Alfabeti Sommersi

Works of Emillio Isgrò and Anselm Kiefer

An unreleased color movie of Beppe Fantacci

A project curated by Marco Bazzini and Sergio Risaliti

Eight art works of two great artists, Anselm Kiefer and Emilio Isgrò, will be displayed.
The book is the key element of their exhibition itinerary as it combines the works of both artists. Books, hundreds of books were the victims of the flood fury that invaded the Florence Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale and many other historic libraries, destroying the city’s artistic and historic heritage and its extraordinary value. Two are the symbols, or better, the icons of flood tragic event that are already universally recognized: the Crucifix by Cimabue in the Basilica di Santa Croce, irremediably damaged during that awful November 4, 1966 and the book, the other element of the artistic heritage that became the symbol of the flood in Florence since then. Among the vast production of Kiefer and Isgrò, the book definitely represents an object of great value as it is full of universal meanings.

Giuseppe Fantacci, the unreleased documentary film

During the tragic flood days, Fantacci shot a film in eight colors since the early morning of that November 4, recording the Arno river invading the city with its destructive strength. Using its extraordinary and tragic scenes, never seen before in Italy, Fantacci shot and showed the Florence wound in the US. In addition to the already mentioned Alfa Fund, he was the leader of many initiatives that helped enhancing the image of Florence in the world. Among those is the most famous campaign of 1958 – aimed to recover the Ponte a Santa Trinita XVII century statue’s head, which got lost after the German troops blew up the Ponte dell’Ammannati, preserving the Ponte Vecchio. This relief campaign involved the whole world, and the international press wrote about Florence and its beauties. Fantacci promoted many other projects as entrepreneur, as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and as leading figure of the Rotary Club – the traveling exhibit of works of the XX century most important painters, many of them are Tuscan, chosen by Enrico Vallecchi and Primo Conti.

Alfabeti Sommersi is created for the Programma Sensi Contemporanei per il Cinema organization.

Palazzo Vecchio, Sala d'Arme. Piazza della Signoria


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