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The RIVA project | Exhibition introduction

The RIVA project, promoted by the Associazione MUS.E, under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, the Region of Tuscany, in co-project with the Sensi contemporanei program and MiC (Ministry of Culture, Italy) was created with the aim of enhancing the banks of the Arno River, in the heart of Florence and in the metropolitan area.
Waiting to visit the exhibition, through the words of the curator, we review how, following the idea of rediscovering the environmental and cultural heritage of the river, the RIVA Project has developed until today.

Valentina Gensini, direttore artistico MAD Murate Art District, curatrice
The RIVA project | Exhibition introduction

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RIVA Project 2021

The exhibit begins on the ground floor with the photographic works displayed in the Ketty La Rocca Hall; it unfolds across the other rooms on the same floor unwinding on the three levels of MAD up to the cells of the former hard regime prison.
It continues in the outdoor spaces of the Complex, from the exterior walls of Piazza delle Murate to the loggias, with soundscapes, monumental photographs, and a garden in progress, up to the space of the Semiottagono in Piazza Madonna della Neve, where Yuval Avital’s compositions devoted to the river create an immersive atmosphere that guides visitors inside the gaze on the Arno o ered by three acclaimed international photographers.
A tale through images, installations, and sounds that proceeds along the river banks, where a series of information panels will accompany visitors along a sound journey aimed at regaining possession of the history of the river and its banks thanks to the careful work carried out by Radio Papesse; a tale that can also be listened to at the exhibition in a dedicated hall.

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RIVA Project

Promoted by the MUS.E Association under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini

The RIVA project, promoted by the Associazione MUS.E, under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, the Region of Tuscany, in co-project with the Sensi contemporanei program and MiC (Ministry of Culture, Italy) was created with the aim of enhancing the banks of the Arno River, in the heart of Florence and in the metropolitan area.

In 1966, the city went through the dreadful experience of the flood, which caused over one hundred casualties, besides damaging or destroying thousands of masterpieces of art and rare books. The joint effort of Italian and foreign volunteers made it possible for many of these works to be restored, but after many decades much remains to be done. After this tragedy, the city forgot the banks of the Arno, casting an aloof gaze over them with waning intimacy. The RIVA Project was expanded with the ultimate goal of creating a fluvial park in the heart of the city, enjoying the participation of artists, curat

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The RIVA project, promoted by the Associazione MUS.E, under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, the Region of Tuscany, in co-project with the Sensi contemporanei program and MiC (Ministry of Culture, Italy) was created with the aim of enhancing the banks of the Arno River, in the heart of Florence and in the metropolitan area.

In 1966, the city went through the dreadful experience of the flood, which caused over one hundred casualties, besides damaging or destroying thousands of masterpieces of art and rare books. The joint effort of Italian and foreign volunteers made it possible for many of these works to be restored, but after many decades much remains to be done. After this tragedy, the city forgot the banks of the Arno, casting an aloof gaze over them with waning intimacy. The RIVA Project was expanded with the ultimate goal of creating a fluvial park in the heart of the city, enjoying the participation of artists, curators, researchers, biologists, and architects from all over Italy and farther afield. In the last few years, with an eye on rediscovering the environmental and cultural heritage associated with the river, the RIVA Project has produced:

* art installations and exhibitions in collaboration with photographers, artists, and composers who have created innovative visual and sound portraits of the river and its recollections, besides fostering new visions of the river and its banks;

* workshops and laboratories addressed to locals and young artists led by designers, artists, and photographers keen on environmental and social issues;

* round tables, conferences, and lectures with the participation of artists, curators, researchers, sociologists, and architects on the themes of environmental sustainability, protection of the landscape, biodiversity, participatory democracy;

  • artist residencies and training opportunities for young artists aimed at producing new works connected with the rediscovery of the river as a primary resource and an element that might give life to a vast park in the centre of Florence and the metropolitan area.

The exhibition herein presented offers an overview on the most interesting interventions produced during the last five years, since the 50th anniversary of the flood.

List of artists adhering to the Project:

Yuval Avital

Giulia Dari

Edoardo Delille

Diario Popolare

Bernard Fort

Fotoromanzo italiano

Federica Gonnelli

Katrinem

LWCircus

Alice Machado

Alysa Martynova

Benedetta Manfriani

Martino Marangoni

Paolo Masi

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Adrian Paci

Francesco Pellegrino

Radio Papesse

Stay with me

Kirsten Stromberg

Studio ++

Tempo Reale

Giuseppe Toscano

Davide Virdis

Massimo Vitali

Jay Wolke

Paolo Woods

Zhang Xiang

Renato Grieco

Francesco Toninelli

 

The RIVA Project is realized in collaboration with Fondazione Studio Marangoni (International Training Center for Photography) and with Tempo Reale (Center for Research, Production and Musical Education), in co-project with the Sensi Contemporanei program and MiC, with the support of Regione Toscana, Comune di Firenze, Mus.e, FST.

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