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Museo Novecento is dedicated to Italian art of the 20th century

by Kiefer McKenzie on Nov 2, 2015 in Architecture
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View of the entry to the exhibitions on the first
floor (rooms dedicated to 1980s and 1990s
arts), with a view of the ‘funnel’ leading to the
1970s rooms (Photo © Pietro Savorelli; courtesy of Avatar Architettura)

View of the entry to the exhibitions on the first floor (rooms dedicated to 1980s and 1990s arts), with a view of the ‘funnel’ leading to the 1970s rooms (Photo © Pietro Savorelli; courtesy of Avatar Architettura)

Housed in the old Hospital of San Paolo in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy, the newly-opened Museo Novecento is dedicated to Italian art of the 20th century

Recently opened in Florence, Italy, the Museo Novecento, designed by Nicola Santini and Pier Paolo Taddei of Avatar Archittetura, redefines a museum setting through the use of suspended space. The exhibition path within the structure is noted for its use of lively devices, employed to give visitors a sense of spatial meditation and allow them to be properly introduced to the museum's contemporary experience and artistic research.

The crooked orientation of the entry devices frames foreshortened views of the Renaissance space, establishing a modified perception (Photo © Pietro Savorelli; courtesy of Avatar Architettura)

The crooked orientation of the entry devices frames foreshortened views of the Renaissance space, establishing a modified
perception (Photo © Pietro Savorelli; courtesy of Avatar Architettura)

Housed in a charming yet monumental building that used to be the old Hospital of San Paolo, the Museo Novecento faces the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and recently opened after a long restoration project, spearheaded by the Fine Arts Service of the municipality of Florence and made possible through a contribution from the Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence. The museography and exhibition design was achieved through collaboration between Avatar Architettura, Giorgio Caselli and Daniele Gualandi of the municipality of Florence.

Brightly-coloured funnels mark the entry to the exhibitions on the first floor, where rooms dedicated to 1960s and 1970s arts can be found (Photo Photography: © Pietro Savorelli; courtesy of Avatar Architettura)

Brightly-coloured funnels mark the entry to the exhibitions on the first floor, where rooms dedicated to 1960s and 1970s arts can be found (Photo Photography: © Pietro Savorelli; courtesy of Avatar Architettura)

The realisation of the project was a long time coming: after almost half a century of various proposal and projects, the Museo Novecento was finally opened last summer, housing part of the municipal collection; an assortment of artworks and documents relating to recent decades. The rooms that house these municipal collections rotate numerous pieces that were received thanks to an appeal made by famed critic Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti after the flood of 1966. They include works from the prestigious Alberto Della Ragione collection and other artists such as De Chirico, Morandi, Emilio Vedova and Renato Guttuso.

This is an excerpt from the “Suspended Space" article from the November 2015 issue of Perspective magazine.

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