The Biennial Antique Exhibition in Florence
Since it was launched in 1959 by Mario and Giuseppe Bellini, The Biennial Antique Exhibition in Florence has grown to be the most significant Italian art exhibition in the world. This year marks the 27th event and is to be held October 1-9 2011 at the Palazzo Corsini.
This year the Biennial Antique Exhibition in Florence will feature eighty-eight fine art and antique dealers. Collectors can browse over 3,000 objects for sale as well as have art authenticated. With laws in place restricting the sale and export of items of national importance over 50 years old, the event is well-attended by those seeking official export licenses which in some cases can be expedited at the event.
Items seeking to be exported are submitted to the fair's scientific committee to check the authenticity of the works, while another two committees examine the exportability of the items. Exhibitors are given an advance opinion on the exportability of the works displayed. This also makes the event very important to collectors seeking important works of art not previously available to those residing outside of the country.
This year promises to be a spectacular event, as dealers will include all of the most notable as well as distinguished newcomers such as Steinitz, Pelham, the Tomasso Brothers and Kugel.
What: The Biennial Antique Exhibition
Where: The Palazzo Corsini
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Santa Maria
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