It was a sunny afternoon when a friend of mine just asked me to go outside and try to visit the very exclusive gardens of Four Seasons Hotel, in Florence. Why not?
We could have a walk in the garden and then enjoy a fruit juice there (considering that it’s Sunday, and it’s the day after Saturday, the end of the weekend, it’s better not to drink again and be ready for Monday)..
So.. we were saying fruit juice, or detox cocktail, isn’t it?
Anyway, we just went around and suddenly we noticed different white sculptures in those gardens..I couldn’t ever imagine there could be so modern sculptures in that location! I felt as being in the Sculpture gardens of Washington DC! Those are the gardens and their wonderful tress and flowers:
Apparently, all the sculptures represented a sort of contrast between the traditional, romantic and ancient age on one hand and the modern, mixed and distorted reality on the other hand, look at those pictures:
And here you are some details: see the stuff sticking the masks! They are cartoons statues, pieces of glasses, mobile phones, Micky Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and all those characters that are part of the youngest life:
If you’re interested in discovering more about Ugo RIva (as me), here you can find some more info about his life and works of art.
I decided to have a visit to this news exhibition about Van Gogh: there won’t be his actual paintings, just projections of his paintings. The exhibit is located in an old church of Florence, Santo Stefano Church, near Ponte Vecchio.
It taught me different things about Van Gogh life and, above all, his Japanese side. I already knew he was mad – think everybody know that – but when I read he used to chop off some of his body parts (like his ear) I was completely astonished. And I also read about his use of the color: blu and read for crazy mood, rage and contrast, as here:
yellow for the best mood: so bright as his sunflowers and rooms that became yellow-painted
then the violet and purple, which were used to get the standard pale stars (of his popular paintings) more lively and particular. From Van Gogh words, he said that if you look better into each star you will surely notice these shades that make it not so common:
And then what sounds very new to me: for a period of his life he was influenced by Ukyio-e paintings, that’s why also the projections represented different Japanese aspects: the red and white flag and sun, candid flowers and peach blossoms, portraits about Japanese ordinary persons..and so on. One of the distinctive aspect of these paintings is that very heavy black lines that outline each subject of the drawings. Watch here:
It was an interesting date with the artist, a mad and tormented soul that seems to have fight with the outside, finding the rest the world in his work of arts.