Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Palazzo Strozzi

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Major international exhibitions
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Check out the famous wrought-iron lanterns that decorate the exterior corners

Palazzo Strozzi, located in the heart of Florence, is one of the finest examples of private architecture of the Renaissance. After a long history, it is now a cultural centre hosting major international exhibitions, fashion shows and other cultural events.

The palace is named after the man who ordered the building in 1489, Filippo Strozzi. His family was one of the wealthiest in Florence and the most important rivals of the Medici family. Construction finished in 1538, long after Strozzi had died in 1491.

The Strozzi family had the palace in their possession until 1937, the year in which the insurance company Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni (INA) took over and made the necessary changes to start using it as an office building. In 1999 the INA donated the building to the Italian state, after which is became the home to the Institute of Humanist Studies and to the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi.

The outside of the building is decorated with wrought-iron torch holders, candelabra, flag holders and rings for horses. They are made by the master blacksmith of 15th century Florence, Niccolò Grosso, nicknamed il Caparra, and are among the best examples of this type of art.

Practical Information

Address
Piazza Strozzi, Florence, Italy
Phone
+39 055 2645155
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Opening Times
Monday 10:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 23:00
Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 20:00
Sunday 10:00 - 20:00

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Past Exhibitions

Liu Xiaodong, Out of Beichuan (2010)

Liu Xiaodong: Migrations

Palazzo Strozzi in Florence hosts a major exhibition devoted to the work of Chinese contemporary artist Liu Xiaodong, known for his large-scale works interpreting modern life. The exhibition called Migrations showcases a selection of paintings, drawings and photographs made by the artist in Tuscany, portraying … [read more]

Vasily Kandinsky, Dominant Curve (1936)

From Kandinsky to Pollock

The exhibition From Kandinsky Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections at Palazzo Strozzi brings to Florence an extraordinary collection of European and American modern art from the period between the 1920s and 1960s. More than 100 masterpieces – paintings, sculptures, and photographs – from … [read more]

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Bellezza Divina tra Van Gogh, Chagall e Fontana

The exhibition Bellezza Divina tra Van Gogh, Chagall e Fontana (Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana) at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence explores the relationship between art and religion during the century from 1850 to 1950, covering a wide array of art movements … [read more]