There is still time for curious visitors and history buffs to see the flood-focused exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, “Florence 1966-2016. Beauty Preserved.” Put on by the Firenze 2016 Committee, which is steered by Florence’s Mayor Dario Nardella and Regional President of Tuscany Enrico Rossi, the exhibition officially opened on December 1, 2016 and will continue until March 26, with opening hours from 9am to 7pm (last entrance 6.30pm, closed on Wednesdays).
The exhibition highlights how Florence evolved into a global capital of art restoration in the wake of the flood – one of the positive outcomes of the 1966 disaster, particularly seen in the work of the modern Opificio delle Pietre Dure (1975).
In the monumental Palazzo Medici Riccardi complex, where, in 1966, the Medici Museum had its headquarters, and was literally annihilated by water, visitors can get a glimpse of works of art and relics that of both artistic and historical-documentary interest. To better represent the various techniques and typologies, the exhibition will feature panel paintings and oil on canvas works, sculptures, books, documents, applied art objects, and musical and scientific instruments, as well as historic photographs documenting the damages and recovery efforts. Several other “last works” will also be brought together—art and relics that are still damaged, waiting to be restored.
One of the main missions of the exhibition is to inspire new generations to defend and protect Florence’s cultural heritage by telling these stories, through testimonies as well as through the affected objects themselves.