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Saturday, January 22, 2011

I Live in the Wrong City. Wrong Time: Up Against the Renaissance

FLORENCE — The bohemian artistic community in Florence in the early 16th century was almost certainly the first to stage regular absurdist “happenings.”

Martino Margheri/CCCStrozzina, Firenze

At the Palazzo Strozzi, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Metrocubo d’infinito” is an installation in which a cube of inward facing mirrors is placed in another large mirrored chamber, reproducing the image of the inner cube, and that of the viewer, reflected into infinity.




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The center of this activity was “La Sapienza,” an abandoned, half-built, never-to-be-completed university site, taken over by a group of like-minded artists as studios, and the venue for uproarious, avant-garde theatrical and musical performances and all-night parties. The inhabitants of this warehouse-style commune included Jacopo Sansovino, Ruperto di Filippino and Giovanfrancesco Rustici, who kept a pet eagle and porcupine.

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