Homo Faber 2018 is one of the most unexpected events and it has finally opened its doors to the public at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice. Organised by the prestigious Michelangelo Foundation, the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship aims to craft a more human future and to celebrate the beauty of the world.
The big Opening Ceremony was graced by the presence and official speeches of Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni. From today, 14th September, the public will be free to explore Homo Faber and its 16 event spaces, each imagined by a team of world-class designers, curators and architects, showcase the skills, knowledge and creativity of Europe’s finest artisans and designers.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice, where Homo Faber 2018 event is taking place. Photo: © Covet Foundation
The Opening Ceremony was on the 12th of September only by invitation and count with Franco Cologni and Johann Rupert, the founders of the Michelangelo Foundation, joined by Luigi Brugnaro, the Mayor of Venice, and Giovanni Bazoli, the President of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Photo: © Covet Foundation
The first major exhibition dedicated to craftsmanship and its link to design is open from today after the ribbon was cut at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Franco Cologni and Johann Rupert, the founders of the Michelangelo Foundation, were joined by Luigi Brugnaro, the Mayor of Venice, and Giovanni Bazoli, the President of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, as they lifted the lid on this unprecedented exhibition.
Held on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the most beautiful locations in Venice, the cultural event aims will remind the public of the value of the human hand, celebrating the excellence of artisans all over Europe and the creativity of the designers who harness their incredible craftsmanship.
India Mahdavi environment at Imaginary Architecture room pays homage to Henry Rosseau, with rattan handmade chairs, masks and intricate rattan marquetry panels. Photo: © Covet Foundation
Second room by the renowned designer India Mahdavi features handmade details with embroidery fish on silk to conceive a contemporary upholstered living space. Photo: © Covet Foundation
An immersive experience, Homo Faber offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to meet artisans and watch them work. Regular live demonstrations, practical workshops, a programme of lively talks and several evening concerts will bring visitors closer to craftsmanship.
Each of its 16 exhibit spaces focuses on a different aspect of craftsmanship. They have been imagined by a world-class team of curators, architects and designers, including Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, London-based professor of fashion Judith Clark, gallerist Jean Blanchaert, acclaimed architect Stefano Boeri and Parisian interior designer India Mahdavi.
The Centuries of Shape room is imagined by Triennale Design Museum. Fifty iconic vases representing the evolution of design and its impact on craftsmanship during the 20th and 21st centuries. Photo: © Covet Foundation
A journey from the traditional to the contemporary, from glassmaking to 3D printing, from Art Nouveau through Cubism and Postmodernism to contemporary design, showing how designers and artisans have always influenced each other to experiment, rethink and evolve. Photo: © Covet Foundation
Featuring 4,000 square metres of space, visitors at Homo Faber 2018 have the chance to see exquisite pieces, including jewellery, artwork, bespoke designs and accessories, cars and automotives, decorative tableware, sculptures. etc as well as innovative installations and live showcases of artisans practicing their craft.
Curated by the gallerist, art critic and curator Jean Blanchaert, the Best of Europe room showcases rich artisanal heritage that inspires contemporary craftsmanship in this fascinating showcase of hundreds of objects made by over 150 artist-artisans. Photo: © Covet Foundation
The biggest exhibition of Homo Faber 2018 showcases from silver in Switzerland to glass in Germany, paper in Denmark, ceramics in Portugal and porcelain in Poland. The contemporary lampworking sculptures of a master artisan born and bred on the famous glassmaking island of Murano. Photo: © Covet Foundation
The room Discovery & Rediscover at Homo Faber, specially selected by Michelangelo Foundation, highlights the human hands behind the brands, offering visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see master artisans from twenty European luxury houses at work. Photo: © Covet Foundation
Brands like Montblanc, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Hermès, demonstrate the rare techniques and exceptional skills used to create products of the highest quality, the true meaning of luxury. Photo: © Covet Foundation
Wonderful objets born from 13 collaborative works between international designers working for the first time with Venetian master artisans. Homo Faber 2018 will present them at the room called Doppia Firma. Photo: © Covet Foundation
The Restoration Art’s Masters lifts the lid on the world of art restoration, celebrating and illuminating the work of the highly skilled artisans who bring artworks back to life. Photo: © Covet Foundation
Great opportunity to see in Venice how master restorers from Milan’s Open Care work on pieces of antique and contemporary art in front of your eyes, revealing the secrets of their incredible work. Photo: © Covet Foundation
Homo Faber 2018 is the first edition and it has free admission. It will be open from the 14th until the 30th of September, offering the public a rare opportunity to explore the island and the magnificent complex of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, including areas that are generally accessible to the public.
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