Zona People, 1974–1985. Non-profit art space/Firenze
Using documents, photographs, editions, and publications, an exhibition in two rooms on the first floor recounted the history of Zona, a nonprofit art space active in Florence from 1974 to 1985. Zona was founded by a group of Tuscan artists that included Maurizio Nannucci, Paolo Masi, Giuseppe Chiari, Massimo Nannucci, Mario Mariotti, Gianni Pettena, and Albert Mayr. Over the course of ten years, the group organized more than 300 exhibitions, performances, events, concerts, and film festivals. It was supported by an international network linking members to similar organizations such as Ecart in Geneva, De Appel in Amsterdam, Foksal in Warsaw, and Franklin Furnace and The Kitchen in New York, helping to spread its influence far and wide. Exhibitions such as Iceland (1979), Australia (1983), and Brazil (1984) demonstrated the special attention it devoted to art productions in geographical areas that, at the time, were considered marginal to the international art circuit. Zona increased collaborations and exchanges with several Canadian and American cities, as well as Eastern European cities in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.