Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti and the Miac project

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In November 1966, the flood shakes Florence and causes a considerable damage even from an artistic point of view: the images of mud angels intent on recovering the huge underwater cultural heritage from the slime go around the world. While the restoration workshops start the recovery of the works, the art historian Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti launches an international appeal for the establishment of an International Museum of Contemporary Art in Florence as a form of indemnity for the city that would establish it as a «center of contemporary artistic life»The first part of the collection is formed thanks to the contribution of more than two hundred artists who accepted his invitation. Their works, sent mostly by January 1967, are brought together in the Artists for Florence exhibition, which opened in February at the Palazzo Vecchio. In many cases, for the artists participating in the exhibition, this trip was not their first visit to Florence. Already in the postwar period, Florence was considered in fact a vibrant city thanks to the presence of important galleries such as Numero by Fiamma Vigo, Quadrante by Matilda Giorgini and La Vigna Nuova by the brothers Danilo and Sergio Santi. Another reason for this vitality is the intense activity of the newborn Strozzina exhibition space which is dedicated to contemporary art and was directed by Ragghianti.

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