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These private and otherwise inaccessible workshops in the region of Florence, Prato and Pistoia are to open their doors to the public for a year and to welcome into their inner sanctums anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of contemporary art through direct interaction with the leading players themselves, chosen from among several generations of artists.

In the context of the “toscanaincontemporanea 2009” project sponsored by the Tuscany Regional Authority, the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, curator of the Open Studios project, has put together a full timetable of encounters in artists’ studios. The visits will be accompanied by a mediator and have been designed as occasions for genuine dialogue between artists and the public.

The visits are based on a three-monthly calendar running, from October 2009 to June 2010, with a maximum of 10 to 12 participants per visit. Reservations are required. Special group visits for existing groups can also be booked on demand outside the regular programme.

The Open Studios project will allow visitors to familiarise with today’s artistic output in Tuscany “as it happens”, providing an overview of a range of different artistic techniques, from experiments in painting, through such contemporary media as photography, installations, video art and performance art, to public artworks and research in the musical and sound environment.

In allowing visitors to meet the artists in the first person, the project is designed to act as an interface between the region’s artistic output, its local population and those who work in the business both in Italy and internationally, fostering solid links with the contemporary art network.

toscanaincontemporanea 2009
Sponsored by the Tuscany Regional Authority

Taking part in the project, in conjunction with Prato’s Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, are: the Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence, the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Lo Schermo dell’arte, and Florence University’s Department of the History of Art and Theatre.

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