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Pop artist tries to nudge Florence into the 21st century

'Cradle of the Renaissance must also cradle contemporary art'

07 January, 18:51
Pop artist tries to nudge Florence into the 21st century (ANSA) - Florence, January 7 - Italian Pop artist Pep Marchegiani on Tuesday peppered Florence with dozens of replicas of his interpretation of Michelangelo's David as a call for the city to join the artistic 21st century. The replicas of Marchegiani's piece, titled 'David-revisited', were meant as a direct call on city Mayor and newly elected Democratic Party (PD) Chairman Matteo Renzi to turn the cradle of the Renaissance into a cradle of contemporary art, Marchegiani's staff explained.

"Contemporary art has a hard time finding its place in Florence, which has stayed the same since the Renaissance," they said.

One of the replicas, dressed up as a wino covered with newspapers, was installed on a bench next to the Fortezza da Basso, a former Renaissance fortress turned exhibition center in which the 85th biannual Pitti Uomo fashion fair opened on Tuesday.

Marchegiani, 42, is known for such iconoclastic paintings as 'Vatigun', a Pop rendition of a smiling Pope Benedict pointing a gun, which was exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale.