Palazzo Strozzi – Florence
Palazzo Strozzi is a cultural center and art gallery in Florence, and a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture.
Located in the heart of Florence, the palace, whose solid appearance resembles that of a small fortress, had been the reference model for a large number of 16th-century Florentine mansions.
The building consists of three floors, arranged around a beautiful porticoed courtyard which frequently accommodates special events, meetings, concerts, and site-specific art installations.
The design of the palace was developed, in succession, by Benedetto da Maiano, Simone del Pollaiolo called il Cronaca, and Baccio d’Agnolo, three of the most renowned Italian Renaissance architects, from 1489 to 1538.
An almost perfect cube, the Strozzi Palace is a solid-looking building whose facades are marked by an imposing ashlar decoration, and by two rows of double lancet windows.
Drawing of the north facade of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence
Program of events and activities
Used as a temporary exhibition space since the end of World War Two, the center is managed since 2006 by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, which organizes a lively program of temporary exhibitions, special events, and educational activities for adults and children.
Each year, Palazzo Strozzi features two major exhibitions, usually housed on the building’s Piano Nobile and focused on art from antiquity to the 20th century, while contemporary art is usually presented into the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (Contemporary Culture Center Strozzina) located on Palazzo Strozzi’s underground floor.
In recent years, popular exhibitions at Palazzo Strozzi included those dedicated to Leon Battista Alberti (2006), Cézanne (2007), Bronzino (2010), Picasso (2014), and Ai Weiwei (2016)
Completely accessible to physically impaired people, Palazzo Strozzi also includes a bookshop and a cafe restaurant.
Palazzo Strozzi, Reframe, installation, 2016, courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio.
Exhibition: “Ai Weiwei. Libero”, Florence, September 23, 2016 – January 22, 2017
The porticoed courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi
The Palazzo Strozzi’s courtyard with the site-specific installation Urboeffimero 6 by UFO; photo © Inexhibit
Cover image: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, exterior view; photo © Inexhibit
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