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The New Florence Biennale: 450 artists, 50 countries, and you!

Autumn in Tuscany brings with it yet another gift to all art lovers. In fact, alongside the countless artistic and cultural events, which we spoke about here, November and (early) December will especially delight lovers of contemporary art visiting Florence: at the Centre of Contemporary Culture Strozzina the exhibition UNSTABLE TERRITORY. Borders and identity in contemporary art has just opened, and the programme of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival (November 13-17) has been recently presented. But that’s not all! The 9th Florence Biennale is just around the corner, an international multidisciplinary event dedicated to contemporary art and one of the few global art events structured as a self-financed independent platform. florence biennale The Florence Biennale is a relatively “young" event: it was established in 1997 (the first edition saw the attendance of 317 artists from 17 different countries) and has been held every two years within the exhibition spaces of the Fortezza da Basso – a Renaissance masterpiece of military architecture. The Biennial’s trait of a self-financed independent event makes it a unique and alternative experience on the international art scene: the authors – coming from all over the world and selected by an International Selection Committee – participate in the costs with a stake and are required to cover their expenses for the exhibition space, catalogue and advertising, with an amount that depends on the number of works displayed and on the age of the artist. The majority of the artists cover their own travel and accommodation expenses, while a restricted number of guest artists are invited to participate free of charge. The theme of this 2013 edition is Ethics: DNA of Art – a reflection and critical thinking about the relationship between art and ethics; while the choice of the addition of the word "new" (The New Florence Biennale) aims to draw attention to its innovativeness. In addition to its historic home at the Fortezza da Basso, this year, the biennial opens to other public spaces, with a series of side events taking place in different locations across the city of Florence, such as the State Archives and the Riccardian Library. The Florence Biennale “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award, conferred every two years by an international jury upon individuals and organizations for distinguished achievements in art, design and culture, will held its ceremony in the Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio. Finally, in this ninth year, special attention will be given to artists under 30, working with any kind of media. florence biennale 2 The New Florence Biennale of contemporary art is a unique opportunity for artists from all over the world to come to Florence to exhibit their work, to share experiences and to take part in a multi-faceted and unique initiative. The New Florence Biennale of contemporary art is an exceptional opportunity for visitors to explore and experience an exhibition of approximately 3 000 paintings, sculptures, prints and installations by artists at all stages of their careers, including world-renowned guest artists. 450 artists, 50 countries, and you!