Organisers of the Florence Jewellery Week 2020 have said the event has been cancelled as a result of the latest provisions for extending the quarantine in order to combat the coronavirus.
Organisers said it is now “inevitable, and we must accept reality” as exhibitions, conferences, seminars, and meetings have all been cancelled.
They said: “It is not a postponement: a project with these characteristics cannot simply be moved to another date. It is too difficult to put together again the group of artists, collections and curators who had been involved in this work lasting almost two years.”
Giò Carbone, artistic director of LAO and curator of the FJW, released a statement which said: “Since we entered the Covid emergency we have resisted and continued to work on our project as we have done in recent months, every day imagining the set-up, the meetings, talking daily with the people involved and the press office, as though this confinement and this closure did not concern us, that things would be resolved, and that we would meet as planned at the end of May in Florence.
“Instead we have had to face up to reality and accept that there are now more important things to think about than our project.”
FJW said the exhibition of the artists selected for the Preziosa Young 2020 competition will be maintained as the staff is working to identify the gallery that will host the exhibition next September in Florence, while throughout the month of October the exhibition will be hosted in Padua, in the Oratory of San Rocco.