Florence – Antique treasures abound at the semiannual Florence International Biennial Antiques Fair, which will be held in Palazzo Corsini, September 26 through October 4.
The fair was created in 1959 by Mario and Giuseppe Bellini and included collections from Italy and beyond. This year’s fair will include antiques from 88 dealers from around the world. The Biennial is the oldest and longest running antique fair in Europe and is the most prestigious in Italy. This year marks the 29th edition of the fair.
The Biennial is know as a celebration of Italy’s past treasures. However, this year the fair reaches beyond the past to meet the new with the old. This year’s special guest is neo-pop artist Jeffrey Koons, who will be attending the fair’s opening ceremony on September 26 at the Palazzo Vecchio. After the fair, Koons will stick around Florence to show his pieces at Palazzo Vecchio. The display will be up until December 28.
The fair is also partnering with the modern art exhibit now on display in Palazzo Strozzi, “Divine Beauty: From Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana.” Visitors to both Palazzo Corsini and Strozzi will receive a €5 discount for the price of the tickets.
Even if you don’t plan to buy antiques, it’s worth a visit to the Palazzo Corsini just to look at the many stalls, full of Italy’s treasures from the past.
The fair will be open daily from September 26 through October 4. Check the website for daily hours and ticket prices.