Sisters in Liberty:

From Florence, Italy to New York, New York

The exhibition “Sisters in Liberty explores the intersection between the ideas that inspired two monumental statues of Liberty: Liberty of Poetry, by Pio Fedi in the church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, in 1883 and Frédéric Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, which was inaugurated in New York in 1886. The visitors will discover and interact with the symbols, voices and heroes of liberty and free-thinking. A key objective of the experience is the exploration of the long-standing cultural ties between Italy and the United States through themes of art, architecture, liberty, poetry and the human condition.

Through an innovative collaboration with the Kent State University, a state of the art 3D replica of Fedi’s Liberty was created, in addition to “The Listening Wall“, an interactive tool which allows users to view historical documents, oral histories, and multimedia stories centered on the themes of the exhibit and then to create and share their own poetic reflections.

Two Liberties

Now until April 26, 2020 at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, in temporary exhibition gallery located on the 3rd floor. Accessible free of charge to all the visitors of the museum.

Mayor support provided by American Express and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration


Opera di Santa Croce in collaboration with the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, New York

October 18, 2019 to April 26, 2020

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