HOMO FABER: WHEN CRAFTSMAN BECOMES ARTIST

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From September 14th to 30th, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice, hosts Homo Faber. Crafting a more human future, the event/exhibition organized by Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship of Geneva, in partnership with Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, the Triennale Design Museum and the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte.

Creativity and Craftmanship curated by Michele De Lucchi |  PH Alessandra Chemollo

Michele De Lucchi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert, Stefano Boeri, India Madhavi are some of personality from the architecture, design and fashion world that curated the many sections of the exhibition.

Homo Faber digs up the excellence of European handcrafted production, gathering in 4.000 square meters, among libraries, cloisters and galleries of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 400 artisans and 900 objects. This numbers make Homo Faber the largest exhibition ever made about craftmanship, but it is also an event in which the public is invited to actively participate with live demonstrations, workshops, installations and conferences.

Tavole a specchio – Still life | Massimo Lunardon 

The initiative aims to give craftsmanship a new life, it is a celebration of the creative and manual act in all its form, evoking the Arts and Crafts Movement and the high craft in the middle between everyday life and the art world. Exhibited, the objects that more and more, for their refinement and uniqueness, embody the wish of a public now too used to factory production.

The exhibition is structured in 16 thematic sections which explore materials, techniques and masters of design and art. The public, through photography and virtual reality, is “welcomed” in the ateliers and workshops of the most influent masters of jewelry, design, craftsmanship and high fashion’s tailors (dressmakers).

Homo Faber is indeed articulated in many shades. In the Chiostro dei Cipressi, Susanna Pozzoli curated Venetian Way, a photographic exhibition that brings visitors into the heart of the workshops of 21 Venetians artisans.

Best of Europe curated by Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Boeri | PH Stefano Boeri architects

Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Boeri curated Best of Europe, a thorough selection of over 300 objects made by European artists-artisans, from Italian ceramics to Spanish leather goods, from French porcelain to German glass.

Among them, Massimo Lunardon, with his still lifes placed on very thin plate, in silver-colored blown glass, creates plays of reflections and mirrored shapes.

Creativity and Craftsmanship section, curated by Michele de Lucchi in the Palladian Cenacle, is about the relationship between design and craftsmanship, with 8 international designers called to collaborate with European artisans. From this partnership 8 unseen projects were born, elaborated on a single theme given by De Lucchi: the tabernacle.

There are many other sections/exhibitions such as Singular Talents, Imaginary Architectures, Discovering… and Rediscovering, Evolution of form, Double Signature, also intended as real experiences for the public, making Homo Faber a celebration to craftsmanship, which highlights not only the finished object but also the creative process, the tools, the materials and the gestures of what is a real artistic act.