On Autumn Sundays, after the some walks under the gentle sun of this fascinating season, I love spending some time in a museum and end my day visiting a beautiful exhibition: I find it a very nice way to combine a trip to a charming town or hamlet with a visit to an excellent exposition, and in Tuscany the opportunities are always numerous and worthful!
Here is a selection for you to start planning your Autumn in the Tuscan territory:
1) Florence always offers great opportunities to its visitors who are passionate about art, and this Autumn the Strozzi Palace, from 24 September to 25 January 2016 is hosting the exhibition ‘Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana “, a reflection about the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. Throught the works of important international masters such as Van Gogh, Munch, Picasso, Millet and of Italian artists as Guttuso and Fontana “the exhibition analyses a century of modern religious art, highlighting different takes on modernity, trends and occasionally even clashes in the relationship between art and religious sentiment. Open everyday from 10am to 8pm, Thursday till 11pm, tickets € 10.00, concessions €8.50, 7.50, 4.00 according to different categories, free for children up to 5 years, disabled people and other cases to be checked here .
2) Moving to Pisa from 16 October to 14 February 2016 the Palazzo Blu of Arts and Cultures (located on the south bank of the Arno river, near the town hall, and having a recognizable blue façade) will open its doors to Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec: “Lights and shadows in Montmartre”. This artist, more than anyone else, depicted and portrayed the atmosphere of Paris, in particular its Montmartre district, at the end of the 19th Century, when it was the capital of the bohemian life and culture. Over 180 worksa such as posters, drawings, paintings and photos will bring the visitors back in time and through the alleys and streets of the capital of bohemian artists. An exhibition I won’t miss, can’t wait to be there and start this fascinating journey through art. Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm (last entrance 1 hour before the closing time), tickets € 10.00, concessions €8.50, 8.00, 7.50 according to different categories to be checked at the ticket desk.
3) One of the most elegant, charming and beautiful towns in Tuscany is certainly Lucca, with its historical centre, completely surrounded by its Renaissance walls, alleys, narrow streets, elegant palaces, bright squares. A not-to-be-missed place if when in Tuscany, a perfect destination for a daily trip also if you live in the surroundings. Until 14 February 2016 an interesting exhibition dedicated to the Italian artists that in the 20’s of the XXth century visited and worked in Paris to propose again the elements of the Renaissance which would re-launch Italian art in the French capital.. “De Chirico, Savinio and les Italiens de Paris” will be enriching the visit to a marvellous town and making it perfect. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7 pm, the exhibition is hosted at the Lucca Museum. Tickets € 9.00, concessions € 7.00. Further info here http://www.luccamuseum.com/en/exhibition/main/de-chirico-savinio-e-les-italiens-de-paris
4) It seems that Tuscan exhibitions this Autumn (and Winter) wish to pay homage to the French capital. From 21 November until 24 January 2016 Arezzo will devote an exposition to the Tuscan painter Amedeo Modigliani, a great artist of the first years of 1900s, and to his life in Paris. The event revolves around the atmosphere of Paris, where Modigliani lived his life of both man and artist: his world, made up of the women he met and loved, his long neck characters, his friends during the legendary nights in Paris, is represented in the portraits, pictures and written texts exhibited. The exhibition takes place at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., ticket € 8,00, concessions for children aged between 5 and 12 and for schools € 5,00. And to plan your stay before or after the visit, you can be interested in our recommendations about things to do and see in Arezzo.
To conclude, many ideas to combine the pleasure of an interesting exhibit with a visit to one of the splendid towns for a perfect Autumn in Tuscany.