05 Feb “MEMORIES OF RUSSIA IN FLORENCE”
“ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO:
MEMORIES OF RUSSIA IN FLORENCE”
A TRIBUTE TO THE MULTICULTURAL IDENTITY OF THE CITY
AND ITS HISTORICAL BOND WITH THE RUSSIAN COMMUNITY
Rome, 5/02/2019. This edition marks the milestone of twenty-five years of theARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO Exhibition (Giardino Corsini, Florence, 16-19 May), developed from a project by Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani to promote, preserve and carry into the future the arts linked with the best Italian and foreign artisan traditions. But also, to create a network between those who practise their manual crafts with passion, giving them the opportunity to compare notes on skills, knowledge and resources.
“Our commitment in these years has been to place the focus of attention on two principles which we consider fundamental for the development of our country: preserving the age-old artistic trades, fruit of Italian ingenuity; giving space to dialogue in order to build a bridge between history and innovation”, underline Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani.
“At the same time, our ambition is to bring young talented people into contact with Master craftspeople, to help them plan their future, through the preservation and promotion of artisan traditions”.
In a unique setting, in the seventeenth century Italian-style Giardino Corsini, designed by Gherardo Silvani, this year the Exhibition will present a new selection of over 100 artisans from Italy and abroad who will come to Florence, not only to display their products, but also to put themselves to the test, in live demonstrations of their skills. And they will interact with the visitors, revealing the secrets of their unique creative works.
The event continues with a “fund-raising campaign to promote the Florentine cultural heritage” addressed to private citizens and businesses. In 2018 it was dedicated to the reopening of the Richard Ginori Museum of the Manifattura di Doccia.
“For the 25th year of the Exhibition we wish to pay a tribute to the multicultural and international identity of our city by setting ourselves a challenge, as patrons of the arts, where history and modernity meet”, explainGiorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani.
The campaign “ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO: MEMORIES OF RUSSIA IN FLORENCE” will be dedicated to the restoration and conservation of some extraordinary works of art, that testify to the cultural bond between Florence and the Russian community which, in the course of the 19th and early 20th century, embellished the city with residences, churches and important art collections.
Throughout the century, poets, artists, intellectuals, but also aristocrats and clerics, came to Florence, bringing their cultural and spiritual knowledge with them, bursting with ideas and artistic ferment, turning the city into an international melting pot of creativity.