Are you planning a trip to Florence this year? We take a closer look at a few of the unmissable art exhibitions on in Florence in 2022. From Renaissance masters Michelangelo and Donatello to contemporary artistic experiments by Eliasson and 20th century Italian artists Chini and Berti.


Best Art Exhibitions in Florence 2022

MICHELANGELO, the three “Pietà” – Museo Opera del Duomo

For the first time in history, the three sculptures of the ‘Pietà’ by Michelangelo Buonarroti – the great master of Italian Renaissance – are shown together. The Bandini Pietà (also known as ‘Deposition’) is placed side by side with the world-famous ‘Pietà’ normally housed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the Rondanini Pietà, at which Michelangelo worked until the very last days of his life.

Being able to admire these sculptures in the same room will allow visitors the unique possibility to compare them and understand how the Michelangelo’s style developed throughout his life. From the first Vatican ‘Pietà’ (1498-99)- an unprecedented interpretation of the subject – to the unfinished, and ethereal Rondanini Pietà (1564).

WHERE & WHEN: Opera del Duomo Museum Florence, from 24th February to 1st August 2022


“Pietà” by Michelangelo (St. Peter’s Basilica), Rome – photo by Bargello Museum and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. His artwork will be seen in the company of other Renaissance artists such as Brunelleschi, Raffaello, Michelangelo.

The extraordinary and revolutionary works by Donatello, who was financed by the Medici family, greatly influenced the new Renaissance style. The exhibit shows how his techniques revolutionised sculpture, adding realism and psychological depth to this art.

WHERE & WHEN: Palazzo Strozzi and Bargello Museum, from 19th March to 31st July 2022

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‘David’ by Donatello, Bargello Museum Florence – photo: Wikipedia

OLAFUR ELIASSON – Contemporary art at Palazzo Strozzi

Amongst the top art exhibitions in Florence in 2022, we find a solo exhibition by contemporary renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. The exhibit will be the Icelandic-Danish artist’s most extensive show in Italy to date, and will invite the visitor to explore Eliasson’s artistic voyage and experiments with shapes, light and colours.

Eliasson is best-known for works that prompt the viewer to think about the nature of perception and their role in co-producing the artistic experience, often by incorporating elemental materials such as light, water, and fog.” (Palazzo Strozzi official site).

WHERE & WHEN: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence – from 22nd September 2022 to 29th January 2023

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GALILEO CHINI & European Symbolism at Villa Bardini

Two hundred pieces by Italian artist Galileo Chini will be on show in the rooms at Villa Bardini, in the Oltrarno, Florence. Chini – a designer, painter and potter – was active at the beginning of the 20th century, and his art was inspired by European Symbolism and Art Nouveau. The exhibit brings us some of his early works, influenced by artists such as Rodin and Gustav Klimt.

=> Take a couple of hours to see the exhibit and get a chance to visit the beautiful garden of Villa Bardini, that has some extraordinary views over Florence.

WHERE & WHEN: Villa Bardini, Florence – from 17th Dec 2021 to 25th April 2022

VINICIO BERTI & Florentine Abstractism

Florence-born Vinicio Berti (1921-1991) was the founder of Florentine classical Abstractionism art, and one of the most relevant artists of the 1950’s in Italy. On the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary, the Novecento Museum shows a recently restored ‘triptych’ that is at the centre of his ideas.

Only the communist utopia, which has always guided Vinicio Berti’s research, appears, despite its painful contradictions, a beacon in the complexity of daily life” (Novecento Museum official site)

WHERE & WHEN: Museo Novecento, Florence – from 21st Dec 2021 to 1st May 2022

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