Art for Tomorrow:

Is culture a Way Out?

Art for Tomorrow

April 26-30, 2023

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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. 

Topics include:

  • 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?

Detailed Agenda

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. 

H. E. Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani

H. E. Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani

Chairperson, Qatar Museums Board of Trustees
Irina Bokova

Irina Bokova

DCF Chair, and Former Director-General, UNESCO
Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli

Creative Director and C.E.O., Brunello Cucinelli
Dana Dajani

Dana Dajani

Actress and poet
Aindrea Emelife

Aindrea Emelife

Curator, Art Historian and Author
Clare Farrell

Clare Farrell

Author and Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion
Audrey Ou

Audrey Ou

Co-Founder and C.E.O., TRLab
Mariko Silver

Mariko Silver

President and C.E.O., Henry Luce Foundation

Art for Tomorrow 2023 Moderators

 

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

European Culture Editor, The New York Times
Farah Nayeri

Farah Nayeri

Culture Writer, The New York Times
Yorgos Archimandritis

Yorgos Archimandritis

Author, Cultural Radio Producer and Journalist.
Roslyn Sulcas

Roslyn Sulcas

Culture Writer, The New York Times

2023 Agenda Highlights

28 Apr
Brunello Cucinelli's Solomeo Weekend

Brunello Cucinelli's Solomeo Weekend

Join us for the drive from the Tuscan lands into Umbria to the medieval village of Solomeo for a cultural weekend curated by the Brunello Cucinelli team.

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26 Apr
Palazzo Strozzi Exhibition and Welcome

Palazzo Strozzi Exhibition and Welcome

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.

 

 

27 Apr
Chiesa di San Salvatore di Ognissanti

Chiesa di San Salvatore di Ognissanti

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.

27 Apr
AfT Panel Discussion: Heritage for Tomorrow

AfT Panel Discussion: Heritage for Tomorrow


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?

28 Apr
Antico Setificio Fiorentino

Antico Setificio Fiorentino

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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