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Florentine views on city’s contemporary art scene

By Nicole Brown

Mapping Contemporary Florence is introducing a new series of interviews with people living in Florence about their views on contemporary art in the city.

Here is what three University of Florence students had to say about where people can find contemporary art in Florence and how people misunderstand contemporary art in the city known for its Renaissance past.

Carnevale: Traditional or Contemporary?

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 10.59.20 AMEvery year, right before of Lent, Italy celebrates Carnevale. The festivals feature masks, parades, confetti, and people relaxing in anticipation of the forty days of reflection and “moderation” before Easter. This year, many NYU Florence students went to one of the most popular Carnevale destinations, Viareggio. There, we saw the floats which the citizens craft year round for a grand parade of political satire and multicultural celebration. The Carnevale of Viareggio started in 1873 and has been an ongoing tradition ever since. However, the floats’ commentaries on the state of affairs today seem to align with the purpose of contemporary art.

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The ancient and the modern

Florence has benefitted from extensive measures of preservation. Architecture built hundreds of years ago remains sturdy and resistant, and has found a new life in the modern world. Telephone wires, gutters, satellite dishes, and more are indicators of modernity on a medieval structure. Contemporary Florence, therefore, is about the marriage of the antiquity and the modern.

Photo essay by NYU Florence student