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FLORENCE EXHIBITIONS - PALAZZO STROZZI

Running Exhibition
March 2nd 2007 - July 29th 2007

"CÉZANNE A FIRENZE
Two Collectors and the 1910 Exhibition of Impressionism"

 

EXHIBITION INFORMATION

Place: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Hours: every day 9 am - 8 pm; thursday till 11 pm
Entrance:
full price € 10; reduced € 8.50 - 4.00
Information: +39 055 2645155
Reservations: Sigma C.S.C., tel. +39 055 2469600
Curatorship: Francesca Bardazzi e Carlo Sisi
Catalogue: Electa
Promoted by: Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti, Comune di Firenze
Press Office: Catola & Partners
WEB site:
www.cezanneafirenze.it

[Press Realease]

Florence – The exhibition Cézanne in Florence (2nd March – 29th July 2007) has opened today at Palazzo Strozzi with more than 100 masterpieces from the most famous international collections. It aims at celebrating both the enigmatic genius of
Paul Cézanne in the centenary of his death and the extraordinary intellectual experience of two young farsighted American collectors who lived in Florence, Egisto Paolo Fabbri and Charles Alexander Loeser, who, between the 19th and 20th centuries, collected in their rich homes in Florence about 50 paintings by the master from Aix, hence greatly contributing to the success of a lone experimenter and genius, disregarded during his lifetime by the most important critics, but today recognised and worshipped as “the father of modern painting”.
Under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, the exhibition (www.cezanneafirenze.it) is promoted, sponsored and produced by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and organized by the Fondazione Strozzi. The exhibition curators are Francesca Bardazzi, a well-known scholar of Cézanne collections in Italy, and Carlo Sisi, the former director of the Gallery of Modern Art at Palazzo Pitti, and one of the utmost experts on that period.
The unique peculiarity of the exhibition Cézanne in Florence lies in having gathered together for the first time the most noteworthy works of the Fabbri’s and Loeser’s collections that, before being scattered in the years between the two world wars, were the most important in the world. Totally contrary to the aesthetic tastes of the time, and even to the surprise of the artist himself, Fabbri actually came to own 32 paintings by Cézanne while Loeser 15. These collections contributed to making Cézanne appreciated by the international community and encouraged the artistic milieu of Florence towards avant-garde trends.
The exhibition offers therefore a double opportunity: on the one hand, a unique occasion to admire together masterpieces otherwise scattered to the four corners of the world; on the other, the pleasure of rediscovering a cosmopolitan Florence and a refined intellectual context, which included extraordinary personalities such as Bernard Berenson, Vernon Lee, Edith Wharton and many other scholars, artists and writers attracted here by their love for culture and classical art.
More than twenty Cézannes are displayed in the exhibition, among which the famous Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair, House on the Marne (a unique loan from the White House), The Orchard, The Bathers and the Feast in the House of Simon the Pharisee, a copy of the work by Paolo Veronese bearing the same name, which he painted in his early period. Cézanne’s copy had been missing since 1945 and has now been found by the curator. Around this core of works there are numerous paintings by Pissarro, Van Gogh, Matisse, Sargent, Denis, Cassatt, Weir, La Farge, all European and American artists with whom especially Fabbri was in contact. The presence of works by contemporary Italian artists is also an important point of reference: Fattori, Fabbri, Gordigiani, Soffici, Andreotti, Rosso, Ghiglia, Rosai, etc.
The paintings come from both public institutions and private collections: the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Thyssen Bornemisza Collections, the National Gallery and the Royal Academy in London, the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Galleries of Modern Art in Florence and Rome, etc.
The exhibition gives special emphasis to the figures of Fabbri (heir of Florentine emigrants and a painter himself) and Loeser (of German origins), whose families had made extraordinary fortunes in the United States. One of Fabbri’s uncles was a partner of the famous banker Pierpont Morgan.
Cézanne in Florence has been presented to the press by Edoardo Speranza, Chairman of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio, the mayor Leonardo Domenici and Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Chairman of the Fondazione Strozzi. Also Cristina Acidini, the Superintendent of the Polo Museale Fiorentino, was present together with the curators. The main sponsor is the Gruppo Banca CR Firenze. The catalog is published by Electa. Because of its importance, this exhibition has been included in the Project Magnifico, the integrated communication and promotion system of the Italian Ministry for Arts and Culture.
“The Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze”, said Speranza, “thus confirms with this event its commitment to returning Florence to its international role and sponsoring the quality cultural events of the town. After the successful exhibitions on the Renaissance (Botticelli and Filippino, Arnolfo di Cambio, Leon Battista Alberti, Giambologna, Leonardo), the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze now proposes to the visitors and scholars an important historic-artistic event related to modern art. A brand new initiative of undisputable appeal and scientific value, the result of important collaborations.”


  

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