“soul + matter” at the forte belvedere

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence
Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence

Perched high at a good vantage point above the San Niccolò neighborhood and behind the Boboli Gardens is Florence’s Forte Belvedere. This beautiful Renaissance fortress has been closed for conservation purposes and security issues, but after a 5 year wait, it reopened earlier this month, once again providing a fabulous destination, contemporary art exhibitions and installations, and one of the most fantastic views of the city.

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

An exhibition of work by Chinese artist Zhang Huan, L’Anima e la Materia / Soul and Matter, makes great use of the building and grounds. From July 9 – October 13, 2013, the Fort will be open from 10am-8pm. The sometimes monumental sculptures by Huan (b. 1965) create a dialogue between diverse cultures, past and present using images and symbols from different societies and religious practices, with obvious ties to Buddhism. Other interesting works are his “paintings” done with ash. His work brings attention to contemporary political issues in China questioned with the country’s historical past and memory.

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

ZhanForte Belvedere, Florence (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Works by Huan will also be exhibited at the Palazzo Vecchio. A cumulative ticket is available for the Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere at the price of 14 euro. For those who are only interested in the Fort is the ‘Forte Card’, a 5 euro ticket entry to the Fort for the whole period of the exhibition.

Zhang Huan @ Forte Belvedere

Zhang Huan: L’anima e la materia/Soul and Matter

July 8 – October 13, 2013

Forte di Belvedere, via San Leonardo – Florence, Italy

Forte di Belvedere
Closed on Thursdays
Open 10am-8pm
Admission € 5.00

Palazzo Vecchio
Closed on Thursdays
Open 9am – midnight
Admission € 10.00
Forte di Belvedere + Palazzo Vecchio
Entry to both locations € 14.00
Forte Card* € 5,00
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