Submerged Alphabets, the contemporary art exhibition brought to life thanks to the works of two major artists: Emilio Isgrò e Anselm Kiefer. The exhibit, on display in the Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio, retraces the reflections and the history of the 1966 flood in Florence. The show will be open from November 1st to November 13th, from 11am to 7pm.
The submerged city, the destroyed workshops, the books immersed in the mud: the exhibition addresses a “path” fifty-years long that, for the 50th anniversary of the flood, MUS.E will introduce to the public.
The Book, in particular, is the object and symbol that joins the two artists and their respective works. Hundreds of books fell victim to the rushing waters of the flood, which swept through the National Central Library in Florence and other historical libraries, destroying an invaluable artistic and historic heritage. There are two symbols – or better, icons – of that tragic event, universally known even before the flood: Cimabue’s Crucifixion inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, irreversibly damaged that terrible day, and the Book, the other object of artistic patrimony, since then considered the symbol of the Florentine flood.
Accompanying Submerged Alphabets will be a documentary film with never-before-seen, colour images, shot by Beppe Fantacci. They will be projected into the monumental niches in the Sala d’Arme and will captivatingly recount the days during the flood. Fantacci played an important role during those days: it was he who, in 1966, devised a system of microcredits, the so-called “fondo ALFA”, guaranteed with resources offered by major American industrial and commercial companies, to help Florence’s artisan studios in the most rapid and effective way.
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