The first Danted, the national day of Dante Alighieri conceived by Paolo Di Stefano on the columns of the Corriere della Sera and created by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, took place only online and at the windows: it was March 25 last year, in full lockdown. This second Danted, in the year in which the exact 7 centuries since the death of the Supreme Poet are celebrated, will see his first physical symbol in expectation and in the hope of being able to also realize live events: the landing of the maxi-fir by Giuseppe Penone in Piazza della Signoria, as a preview of the contemporary art exhibition Alberi In-versi dedicated to Dante which will open at the Uffizi on June 1st where it will remain on display until September 12th.
Seven years ago, the Piedmontese artist, master of poor art, was the protagonist of an impressive solo exhibition of sculptures at the Forte di Belvedere and the Boboli Gardens: Vegetable perspective. And now at the age of 74 he returns to Florence with a series of drawings that celebrate Alighieri including this installation of 22 meters high, the largest work ever hosted in the historic center of Florence. Penone is inspired by the triplet of the eighteenth of Paradise the tree that lives on the top to create drawings that intend to tell the border world between matter and idea in contemporary art.
The 22-meter sculpture that we will see in Piazza della Signoria, created in collaboration with the Continua Association, represents the first taste of it and is simply called Abete. Unveiling it on the morning of March 25 will be the director of the Uffizi Eike Schmidt, the president of the Tuscany Region Eugenio Giani, the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella, the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence Tommaso Sacchi and the board of directors of the Uffizi Galleries. Valdo Spini. In a year so troubled and hit by the pandemic, great contemporary art returns to Piazza della Signoria – announces Sacchi – Penone one of the great masters of the twentieth century and the work of extraordinary value and a reflection on the use of urban space, on the relationship between man and nature, between man and city. And there is no longer a year in the drama we are experiencing to address these issues and rewrite the pact between us and nature.
The date of March 25 will be the pivot or the beginning of many Dante initiatives. As the laying of the first stone of the Museum of the Italian Language in the convent of Santa Maria Novella, the restoration of the poet’s cenotaph in Santa Croce by Stefano Ricci and the exhibition Dante 700 always in Santa Maria Novella with the photographs by Massimo Sestini.
March 9, 2021 | 21:01