PALAZZO STROZZI - Marina Abramović The Cleaner

Via Giuseppe Giusti 29, Firenze

What are astronauts’ spacesuits made of?
Thursday 17 January, 4.00 pm  

for children aged 6+
Saturday 19 January, 11.00 am - SOLD OUT 
for children aged 3-6
It rains diamonds on Uranus and Neptune
Friday 18 January, 4.00 pm
for everyone
The workshops presented by the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica straddle reality and imagination. As you can already see from their titles, the aim is truly original: to discover the fashionable side of the universe.

Monsters at the Uffizi
Friday 18 January, 4.00 pm - SOLD OUT
for children aged 8 to 12
In the Gallery of Statues and Paintings, a tour to discover the fantastic creatures hidden in the masterpieces on show at the Uffizi. The fairytale and mythological storytelling will be animated by monstrous presences for all to admire. The visit, guided by a museum educator, will turn into a sort of treasure hunt in the museum, designed for younger visitors but exciting for everyone, with an original interpretation: searching for monsters is in fact a metaphor of the darker sides of humanity.

Piazzale degli Uffizi, Firenze

You and me, the art of portrait
Saturday 19 January, 3.00 pm

For children aged 4 to 7
A journey that allows children to approach 20th century arts with a cross-cutting, participatory and inclusive approach. The itinerary focuses on some selected works, useful for grasping the dynamic and dialectical spirit running through the whole of the 20th century, implementing a total rethinking of the arts and their possible interactions. The continuous installation by Paolo Masi, the colourful architecture of Superstudio, the painting made up of gestures and colours by Emilio Vedova, the sculptures by Martini, stylish fashion by Pitti and the musical experiments of Grossi and Chiari will be the opportunity for a multisensory encounter with the arts. In the second part of the activity, the children, divided into small groups, will set to work to give shape to a “total work of art” that brings together their collective experience, weaving in the different artistic languages.

Collage, the art of choosing
Saturday 19 January, 4.30 pm

For children aged 6 to 10
In collage, a typically twentieth-century technique, brushes, colours or pastels are not used, but rather a “choice” is made, selecting and overlapping details of images, photographs, magazines, writing and more in critical form to create and compose something brand new. After a short visit to the museum, during which the works whose distinctive trait is “composition” will be highlighted, the children can try their hand at producing a portrait/self portrait in collage/décollage form which, overcoming the idea of realistic reproduction, includes emotions, qualities, expressions and characters of the person represented.

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Via dei Renai 37, Firenze

Around the Piglet
Sunday 20 January 11.00 am

For children aged 4 to 7
The bronze “piglet” present under the Mercato Nuovo loggia is one of Florence’s best-known animals, also thanks to the story by Andersen. Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists touch the tip of its snout as a good luck charm. But the story of this famous animal is not very well-known: it begins in Greece in the fourth century BC, continues in the first century AD in Rome and carries on between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Florence. In actual fact, the sculpture is a wild boar, whose modern version was made by Pietro Tacca. The work, which was transferred inside the museum after a painstaking restoration intervention, shows the animal sitting at the edge of a pool of water and surrounded by a myriad of plants and small animals: curious presences which, thanks to children’s imagination, will come to life to populate an enchanted meadow.

A legendary collection
Sunday 20 January, 12.30 pm

For children aged 8 to 12
The Museum, an extraordinary exhibition venue for the works of the antique dealer Stefano Bardini, destined to attract collectors and art lovers from all over the world, still elicits great fascination: elegant rooms, in which the pieces become protagonists and tell their story in the best possible way. Among these, numerous ancient pieces such as sarcophagi, marble busts of heroes and deities and mythical characters reinterpreted throughout the course of art history stand out. The tour route, which take visitors from ancient Greece to Etruscan and Latin history, will give a voice back to the protagonists of a legendary past such as warriors, heroes, gods, satyrs and queens: participants will be told their stories, immortalised in the art and suspended between reality and myth.

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It takes a flower to make a city
Sunday 20 January, 3.00 pm

For children aged 4 to 7
Florence owes its name to the supposed origins of the Roman colony of Florentia, founded on a lively, flower-covered expanse along the Arno river. It is not easy to determine whether this is historical or mythical truth, just as it is not easy to define which flower has symbolised the city from its birth: a lily, an iris? The story takes place amongst the flowers to help the children regain possession of the symbol of the city, much seen but little observed, and understand how Florence is just like a flower, to be kept and looked after with care.

In the Bottega: fresco painting
Sunday 20 January, 4.30 pm

For children aged 8+
Of all the other ways that painters work, painting on walls is the most masterful and beautiful.This is how Giorgio Vasari presents the fresco technique, considered one of the most difficult because it does not allow for second thoughts and requires a perfect knowledge of the materials and pigments. The workshop allows participants to try their hand at the different stages of producing a small fresco, which they can take away with them at the end of the activity.

Piazza Signoria 1, Firenze

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Fashion Fish
Saturday 19 January, 10.30 am - SOLD OUT

for children aged 5 to 10
Ssshhh! Silence. What’s this strange noise? It looks like something slithering along on the ground... it’s a fish! A fish out of water! Where’s it going? The curious little fish has come out of his case and dived into the waves and brilliance of the Animalia Fashion exhibition. The rooms of the Costume Gallery are brimming with bizarre objects: tentacular dresses, spider-shaped shoes, soft white-feather hats, shell glasses, mother-of-pearl clutches and even an Amazonian headpiece with brightly-coloured parrot feathers.

The little fish, enchanted, swims around the rooms: it captures the shine of the silver scales and the iridescent colour of the sequins, it sinks into the impalpable lightness of the chiffon and glows in the light of the Swarovski crystals. What a party! In its new glistening and iridescent skin, the little fish returns to its case, ready to be admired and studied once again. This is the story in which the children will play a starring role thanks to this surprising workshop. After a short but focused tour of the exhibition, the participants will devote themselves to creating a colourful imaginary fish, rich in precious, unusual materials: sequins, trimmings, distinctive papers, prints from the Encyclopaedia of the Sixteenth Century by Ulisse Aldrovandi, scrolls, feathers and much more. Once finished, the fish will be placed inside a case, namely a cardboard box with a transparent lid. A scroll will also be placed inside the case on which children will write the name of their fish, just like in a real scientific classification.

Magical items
Friday 18 January, 5.00 pm

For families with children aged 3 to 6
Stones, crystals and mysterious objects that transmit energy: the works of Marina Abramović conceal extraordinary powers. During the activity, a selection of works by this great artist will be analysed. Through observation, storytelling and play, the young participants will discover how many things a work of art can tell us and what powers it can have on us. After the walk around the exhibition, the group will move to the workshop where - using their own bodies and some special objects - the participants will bring to life creations that will appear by magic.

Dressing in energy
Saturday 19 January, 10 am

For families with children aged 7 to 12
Through a special visit to some of the rooms of the exhibition dedicated to Marina Abramović, adults and children will come into contact with the world of Performance Art. On the tour, there will be opportunities to reflect, experiment with and share points of view and opinions with the rest of the group. A series of exercises will help visitors find out the secrets of an art that uses the body as its main means of expression. The tour ends in the workshop with a creative activity that completes the experience: through the relationship of the body with space, time, objects and other people, each family can build a new work that will be the expression of all its components.

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Piazza degli Strozzi 1, Firenze


Piazza Santissima Annunziata 13, Firenze

Pippo and the magic square game
Saturday 19 January, from 11 am to 12.30 pm
For children aged 7 to 11, the presence of a parent is not required (but participation is appreciated). In 1419, Filippo Brunelleschi, known to all for having built the Dome on Florence Cathedral, designed the Ospedale degli Innocenti, thereby inaugurating Renaissance architecture. This workshop is an exciting game to discover the story of “Pippo” Brunelleschi, first as a child and then as an adult, in the Florence of the fifteenth century, and the geometric figures hidden in the portico and courtyards of this ancient building. Then, in the Bottega dei Ragazzi, home of the workshops, the participants will create a cubic bay using simple materials.

Discovering the Ospedale degli Innocenti
Saturday 19 January, from 3 pm to 4.30 pm
For children aged 4 to 6 - the presence of one parent per child is required.

A hunt for details, architectural elements and characters found in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, in the portico and in the courtyards of the Ospedale degli Innocenti. Finally, the group moves to the Bottega dei Ragazzi, home to the workshops, where each child will recreate all the details to reconstruct the ancient Renaissance architecture designed by Brunelleschi.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10, Firenze

Piazza Pitti 1, Firenze


Piazza San Pancrazio, Firenze

Art and tactful contact
Sunday 20 January, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm - SOLD OUT

For families with children aged 3 to 6
In museums, everyone knows that touching is forbidden. On this tour, however, not only is it allowed, but touch and multi-sensoriality become the privileged approach in understanding the work of art with its material properties. Inspired by Bruno Munari’s tactile workshops, this proposal involves the discovery of some sculptures by Marino Marini, starting from their surface and the material used, thus encouraging the inclusion of all the participants. The experience is completed with a clay modelling workshop.

Emotional colours
Sunday 20 January, 3.30 - 5.30 pm - SOLD OUT

For families with children aged 7 to 11
Colour provokes emotions, transmits sensations and communicates moods. Colour bears witness to changes and expresses the meaning of transformation. In a museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, an activity that reflects on creative expressiveness and involves participants in experiments of corporeal, graphic and pictorial gestures takes on a deep, stimulating meaning. The exploration in the museum is followed by a workshop activity during which the children will produce their own jigsaw puzzle of the colours.

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