Galileo Chini 150
Tuscany celebrates Galileo Chini 150 years after his birth in Florence on 2 December 1873 and does so with an important initiative ‘spread’ throughout the region: Galileo Chini a porte aperte. On this occasion, the website of the Chini Archives – galileochini.it – has been revamped, and next to the Maestro’s papers it welcomes new sections with in-depth studies, articles, places and events to promote his figure as an artist, a man and an entrepreneur.
Il progetto Chini150 e i suoi protagonisti
From 2023 to 2026, the life and works of Galileo Chini call us to remember important anniversaries. Just to mention a few, 2023 will mark 150 years since his birth, and the 100th anniversary of the Terme Berzieri in Salsomaggiore; 2024 will be the 80th anniversary of the great pictorial cycle dedicated to Florence hit by the War; and 2026 will be the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Puccini’s ‘Turandot’, with sets by Galileo Chini. These anniversaries are part of a path of growing interest in the figure of the artist, from the point of view of institutions, collectors and the general public, who do not shy away from his exhibitions and the – often episodic – opening of his decorative cycles. These are also unique opportunities to highlight the peculiarities of a man who was able to combine international influences by declining them in a unique and innovative manner, leaving his artistic mark in the homes and palaces of small and large patrons, in luxury hotels as well as at the home of the people, in monumental cemeteries and spas, all the way to the Biennale gardens and along entire streets.
It is from this awareness that the ‘Galileo Chini 150’ project was born, which aims to valorise the Maestro’s multifaceted production through a twofold activity: a communication plan dedicated to the Tuscan activities dedicated to the Maestro and carried out from the weekend of 2 and 3 December to January 24; the restyling and expansion of the Chini Archive website, with the digitisation of the sites, of the many events, but also welcoming scientific and popular insights. Beyond 2023, the site will thus become a permanent opportunity for in-depth study, networking between institutions and connoisseurs, and the dissemination of works and thoughts to the general public.
Supported by the Region of Tuscany and curated by Promo PA Fondazione, the project relies on the collaboration of a team of professionals (WHO WE ARE) united in the objective of building an effective and contemporary narrative project around Chini.
Have joined and are partners of the initiative:
Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Archivio Chini di Lido di Camaiore, Archivio di Stato di Arezzo, Associazione Culturale Ville Borbone e Dimore Storiche della Versilia aps, Chini Museo – Villa Pecori Giraldi, Comune di Bagno a Ripoli, Comune di Borgo San Lorenzo, Comune di Camaiore, Comune di Montecatini, Comune di San Miniato, Comune di Viareggio e GAMC-Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Confraternita Misericordia dell’Antella O.d.V., Fondazione Banca del Monte Lucca, Fondazione Montedomini – ASP Montedomini, Fondazione Simonetta Puccini, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Intesa Sanpaolo and Fondazione Pistoia Musei, Provincia di Lucca, Repertorio delle opere Galileo Chini – Paolo Bellucci, Università di Firenze – Museo di Antropologia e Etnologia.
Discover the series of events curated to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Galileo Chini’s birth, a packed calendar that pays tribute to his innovative spirit and lasting impact on art and design. From retrospective exhibitions to thematic conferences, each appointment is a piece that makes up the mosaic of the celebration of a master of Art Nouveau.