The Marino Marini Museum, in the heart of the historical center of Florence, between via della Vigna Nuova and piazza Santa Maria Novella, is housed in the ancient church of S. Pancrazio, founded before 1000, deconsacrated in 1809 and used for several activities for down one century. The museum was inaugurated in 1988 after the extensive restoration work directed by the architeots Bruno Sacchi and Lorenzo Papi.
Each floor of the museum contains a different genre of Marino Marini's art.Which has been organized by theme in order to reflect the artist’s state of mind as hi progressed through his career. The space is designed to enable visitors to view each piece for countlessly distict points of view, with varyng angles and heights supporting the intentions of the artist.
The Museum contains 180 works by Marino Marini (1901-1980) given by the sculptor and his wife Marina at different times of his life.
The collection includes sculptures, drawings and etchings. Pieces are arranged by subject rather than by chronological order. The aim is to use themes as modes rather than focus on iconographical subjects. The core of the exhibition is the imposing equestrian group from The Hague ( 1957-58) placed in the centre of the old liturgical space and immersed in the light of the large apse.