Florence Biennale

International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence

The Florence Biennale is the major contemporary art exhibition in Florence (Italy), where it is regarded as an outstanding showcase of the international contemporary art production. Every two years the Florence Biennale enlivens the Medicean city with a programme of collateral events such as conferences, displays, performances, workshops and lectures. All this with a view to offer artists and their audience the opportunity to engage with art and culture, and know more about the theme of each edition of the biennial.

Since it was founded the Florence Biennale has been a free, independent, and innovative ‘platform’ for contemporary art. Over the years thousands of artists from over a hundred countries have exhibited their works at the Florence Biennale, which brings in the main art forms and disciplines.

During each edition of the Florence Biennale an International jury composed of distinguished scholars, art historians and critics from different countries confer the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Award to the best exhibiting artists, or winners to be chosen amongst the finalists for their works on display, respectively.

The exhibiting artists compete in a range of art categories, which, in the XIth edition of the Florence Biennale, includes Drawing & Calligraphy, Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Ceramic Art, Textile & Fiber Art, Jewellery Art, Photography, Digital Art, Video Art, Installation Art, and Performance Art.

Furthermore, the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Lifetime Achievement Awards are conferred to individuals and institutions who have reached pinnacles of artistic achievement or stood out for their contribution to culture.

The cross-cultural dialogue through art is one of the main principles that have inspired the Florence Biennale since its foundation. The artists participating to the Florence Biennale virtually become ambassadors of tolerance and peace as they share these values, as well as respect for diversity, without which such a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary event would not be possible. The Florence Biennale is committed to fostering awareness of the importance of art and the role of artists in societies by reviving history while looking at the present for a sustainable future of creativity.