Museum of the Innocents

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Steve McCurry

Until 08 October 2023

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Until 07 April 2024

Museum of the Innocents

The Museum is located in the monumental complex designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, headquarters of the Istituto degli Innocenti of which the Museum is a part.

Born to exhibit the works of art of the ancient Spedale, a large reception center for children, the Museum has been transformed into a path that allows you to discover a unique cultural heritage in the world because it is deeply linked to the activity carried out in favor of children who could not be raised by their families of origin.

The itinerary is divided between art, history and architecture composing a story that links the past and present of the Istituto degli Innocenti for six centuries engaged in the promotion of children's rights. The unity between works, architecture and documentary memory bears witness to an uninterrupted history of hospitality and assistance to children and families: a continuity between the old hospital and the institute, today a public company of personal services (ASP) committed to promote the rights of children and adolescents through the management of educational and reception services and training, research and documentation activities. Since 2020 it has spaces equipped for temporary exhibitions of international scope, with an average of six exhibitions per year.

From 19 May to 8 October 2023 some shots of the man who is considered one of the greatest exponents of contemporary photography will be exhibited: the temporary exhibition "Children" by Steve McCurry will be held at the Museo degli Innocenti.

His career took off when he crossed the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan to document the Soviet-Afghan war in the late 1970s.

His photographs have captured the struggles and humanity of the Afghan people during this tumultuous time.

One of McCurry's most famous photographs, known as the "Afghan girl", was taken in a refugee camp near Pershawar, Pakistan, the photo dates back to 1984. The image of a young Afghan girl with green eyes has become a representation iconic of the plight of refugees around the world

Throughout his career, McCurry has traveled extensively, photographing different cultures and conflicts in countries such as India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Tibet and many others. His photographs often highlight the human element within these contexts, revealing emotions, stories and connections.

His ability in the use of color, the empathy and humanity he uses in his photos make them unforgettable, making him one of the most famous and loved photographers.

The use of the portrait is a focus theme in his production.

Discover his shots and the stories of the children protagonists of the exhibition.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Municipality of Florence, is produced by Civita Mostre e Musei in collaboration with In Your Event by Cristoforo, with the support and collaboration of Unicoop Firenze, I Gigli, Mercato Centrale, LABA. The exhibition curated by Biba Giaccatti with Melissa Camilli of the SudEst57 team, promoted by the Municipality of Florence, in collaboration with the Istituto degli Innocenti, produced and organized by Civita Mostre e Musei with In Your Event by Cristoforo SCS, and realized with the support of Unicoop Firenze, I Gigli and Mercato Centrale, it will be open from 19 May to 8 October 2023 in the spaces of the Museo degli Innocenti.



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Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 13
50122 Florence


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