art openings and free thursdays at palazzo strozzi

Today,  March 13th, Palazzo Strozzi is hosting its monthly Giovedi al Quadrato, or Thursday at the Square. This event is already a FFF dream: late-night museum hours from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., free activities (including concerts, creative events and more) in the atrium from 7:30 p.m. on, and free or discounted entry to the Palazzo’s galleries. To see the show on the piano nobile, guests can buy special two-for-one entrance tickets after 6 p.m. Better yet, guests can buy special combo tickets that include two-for-one admission and two drinks for just € 12.50. Entrance to the Strozzina exhibit is free.

The best part of these Thursday nights is when they coincide with gallery openings at the Palazzo – which is happening tonight! Below, we give you the scoop on both shows so you’ll be prepared come aperitivo hour for a fabulous evening out.


First, a stunner of a show has just opened in the main Strozzi galleries. Pontormo e Rosso Fiorentino: Diverging Paths of Mannerism explores the exceptional, unconventional styles of Florence’s first Mannerists. From Palazzo Strozzi:

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino trained under Andrea del Sarto while maintaining a strongly independent approach and enormous freedom of expression. Pontormo, always a favourite with the Medici, was a painter open to stylistic variety and to a renewal of the traditional approach to composition. Rosso Fiorentino, on the other hand, was more tightly bound to tradition, yet at the same time he was fully capable of flights of originality and innovation, influenced also by Cabalistic literature and esoteric works.

Long story short, they both built upon the Renaissance greats and blew the roof off the old style with fanciful colors and intricate compositions. So run, don’t walk, to see this “unrepeatable event,” where many of the two men’s works have been brought together for the first time, and still others restored specifically for this incredible occasion (Pontormo’s The Visitation, we’re looking at you!).

If you, like us, can’t make it in person on Thursday, don’t fret! Palazzo Strozzi has set up an in-depth, informational virtual tour that gives you sneak peeks into how the galleries are laid out. And here’s a bit more about it in Italian:

The show runs from March 8th until July 20th. For tickets and more details visit here.


The Mannerists are just the start to the art-powerhouse on display. Family Matters: Living and Representing the Family Today opens tonight, March 13th, and it’s FREE. A free contemporary art opening in a famed Renaissance palazzo – could life get any more glamorous? From the Strozzina:

The exhibition presents the works of eleven international artists that encourage an investigation into the images, dynamics and structures that define the concept of family in the contemporary world. The videos, photographs and installations in the exhibition confront and deconstruct this concept, combining the autobiographical subjectivity of each artist with a search for a collective meaning, reflecting on those cultural, moral, ethical and biological ties that define and characterize a family. To speak about this topic is to reflect on the contradiction between the individualism of contemporary man and the persistence of social models and relational needs that find a fundamental nucleus in the family.

Artists: Guy Ben-Ner, Sophie Calle, Jim Campbell, John Clang, Nan Goldin, Courtney Kessel, Ottonella Mocellin e Nicola Pellegrini, Trish Morrissey, Hans Op de Beeck, Chrischa Oswald, Thomas Struth

The fun begins at 7:00 p.m., and – it bears repeating – the event is free. For more information on the show, which also runs until July 20th, visit here.

If you visit either show, we’d love to hear your personal reviews! Let us know about your experience in the comments. Happy late-night museuming, and mille grazie to the Strozzi (and their sponsors) for their generosity.

Images taken from Palazzo Strozzi’s and Strozzina’s Facebook pages.


  1. I’m going to go! Thanks!!!

    1. YES! let us know what you think!

  2. At least I can be in Florence via virtual tour! LOL! Any preview for May events? We are there from May 9 – 20th. Come along?

    1. we WISH! that is a great time to visit, too! there are a few events already posted on the calendar, but stay tuned for the full events post in two weeks’ time. we’ll be sure to keep you busy during your visit!

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