After the great success of the Picasso exhibition, the halls of Palazzo Strozzi are once again open with an international event: POWER AND PATHOS. Bronze sculpture of the Hellenistic world. The exhibition just opened and will run through the end of June. It offers a truly unique opportunity to enjoy the fruits of prestigious collaborations (between the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany, Tuscany's directorate general for archaeology). Works are on loan from some of the most important museums in the world (the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Uffizi in Florence and the National Archaeology Museum, the National Archaeology Museum in Naples and in Athens, the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Vatican Museums). You can probably already tell why this event is exceptional, but if you need further convincing… Here are 5 reasons why POWER AND PATHOS is the must-see exhibition for 2015: 1 – This outstanding showcase of bronze sculptures tells us the story of artistic developments of the Hellenistic era (4th to 1st century BCE), when new forms of expression began to prevail throughout the Mediterranean basin and beyond. The use of bronze, with its unique characteristics, allowed artists to impart an unprecedented level of dynamism in their full-figure statues and add naturalism to their portraits. 2- This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of the greatest masterpieces of the ancient world which have never been displayed together. There are about 50 extraordinary sculptures in bronze - monumental statues of gods, athletes and heroes, alongside portraits of historical figures – made even more special by the fact that the vast majority of large bronzes have been lost. Over the centuries, they’ve been melted down so that their metal could be used in making coins or arms. 3- The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi’s mission is “not just exhibition”! This is in fact a workshop of new ideas and fun, unconventional ways of experiencing art. Every exhibition is always coupled with a rich programme of activities and events for families, children and adults. This time the tireless promoters of Palazzo Strozzi came up with not one, but three ways to visit the exhibition (and a mystery to solve). Play at being an “art detective”: choose to visit the exhibition as an archaeologist, a forger or a collector, using the special kit specifically designed for each one of the three roles. Then, try to solve the Mystery of the Missing Statue, using the information gathered in the course of the visit! 4- In addition to Palazzo Strozzi’s exhibition, another important and complementary exhibition is being hosted, from March 20 to June 21, by the National Archaeology Museum in Florence: Great Small Bronzes. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Masterpieces. This is an incredible collection gathered over the course of three centuries by the Houses of Medici and Lorraine. 5– 2015 in Tuscany has been declared "the Year of Archaeology", with countless events throughout the Region. It is no coincidence that the “passport," which is paired with all of Palazzo Strozzi’s exhibitions, is dedicated to Archaeology in Tuscany this time around. It takes you on a journey to some of our most important museums and archaeological sites. The Year of Archaeology in Tuscany. This is only the beginning! Information POWER AND PATHOS. Bronze sculpture of the Hellenistic world March 14 – June 21, 2015 Palazzo Strozzi, Florence www.palazzostrozzi.org #BronziFirenze #Archeologia2015 Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am-8pm Thursdays, 10am-11pm Tickets: 10 €, reduced 8,50 € (under 26 and over 65 years of age), 4 € (7-18 years of age), free for children under 6. Special offers and family tickets are also available.