In the small Tuscan town of Montelupo Fiorentino, an exciting and interesting event is being inaugurated next Saturday, 19th June, featuring ‘opere ispirate al gioco’, or, works inspired by play.
This year marks the sixth edition of this unusual event, being held at the town’s contemporary museum, Il Museo Contemporaneo, in Palazzo Pretorio.
Displaying artworks by a host of well-renowned local and international artists, it adds another just reason to visit this charming area.
Montelupo Fiorentino can be found just outside of Florence when heading towards Siena. Famed for its ceramics production, which have been made here since Etruscan times.
In the last twenty years, much effort has been put into the excavation of Palaeolithic sites discovered in the area. There was also a period of Roman inhabitation here, before the area was abandoned for some time as the townsfolk headed for the hills, seeking refuge from periods of turmoil.
With the growth of Florence, Montelupo Fiorentino was again populated, and nowadays you can find a charming and peaceful town nestled in the Tuscan countryside.
Artists involved in the ‘Il Gioco’ exhibition include: Luigi Biondi, Umi Amanuma, Karin Putsch-Grassi, Francine Dufour, Maria Antonietta Ciccia, Stefano Giusti, Sandra Pelli Giusti, Pascale Jabain, Valentina Carroli, Paul Massimo Popple, Maria Letizia Duranti, Ileana Gentile, Enrico Messana, Daniela Colognori, Fabrizio Tranquilli, Silvia Redditi, Emma Draghi, Lorenza Adami, Perla Guidotti, Roberto Bonini, Terry Davies and Paola Staccioli.
Where: Il Museo Contemporaneo – Palazzo Pretorio
Inauguration: Saturday 19 June, 2010 from 6.00pm
Exhibition dates: 19-27 June 2010
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-1pm and 6pm-24pm; Saturday from 10am-1pm and 4pm-midnight; Sunday from 10am-6pm.