The town of Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence, famous for its porcelain plants, has just inaugurated at the Show Gallery La Soffitta the exhibition “Hermann Hesse – the Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute”, running until 26th February. Not only a novelist and poet, the German-Swiss artist was also a painter, and here, 50 years after his death, are displayed 35 of his watercolours, kindly granted by his granddaughter, Ms. Eva Hesse. As Hesse himself wrote in 1920, “To create with pen or brush/is for me similar to wine,/whose intoxication warms and embellishes life/ so as to make it more endurable.”
Sesto Fiorentino thus becomes the first venue to celebrate the anniversary of this 1946 Nobel prize winner, writer of great and evocative literary strength. This event, as well as a tribute to the unrivalled witness of the troubled and complex conscience of the past century, is an occasion to reaffirm, once again, that major culture is not only for the greater metropolitan centres but also for minor provincial realties. Sesto Fiorentino, a town whose oldest know human settlement dates back to the Mesolithic, offers many sights to the tourist, including Etruscan findings, churches, ancient villas and an English-style park built in 1853. Link to one of our holiday accommodations around Florence.