Thursday 19 September 2019
12.30pm – Press Conference in the Throne Room of Palazzo Corsini
7.00pm – Palazzo Corsini, preview of the exhibition for invited guests
9.00pm – Palazzo Corsini, Throne Room: gala dinner, followed by firework display
Friday 20 September 2019
From 10.30am – Access reserved for holders of the VIP card
From 12.00pm to 9.00pm – Invitation-only preview reserved for Superintendents, international Museum Directors and collectors
9.00pm – Gala dinner at Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento in support of ENGERA, a non-profit organisation based in Florence committed to promoting the healthcare of the Ethiopian people
AXAXL Art & Lifestyle and Art Defender, on 20 September at 5.00pm, offer a visit to the altarpiece by Bernardino Poccetti (Florence 1548-1612) (attr.) “Saint John preaching to the multitude”. Seminario Arcivescovile Maggiore Fiorentino, Lungarno Soderini 9R. Welcome greeting from Alvise di Canossa, Art Defender President and Italo Carli, Managing Director of AXA Art Versicherung Ag, AXA XL, a division of AXA.
Seminary rector Don Gianluca Bitossi will welcome guests to the cloisters of the Seminary, usually closed to the public, while restorer Dr. Tessa Castellano will demonstrate the pioneering techniques used in the ongoing restoration of the work. It will be a chance to get close to a "secret Florence" and to appreciate in person the experience of promoting the little-known art housed in the Seminary cloisters. Followed by an aperitif.
The Seminary will be open especially for the occasion from 3.00pm. Booking through the BIAF concierge service is advised
Saturday 21 September 2019
10.30am – Opening ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento
10.30am – Opening of Florence Art Week
From 21 to 29 September 2019
Open to the public non-stop 10.30am - 8.00pm. On Saturday 21 September the Exhibition closes at 9.00pm. On Thursday 26 September the Exhibition closes at 7.00pm.
In the Alcove room in Palazzo Corsini: the "Universo Bardini" exhibition curated by David Lucidi
Fratelli Piccini – Ponte Vecchio, 21-23 R. VIP lounge with finger food and sparkling wine tasting, reserved for holders of the BIAF VIP card, set up at the historic Fratelli Piccini luxury jewellery store, winners of such prestigious awards as the Venice Biennale and the International Diamond Award. At the heart of the Ponte Vecchio, guests will have the rare opportunity to visit the Maison's museum, with its unique pieces of jewellery and silverware that form part of the Family Collection, the terrace overlooking the Arno river with breathtaking views over Florence, and the old jewellery workshop that was the inspiration for Guy Trebay's piece for the New York Times, "The Last Jeweler on the Ponte Vecchio". A unique and special place, a point of reference in Florence since 1903. Every day from 12.30pm to 6.30pm.
From 23 to 29 September 2019 cycle of conferences and presentations of books on art
Monday 23 September 2019
11.00am - Presentation of the book "Nicola Grassi 1682-1748" by Enrico Lucchese
4.00pm - Presentation of the restoration by the Associazione Antiquari d'Italia of the bronze panel depicting "Perseus and Andromeda" by Benvenuto Cellini, kept at the Bargello Museum
6.00pm - Presentation of the "Bernardo Bellotto 1740. Viaggio in Toscana" exhibition curated by Bozena Anna Kowalczyk
Tuesday 24 September 2019
11.00am - Presentation of the book “Storia ed estetica del busto di cera - Un testo ritrovato” curated by Andrea Daninos.
4.00pm - Presentation of the book "Storie e segreti del mercato dell'arte" by Simone Facchinetti
Wednesday 25 September 2019
11.00am - Prize-giving in the Throne Room of Palazzo Corsini:
- Prize for the best sculpture shown at the Fair
- Prize for the best painting shown at the Fair
- Prize for the best object of the decorative arts or design shown at the Fair
4.00pm - Awarding of the "Lorenzo d'Oro" prize to the director of a short film dedicated to culture and art
6.00pm - Concert by "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino"
Thursday 26 September 2019
11.00am - Presentation of the "Le corporate collection in Italia" curated by Chiara Paolino, publisher Il Mulino
4.00pm - Round table discussion of the problems linked to the art market
Friday 27 September 2019
5.30pm Presentation of the Fondazione De Vito annal “Ricerche sull’arte a Napoli in età moderna” 2019. Introduced by Giancarlo Lo Schiavo, Foundation President. Participating: Nadia Bastogi, Foundation Director, and Riccardo Naldi, Professor of History of Modern Art at the University of Naples "L'Orientale"
Saturday 28 September 2019
4.00pm - Conference: L’acquisto (IN)consapevole di opere d’arte [The (UN)aware purchase of artworks].
Participating: Fabrizio Moretti, Secretary General Florence International Biennial Antiques Fair, Annapaola Negri-Clementi, Managing Partner Negri-Clementi Studio Legale; Italo Carli, Managing Director Italy AXA Xl Art & Lifestyle; Cristiano De Lorenzo, Managing Director Christie’s Italy; Filippo Lotti, Managing Director Sotheby’s Italy.