The prestigious Biennale di Firenze, or the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze (BIAF), takes place every two years since its launch in 1959. It is the most important antiquing event in Italy and one of the most significant in the world. An integral goal of the event has always been the dissemination and knowledge of ancient Italian art, which is represented not only by paintings and sculptures but also by furniture and furnishings. The success of this fair was immediate and overwhelming, and enthusiasm has not been dampened to this day.
There have always been a few golden rules that guide the presentation of the antiques at the Biennale di Firenze. These rules are upheld by the Florentine museum complex alongside well-reputed art historians. High quality is among the most important, as well as authenticity, state of conservation, and determination of the items’ origin and history. Therefore, the selection process for exhibitors is quite stringent and they must be capable of satisfying the committee and bringing forth a historically important yet varied exhibition.
The Biennale di Firenze showcases the very finest ancient Italian art. Visitors are able to view and purchase Old Master paintings, antique ceramics, bronze and marble sculptures, rugs, fine silver, jewelry, and so much more. Attending this event is like being given a pass to one of the world’s most amazing museums with the opportunity to bring items from the exhibits home with you! Approximately 75 galleries and dealers display their items at this event, creating a wide range of different works and antiques to see.
Since this is always such a special, long-awaited event, the Biennale di Firenze is not just a place to buy and sell art. Temporary exhibitions, talks, and lectures also take place in the iconic Palazzo Corsini. A gala dinner with invitees from around the world and a fireworks display mark the opening of the event. Those with an interest in art or antiques simply must make it to this incredible fair at least once in a lifetime.