Great expectations for the Biennale dell’Antiquariato in Florence 2022, scheduled from 24 September to 2 October at Palazzo Corsini.

The BIAF is one of the most important events dedicated to Italian art on the international scene which has reached its 32nd edition. The aim is to exceed the number of 28,000 visitors recorded in the XXXI edition.

An event held, for the first time, in 1953 and wanted by Luigi Bellini in order to bring together the best of Italian antiques in Florence. Six years later, Mario and Giuseppe Bellini, with the help of the Antiques Association of Italy, set up one of the most important events in the world, involving Italian and foreign operators.

Today, the Biennale brings to Florence a selection of the best Italian and international antique dealers and with them an important and varied choice of works. Peculiarities that have made the Florence Biennale of Antiques the most important trade show in the world for ancient Italian art. An event that is completed by a rich and important sequence of official appointments, such as: the Gala Dinner, the most awaited moment because it offers guests, from many EU and US countries, the opportunity to visit the exhibition as an absolute preview and then experience an exclusive and refined dinner; the small but significant temporary exhibitions held inside Palazzo Corsini, displays of precious and evocative objects from public and private collections.

The BIAF is at Palazzo Corsini, an elegant late Baroque style residence that also belonged to the Medici family.

The building was built over 50 years of uninterrupted works under the direction of Bartolomeo and his son Filippo. Of great value are the decorations made by the painters Anton Domenico Gabbiani Alessandro Gherardini and Pier Dandini.

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Program of the Antiques Biennial in Florence

XXXII Biennale – International Antiques Market Exhibition

22 September 2022

  • 30 – Press Conference in the Salone del Trono of Palazzo Corsini
  • 00 pm – Palazzo Corsini, preview of the exhibition by invitation
  • 00 pm – Palazzo Corsini, Salone del Trono, gala dinner (by invitation)
  • Followed by a fireworks display

     23 September 2022

  • From 10.30 – access reserved for VIP card holders
  • From 12.00 to 21.00 – Preview by invitation reserved for Superintendents, Directors of international museums and collectors
  • 00 pm – gala dinner (by invitation) in Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento

24 September 2022

  • 30 – Inaugural ceremony in Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento

From 24 September to 2 October 2022

  • Open to the public from 10.30 to 20.00.

Monday, 26 September 2022

  • From 11.00 to 16.00 – “The fleeting moment”
  • Antiques and collectors of yesterday and today
  • Study Day

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

  • 00 am – Presentation of “Lives of Antiques” by the A.I.
  • 00 pm – Presentation of the volume “Like the beast and the hunter. Proust and the art of connoisseurs” by Mauro Minardi – Officina Libraria Editions.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

  • 00 am – Awarding of prizes in the Throne Room of Palazzo Corsini:
  • Award for the most beautiful sculpture on display;
  • Award for the most beautiful painting on display;
  • Award for decorative arts and design
  • 00 pm – Delivery of the “Lorenzo d’oro” award to a director of short films dedicated to culture and art

Thursday, 29 September 2022

  • 00 am – Presentation of the volume Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna by Veronica Copello and Andrea Donati
  • 00 pm – Round table on the free circulation of cultural assets

Friday, 30 September 2022

  • 00 am Presentation of the annual of the De Vito Foundation “Research on Art in Naples in the Modern Age” 2020-21
  • 00 pm Presentation of the volume: Baccio da Montelupo. “Excellent and Rare” Renaissance sculptor by David Lucidi
  • 00 pm – Fundraising event in favour of Engera Onlus – Africa Caring People ONLUS. Engera is an Italian organization based in Florence that works for the promotion and protection of the health of the Ethiopian population.

Biennale Antiquariato Florence, timetables and prices

Timetables:

Every day from 10.30 to 20.00.

Tickets:

  • € 15.00 Full price, including the official catalogue of the exhibition
  • € 10.00 Organized groups (min. 12 people) with reservation
  • Free for children under the age of 6, visitors with disabilities and accompanying persons, Biennale VIP card holders.

Reservations:

Reservations are required for groups only.

To book: 055 282635 – info@biennaleantiquariato.it

Pets, cameras, umbrellas, bags and large backpacks are not allowed.

It is forbidden to bring works and / or objects of art or antiques to the exhibition for evaluation.

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