"The best artistic talent from five continents in the heart of Tuscany"
R. Scott, European Confederation of Art Critics
The Biennale is presented across the entire town, with its medieval setting and historical locations, giving the viewer a unique insight into art and beauty
The Biennale of Chianciano is organised and hosted by the Chianciano Art Museum and is an opportunity to see the artworks of talented artists that are selected from all around the world. In 2013, the represented nations ranged from Chile to India, Australia to Germany and from the USA to the Philippines. The exhibition is staged over 3000 square meters of the Museum and gathers some of the best established as well as emerging international talents.
The Chianciano Art Museum hosts a series of collections ranging from Neolithic and Asiatic to Contemporary art with approximately 1000 works on display. Temporary exhibitions include "Great Families, Great Collections" that presented works from the British and Italian Royal Families and pieces acquired from the Cincinnati Art Museum and the MET in New York. This year, prior to the Biennale, the Museum is presenting "ArteModa," a prestigious exhibition of 20th Century vintage designer items.
Original woodcuts and etchings by old masters such as Durer, Rembrandt and Piranesi will be presented in the Salone de' Vegni. The artworks were aquired from important museums such as the Metropolican of New York and the Cincinnati Art Museum. A wonderful collection of art history on display during the Biennale.
Tuscany is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contain well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace. Having a strong linguistic and cultural identity, it is sometimes considered "a nation within a nation".
The Biennale of Chianciano is a celebration of contemporary art but also a wonderful events that takes places over the entire town that range from concerts and traditional parades to wine tasting and parties. During the Biennale 2013, the Chianciano Art Museum organised a concert in homage to Mascagni that was attended by the great composors daughter and grandaughter. Please click here for info
The Exhibition Halls
The Museum of Collegiata is situated in the eighteenth-century Palace of Arcipretura, founded in 1923 at the express request of the District of Chianciano and the Parish Church of Saint John Baptist. During the Biennale, this venue will exhibit sacred art from the Tuscan medieval times as well as the Renaissance. Rare and important works of significant artists such as the portrait by Palma the Younger (1548 - 1628) of Pope Pius V that was commissioned by the Bellanti counts of Siena in the 15C.
Collection of original drawings by Giorgio Armani. Armani fashion sketches were presented at the Gughenheim and will be on display at the Armani Museum that is currently under construction in Milan. The works offer a wonderful insight into Armani Design that revolutionised global fashion.
One of the most well known spa towns in Italy, Chianciano was settled by the Etruscans over 2500 years ago and was later widely used by the Romans due to the curative powers of the natural springs. Located in Tuscany, between the rollings hills of the Val d'Orcia and the Val di Chiana, Chianciano is in the most beautiful part of Tuscany - 30km from Siena, 100km from Florence and just around the corner from localities like Pienza and Montepulciano.
The Biennale of Chianciano takes place from the 5th to the 13th of September 2015
10am - 12pm
4pm - 7pm
Admission is free
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The Museo Archeologico Etrusco displays some particularly interesting local archeological finds. Almost all of the finds were discovered during excavations from the 1920s due to the passion and time-consuming work of the members of the Associazione Geoarcheologica di Chianciano Terme. The exhibition is divided into themes such as the world of the dead, shrines and religion, houses and agriculture, banquets and the Roman spas. 2500 years of history.
The picturesque "Chiesa dei Gubilei" will host a wonderful collection of Toulouse-Lautrec. "Femmes" is an important exhibition of lithographs published in collaboration with the Lautrec Society and The Times of London. In this exhibition, the figure is represented alone, in the most intimate of settings.
Chianciano is a spa resort with mineral water enriched with healing elements, situated approximately 550 meters above sea level, offering a wonderful climate and every advantage for tourists due to its exceptional geographical position. Today, Chianciano Terme is considered among the finest health resorts in Europe with its water, enormous parks and countless, modern hotels.