This post tells the exhibition that took place at Villa Bardini in 2018. In April 2020 the master of photography wanted to pay homage to Italy with a collection of some splendid shots in our country in a video published on his social channels.
Villa Bardini in Florence hosts the photography exhibition Icons from 13 June to 13 September 2018. The event brings together in more than 100 shots the best of the vast production of the well-known American photographer Steve McCurry, to offer visitors a symbolic journey in the complex universe of experiences and emotions that characterizes his images. Starting from his travels in India and then in Afghanistan, from where he came Sharbat Gula, the girl who photographed in the Peshawar refugee camp in Pakistan and who has become an absolute icon of world photography. With his photos, Steve McCurry puts us in contact with the most distant ethnic groups and with the most disparate social conditions, highlighting a human condition made up of universal feelings and gazes whose pride affirms the same dignity. Looking at his photos it is possible to cross the borders and know closely a world that is destined to great changes. In fact, the exhibition begins with an extraordinary series of portraits and it develops among images of war and poetry, of suffering and joy, of amazement and irony.
Steve McCurry in Florence
Steve McCurry is one of the greatest masters of contemporary photography, active for almost forty years and a point of reference for a large audience that in his photographs recognizes a way of looking at our time. His mastery in the use of color, the empathy and humanity of his photos make his images unforgettable. He has obtained covers of books and magazines, he has published several books and many are his exhibitions open all over the world. Do not miss the next exhibition in Florence dedicated to this great artist.
The exhibition at Villa Bardini in Costa San Giorgio 2 in Florence is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm; last admission at 6 pm.
The location of the exhibition can be reached on foot from the Hotel Brunelleschi with a walk through the streets of the historic centre.
The splendid panoramic position on Florence earned it the name of “Villa Belvedere”: Villa Bardini recalls the “Casini di Delizia” widespread in Florence between the end of the 16th century and the first half of the 17th century, born for rest and recreation and surrounded by agricultural crops with not only productive, but also ornamental purposes. Today Villa Bardini, in addition to maintaining a unique view of the city, has become an exhibition centre, a location for events, but above all a place full of history, art and culture still available to the city and tourists. After being left to itself for many years, the Villa has been completely renovated by the Bardini and Peyron Monumental Parks Foundation and reopened to the public in 2006, with new spaces for events and exhibitions. Thus, Villa Bardini returns to being a place of art and culture, and to host events and works by great national and international artists.