Ellen Miller, Student in Florence and writer
Ellen Miller
Student in Florence and writer

The New Florence Biennale returns to the city this December to once again take the contemporary art scene by storm. A self-financed and therefore completely independent platform for art, the event opens November 30 when artists worldwide arrive in Florence to exhibit their artwork.

Held at the Fortezzo da Basso, the show is patronized by the President of the Republic and Ministry of Cultural Heritage of Italy as well as by provincial and local officials. In addition to holding a massive exhibition, each session the Biennale awards the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals in art, design and culture.

The Biennale was founded in 1997, during a time of discovery and uncertainty in the contemporary art community. A committee of Italian artists and curators suggested the idea of a Biennale. The first show was a huge risk because there had never been such a large exhibition with direct collaboration between artists and exhibitions.

The Biennale was a success, and it continues to grow each year and is an important player in the contemporary arts scene. This year’s theme for the Biennale is “Ethics: DNA of Art” and will focus on innovativeness. The theme will propose discussion on the relationship between art and ethics and the role of art in the present world. Hundreds of artists from over 70 countries will exhibit their work during the Biennale. Around 3,000 works will be on view throughout the exhibition, in all types of mediums. The exhibit will include paintings, sculptures, prints and installations, and other art forms.

The Fortezza da Basso is the ideal exhibition space, as it provides not only spacious walls but also additional areas ideal for holding supplemental events. The Biennale is also very focused on advancing the interests of new generations of artists. Artists under the age of 30 will be given special attention during the exhibition. Opportunities to grow as an artist and a critical thinker will be available through didactic programs, creative workshops and seminars. Additionally, young artists will have the opportunity to meet with well known guest artists. Art lovers will be able to visit the exhibition from November 30 to December 8, from 10 AM until 8 PM.

On opening day, November 30, there will be an opening ceremony held at 11 AM and a book presentation of “La Musica Ignorata” by author Franco Mussida at 5:30 PM. More events will be announced on the Florence Biennale website as the event gets closer.

New Florence Biennale 2013
New Florence Biennale 2013