The first Michelangelo Week, a program of events, exhibitions, multimedia shows and urban performance dedicated to the great Florentine artist will be held from July 14th to July 19th, 2015. The event will take place mainly at the Basilica of San Lorenzo. Other places like Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Signoria, Museo Casa Martelli will also be involved.
Experimented last year, with a series of events focused in just one day, exactly July 14th (corresponding with the anniversary of the funeral of Michelangelo in San Lorenzo July 14th, 1564), the new edition unfolds over several days and is proposed as an annual cultural festival focused on the life and works of the fourfold genius: Michelangelo painter, sculptor, architect and poet. Aspects of a multifaceted genius bouncing down to us through the centuries, inspiring new emotions and narratives, new interpretations and suggestions.
This multifaceted variety of languages, techniques, themes and subjects provides the opportunity to generate a cultural festival open to the different areas of art and architecture, poetry and philosophy, involving representatives of the various sectors, including those of theology and science, politics and anthropology. The intent, however, is also to engage with the wider public events, so that the feast of thought and knowledge is also celebration of emotions and revelations, that is enjoyable and understandable at all levels . From the high and spiritual tone of the inspiration of the artist, to the low tone of the manual work, and then the sublimation and the pleasure, the genius who talks to popes, cardinals, princes and lords, the architect who chooses solitude and poverty to freely imagine and create.
In the sign of Buonarroti, multifaceted and universal artist, Michelangelo Week will be a moment of cultural sharing, in which knowledge of the heritage is linked to the exploitation of new forms of art and creativity, in a contamination of knowledge and practices, with invitations extended to the worlds of culture, architects, artists, art historians, writers. The music will be featured at the Basilica of San Lorenzo with two extraordinary evenings. The first curated by Mario Ruffini for Easter of Bach, the second with Riccardo Sandiford and Jeroen van der Wel who will perform Beethoven’s Sonata # 9. The Museum of Casa Martelli will host Thursday, July 16th, in the spaces of the ground floor, four works by Daniela De Lorenzo, installed as site-specific works, in a sensitive dialogue with the environment and wall decorations.
July 14th, the first day of theMichelangelo week, will be dedicated to the theft of the body of Michelangelo, died in Rome in 1564, and the arrival of the corpse in Florence, exploring the link between Santa Croce, where the remains were taken and then buried, and San Lorenzo, where the great artist was honored gloriously on July 14th, 1564. A cart will move from Piazza Santa Croce to San Lorenzo. Along the way, excerpts from the Life of Michelangelo written by Ascanio Condivi will be read to the public.
Everyday at 7:00 pm will be unveiled to the public (in Piazza Signoria) Giant, a marble block of about 40 tons, five meters high, that is the same size as that extracted from the mountains of Carrara in the fifteenth century, later worked by Agostino di Duccio in 1463-64, then abandoned, and finally entrusted in 1501 to Michelangelo, who was able to create his David, the masterpiece that we still admire today. The project is implemented in collaboration with Studi d’Arte Cave Michelangelo.
During all the evenings of Michelangelo Week, the facade of San Lorenzo will host visual multimedia processing inspired by the life and work of Michelangelo, the project will be managed by Art Media Studio in Florence.