An old-fashioned briefcase in chestnut colored cowhide, which magically transforms into a Monopoly game board is Il Bisonte’s surprising tribute to the exhibition ‘The Thirties: The Arts in Italy beyond Fascism’ (September 2012 – January 2013).
Florence has always been a favorite destination for international travelers. Between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the city became one of the preferred destinations for American artists and writers, attracted by the charm and variety of its landscapes, along with the wealth of history and art.
In Tuscany, at the turn of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the most efficient banking system in the world was born. The great wealth of the new rich was consistently invested in art, supporting the birth of the most extraordinary artistic season of the western world.
As the preferred painter of Cosimo I de’ Medici, Agnolo di Cosimo (better known as Bronzino), portrayed an inimitable era like no one else could have.
For the exhibition ‘Bronzino: Artist and Poet at the Court of the Medici’ (September 2010 – January 2011), Il Bisonte pays tribute to the extraordinary elegance of the Medici court along with the aristocratic splendor of Bronzino’s portraits.
Created for the exhibition ‘De Chirico, Max Ernst, Magritte, Balthus. A Look into the Invisible’ (February – July 2010), the Valigia Metafisica was conceived as the perfect passport for a metaphorical trip between great artists and important art movements of the Twentieth Century.
Artists enjoy fooling our senses. They do it more often and more subtly than one thinks. This concept comes to life in the exhibition ‘Art and Illusions – Masterpieces of Trompe-l’oeil from Antiquity to the Present Day’ (October 2009 – January 2010) and the illusionist’s hatbox designed by Wanny Di Filippo for the occasion.
An olive-colored cowhide saddlebag abundant in pockets was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations of the moon by means of the telescope, celebrated at Palazzo Strozzi with the exhibition ‘Galileo: Images of the Universe from Antiquity to the Telescope’ (March – August 2009).
A special edition of the Doctor Bag – an iconic Il Bisonte bag – accompanies the visit to the exhibition ‘Women in Power: Caterina and Maria de’ Medici: The return to Florence of two Queens of France’ (October 2008 – January 2009).
The Impressionists were used to paint en plein air, outdoors. The spirit of their days, spent interacting with the movements of the sun, the changing colors of the sky, and the rustling of the trees, comes alive again in the picnic basket, created for the exhibition ‘Painting Light: The Hidden Techniques of Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh’ (July – September 2008).