A NEW VISION OF ART
Join two thrilling art tours at Belmond Villa San Michele and see our sylvan setting in a new light.
Florence, January 2018. Among the idyllic landscapes and ancient wineries of Tuscany, startling new treasures await discovery. Join two thrilling art tours at Belmond Villa San Michele and see our sylvan setting in a new light.
Belmond Villa San Michele peers over one of the richest artistic cities in the world. While embracing our exceptional Renaissance heritage (where else would you find a hotel façade designed by Michelangelo?) we’re always looking to enthrall guests in innovative new ways. Following our display last year of site-specific works by the city’s hippest street artists, and the urban art tour you can still enjoy in Florence this season, we have devised two fantastic new experiences for 2018. Combine the two for a full day absorbed in art. If you’re a contemporary art fan, a wine connoisseur or a nature lover, you’re in for a spectacular treat.
Our first experience is the Chianti Sculpture Park in the tiny village of Pievasciata. Drive through gentle hills, vineyards and olive groves, passing stone farmhouses and lofty cypresses, before turning down a “strade bianche”, an unpaved white road characteristic of the region. You’ll find yourself in Piero and Rosalba Giadrossi’s wonderland, an enchanting 1km sculpture trail winding through a 17-acre oak wood.
Having spent 20 years travelling and collecting contemporary artworks, Piero decided to share his love of sculpture with visitors to Tuscany by creating a permanent exhibition. He invited a selection of artists from all over the world to choose their preferred location in the forest for a site-specific work harmonising with the trees, sounds, colours and lights of the woodland. The artworks embrace a wide variety of materials, from traditional marble and granite to super-modern neon lights, glass and sound. The fun doesn’t stop when you leave the park, as the entire hamlet is now a designated Borgo di Arte Contemporanea. As you drive away, keep your eyes open for enchanting surprises such as Yu Zhaoyang’s Metropolitan Ostriches, two giant figures dressed in bright red bending towards two towering cypress trees, and Antonella Farsetti’s Colours of Chianti, vibrant glass panels evoking different aspects of the region—grapes, olive oil, blue sky.
Our second stunning experience was the brainchild of art collector Luziah Hennessy, of luxury conglomerate LVMH. ART of the Treasure Hunt, now in its third year, combines her passions for art and fine wine, and explores the powerful impact contemporary art has in a traditional setting.
“Tuscany is full of unexpected secrets”, explains Luziah. “There are some very small, charming wineries that make excellent wine for those in the know. As an art addict, I wanted to add art into the equation and make it a surprise. We all have the soul of a child and a delight in discovering the mysteries of new places.”
She enlisted the help of Kasia Redzisz, senior curator at Tate Liverpool, to select works to be showcased in prestigious Tuscan wineries. Each winery was chosen for its historical significance, magnificent location and excellent wines—all have a rating of at least 90 points.
“Participants of the treasure hunt travel across the area relishing its aromas, colours and scents,” said Kasia. “Their experience oscillates between the old and the new—they contemplate contemporary art in the shadow of ancient cellars while savouring new oil and tasting ageing wine.”
For the 2018 Edition, the “hunters” will be glad to discover fourteen artists of ten different countries, in six wonderful wineries: Colle Bereto, Castello di Brolio, Felsina, Villa Geggiano, Castello di Volpaia and Borgo San Felice. Multiple locations and artists for one Theme: Time is the Game of Man.
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