Art Exhibition

Florence Biennale – ART Exhibition

To gather in Florence, from 18 to 27 October, are over 400 artists from the world over. Having been selected by the Florence Biennale International Selection Committee, they will exhibit their artworks at the Fortezza da Basso, a venue where cultural heritage blends with contemporaneity.


The Contest Categories – ART Exhibition

To be displayed in the Spadolini pavilion, at the ground floor housing the contemporary art exhibition, are hundreds of works by artists competing in different contest categories, namely  Drawing, Calligraphy, and Printmaking; Painting; Mixed Media; Sculpture; Ceramic Art, Textile & Fiber Art;  Jewellery; Photography; New Media Art, Video Art, Performance, and Installation Art.


The International Jury – ART Exhibition

The Florence Biennale International Jury, composed of renowned art historians and critics, will give the Lorenzo il Magnifico Awards to the winners and finalists of each contest category.

The Jury of the XIIth Florence Biennale includes ten members, as detailed below.

Elza Ajzenberg – Coordinator of the Mario Schenberg Centre for Arts Research Documentation at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Dominique E. Baechler – Art critic, and Professor of Aesthetics and Art History at the Fundação Sociologia e Ciencia Politica, Brazil.

Franceso Buranelli – Presidente della Commissione Pontificia per la tutela dei monumenti storici e artistici della Santa Sede, Vatican City.

Pasquale Celona – Artist, co-Founder and President of the Florence Biennale, Italy.

Maria Teresa Constantin – Art Coordinator at a National level of the OSDE Foundation, Argentina.

Huang Du – Independent curator and art critic, China.

Yuko Hasegawa – Artistic Director of the Contemporary Art Museum of Tokyo, Japan.

Karen Lang – Art critic and university professor, USA and UK.

Gregorio Luke – Art critic and scholar specialising in contemporary art from Latin America.

Matty Roca – Art Historian and Critic, and museum professional, California, USA.

Gerfried Stocker – Artistic Director of the Ars Electronica Festival of Linz, Austria.


The Theme of the XIIth Florence Biennale

ARS ET INGENIUM. Toward Leonardo da Vinci’s Legacy of Similitude and invention

The legacy of a great master of the Renaissance will be reinterpreted by authors at different career stages and having different origins, cultures, educational backgrounds, and approaches to art practice. Melanie Zefferino, Curator of the XIIth Florence Biennale – Art Exhibition, argues that the aim of this edition of the biennial is to stage a diverse, multicultural, and multidisciplinary art event which, through contemporary interpretations, may arouse some reflection on Leonardo da Vinci’s cognitive and creative approach. All this on the occasion of the fifth centennial of Leonardo’s death.

Download the presentation of the theme


The Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award  and Lorenzo il Magnifico Special Award from the President


Early on this year, the Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award for the visual and performing arts has been bestowed to Franco Zeffirelli, unforgettable master of our time.

Still within the framework of the XIIth Florence Biennale, the Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award for sculpture will be given to Mexican artist Gustavo Aceves.

The Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award for new media art will be given to Turkish-born artist Refik Anadol.

The Lorenzo il Magnifico Special Award from the President for lifetime achievement in the arts will be given to two outstanding personalities. Firstly, American artist Anthony Howe, famous for his kinetic wind sculptures. Finally, artist and architect Mice Jankulovski, who is also President of the Osten Biennial of Drawing, North Macedonia.

The Award Ceremonies, which are open to the public, are to take place during the opening days of the XIIth Florence Biennale as scheduled in the Programme. The Awardees will attend the ceremony in person and, on such an occasion, will present their display taking place in a dedicated space within the Fortezza da Basso.



During the previous editions of the Florence Biennale, the Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Awards was bestowed to some extraordinary artists and protagonists of the contemporary art scene, namely Marina Abramovic, El Anatsui, Marta Minujin, Anish Kapoor, Giampaolo Talani, Sauro Cavallini, Gilbert & George, Shu Yong, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, and other.


The Catalogue – Art Exhibition

All artists participating in the XIIth Florence Biennale are presented in the exhibition catalogue, published by Rubbettino Editore. The volume will be distributed through Messaggerie Libri and Amazon.com. Aside from being presented at some of the most important book fairs, including those in Bologna, Turin, Rome, and Frankfurt, the Florence Biennale catalogue will be available in the bookshops of the Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale, and Bologna Art Fair as well as at Italian bookshops in London, Paris, Berlin, and Madrid. Furthermore, it will be showcased in the bookshops of various museums in Padua, Bologna, Florence, and Rome.