Palazzo Strozzi
  Bill Viola, Christian Nold, Yves Netzhammer
Teresa Margolles, Valerio Magrelli, William Kentridge
Katharina Grosse, Andrea Ferrara, Elisa Biagini
Maurice Benayoun, Antonella Anedda
Forword by James M. Bradburne
Emotional Systems by Franziska Nori

"What feelings are" Antonio Damasio
"Emotion, Rationality and Art" Ronald de Sousa
"Empathy, Movement and Emotion" David Freedberg
"The Emotions"
Peter Goldie
"The Emotional Brain" Joseph LeDoux
"Things Such as Might Happen" Martha Nussbaum
"The Theory of Emotives: A Synopsis" William M. Reddy

  The Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina
James M. Bradburne

The mission of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi is to revitalise the public spaces of Palazzo, one of Florence’s finest examples of Renaissance domestic architecture, and to establish it as an exciting, dynamic and international cultural destination for visitors of all ages and interests. Already the exhibitions held in the Palazzo’s grand spaces on the first floor have attracted international attention. Work is currently underway to bring the courtyard back to life with a café, a bookshop and a permanent exhibition on the history of the Palazzo and the Strozzi family, as well as a programme of concerts and performances. From the outset, a key part of the Palazzo Strozzi project was to create a centre for contemporary culture at the very heart of Florence.

The Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (CCCS) was created as platform for the different approaches and practices that characterise the production of contemporary art and culture. It will be open in the sense that the cultural mediation taking place is not aimed at developing one single interpretation but at stimulating a culture of critical debate and a reading of the many varied layers that make up our complex and sometimes apparently contradictory reality today.
Given that contemporary art itself has long since dispensed with the conventional logic of separate disciplines divided by style or medium, the CCCS accordingly offers a place for contemporary culture in all its diversity, presenting projects that address different aspects of urban planning, economics, social and political development, science and technology as well as aesthetics and ethics. The CCCS will be a platform for both an analytical and contemplative relationship with art and direct, active participation in the cultural process.
The exhibition space is located in the recently restored spaces under the magnificent courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi – known as ‘La Strozzina’ – which previously housed the cellars of this Renaissance monument, and which hosted Florence’s most important international exhibitions in the years after the Second World War until the flood of 1966. The Centre comprises eleven rooms of different sizes, approx. 850 square metres. The absence of natural light enables individual curators to interpret the space in new ways and makes it possible to adapt and reshape the entire environment in accordance with the settings required by the various projects. The challenge posed by the Renaissance architecture of Palazzo Strozzi for contemporary art is taken as a stimulus to stage each new event and project as though in a theatre, constantly pursuing new possibilities of artistic communication and presentation.

James M. Bradburne
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