There are such unique appointments that it would be a real shame not to be able to attend. One of these is the International Biennial of Antiques in Florence, BIAF. From 21 to 29 September 2019 http://Biaf.it a “museum for sale”, as defined by its general secretary, Fabrizio Moretti.
Now the Biennale isn’t only the art market, but it is an exhibition of the beauty of which, both the art expert and the neophyte, can appreciate its value.
It takes place in the riot of the most opulent Baroque of Palazzo Corsini, and perhaps this place would be enough to make the biennial special. With its frescoes, its stuccos, the majestic staircase in the center of the building, the terrace overlooking the Arno and above all the artificial grotto on the ground floor, Palazzo Corsini has the ability to help make any event unique.
The «guest» exhibition in the Palace, this year is «Universe Bardini», dedicated to Stefano Bardini, the «prince of antiquarians», and pays tribute to the figure of the famous merchant, a man who played an important role in the field of collecting 800 and 900.
The biennial hosts 77 national and international galleries and among the more than 5 thousand works selected for Biaf, we find, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Boldini, De Chirico and the sculptures of Lorenzo Bartolini. Present also contemporary art, with works such as the spatial concept of Lucio Fontana or Vulcano to purify the words of Gilberto Zorio. Then the furnishings and jewels are beautiful.
I particularly like the seventeenth century and a painting has taken my heart away. It is a Florentine painter whose name is unknown. The painting depicts four Florentine men, with ruddy faces and wearing the typical wig of the time. The painting depicts them while they are at the notary signing a contract. A picture with something familiar and that I wanted to buy to have the chance to admire it every day.
The novelty of this year’s show is that for the first time the Biennale leaves Palazzo Corsini and involves the city of Florence. It is actually the sixty years of activity of Biaf and with Florence Art Week, events, exhibitions, performances and meetings move in the city center.