If you’re visiting Florence this Autumn 2022, don’t miss out on some awesome exhibitions that enrich the city’s cultural offering this year. You have the chance to explore the puzzling world of Escher, the complex visions of contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson, and the works of one of the most iconic photographers of the last century, Elliot Erwitt.

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3 Art Exhibitions in Florence, Autumn 2022

1. Escher at the Innocenti Museum

One of Florence’s iconic buildings, the Spedale degli Innocenti in Piazza S.S. Annunziata, hosts an extensive expo dedicated to M.C. Escher, the Dutch-born artist who travelled and lived in Italy in the ’30s. His ingenious woodcuts and lithographies show the nature – and all the limits – of our perception, and are so famous they have become part of the collective imagination. Implausible geometries, infinite repetitions, staircases and globes that change shape under our very eyes, his black and white forms are an endless source of fascination and curiosity.

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“Day and night”, Escher

From the 20th October 2022 to 26th March 2023, more than 200 works by this uniquely original artist will be hosted inside the vaults of the Museo Innocenti, that can also be visited with a joint ticket. Fun interactive displays make this expo perfect for the whole family. Price: 16 Euro, audioguide included. You can pre-book your ticket on the official site.

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Interactive display at Escher exposition, Innocenti Museum, Florence

2. Olafur Eliasson at Palazzo Strozzi – Great exhibition in Florence this Autumn

Palazzo Strozzi is one of Florence‘s favourite venues when it comes to contemporary art exhibitions. From 22nd September 2022 to 22nd January 2023 the grand Renaissance palace becomes the distinguished setting for the works of visionary artist Olafur Eliasson. The elegant rooms and courtyard, with their grey stone columns and ample windows, interact perfectly with the displays of lights and colours created by the artist best known for his installation art.

By playing with simple elements – light, mirrors, water – Eliasson creates a choreography of optical illusions, a show of visual transformation that disorients the viewer. How reliable are our senses? How true is our perception?

Palazzo Strozzi is one of Florence’s most notable Renaissance Palaces. It’s located in Piazza degli Strozzi, a couple of minute walk from Piazza della Repubblica.

You can pre-book your ticket on the official site.

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3. The photos of Elliot Erwitt at Villa Bardini

American photographer Elliot Erwitt, who this year celebrates his 94th birthday, has given us some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. With his ironic eye, and subtle approach both to everyday situations and to very serious themes, he has always invited us not to take ourselves too seriously. Irony as an artistic choice, a way to demystify the good and the bad of our society.

70 of his most famous photographs will be on display at Villa Bardini, in the Oltrarno in Florence, from 20th October 2022 to 22nd January 2023. Erwitt has selected the photographs himself, together with the curator of the exhibition, to create a path that shows the visitors how he views the world, from his anthropomorphic dogs to the rich and powerful, street views and the great movie stars, like Marilyn Monroe. A unique compendium of humanity, depth and lightness.

Insider’s Tip => It’s a lovely 10 minute walk to Villa Bardini from the Ponte Vecchio, along the Lungarno Torrigiani and then up the hill towards the Bardini Garden and Villa.

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Di Alfred Weidinger – Flickr: Elliott Erwitt in the Westlicht Museum of Photography, Vienna, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21573958