9.00 pm: Virgil's Aeneid; performance of Gian Luigi Tosto
10.00 -12.00 pm: Special opening of the museum
Free entrance from 8.45 pm
The garden of Casa Siviero cannot keep more than 100 people. The gate will be closed when the garden will be complete. Anyway the entrance will not be allowed during the performance.
The dinner and the performance are free of charge.
Rodolfo Siviero retrieved many archeological masterpieces (such as the Lancellotti Discobolus, several statues of the Archeological Museum of Naples, the mosaics of Junius Bassus's Mithraic temple, the Ephebus of Selinunte) which had been stolen from Italy. Siviero's love for archeology is also demonstrated by the bust-portraits, the sculptures, the pottery and metal Etruscan and Roman findings which are conserved in his home-museum. Due to this reason, although Casa Siviero is not a true archeological museum, it participates at the programme of promotion of the Tuscan archeological heritage 'Le Notti dell'Archeologia' (Nights of Archeology). In the garden of Siviero's home-museum one can attend a performance in which Gianluigi Tosto interprets passages of Virgil's Aeneid, with a particular focus on the Etruscans' role in the mithical origin of Rome.
The museum is located at the ground floor of the fine Neo-Renaissance building on the banks of the river Arno, Florence, where Rodolfo Siviero lived from 1944 until his death in 1983.
A keen collector and refined intellectual, Siviero managed to collect many works of Ancient art among which Etruscan findings; Ancient Roman busts; 14th and 15th century wooden statues; Medieval paintings on gold backgrounds, Renaissance and Baroque pictures, bronzes, terra-cottas, liturgical objects, beautiful furniture.
Furthermore, a group of works of important Italian modern artists.
This patrimony perfectly reflects the personality of its owner who loved art so deeply and it has the same kind of charm you can find in the palaces full of magnificent art collections Florence inherited from Bardini, Horne and Stibbert. The House-museum is a document of the taste and way of life of the educated XX century Florentine middle-class and it gives the possibility of visiting the private treasures of a 'James Bond' of art.
The museum also hosts exhibitions and other cultural events, the actualization of which is entrusted by Regione Toscana to the Associazione Amici dei Musei Fiorentini.