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'The Corsini Collection' Opens at Auckland Art Gallery

Celebrate Italian Culture as The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florenceopens this weekend at Auckland Art Gallery

The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence opens this Saturday 2 September at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with a stimulating programme of special Italian events, including many just for Father’s Day.

Drawn from the extensive private art collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, the exhibition features Renaissance and Baroque painting by renowned artists such as Botticelli, Caravaggio, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Tintoretto.

Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says it is a privilege to bring this remarkable collection to New Zealand.

‘Our audiences will love the opulent history of The Corsini Collection, a family made famous by great ancestors such as Saint Andrew and Pope Clement XII.’

Devenport will be hosting special guests from the Corsini family, Contessa Elisabetta Minutoli Tegrimi and Contessa Livia Sanminiatelli Branca in conversation with the Italian ambassador to New Zealand, Fabrizio Marcelli, this Saturday 2 September at 1pm.

‘Enjoy a family day out and delight in the sounds of Italian classical harpsichord and flute performances, and indulge in Italian coffee and fresh pasta demonstrations. This weekend is the start of months of celebration of Italian culture,’ says Devenport.

Paintings, as well as sculpture, works on paper, furniture, costumes, and a lavish dining room set for six, which have been preserved over the centuries, will portray the life of this family at the Palazzo Corsini.

The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence opening weekend Public Programme:

Saturday 2 September 2017

10am–4pm – Alfa Romeo classic Italian car display – FREE

A selection of Alfa Romeo classic cars will be displayed on the Gallery’s forecourt care ofAlfa Romeo Owners Club of New Zealand and Winger Alfa Romeo.

1pm – The Corsini Collection: Panel discussion – Free with Exhibition Entry

Gallery Director Rhana Devenport hosts special guests from the Corsini family, Contessa Elisabetta Minutoli Tegrimi and Contessa Livia Sanminiatelli Branca, in conversation with the Italian ambassador to New Zealand, Fabrizio Marcelli.

2pm and 3pm – Italian classical music: Luca Manghi and David Kelly – FREE

On the opening weekend of The Corsini Collection, enjoy a selection of music from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries with Luca Maghi on flute and David Kelly on harpsicord.

Sunday 3 September 2017

10am–4pm – Alfa Romeo classic car display – FREE

12pm – The art of making a good Italian coffee at home – FREE

Join Silvia Contardi from Segafredo Zanetti for a demonstration on making a good coffee at home.

1pm – Dr Mary Barker: The Execution of Savonarola – FREE

Join Dr Mary Barker as she explores the story of Dominican friar, puritan fanatic and moral dictator of the city of Florence during the mid-1490s, Girolamo Savonarola – the subject of The Execution of Savonarola and Two Companions at Piazza della Signoria attributed to a Florentine painter in the style of Francesco Rosselli.

3pm – The art of making fresh pasta – FREE

Join Stefania Ugolini and John van Houten from Italian restaurant and pastificio Pasta & Cuore as they share their secrets of making fresh pasta.

2pm and 3pm – Italian classical music: Luca Manghi and David Kelly – FREE

A selection of music from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries with Luca Maghi on flute and David Kelly on harpsicord.

This exhibition is organised by the Galleria Corsini, Florence; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and MondoMostre, Rome, with the support of the Italian Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Sydney and Dante Alighieri, Auckland.

Exhibition details:

The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence

When: Saturday 2 September 2017 to Sunday 21 January 2018
10am – 5pm daily except Christmas Day
Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Auckland, New Zealand

Pricing:

Adult: $19
Concession: $15
Family pass: $60 (two adults and two concessions)
Children 12 and under: Free
Auckland Art Gallery Members: Free


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