Ash Jesus e Ash Buddhha
Palazzo Vecchio (temporary)
Per tutta l’estate, in occasione della sua riapertura, il Forte Belvedere di Firenze ha ospitato, nei suoi spazi interni e nei suggestivi spazi esterni, una mostra di opere di Zhang Huan “L’Anima e la Materia”.
Alla base del progetto da un lato un particolare approfondimento di simboli e immagini di varie pratiche religiose mentre dall’altro la ricerca si fonda sull’uso di materiali particolari.
This beautiful Renaissance fortress was built in 1590-95 by Gran Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici and designed by Bernardo Buontalenti on the southern side of the river. The fort served several purposes: to protect the centre of government in Florence, the Pitti Palace and the south end of the city (although it never actually played this role) as well as demonstrating the power of the Medici family, holding the family treasury and providing a shelter for the Grand Duke in case of emergencies. Therefore, the fort was connected to the Palazzo Vecchio, via the Vasari Corridor, and there is a passage connecting it to the Pitti Palace, through the Boboli Gardens.
The elegant Palazzina di Belvedere at the centre of the fortress is a pre-existing building, probably designed by Bartolomeo Ammannati around 1570.
Walk up here to enjoy spectacular panoramics over Florence, wander along the ancient walkways, lie in the sun or read a good book.
In the past the venue has hosted some beautiful and spectacular contemporary art exhibitions by Henry Moore, Fausto Melotti, Mimmo Paladino, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Anish Kapoor and Folon. Moreover, it has always been the perfect location for giant sculptures, like the ones decorating the fort’s terraces today, with the exhibition “L’Anima e la Materia/Soul and Matter” by Zhang Huan.