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Reaching for the Stars. From Maurizio Cattelan to Lynette Yiadom Boakye


Firenze - Palazzo Strozzi


From the 4th of March to the 18th of June 2023



In the spring of 2023, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi is proud to present Reaching for the Stars. From Maurizio Cattelan to Lynette Yiadom Boakye, an exhibition exploring the luminaries of contemporary art today in over 70 works selected from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection by leading Italian and international contemporary artists including Maurizio Cattelan, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Lara Favaretto, William Kentridge, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Sarah Lucas and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Promoted and organised by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Reaching for the Stars explores some of the most important shifts and developments in art over the past decades through a constellation of artworks on display in every space in Palazzo Strozzi from the Piano Nobile to the Strozzina, and with a special new installation for the palazzo’s Renaissance courtyard.

Curated by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Director General Arturo Galansino, the exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection—one of the world’s most prestigious collections of contemporary art – capturing its variety, its development, and its nature as a constant “work in progress”. The exhibition is the result of a project based on the creation of a platform in which a display of the collection’s artworks pairs up with new works created especially for the exhibition and with a broad programme of activities for the public, reflecting the ongoing work of the Collection to move debates in contemporary art forward.

The exhibition uses painting, sculpture, installations, photography, videos and performance art to enhance the dialogue between Palazzo Strozzi and contemporary art, offering visitors a journey of discovery among the stars of global art in recent decades, exploring the work of those artists who have marked the development of artistic practice between the latter part of the 20th century and the start of our own century in a thematic tour that addresses such varied aspects as experimentation with techniques and styles, identity and the body, the relationship between the figurative and the abstract, the juxtaposition of history with more intimate personal stories, and individuality and the community. 

Thanks to the partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo, supporting partner of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, visitors with a ticket for the Gallerie d’Italia museums, the Galleria di Palazzo degli Alberti and Casa Museo dell'Antiquariato Ivan Bruschi will be offered a reduction in price.
Vice versa, visitors with a ticket for the Palazzo Strozzi exhibition will get a discount on their entrance fee to each of the four Gallerie d’Italia museums and Casa Museo dell'Antiquariato Ivan Bruschi.