Ai Weiwei Exhibition in Florence is one of the contemporary art events most significant in recent years of this italian city. The Ai Weiwei exhibition starts with a series of rafts hanging from the windows of the first floor of the palace.
This event involves many aspects of the current history. The Ai Weiwei exhibition
in Florence focuses on both universal themes as the artist's troubled political past and also the art forms to bring out often dramatic facts, for example the plight of refugees.
Ai Weiwei is a very special artist. Much discussion usually put his art to politics and to the great social issues of our times . The Chinese artist has repeatedly stated that "Everything is art, everything is political".
The external preparation of the exhibition of the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei raises immediately attention to the problem of refugees flow from Africa to Europe. Inflatable boats are used to cross the sea in search of a better future .They are clearly visible both by visitors to the exhibition and by foreigners who daily pass through the historic downtown area of Florence.
Red rafts placed as frames on the windows of the first floor of Palazzo Strozzi will remain From 23 September 2016 to 22 January together with the entire period of the exhibition of Ai Weiwei.
The settings on the Strozzi Palace also raise some questions and memories in the Florentine life, remembering that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the disastrous flood that hit very hard Florence back in 4 November 1966.
A date that will remain forever in contemporary history as one of the darkest days of the city of the lily flower.
During the days of the anniversary of the tragic flood in Florence in 1966 the red rubber boats on display on the first floor of Palazzo Strozzi might have a different meaning for the Florentines. They, until today, during the rainy days of November uneasily watch the Arno river filling up.