GRANDE ADAGIO POPOLARE
CENACOLI FIORENTINI_Grande adagio popolare (FLORENTINE CENACOLI_Great folkloric adage) is an artistic event directed by Virgilio Sieni and the Accademia sull’Arte del Gesto for the city of Florence. The project takes place in four Florentine cenacoli (monastic dining halls) – extraordinary, ‘secret’ places in the city originally meant for the meals of monks and frescoed by great Renaissance artists like Andrea del Sarto, Perugino, Andrea del Castagno, and Domenico Ghirlandaio. A different action takes place in each cenacolo, thus creating a choreographed polyptych inspired by the theme of the fairy tale, understood here has a fantastical and folkloric short story, charged with meaning, which invites us to suspend time and daily order through gesture. Moving from one cenacolo to another, a new geography emerges of the city, deliberately animated by images and visions, by the urgency of the encounter, by the beauty that bodies and faces express through indescribable itineraries. In dialogue with the various representations of the Last Supper, the actions take on the value of a human, figurative study of contact and tactility, on a physical voyage that crosses an archipelago of connected journeys, languages, and far-off places. The project brings attention to a few extraordinary and rarely visited places in Florence in which incredibly valuable works were created and are still to be found – not museums, but places of sharing and viewing, of meditation and silence. The cenacoli are part of the Musei della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze.
The project was sponsored by: Regione Toscana / Comune di Firenze / Estate Fiorentina / Osservatorio per le Arti Contemporanee dell’Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze / Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze / Accademia sull’arte del gesto / Compagnia Virgilio Sieni