current exhibitions

May 18, 2016

across art and fashon

curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Enrica Morini, Stefania Ricci and Alberto Salvadori

19 May 2016 - 7 April 2017

Opening on May 18 2016, the new exhibition promoted and organized by Fondazione Ferragamo and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo explores the complex relationship between art and fashion.

Drawing on the life story of Salvatore Ferragamo, whose fascination with twentieth century avant-garde art movement led him to find inspiration in the world of art and collaborate with many of the artists of his time. This project presents case histories in an analysis of the ways in which these two worlds interact through contamination, overlapping and collaboration. From the work of the Pre-Raphaelites to that of the Futurists and from the complexities of Surrealism to those of Radical Fashion, pausing for reflection on a few of the ateliers where artists met and studied in the Fifties and Sixties and the birth of celebrity culture.

The exhibition then explores the artistic experimentation of the Nineties and ultimately asks the question of whether, in today’s cultural industry, these worlds are still separate and distinct, or if they are now caught in a fluid role play. This exhibition is unique in that it is being held in collaboration with other cultural institutions: in Florence Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria d’arte moderna e Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti, Museo Marino Marini, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Museo del Tessuto in Prato. The aim of actively involving these cultural institutions and museums, which have provided space and pieces from their collections, is a common reflection on art and fashion.

The exhibition project is conceived and curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, Enrica Morini, Stefania Ricci and Alberto Salvadori. It features a rich catalogue and includes clothing, accessories, fabrics, works of art, books, periodicals and photographs from International and Italian private and public museum collections, as well as a contemporary art installation created specifically for the occasion.

The pieces on display include a Salvatore Ferragamo pump inspired by the work of American artist Kenneth Noland in the Fifties, a dress designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in the Thirties in collaboration with Salvador Dalì, on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art; A Yves Saint Laurent dress inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian from Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent; Hussein Chalayan’s wooden corset from the Kyoto Costume Institute and a 2005 dress by Jun Takahashi (Undercover) from The Museum at FIT in New York. Other prestigious loans come from ModeMuseum (MoMu) in Antwerp and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningan in Rotterdam in addition to, Yasumasa Morimura’s triptych, Portrait (La source 1,2,3) from the Takamatsu Art Museum, as well as the installation of photographs of Andy Warhol, Altered Images, a generous loan from Studio Makos and Keith Haring’s Fertility, on loan from a private collection.

June 9, 2016

Rayyane Tabet - La Mano De Dios

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

June 9, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Opening: Thursday June 9, 7 pm

The Museo Marino Marini presents “La Mano De Dios”, a solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet (b. 1983, Ashqout) curated by Leonardo Bigazzi. The exhibition, opening on June 9th at 7 pm, is the artist’s first institutional show in Italy and will consist of a new site-specific project produced by the Museum. Tabet’s work explores the potential of memory and personal narratives to address questions related to complex geopolitical situations through sculpture.

The work presented in Florence is the last chapter of the series Five Distant Memories: The Suitcase, The Room, The Toys, The Boat and Maradona (2006-2016); a ten year long project that developed from the artist’s earliest childhood memories. The series explores the generative possibilities of memory to transform objects and situations around us. A packed suitcase ready for an evacuation, elements from the artist’s bombed-out bedroom in Beirut, a set of wood block toys or the boat used by the artist’s father in a failed attempt to flee the country, become found objects reconfigured to create experiences that respond and change according to the exhibition context. The previous chapters in the series were commissioned and produced by Darat al Funun in Amman, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The New Museum in New York, Pinchuk Art Center in Kiev and Sharjah Art Foundation in Sharjah.

La Mano De Dios, the project that closes the series, takes as its departure point Diego Maradona’s infamous goal scored with his hand during the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup against England. That game, which was loaded with political tensions due to the Falklands War which happened four years earlier, has come to be remembered as Argentina’s revenge over the British. The work in the show will consists of a major architectural intervention built in the crypt of the Museum based on the artist’s memory of hearing about the goal on the radio through an anchor who, in order to draw as much attention to the event, had shared the news by sounding the siren usually used to announce imminent bombings in Beirut. By reworking different elements associated to the original context of this memory - the shelter used by his family during the civil war- the artist has created an environment that responds to the particular architectural configuration of the crypt and its history. The crypt had in fact been used as a shelter during air strikes in World War II. Although this project shares several references with the four previous chapters in the series, both formally and conceptually, it involves for the first time a world-renowned historical episode that as viewers we can all relate to.

A catalogue dedicated to the Five Distant Memories series will be published by the Museum with Mousse Publishing by the end of 2016.

The exhibition has been produced thanks to the support of Regione Toscana and OAC Ente Cassa Di Risparmio Firenze.

Further support to the exhibition was guaranteed thanks to the Comune di Firenze and the project Secret Florence, part of the Special Fair Programme at Pitti Immagine 2016 promoted by the Florence Centre for Italian Fashion and supported by Mise (Ministry for Economical Development) and Agenzia Ice as part of the general support project for Italian fairs and the Made in Italy brand.

Rayyane Tabet was born in Ashqout, Lebanon in 1983. He received a Bachelor in Architecture from The Cooper Union in New York and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of California in San Diego. He lives and works in Beirut.

His recent group shows include Kunsthaus Hamburg, The Highline, Marrakech Biennial 6, Aïshti Foundation, Sharjah Biennial 12, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Centre Georges Pompidou, Darat and Funun and The New Museum.

He is the recipient of the DAAD Artist Residency in 2016, the Abraaj Group Prize in 2013, the jury prize of the Future Generation Art Prize in 2012 and the Sharjah Biennial Artist Prize in 2011.

He is represented by Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut | Hamburg.