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A Finnish at the Medici court

The exhibition, which opens the celebrations in Italy of the centenary of the independence of Finland, has the patronage of the Embassy of Finland in Rome, the Consulate of Finland in Florence and the Metropolitan City of Florence. "A Finn at the Court of the Medici" is the first exhibition of the traveling exhibition "Markku Piri glass and paintings", which after Florence will be hosted in Rome, in the Carlo Bilotti Museum, Aranciera di Villa Borghese, and then in Venice, in the Murano Glass Museum. Markku Piri, born in 1955, designer, set designer, painter, polyhedric and prolific Finnish artist has made, by invitation, numerous solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, both in Finland and abroad.

The exhibition presents 90 works , artistic glass creations, including large installations made by Markku Piri with the most renowned master craftsmen of Murano and with the artists of the Finnish cooperative Lasismi; 15 works, serigraphs and paintings depicting themes on nature and architecture; printed fabrics, in cotton and linen, designed for the centenary of Finland's independence, whose subjects refer to Finnish images.

The main idea of ​​the exhibition is the creation of a dialogue between three-dimensional glass sculptures and two-dimensional works of art , serigraphs, paintings and textiles, as in the case of screen printing Markku Piri of the Shadow Dances series that dialogues with the glass work Raggi del Sole realized in Murano by maestro Simone Cenedese. Even the spaces of the three exhibition venues have inspired Piri's creations, and they are perfectly combined with them. With this spirit at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in the Fabiani Room, Markku Piri has created an installation in honor of Michelangelo, which will be placed on the marble staircase of Michelangelo's quality.