The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1933 – 1953)


Established in Florence in 1933, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a new way of understanding the theater, which is based on the integration between performance and visual arts. The contribution of painters, sculptors and architects, who designed the sets and costumes according to a principle inspired by the great innovation of Ballets Russes by Diaghilev, makes up for a legacy of extraordinary drawings, sketches and stage costume models of great artistic importance.  In this room, created in collaboration with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the sound system allows the spectator to be surrounded by some songs belonging to the experimental program proposed by the festival in its first twenty years of activity.  It is a selection of songs interacting with the artworks exhibited, endorsed by some of the leading representatives of Italian and international art from the first half of the twentieth century. In fact, the collaborating artists range from painters and sculptors close to metaphysics, surrealism, Art Deco, New Expressionism, Tuscan Neopurism, the Roman school, the Novecento and Corrente. A testimony of this is the incredible heritage preserved in the archive of the festival.

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