“It’s a pleasure and an honour for us to participate in co-hosting the Ai Weiwei exhibition, certainly the most important cultural and artistic event held in Florence in recent years.
Our co-operation is part of a project that characterises what has been from the very beginning the scope of Mercato Centrale and has already reaped significant success with the appearance in our spaces of two protagonists in the art of our time, Daniel Buren and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
We started from an idea, a very simple one, that the places of everyday life and the places of art should no longer be kept separate.
In our day and age, art is not a privileged experience, which is accessed in the protected enclosures of museums and galleries, with the illusion, when one is not “in the know”, of suddenly being transformed from individuals immersed in everyday life into free and educated users of a message of beauty and truth, or into knowing witnesses of a “one-of-a-kind” revelation, the inner world of the artist. Today art looks for us, it wants to reach us in the same places where we socialise, it asks us to be ready and “open” at any moment for a dialogue with the forms, the images, the situations that can introduce into our routine of work, leisure, and relationships with others the ferment of critical thought, the stimulus of a “different” perception, the thrill of the incongruous, the insistent question about the meaning of who we are and what we are doing here and now.
(D. Montano – direttore generale)