(ANSA) – FLORENCE, 16 SEPTEMBER – Two ‘amarcord’ events, in the name of memory and rewind, re-launch in Florence – 50 years later – a peak of contemporary art that made an era, namely the great Henry Moore exhibition of the summer 1972 at Forte Belvedere which attracted 345,000 visitors and among them VIPs Today, and will continue until March 31, 2023, ‘Henry Moore in Florence’ was inaugurated, curated by Sebastiano Barassi and Sergio Risaliti, with two sculptures installed in Piazza della Signoria (Large Interior Form) and on the churchyard of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte, the hill above Florence (Family Group), a project realized thanks to the renewed collaboration with the Henry Moore Foundation and the International Biennial of Antiques in Florence. A more short-lived sister event ‘Back to Moore. Forte Belvedere 1972 ‘, from 22 September to 3 October 2022 in the Sala d’Arme, Palazzo Vecchio – Florence with a selection of historical images from the personal archives of many of those who, from all over Italy, visited that famous exhibition . The initiative offers a collection of memories of 100 participants collected by the Museo del Novecento through a contest launched in local newspapers and continued on social channels. It was May 20, 1972, we remember today, when the Moore exhibition in Florence was inaugurated.
There were many who crowded the stands of the Forte di Belvedere and the halls of the Palazzina during the summer months, braving the sun. Over 345,000 people, a truly exorbitant number. Among them many VIPs, such as Princess Margaret of England, accompanied by her husband, Lord Snowdon, Giovanni Leone sixth President of the Italian Republic, Edward Heath then British Prime Minister, and of course the artist, Henry Moore, who launched an echo never more repeated on the Arno. (HANDLE).
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