When Jeff Koons met Michelangelo

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Roll over, Michelangelo

WHEN Arturo Galansino returned to his native Italy from a post at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2015, he soon realised that the zeitgeist “was exactly the opposite of what was happening in New York and London: the art of the past was having more success than contemporary art”. Italy could boast some of the most influential cutting-edge artists and collectors. Yet enthusiasm for their efforts was confined to a small minority.

Nowhere was that truer than Florence, where Mr Galansino had just become director general of Palazzo Strozzi, a prime exhibition space. Though his reputation as a curator had been built on shows of Old Masters at the Louvre and Britain’s National Gallery, he set about lending the Palazzo’s substantial reputation and resources to a fledgling movement that is turning the supreme Renaissance city into Italy’s liveliest arena for contemporary art. Since 2016 Palazzo Strozzi has hosted ambitious shows by…Continue reading

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