Join us January 20 at 11am for a Friends Centennial Anniversary event when the Friends Lecture series welcomes renowned German art historian and former Mia curator for decorative arts, Dr. Eike Schmidt.
Eike Schmidt’s extensive knowledge of art history is a treasure in its own right, but his passion for the past doesn’t prevent him from looking towards the future. He is currently working as the director of the Uffizi Galleries, located in Florence, Italy, as the first non-Italian director in the museum’s 250 year history. There he brings innovation and a modern approach to one of the oldest museums in the world. By rapidly expanding its online presence, Schmidt has brought the Uffizi into the digital realm by embracing social media platforms like Tiktok, Youtube and signing up for Facebook on day one of Italy’s Covid-19 lockdown.
With an eye on Tuscany’s past, present and future, Dr. Schmidt’s latest project, Uffizi Diffusi, will extend the museum’s reach throughout the countryside by loaning art to smaller galleries. Schmidt believes it is important to tell the story of the renaissance where it happened: “Art can’t survive on big galleries alone. We need multiple exhibition spaces all over the region — especially in the places where the art itself was born.” This project is mindful of the overcrowding issues faced in Florence and the lagging economies in the Tuscan countryside. “The Uffizi Diffusi will bring to light works of art that currently nobody can see in a calmer, more intimate setting.”
Schmidt brings a wealth of knowledge to the Uffizi from previously held positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Between 1994 and 2001 he worked at the German-funded Art History Institute in Florence, simultaneously curating shows along the way.
During his time at Mia from 2009 to 2015 he served as director of the Department of Sculpture, Decorative Arts and Textiles, he planned and curated several exhibitions and created a sub-department of Jewish Art.
Schmidt will be returning to Mia on January 20, bringing with him his passion for the past and unparalleled knowledge for this very special anniversary, don’t miss what surely will be a memorable event.
Please note that Dr. Eike Schmidt will be speaking on January 20 at 11am and joining the Friends for the Centennial Anniversary kick-off luncheon. There will be coffee served in the Rotunda prior to the lecture.
In-person lecture tickets are no longer available. There will be no in-person overflow seating. We are happy to announce this lecture will be available to stream virtually. Streaming tickets will be available Wednesday, December 22 at 2 pm.
This lecture is made possible by the generous support of the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund