The Florence Biennale is a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary artists. The exhibition aims at a public of art lovers who want to discover and enjoy themselves with the variety of artistic expressions of cultures, societies and countries from all over the world. The Biennale was born in 1997 and its ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’- award is the highest recognition of the Florence Biennale. This award has been given to Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Richard Anuszkiewicz, David Hockney, Ferrari, the Restoration Laboratories of the Vatican Museums, Carla Fracci, Ferruccio Soleri, Harley-Davidson, and to Gilbert & George.
Artists are chosen by the International Scientific Committee, by the Internal Committee following indications of the Scientific Committee and the Cultural Authorities of the Nations who can also select emergine artists that aren’t yet well known. Furthermore, artists already selected during previous years that have or have not participate in the Biennale can also be chosen.
The philosophy of the Biennale is not to limit the artistic expressions of individuals. There are no prejudices in terms of style, current, techniques or artistic trends on this subject that determine a division of participants into groups or sections. The Biennale takes place in the exhibition areas of Fortezza da Basso, located in the heart of the city of Florence.