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The Uffizi Gallery has just offered the first details on this year’s summer #UffiziLive cultural program. For now, the basics are just that the summer’s prolonged hours start on June 6 and run through September 26 every Tuesday. On these Tuesdays, concerts and other exhibitons are offered as brief “intermissions” while visitors navigate the museum’s halls.

On these Tuesdays, the museum will remain open until 9:50pm, with concerts starting at 7pm. Take the time between 5pm and 7pm to enjoy the museum’s permanent collections and the view from the terrace before enjoying the shows.

Here’s the program for the summer:

JUNE

June 6: The first show for the summer will open with the musical duo group Mazzoni–Riganelli with a sax and harmonica concert with conteporary songs from Le Marche, the region highly damaged by last year’s earthquakes. In fact, the Uffizi will be donating 1 euro from every ticket sold during this evening to the fund that is working on restoring works damaged during the earthquake.

June 13: The Collettivo ARTEDA from Rimini will present Innesti plurali, an itinerant performance that includes dance, live painting, digital painting and performing arts to express visual and body languages that adapt to nearby works of art.

June 20: The program continues with a concert of baroque music with guitar and vihuela by the all-female Spanish ensemble Dolce Rima, coming from Seville for the occasion. Recreating the atmosphere of the times in the Caravaggio rooms, the visitors will travel back to Italian and Spanish courts from the late Renaissance and Baroque.

June 27: The program for the month of June ends with a dance performed by the group Sosta Palmizi from Arezzo, whose project Venere e il vento is born from the stidy of the model of the female figure, Venus, and the element of wind, that come together in Botticelli’s famous work but who then influence successive works in other schools, by other authors and in other works within the museum.

JULY

July 4: The contemporary dance performance ZA-Critic Point (Viva Arte Viva) proposed by Company Blu is a variation on the theme of a “guided visit to the museum” centered around the gallery’s classic and neoclassic statue collections. The performance will offer a different approach to your visit of the works of art.

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July 11: Portraits of a Woman is a musical itinerary composed around female portraits by great Italian painters of the 1400s and 1500s. The performance will create a dialogue between the voice, cello and guitar of young Irish artist Naomi Berrill, offering an intense and rare form of expression around these works.

July 18: The young dancer Fabiola Zecovin brings the life the figure of Magdalene found between the Portinari Triptych by Hugo van der Goes and the Deposition by Rogier van der Weyden, with two very different moments of her life. Between the birth and death of Christ, Mary Magdalene lives in throbbing expectation… first of a hope, then of a promise, of eternal and sublime love. Both in the admiration of the Messiah, then in wait for His return. In this period of waiting, she lives caught in an excruciating feud between earth and heaven, consumed in spirit and body.

July 25: The cast of Dummies Project from Milan will perform in Perseus Room, a “full mask” show in contemporary, poetic masks in a reinterpretation of the myth of Perseus. The Greek hero will come alive, along with the women that were central to his destiny: Andromeda, Medusa and Dana around their figures found within the Gallery.

AUGUST

August 1: The program for the month of August will open with the Miniatour concert by first cello of the ORT, Luca Provenzani from A.Gi.Mus. This will be a musical journey rich in contrassts and counterpoints with 4 short titles, four short miniatures that bring your attention to contemporary music in Italy in dialogue with the works by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

August 8: The Anglo-Italian duo Etrusca arrives from England to present a sophisticated musical program composed of Renaissance and Baroque songs for the soprano and lute Chiari fonti around works by Botticelli and Titian in the museum.

August 15: The musical ensemble Vincanto and Francesca Breschi offer visitors a rich program of not as well known music from Tuscany, both traditional and modern, as well as popular and more “cultured” songs. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the historical-cultural setting that provided the background in Botticelli’s world as he created the “Primavera”, where the ensemble Ben venga maggio will perform.

August 22: The program continues with a special “chamber concert for dance and trumpet” by the young Giselda Ranieri from the Milan group ALDES together with musician Mario Mariotti. Blind Date is a performance capable of interrogating and relate itself with irony and studied mastery to the ancient sculptures in the three hallways on the second floor of the museum.

August 29: Le Scat Noir is a Jazz Vocal Trio from Ferrara composed of female musicians who will perform Colors and forms of femininity in music. The performance, revolving around works from the 1400s to 1600s which allude to femininity standards of the time, will include not only standard jazz and swing but songs from ethnic traditions, classical music and popular Italian classics.

SEPTEMBER

September 5: The Compagnia Simona Bucci will put on a show of contemporary dance, Sussurri, rich in references to famous female figures immortalized in the museum’s paiNtings. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the figure of the body recreating the works, enjoying both the visual and emotional counterpoints in the performance.

September 12:The Cultural Association AD-AR-TE proposes Tre noccioli del Duecento, a theater and dance piece performance that evokes a hypothetical infancy of 3 painters. The storytelling will be in various languages, written specifically for Uffizi Live by Maria Pagnini. Seeing Duccio da Buoninsegna, Giotto and Cimabue as kids will hopefully bring children and adults alike into the suggestive, fantastical atmosphere of the 13th century in which they grew up in.

September 19: The protagonist of this evening will be the hiphop dance company Mystes with a choreography titled Lucida follia inspired by the painting “Judith who decapitates Holofernes” by Artemisia Gentileschi. Various styles of urban dance will be accompanied with electronic music.

September 26: The Uffizi Live season will end with the collective Gli Impresari & Giacomo Mercuriali hailing from Venice with a high-tech, unexpected show. The project will seek to bring Botticelli’s “Primavera” to life through an instrument they have created, called “insectophone”, which will give sound to the concert of insects and natural elements that form the background and setting of the painting.

 

That’s it! Hope you make it to Florence and to the Uffizi on one of these Tuesdays as the evenings seem to bring life to the halls of the museum and bring life to the works of art housed within!

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On occasion of the 2017 European Museum Night on the evening of May 20th, the Uffizi Gallery will remain open until 9:50pm. The museum will charge a symbolic 1 euro entrance fee during these extra hours, from 6:50pm to 9:50pm. The museum will start closing procedure at 9:30pm. No prebooking will be open for these extra hours.

Take advantage of the longer opening hours to also see the temporary exhibits dedicated to Plautilla Nelli, Giuliano San Gallo’s special drawings and the Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci, recently returned to the museum after years of restoration.

The event is part of the larger Celebration of Museums event taking place this weekend, with several guided visits to the temporary exhibitions on Saturday and Sunday.

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April 25th is a national holiday in Italy – Liberation Day – and this year it falls on a Tuesday. This makes it a perfect opportunity for everyone to enjoy a long holiday weekend visiting Florence!

To offer all visitors the chance to visit the Uffizi during the long holiday weekend, the Uffizi has announced a special opening on April 24th! It will be open following normal hours on Sunday, April 23rd and on Tuesday, April 25th.

Please note that all of the museums of Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens will be open on Sunday and Tuesday – but will remain closed on Monday, April 24th.

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On Sunday, April 16, the Uffizi Gallery will be open! So will the museums at Palazzo Pitti: the Palatine Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery, the Silver Museum and Museum of Fashion and Dress, and the Boboli Gardens.

On Monday, April 17th, the Uffizi will have a special opening (it is normally closed on Mondays). You can also visit the Silver Museum and Museum of Fashion and Dress, and the Boboli Gardens on Monday. The other two museums at Palazzo Pitti will remain closed.

All will be open with normal hours.

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We just learned that several Italian trade unions have announced a general strike for the entire day on March 8th.

This affects both the private and public sector. As such, the Uffizi Gallery and connected Palatine Gallery and Modern Art museums in the Pitti Palace will guarantee opening of the museums for the morning hours, from 8.15am to 1.50pm.

But the afternoon hours are not guaranteed, as it will depend on the personnel that adheres to the strike. The other Pitti Palace museums and Boboli gardens might not be open in the morning hours at all. Visit the Uffizi tomorrow knowing this, prepare for long lines or to not be able to enter at all.

 

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The Uffizi Gallery, along with the Pitti Palace museums and Boboli Gardens, is offering FREE entry to all women on Women’s International Day, this March 8th!

On the same day, the new exhibit dedicated to Florence’s first Renaissance woman artist is open: “Plautilla Nelli: Convent Art and Devotion in the Footsteps of Savonarola“. The exhibit will open on March 8 and run through June 4, a perfect opportunity to discover this woman artist from the 1500s!

St Catherine of Siena, attributed to Plautilla Nelli and workshop.

St Catherine of Siena, attributed to Plautilla Nelli and workshop.

Holiday Hours 2016

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Here’s a summary of special opening times for the Uffizi this holiday season!

Special Openings

Monday, December 26: from 8.15am to 6.50pm.

Sunday, January 1st: Special opening for the First Sunday of the Month, with free entrance, only in the afternoon from 1.15pm to 6.50pm. All other state museums in Florence will be closed.

Monday, January 2: open from 8.15am-6.50pm.

Ticket office closes at 6.05pm and closing procedures start at 6.30pm.

 

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The Uffizi Gallery has just announced that it will have a special opening on Monday, October 31st during the long holiday weekend in Italy (for All Saint’s Day on November 1st).

Opening hours will be the normal: from 8.15am to 6:50pm, with ticket office closing at 6:05pm and museum starting closing procedures at 6:35pm.

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After 15 months of closure, this past Tuesday the Botticelli rooms and the other two rooms dedicated to the Early Renaissance paintings reopened to the public. As part of the New Uffizi project masterminded by the Sopraintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paessaggio di Firenze which is undertaking the complete renovation of the museum, all without ever closing to the public, the renovation of these last rooms completes the renovation of the entire second floor of the Uffizi Gallery.

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The reopened rooms were the object of a complete overhaul, with new technological installations governing air conditioning, security and lighting in all of the four rooms. In particular, the Halls 10-14 known as the Botticelli rooms, have been architecturally reconfigured from the ground up with a new false ceiling being constructed and divided into two separate rooms with the use of two full height “theatrical wings” detached from the walls. These wings not only increase the display surface available but also house the air intake ducts and electrical equipment. Thus the rooms are completely free of any other technical installation, giving more space to the works of art on display.

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The new layout of the Botticelli rooms will offer visitors the chance to enjoy the paintings on display even when the rooms are considerably crowded by the many groups that gather in front of the most iconic works of art. The arrangement of the paintings in the Pollaiolo room (hall 9) has been virtually left the same, but in the two new Botticelli rooms, Spring (La Primavera) and The Birth of Venus have been divided into two focal points and framed. These two celebrated masterpieces have been hung at an appropriate distance from the other works on display so as to make it easier and more convenient for visitors to stop in front of them for longer.

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The list of Botticelli paintings in display spill beyond the Botticelli rooms — look for two additional Botticelli paintings in Hall 9 – Pollaiolo and two more in Hall 15 – Hugo van der Goes. The new arrival of the poetic Annunciation painted for the Hospital of San Martino in Via della Scala in Florence, brings the total of Botticelli works on display to 18. The painting, a fresco almost 6 meters wide painted in 1481 is in the first part of the first Botticelli room, is on the left and in juxtaposition to another painting of another Annunciation, this time on wood, painted by Botticelli for the church of Cestello almost 10 years later (pictured below).

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Not just these halls, Corridors too…

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At the same time, the Corridors have also had major work done on them, all with new climate appliances and air ducts replaced, the electrical and special systems totally renewed. The new lighting system, composed of state-of-the-art LEDs are now built into a planned management system which allows various light sources to provide indirect, diffused light from the surfaces of the painted vaults as well as direct, constant light on the walls and accent lighting on the sculptures, highlighting the most important pieces. All of these will make a difference in the visitors experience of the Corridors and their collections, without even realizing the difference – unless you know how it was before and look to see the difference.

New collocations

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Most notably, The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello has been move from Hall 7 to Hall 8 and the Portraits of the Dukes of Urbino by Piero della Francesca have moved from their central location in Hall 8 to Hall 9 near the windows, where the lighting is soft and permits a clearer viewing of both sides of the paintings. Domenico Veneziano’s Sacred Conversation, known as the Altarpiece of Santa Lucia de’ Magnoli, is also in Hall 8 (moved from hall 7).

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Uffizi Gallery has doubled its rooms

With this latest completion of the renovation project, the Uffizi Gallery has increased its total amount of rooms dedicated to its permanent collections from 45 rooms to 101 rooms! This is due to the conversion of many rooms on the first floor that were being used by the Florence State Archive into new halls for many paintings that were in the Uffizi’s deposits.

The construction of the New Uffizi continues, and the Uffizi Gallery should shortly also have especially designed areas in a new zone set aside for temporary exhibitions. With the separation of the permanent museum itinerary from the temporary exhibition area, visitors will finally have a choice whether to visit both or just one. It will also grant the museum more chances to organize and host more exhibitions throughout the year.

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When computer issues came up at the Uffizi yesterday, there was a bit of a panic! But thank goodness someone remembered they had tucked away unused tickets from the late 1990s and were able to find them to use them as valid receipts by adding the current ticket cost on them. The old tickets still show the cost of lire on them, back when the euro still didn’t exist.

The long lines at the museum yesterday might be a bit forgiven by all those who can now keep this “vintage” ticket as a souvenir of their day at the Uffizi gallery 😉

Photo credit: Molly McIlwrath