Treasures that you can admire in the largest museums in the world, and which, if you want (and could), can also decorate your home. It happens only in Florence at the International Antiquities Biennale, BIAF in initials, the oldest market exhibition in the world and the one that is an absolute reference for the great Italian art, at the head of which we find Mayor Dario Nardella and Secretary General Fabrizio assisted by President Moretti a steering group.
Emotions are guaranteed right from the spot. Not an exhibition pavilion, but the sumptuous Palazzo Corsini. Impossible not to be surprised: more than a palace, it looks like a palace overlooking the Arno. In fact, BIAF is the only trade fair in the world held in a historic building of enormous value.
In the prestigious rooms and halls of Palazzo Corsini, approximately from September 24 to October 2 will be welcomed 80 galleries with new settings by interior designer, set designer and director Matteo Corvino. While the traditional gala dinner, held throughout the building, will be hosted by Gucci Osteria.
For your eyes, the best of the great Italian art, from the Florentine Renaissance to the great Italian and international twentieth century. But also exciting visions of Roman, Etruscan, medieval sculptures and finds along with examples of Italian and international design that have shaped the taste of the past century. But above all, the pleasure of trading with admired and envied antique dealers all over the world. Women and men who dedicate their lives to researching, restoring and studying these wonders. And their great passion is contagious! Great returns and important reaffirms from international merchants will bring the best of paintings from any era, drawings, sculptures, furniture, ceramics, jewels.
The fire night on September 22nd
After two days reserved for the Vetting Committee, BIAF opens its doors to the press on the morning of 22 September. If you are gripped by Stendhal’s syndrome and feel the need for a break, then know that from the terraces of Palazzo Corsini, perhaps with a drink in hand, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Ponte Vecchio. And if you want to experience the magic of the Florentine Renaissance festivals, do not miss Notte dei Fuochi on the evening of September 22, the official opening of the Biennale.
BIAF is the classic that looks towards the modern: among the initiatives that will animate the days of the exhibition is the preview of Eternal Memories, the first documentary game in the world that intends to tell the young generations of ancient art through a playful moment for to bring them closer to this universe. Eternal Memories, which can be played in Italian and English, can be downloaded for free on all smartphones and iPads through the major APP platforms and aims to reach millions of players around the world among the audience of over 2 billion regular players. The game is produced for BIAF by Golem Multimedia, in collaboration with TuoMuseo and support from Consultinvest.
BIAF as you have never experienced it … projected towards the future thanks to EY, Innovation Partner in this 32nd edition of BIAF. An EY corner will be available to those present, dedicated to innovation, where you can experiment with the connection between new technologies and art, and a museum space inside Metaverset with works of art that have been awarded in previous editions of BIAF to live, yourself at a distance, an immersive experience. The exhibition in Metaverset is enriched with digital interactive activities. EY will also host a panel on the role of technologies in the art world.
BIAF means great tradition of protection: with the donation of the magnificent altarpiece by Durante Alberti, representing the Trinity and the saints Andrea, Maria Maddalena and Cristina (oil on canvas, 373 x 192.5 cm) by Fabrizio Moretti and Eleonora and Bruno Botticelli , to commemorate the memory of their respective parents at the Sansepolcro Cathedral, where they compensated the church for a serious loss they had suffered in the past. Although with the financial support of the Antiquities Biennale, the Richard Ginori Museum Archive Foundation for Doccia Manufactory has launched an important restoration campaign of a significant core of precious wax models that have been severely damaged by moisture in the years following the closure and abandonment of the Ginori Museum, including the group , depicting Apollo and Marsyas, taken from a work by Florentine sculptor Giovan Battista Foggini and the groups with Venus picking love and Leda with the swan, whose bronze archetypes are due to the invention of the late Baroque sculptor Massimiliano Soldani Benzi.
Unforgettable days in Florence at Palazzo Corsini and in the rest of the city with the second edition of Florence Art Week: The Maison in Via Tornabuoni, the Galleries in Via Maggio, Via de Fossi, Borgognissanti and the shops in Ponte Vecchio will offer activities and events reserved for VIP card holders. With FAW
The statements of Mayor Nar \ della
“This edition of the Antiques Biennale is special – said Mayor Dario Nardella – not only because it marks the return to Florence after the Covid break-up of great art and great antiques, but also because it proposes entirely new projects. It is important to promote the art cycle because “It brings wealth, jobs and also quality tourism. As a municipality, we are proud to support it, and as mayor of Florence, I am honored to be its president.”
“We can say without a doubt that Florence invented the art market system as we still know it when the Bellini brothers in 1959 gathered the best galleries in the world in one place. Important exhibition dedicated to Italian art in the world”, declares Fabrizio Moretti, Secretary General of BIAF.
Knowing how to visit the exhibition
Pets, cameras, umbrellas, bags and large backpacks are not allowed.
It is forbidden to bring works and / or works of art or antiques to the exhibition for assessment