Florence’s cultural calendar never disappoints, with this season seeing Anish, Alphonse and Artemisia: the temporary exhibitions in Florence that you absolutely cannot miss.

Autumn is the best time to shelter from the first cold by admiring artistic masterpieces and being inspired. Come to Florence! A perfect city for enjoying art and typical products on a long weekend: here are 3 must-see exhibitions in Florence.

1. Anish Kapoor, Untrue Unreal - Palazzo Strozzi

From 7 October 2023 to 4 February 2024 Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi presents a new major exhibition conceived and created with Anish Kapoor, the famous master who revolutionized the idea of ??sculpture in contemporary art. Anish Kapoor's works combine empty and full spaces, absorbent and reflective surfaces, geometric and biomorphic shapes. Kapoor investigates space and time, inside and outside, inviting us to explore the limits and potential of our relationship with the world around us and to reflect on dualisms such as body and mind, nature and artifice.

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2. Alphonse Mucha, The Seduction of Art Nouveau – Museo degli Innocenti

From 27 October 2023 to 7 April 2024 the Museo degli Innocenti will host the first exhibition in Florence dedicated to Alphonse Mucha, the most important Czech artist, father of Art Nouveau and creator of iconic images. Fervent patriot and supporter of the political freedom of the Slavic peoples, he dedicated himself to art and in 1887 he moved to Paris where he refined his arts and met the woman who would change his life forever, Sarah Bernhardt, the most beautiful and famous actress of the time, which entrusted its image to Mucha, making it extremely popular. The myth of the "Mucha women" was born, and companies competed for it to advertise their products, giving life to timeless advertising campaigns such as that of Nestlé chocolate, Moët & Chandon champagne, and even cigarettes, beer, biscuits and perfumes.

3. Artemisia exhibition-restoration in the Michelangelo Museum

At Casa Buonarroti, the science of restoration rediscovers the 'star' of Baroque painting. Artemisia Gentileschi's painting, The Inclination, censored about 400 years ago, is revealed this exhibition from 27 September to 8 January 2024.

Gentileschi had arrived in Florence from Rome in 1613, when the outcry of the violence she had suffered at the hands of the painter Agostino Tassi and the subsequent rape trial (1612) had not yet died down. The canvas is part of the allegories that accompany, on the ceiling of this room, some episodes of Michelangelo's life. The painting of Artemisia was one of the first in the room to be commissioned, Michelangelo the Younger had a special liking for Artemisia, whose work was paid for more than three times as much as the others in the series. The female figure, who has earned the happy definition of "luminous and carnal nude" (Cropper), holds a compass in her hand, while a star shining in the blue sky seems to guide her.

Michelangelo's Secret Room

50 years after its discovery, on November 15, 2023, a room that had remained hidden for centuries opens to the public; it is the Michelangelo's Secret Roomwhich can be accessed from the new sacristy of the Medici Chapel Museum and where you will be able to admire on its walls small charcoal drawings attributed to the MIchelangelo; an intimate and delicate place given its small dimensions (10 meters long by 3 wide, 2.50 meters high at the top of the vault), which can be accessed by a maximum of 4 people at a time.

Reservation is mandatory and can be made until March 30, 2024. For more info click here.