Villa Romana 1905–2013
The Artists House in Florence
22 November 2013 – 9 March 2014
Complementing the exhibition Florence!, the first comprehensive presentation in Germany of more than 700 years of art and culture in the Tuscan capital, the Art and Exhibition Hall is showcasing the Villa Romana.
The Artist House is a small, complex institution with a great history. The Villa Romana in Florence is a place of contemporary artistic production and international exchange. Since its beginnings, the registered association enjoys the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Deutsche Bank Foundation and a wide range of private sponsors.
The exhibition traces the history of the renowned institution through a selection of works that span the period from its foundation through the post-war years right to the present. The Villa Romana was founded in 1905 by the German artist Max Klinger. The generous financial support of his circle of art-loving friends allowed him to purchase the neoclassical villa on Via Senese that was to provide a space in which artists could fulfil their potential. To this day, the chief raison d’être of the Villa Romana is the prestigious Villa Romana-Prize. Consisting of a stipend and a ten-months stay in Florence, it is awarded every year to four outstanding artists living in Germany. Two more key aspects of the exhibition are the presentation of works by past and current winners of the Villa Romana-Prize and of works that respond to the city of Florence and reflect its changing reality and impact.
The three sections are closely intertwined, presenting the Villa Romana as a vibrant forum for the ongoing dialogue between artists and the public and between the Mediterranean cultures and the international art world.
An exhibition of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with the Verein Villa Romana e.V. (Patrons’ Association of Villa Romana)