The prestigious Swiss-based entity, Michelangelo Foundation has come to organise a wonderful event that is set to boost European craftsmanship throughout. Homo Faber will take place from 14-30 September at Fondazione Giorgio Cini. This event will be extremely crucial in the revival of arts that may have gotten put the side in our contemporary world, so it’s definitely a must-see!
This unique Homo Faber Event is bound to give new perspectives to craftsmanship and design, especially in the international scene. The event will comprise a wide range of arts and disciplines, from bespoke designs to jewelry as well as live showcases featuring master artisans. Homo Faber will take precedence in a number of historical and architectural spaces throughout the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the renowned cultural center located in the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
These unique spaces will be adorned with most exquisite pieces, innovative installations as well as live showcases of artisans working on their respective arts. It will have a total space of around 4,000 square metres and it will be the largest one ever held in the Fondazione, offering the public an immersive experience of European craftsmanship, “a world that relies on connection: connecting the hand, head and heart to create authentic works of lasting value.”
“We chose Venice for this exhibition not only because it is a bastion of culture and a place of unequalled beauty,” Franco Cologni, Co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation explains, “but also because Venice is today and has always been a European hub for exchange and connection internationally.”
The Co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation, Johann Rupert discloses that “Homo Faber is an expression that was first coined during the Renaissance and it captures and celebrates the infinite creativity of human beings,” he further adds, “The exhibit will provide a panoramic view of European fine craftsmanship but it will nevertheless have a singular undercurrent: what human beings can do better than machines.”
Michele de Lucchi, Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Micelli are some of the stellar designers, creators and architects attached to this astonishing project. In addition, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, the Triennale Design Museum, and the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art have also partnered with Michelangelo Foundation to create this exclusive event.
Portugal will be one of the featured countries at the event. Boca do Lobo is one brand in particular that will be representing the country’s legacy with two highly curated pieces that two of the most stunning and ancient arts of Portugal: Azulejos and the Art of Filigree. The first one regards the Heritage sideboard, an exclusive piece that is lined with hand-painted tiles while its interiors feature four drawers finished in gold leaf and two shelves in bronze glass. The second is the astonishing Filigree Mirror that is completely hand-crafted where each brass cord was fitted with the utmost precision, that also featured gilded elements in 18k gold. This piece flourishes in a shape traditional to Portuguese culture and art.
Both pieces, from the Limited Collection by Boca do Lobo, will be exhibited at the space Best of European Craftsmanship, at Sala degli Arazzi, where visitors would be able to wander through exquisite objects specifically sourced for the event and observe the skill of master artisans in real time and at close quarters.
As its core, “Homo Faber is fuelled by an ardent belief in the power and value of real human engagement”. Visitors will have the opportunity to see things in real time and speak to artisans about their craft as well as virtually enter the ateliers of the masters, among many other aspects of the fine world of craftsmanship.
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Source: CovetED Magazine