Just like in the times of Lorenzo dei Medici, Florence is back as city of culture. September saw the city as protagonist of two events: the opening, in a period palazzo in via dei Tornabuoni 17, of the Istituto Marangoni, and the retrospective dedicated to Chinese artist, “Ai Weiwei. Libero” in Palazzo Strozzi (23 September 2016-22 January 2017), curated by Arturo Galansino, with historic and new works to mark the only Italian exhibition by the Chinese dissident artist. The new headquarters of Istituto Marangoni, over 2900 square metres among the historic buildings belonging to the Giacomini and Strozzi families, have been renovated so as to respect the historical charm and set out following an elegantly contemporary design, with the addition of a series of prestigious offices located in the capitals of culture. For the first time, the historic Palazzo Strozzi is being used as a single exhibition space for the Ai Wei Wei exhibition, starting from the frontage, which presents the recent project on migration in the Mediterranean, symbolised by orange inflatables that frame the windows overlooking Piazza Strozzi, a piece designed to attract attention to the fate of refugees who reach the Italian coast from over the sea. Inside, the exhibition shows historic works, assembled from common items such as bicycles and stools, and new productions, such as the painstakingly created portraits in wood. The lower floor of the building is dedicated to black and white photos and to videos of the artist at work in his studio, surrounded by his many cats, who are even seen lazing on some of his works.