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EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART"
1999-12-03 until 1999-12-12
The 1999 Biennial Exhibition will be a broadened and extended exhibition of works
by international artists, flanked by an entire program of events concerning world
contemporary art and the historical-artistic culture of the city of Florence.
In 1997, the first Florence Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, with 300
participants – painters, sculptors and graphic artists from 23 countries – aroused a
great deal of interest in the international press and television.
Prizes were awarded to artists from Germany, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, Saudi
Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, Italy and other nations. Thus, for the brief period of the
Biennial Exhibition, Florence rediscovered its own historical role as a meeting point
for the most distinguished artists in the world.
In the wake of the great success of the 1997 edition, the 1999 Biennial Exhibition
will be expanded to welcome over 500 artists from more than 40 countries. The
involvement of over 50 art critics of international fame is a key factor in achieving
The artists taking part in the Biennial Exhibition are selected by the CSI
(International Scientific Committee).
The International Jury is a solid guarantee of the Exhibition’s constant growth. Dr.
John Spike, an art historian of world fame and member of the 1997 Jury, has
assumed the presidency of the Jury for 1999. Other names of international repute
on the International Jury are: Hofrat Veronika Birke, Deputy Director of Graphische
Sammlung Albertina in Vienna, Austria; Guy Cogeval, Director of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada; Francis Naumann, Art Historian and curator of the
museums of New York for contemporary art exhibitions; Ortega Coca Teresa, full
professor of History of Contemporary Art at the University of Valladolid in Spain.
Once again, the Biennial Exhibition will include various interesting collateral events:
musical concerts, conferences and debates on art, etc. The theme uniting all of
these daily events, throughout the exhibition, will be the desire to inform the
international artistic community about Florence’s constant commitment to
contemporary artists and museums of modern art: for example, Dr. Stefano
Francolini, Director of the Palazzo Davanzati Museum, has proposed a series of
conferences with a slide show about the Fiorentina Alberto Della Ragione collection
and the Marino Marini Museum.
The patroness of the 1997 Biennial Exhibition was Carla Fracci, whose glorious
career at La Scala was recalled, amongst other things, by a special exhibition of
new works by Dolores Puthod. The patron of the 1999 Biennial Exhibition will be the
poet Mario Luzi, who has authorized Dr. John Spike to organize an extended
edition of the Mario Luzi: poet and art critic exhibition, which will include paintings
by some of the great masters of 20th century modern art.
With its true international connotation, the 1999 Biennial Exhibition will rapidly
proceed towards its objective of holding in Florence – the historical art capital of the
past - the biggest exhibition of contemporary art in the world.