Renaissance art clearly dominates the Florence art scene; with Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and countless other works by Renaissance masters, why would you need to go looking for anything else? Still, this is exactly the challenge that the Museo del Novecento presents. The Novecento Museum features a vast collection of art that allows tourists to step away from the Renaissance and experience an entirely different side of Florence, just across from the train station. The museum is located in the former Leopoldine convent and hospital and hosts a significant number of works throughout 15 exhibition areas. A true museum of the times, the Novecento Museum takes full advantage of multimedia and displays documents, vintage photographs, television interviews, magazine text and video documentaries throughout alongside the artwork. Notable artists in the collection include De Chirico, Morandi, Sironi, Casorati, De Pisis, Rosai, Magnelli and Cagli. The collection includes both painting and sculpture and the museum offers guided tours as well as a dedicated space for children. The museum also plans to present special exhibitions of contemporary Italian art. The Museo Novecento has a very effective website on which you can view information about the collection, which you can filter by decade, as well as special exhibits.
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 10 Firenze
Phone: 055 286132