From November 9 from the Art Cave "Michelangelo" in Carrara to Florence, where it was sculpted by Michelangelo for real in the early sixteenth century, the copy of David, from the original cast, is ready for the four-day tour that will pass from the yoke of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore to the Duomo square, and to the Museum of the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza Signoria.
All this under the banner of 'Florens 2010' on the occasion of the International Week of Cultural and Environmental Heritage that has organized the commemoration of the debate sparked in Florence in 1504 to decide the location of the extraordinary statue of the biblical hero. To accept this prestigious guest with due honors, yesterday afternoon in Piazza Duomo was built 'castle' on which the sculpture will be placed. The association Culter has been responsible for the entire organization of the touring show 'David, the power of beauty', association already known for important historical re-enactments (such has his staged reading of the 12 articles of the Constitution before the President Napolitano in March 2008 as weel as Dante 100 Songs for Florence).
Over 30 conferences, 10 exhibitions, 150 events and the International Forum of culture and the environmental. And then a long list of foreign guests: the French economist Jean-Paul Fitoussi, the American art historian and critic Philippe de Montebello, from the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to the British architect Richard Rogers, up to Zahi Hawass, the 'Pharaoh' of Egyptian antiquities. And on behalf of Italy, among others, the artist Mimmo Paladino, the art critic Achille Bonito Oliva and Sergio Givone philosopher.
These are some of the data and names of Florens 2010 - Week of Cultural and Environmental Assets to be held in Florence November 12 to 20. Designed by Giovanni Gentile, president of Confindustria Florence,
artistic direction of the first edition of the event is curated by David Rampello.
"Florens 2010'' the organizers explain, "not only will host personalities and experiences of global significance, but also present the outstanding cultural, artistic and economic heritage of the territory. The entire city of Florence will be involved: the sacred places (Cathedral, Baptistery) to those of civic institutions (Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Palazzo Strozzi Sacrati), from mansions to streets, from museums to universities, from the libraries, theaters, libraries, to the neighboring municipalities of Scandicci, Fiesole, Bagno a Ripoli and Campi Bisenzio".
''The initiative aims to promote cultural and environmental heritage as a driving force for economic and social development" - said John Gentile - "proposing an innovative model of golden economy for the industrial exploitation of field of cultural heritage and environment. Florence and Tuscany is an ideal laboratory for the emergence of a global arts, culture and economy, export internationally and able to formulate concrete actions in an innovative way.''
" 'The valuation is re-interpretation' will be the guiding theme of the event, who wants to lead", Gentile explains,''a reflection on the reasons and need for change, not only in culture, but also in the production systems and institutions in favor of improving the quality of life, increasing competitiveness and intellectual enterprise.''
From this concept, the event will offer 150 events including workshops, exhibitions, lessons, dialogues, conferences, courses and scientific-cultural considerations are addressed an audience of professionals and scholars, to students, families and tourists, in fact, the program offers proposals for all target audiences.
In Palazzo Vecchio from Thursday 18 to Saturday, November 20 will take place the International Forum of Cultural Heritage and environment, which will bring together experts, representatives of the most important museums in the world, organizations and international institutions.
Over 70 speakers from 20 countries and four continents will compete in a dialogue between the business community and culture in order to promote cultural heritage and environmental paradigm of production such as winning new engine of industrial development. We will present some of the most successful experiences worldwide. They expected 300 participants from 27 countries, which will have the opportunity to contribute to the debates during the three days.
Among the international actors of the Forum include: Jean-Paul Fitoussi, president of the Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques, Patrick Blanc, creator of the vertical gardens, Marc Olivier Wahler, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Laurent Fabius, former prime French minister and president of District Council Rouen, Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Glenn Adamson, deputy director of research at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Terry Garcia, executive vice president of the National Geographic Society, Philippe de Montebello, director emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Wafaa el Saddik, director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Charles Leadbeater, author and innovation expert, Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs of the MoMA in New York, Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities, Edward Dolman, Managing Director of Christies.
Among the events the more attractive Piazza del Duomo will be involved in urban art installation of great visual impact: its floor will be transformed into a huge meadow full of flowers as it did in the famous Miracle of San Zenobi. And yet David, the power of beauty, a tribute to Michelangelo's masterpiece, with a life-size reproduction of the statue which will be housed on the spur of the Cathedral, in front of St. Maria del Fiore and the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio to retrace virtually the dispute that broke out in the '500. In the keynote are schedule dialogues between the architect Rem Koolhaas, designer Chris Bangle, the critic Achille Bonito Oliva, and even Monsignor Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence and the artist Mimmo Paladino, Sergio Givone between the philosopher and the architect Richard Rogers, between the architect and Professor Elisabetta Susani Gianfranco Gensini.
Going back to David, the evocation of the dispute on the myth of Michelangelo's masterpiece is the brainchild of art critic Sergio Risaliti, who reconstructed the story through historical sources. And from Thursday through Sunday will be like the time to rewind back to 1464, when the huge block of marble about 30 tons arrived in town from the quarries of Carrara. Commissioned by the Opera del Duomo, was order to Agostino di Duccio to carve a prophet to be placed on one of the foothills of Santa Maria del Fiore on the side of the Almond door on the via dei Servi side. The documents say that Agostino di Duccio left the work unfinished and then passed from hand to Antonio Rossellino that still did not finish the job. The block remained sketchy in storage until 1501, when the operation called Michelangelo to complete the statute. Hidden behind a wooden crate, Michelangelo completed his early masterpiece to be showned in Florence on June 26, 1503. It was then that the standard-bearer Pier Soderini wanted him to "snatch" the cathedral, saying that more than a religious symbol was a magnificent symbol for the Florentine Republic. So it was that he was appointed a committee of super experts, comprising among others, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci, to decide where to place the David.
The chronicle of the debate began Thursday afternoon when the statue of Carrara was raised and fixed on the spur of the cathedral at 35 feet high and illuminated by a beam of light. All this is thanks to the synergy between technical Culter, Opera del Duomo and the Caf. On the night of Friday, was removed by crane and transferred to the churchyard of the Cathedral, to coincide with the commemoration of the miracle of San Zenobi, has leaned on a huge green lawn. It was here that he wanted to Botticelli and here remained until evening, when it was moved and preserved to this day near the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
Which brings us to today's parade Sunday, November 14. At 16.30, on a special machine was rebuilt on the original design of gimmick, David starts to Piazza Signoria, accompanied by a historical procession of two hundred listed - in collaboration with the Florentine traditions of folk - complete with lighting with lanterns and torches to get to Loggia dei Lanzi, where Leonardo wanted to fix it. A point where today, a copy of Carrara can communicate remotely with another replica of David sull'arengario of Palazzo Vecchio.
The entire route from the quarries in Florence followed by a troupe of transmission "Voyager" RAI Roberto Giacobbo.
Article taken from The Nazione.it