The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Institut Français de Florence join together to celebrate the role of French culture and art in Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana (Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 24 September 2015–24 January 2016) with a programme of events designed to explore in greater depth and to take a fresh look at some of the themes and masterpieces of the artists whose work is on display in the exhibition, in a cycle of lectures and screenings at the Institut Français de Florence between October and December 2015.
The cycle will be exploring such issues as the figure of Gino Severini and his ties with French philosopher Jacques Maritain and the history and popularity of religious themes in French painting between the 19th and 20th centuries, and will include screenings of French movie classics on the life and work of such artists as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Maurice Denis and Georges Rouault.
All events will be held at the Institut Français de Florence (Piazza Ognissanti 2, Florence)
Admission is free while places last.
Monday 5 October, 18.00
Conference by Mirella Branca
Gino Severini and Jacques Maritain
Monday 12 October, 18.00
Conference by Laura Lombardi
From Salon to Altar. Religious themes in French painting after 1860
Monday 19 October, 18.00
Conference by Claudio Pizzorusso
Maurice Denis, Fiesole, Fra Angelico
Tuesday 24 November, 20.00
Van Gogh directed by Maurice Pialat (FR, 1991, 158 min.)
Tuesday 1 December, 20.00
Georges Rouault directed by Pierre Courthion and Isabelle Rouault (FR, 1968, 56 min.)
Tuesday 15 December, 20.00
Maurice Denis et la peinture nabie directed by Jean-Paul Bouillon and Edwige Kertes (FR, 1993, 22 min.)
Picasso, les couleurs de la passion directed by Alain Jaubert (FR, 1993, 30 min.)