After 18 years Patrizia Asproni has become the new president
Director Alberto Salvadori presents innovations
The first initiative of Patrizia Asproni, the new president of the Museo Marino Marini Foundation, which was led by Carlo Sisi for 18 years, has been to launch new innovative projects that prioritize contemporary artistic production and collaborations with other institutions in the city.
The first is a solo exhibition of local Florentine artist, of international fame, Maurizio Nannucci, called ‘Top Hundred‘, a collection of 100 of the artist’s works borrowed from the Zona Archive that span his career from the 1960s to the present.
In an interview, artistic director Alberto Salvadori, explained more about the ‘new phase’ the Museum is entering: promoting contemporary art shows by international artists like American artist Tony Lewis, and Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet, both the protagonists of upcoming exhibitions, as well as strengthening partnerships with local institutions like the Museo del ‘900, Palazzo Strozzi and Palazzo Vecchio, as well as foreign institutions like New York University Florence. Here is a selection from his interview:
What do you have coming up?On the 27th we will kick off with an exhibition of Maurizio Nannucci, in collaboration with the Museion di Bolzano. The 12th of March we will open the first private Italian show of Tony Lewis, a 28 year old Afro-American artist, student of Rashid Johnson, who lives and works in Chicago, and who will present, in our tradition, a series of works conceived for our museum spaces. His exhibition will be linked to a talk on March 19th on the Afro-American diaspora organized with New York University. Then in June, it will be the turn of Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet, who just won a prize at the Biennale di Sharjah and, at the end of the year, we will have a special project dedicated to the Rucellai Chapel. The idea is to continue our path of research on the ‘edges of sculpture’, even from a geographical perspective, through an exploration of the culture of the ‘other’.
The Museum encapsulates the complexity of contemporary Florence: a city with deep roots in an unparalleled historic artistic legacy with branches stretching towards the future, embracing the world at large: “We are both a laboratory for young professionals and creatives, and also an old artisanal Florentine workshop, where anyone can learn anything.”
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