Garreffa
It’s always a little night magic when the cloister is filled with guests, mingling in the garden for a summer’s evening of art and theater. Last week’s launch celebrated five contemporary artists adding their creations to the Medici Dynasty world, with an exhibition that will run through this year’s performance season. Who owns the arts? It is a central question for us this year, as we reflect upon the Medici family’s patronage of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. Without the Medici, those great artists could never have created their works. In our case, five contemporary artists honour us with works that they have created – visual art and photography pieces that often defy traditional gallery spaces and can be found throughout the streets of Florence. Now, they make their home at The Medici Dynasty Show for the season.
From Leonardo da Vinci to Botticelli’s Venus, Blub adds his easily recognizable touch to many celebrated Renaissance characters, drawing them behind a scuba mask, on a heavenly marine background with bubbles. The concept behind “L’arte sa nuotare’ derives from the fact that art helps us overcome moments of crisis. It comes from the Italian expression “ho l’acqua alla gola“ (literally translated as “I’ve got water at my throat,” as in, “I’m starting to sink and in danger of drowning” – used in periods of personal or professional crisis. Art helps us “tread water,” so to speak – and the most powerful art can help us not only to steady ourselves but to “swim!” Blub made his interpretations of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Donatello and Bianca de’ Medici, portrayed by Bronzino.
Moradi il Sedicente
Moradi creates sculptures by assembling wood and other organic materials, seeking a dialogue between the work and the environment that welcomes it. “The Thinker” is a natural human skeleton in a meditative pose made by assembling marine driftwood, and it represents the possibility of pushing us beyond our biological limits, where our ideas can survive. It is a work that focuses on the inorganic Power of Idea and Human Abilities to Realize Something That Transcends Natural Life.
Without formal studies and driven only by his passion, this young urban artist originally from Lima, Peru has been active for several years in the Florentine area. His career is influenced by his Latin American origins, which led him to focus on elements and figures related to the world of nature, life, and death. From the world of calligraphy to spraying techniques, passing through the study of human anatomy, his technique goes from classical painting to stencils and sculptures that are realized on panels and buildings.
Hopnn is the stage name of Yuri Romagnoli, an artist who lives and works between Florence and Paris. Hopnn works on clear shades for his characters: pure white linen accompanied by red light, often dedicated to bicycles and cars. He will present a reinterpretation of the last heirs of the dynasty: Gian Gastone and Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici.
Nazzareno is an architecture and landscape photographer, who is showing a selection of shots of the Ponte Vecchio and the Vasari Corridor, symbols of the union between art and power.
You can find their work on display for one season only, at the home of the Medici Dynasty Show, Il Fuligno on via Faenza.
The exhibition “Who owns the Arts?” will run until 8th November in the evocative setting of the cloister of Il Fuligno, via Faenza, 48.
Written by Marisa Garreffa