Florence has been a cultural hub for centuries, attracting artists, writers, and thinkers from around the world.
Today, the city continues to be a centre for contemporary art and culture, with a wide array of events and exhibitions throughout the year.
In this article, we decided to provide the most exciting and innovative art events in Florence chosen by Istituto Marangoni Firenze students, taking place in March, the first month of “primavera” (spring).
Get a glimpse of the vibrant and dynamic contemporary art scene still thriving in this historic city.
By Elisabed Khazaradze, Asia Niero and Giulia Piceni. Cover image: Maurizio Cattelan, La rivoluzione siamo noi (detail), 2000. Courtesy Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
As the warm rays of sunlight begin to touch the cobbled streets of Florence, a sense of renewal and vibrancy fills the air.
Spring has sprung, bringing a host of contemporary events embodying the city’s captivating spirit.
From art exhibitions to cultural festivals, Florence is alive with a buzz of activity that is sure to captivate locals and visitors alike.
As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence has long been known for its rich cultural heritage and artistic legacy. And yet, the city continues to evolve, embracing the new while cherishing its past.
This dynamic blend of tradition and modernity is on full display in spring as Florence becomes a hub of creativity and innovation.
Whether you are a lover of art or music or simply want to experience the magic of Florence in the springtime, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Join us on this journey as we explore the best of what this captivating city has to offer.
1. REACHING FOR THE STARS, PALAZZO STROZZI
From 4 March to 18 June at Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi you can find “Reaching for the Stars”, an exhibition celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo collection through the works of more than fifty contemporary artists from Maurizio Cattelan to Damien Hirst and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
In this multifaceted environment, we will find numerous art installations developed through different mediums, guiding us, spectators, in a reflection focused on art’s present and future and connected to our contemporary society.
Read our review here!
4 March – 18 June
Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Firenze FI
2. “SFORZANDO”, BLACK HISTORY MONTH – 8th EDITION
“Sforzando” is the title of the eighth edition of Black history month Florence, which through exhibitions, debates, performances, and cinema, spotlights Afro-descendant culture. The theme of this series of events alludes to the resistance received when dealing with black history and the resulting effort to organise this magnificent project annually. This edition is also committed to recognising and analysing the past as a new perspective to look to the future.
11 February – 26 March
3. LA DEMOCRAZIA DEL CORPO, CANGO
La democrazia del corpo is a theatre and performance festival in Florence. The event showcases a diverse range of performances from both established and emerging artists, with a particular emphasis on contemporary dance and physical theatre. Its focus on inclusivity, diversity, and interdisciplinary collaboration makes it a particularly fascinating event worth visiting for anyone interested in art.
Via Santa Maria 25, 50125 Florence
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4. GIULIA CENCI, “EQUAL MINDS”, SPAZIO A
On Saturday 18th of March, the gallery SpazioA in Pistoia will inaugurate the exhibition equal minds starring the latest artworks by Giulia Cenci, one of the main characters at last year’s Venice Biennale and part of the latest exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi.
A must-see for all young artists, curators and students.
Via Amati 13, Pistoia, Italy
5. AMITAI ROMM, “GRAFT”, VEDA
Romm’s solo exhibition showcases a strong connection between technology, nature and art, created through a series of sculptures that metaphorically take possession of the exhibition space. Alongside them, drawings on paper depicting angels, messengers and other entities continue the narration on multiple levels.
A text complements the exhibition by Nanna Friis.
11 February – 25 March
Via delle Cascine, 35, Florence
(inside Manifattura Tabacchi)
6. RUNO LAGOMARSINO, “WE ARE HERE BECAUSE YOU WERE THERE”, BASE/PROGETTI PER L’ARTE
Base/Progetti per l’arte is the oldest artist-run space in Florence. In “We are here because you were there”, Runo Lagomarsino used various artistic techniques to explore complex social and political issues. By creating thought-provoking installations, he challenges viewers to think critically about the world around them and consider their role in shaping their future.
4 March – 20 April
Via di S. Niccolò 18r, Florence
7. LAMPI – RASSEGNA DI AUDIOVISIONI, III PARTE, FRITTELLI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
Curated by Tempo Reale, LAMPI explores the intersection of sound and visual art. The exhibition features diverse works that combine sound and video to create immersive and interactive installations. Many of the pieces featured at LAMPI use sound as a central component, and the accompanying visual elements are designed to enhance and complement the experience. The exhibition challenges traditional notions of art and performance and offers visitors a unique and immersive experience they are unlikely to forget.
Val di Marina 15, Florence
8. SEBASTIANO SOFIA, GALLERIA EDUARDO SECCI
At the Eduardo Secci gallery in Florence, it will be possible to explore a series of artworks in which the human body, the animal dimension and the domain of things come together in dialogue. The common thread uniting the works is a veil of melancholy characterised by different nuances. The artworks explore the relationship between male and female, human and animal, and the body as a space of control. The mind behind this extensive artistic research is Sebastiano Sofia, who created these works during his residency at the gallery, starting in January this year.
2 March – 22 April
Piazza Carlo Goldoni, 2, Firenze
9. MATTHIEU GAFSOU, “H+”, RIFUGIO DIGITALE
Rifugio Digitale is a digital art gallery that aims to provide a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works. The Rifugio Digitale exhibition features a range of NFT art, including animations, digital paintings, and virtual reality installations.
The Rifugio Digitale exhibition showcases digital art and explores the possibilities of the blockchain and the art world’s future.
Whether you are an art lover or simply curious about the possibilities of blockchain technology, this exhibition is a must-see event.
23 February – 26 March
Via della Fornace 41, Florence
Elyzabeth Khazaradze is a postgraduate student in Master Curating Art & Fashion at Istituto Marangoni Firenze.
Asia Niero is a Multimedia Arts undergraduate student at Istituto Marangoni Firenze.
Giulia Piceni is an Arts Curating undergraduate student at Istituto Marangoni Firenze.