Art for Tomorrow
April 26-30, 2023
In-person: Florence and Solomeo, Italy
Art for Tomorrow 2023
In an era where our society, and democracy, are buffeted by war, disinformation, gaping inequalities and the climate catastrophe, the world needs creative ideas.
Can the arts be a way out?
Culture feeds us in a way that facts can’t. It moves, challenges and inspires us, and can force us to rethink our assumptions. Art for Tomorrow looks at this interplay between the arts and society, examining culture’s social and economic impact. The 2023 edition will use the stunning backdrop of Florence and Solomeo to explore the link between beauty and creativity, questions about cultural heritage, and art’s unique capacity to elicit change.
Moderated by senior New York Times journalists, the world-class AfT program will bring together practitioners, experts and activists to explore the social impact of the arts. In addition, attendees will have an experiential programme of Florence’s eclectic artistic landscape, venturing into the city’s museums, galleries, performance spaces and artist studios to see the arts in action.
- Role of the Museum: Mirror or Megaphone?
- Gender and the Arts: Crises, Quotas and Correctives
- Heritage for Tomorrow
- Public Art, Digital Art and the Climate Crisis
- When Arts Education Becomes a Luxury
- Protest Art and the Art of Protest
- NFTs Are Here to Stay. Why?
Art for Tomorrow 2023 Speakers
Confirmed speakers include President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, filmmaker Amos Gitai, architects Christian and Elisabeth de Portzamparc, director of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Melissa Chiu and many more to be announced soon.
Art for Tomorrow 2023 Moderators
The event is moderated by senior New York Times journalists.
2023 Agenda Highlights
Welcome cocktail at the Palazzo Strozzi including a VIP tour of their exhibition ''Reaching for the Stars'' featuring works of some 40 contemporary artists from Maurizio Cattelan to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Visit Chiesa di San Salvatore di Ognissantione with its extraordinary works made by some of the greatest masters such as Giotto, Taddeo Gaddi, Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. You’ll also find the tombs of Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli and his muse, Simonetta Vespucci. Not to miss: The Last Supper by Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Florence’s historic city center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. But like many sites around the world, it faces challenges that are only accelerating in the current era, especially from climate change and mass tourism. What should Florence and
other cities do to protect and promote their cultural heritage while still preserving their economic lifeblood? What are some ways that cities are creating new definitions of what heritage means?
Antico Setificio Fiorentino, one of the few remaining workshops for silk production left in the world and the last one in Florence, creates bespoke fabrics on antique looms, like the timeless warping machine built in the 18th century on a design by Leonardo da Vinci! Take a tour the workshop and discover luxury craftmanship.
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