The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence has the pleasure to inform you that you have been selected by the International Selections Committee to participate in the X Edition of the Florence Biennale will be held October 17 to 25, 2015 at the historic venue, the Fortezza da Basso in heart of the city.


An art showcase par excellence, the Florence Biennale has become an outstanding event on the contemporary art scene at the International level. The prestige acquired by this biennial stems from the far-seeing policies lying behind the way in which value and opportunities have been given to the participating artists over the years. Also crucial has been the ability to identify and offer original proposals through innovative curatorial approaches, aimed at presenting artworks within an exhibition path unfolding into ‘tailored’ spaces of display meeting the needs of each and every artist. Overall, the exhibition has turned out to be an engaging environment in which art – in its many different forms and languages – can be interpreted and shared.  


In collaboration with public institutions, in primis the Municipality of Florence, various collateral events are being prepared with a view to foster virtual dialogue between Florence and the EXPO 2015. Such an undertaking mirrors the Florence Biennale’s commitment to preserve cultural diversity and its wealth of creative expressions.


Not by chance from this year new award categories have been established for Textile & Fiber, Ceramics, and Jewel artists at the Florence Biennale. 
Also in the forthcoming edition, whose theme is Art and the Polis, hundreds of artists from many different countries will have the chance to meet within the framework of a vital, inspiring, and inclusive event, which is attended by an increasingly wider audience. Internationally renowned artists will be guests of honour, as happened in previous editions with David Hockey, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Richard Anuskiewicz, Gilbert & George, Marina Abramović, Shu Yong, José Luis Cuevas, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, and Anish Kapoor who were awarded the ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Lifetime Achievement Award.


Art and the Polis, is the theme proposed for the X Florence Biennale by the Artistic Director, Rolando Bellini. The myth of the ideal city inherited from classical antiquity revived: the polis (ancient Greek city-state) should be interpreted not only as environment, but also as a microcosm with balanced interrelation between Man and Nature. And, not least, as a privileged scene in which, every two years, the Fortezza da Basso becomes the ‘city of the artists,’ thus an ideal contemporary city where talents from across the world give lustre to Florence. Debuting artists, emerging artist, and established artist, all committed to experimenting forms, materials and techniques with increasingly raised awareness. 


Should you be interested in taking this opportunity, please kindly download the documents by clicking on the following link. The documents include the participation procedures, regulations, and registration form, including information about the published catalog edited by Fausto Lupetti Editore. 

Email: select@florencebiennale.org

Link Presentation Biennale 2015:  http://www.florencebiennale.org/booklet/
Documents: http://www.florencebiennale.org/download/FB15docENG.pdf



Best Regarsds
Florence Biennale Committee





Via delle Porte Nuove 10
50144 Firenze - Italy
Office | +39 055 3249173