The Michelangelo Foundation Presents
The Michelangelo Foundation Presents
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Homo Faber, 14-30 September 2018, Venice
Crafting a more human future

Welcome to the first major exhibition showcasing the very best European craftsmanship and its link to the world of design. As today’s technology-driven society pushes us to move faster, consume more and think less, Homo Faber invites you to slow down, take a breath, and meet the people choosing a different approach. Discover the unique contribution to our modern world made by master artisans, the remarkable craftsmen and women using their hands and minds to create exceptional objects of lasting excellence. Come and experience the human spirit and talent of man the maker: Homo Faber.

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A whole new perspective

Immerse yourself in contemporary, traditional and rare craftsmanship through 16 remarkable exhibition spaces and a programme of inspiring debates. See exquisite objects handmade by some of the finest artisans working in Europe today, from jewellery to furniture to bespoke bicycles. Find out how craftsmanship contributes to luxury goods, interior design and fashion. Witness the fruitful collaboration between top designers and master artisans. Watch live demonstrations by artisans working on site. Step inside workshops around Europe through virtual reality experiences. Hear expert voices, open your mind to new ideas and come away inspired by the unique abilities of the human hand.

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Why this, why now? Commentators and tastemakers from business, craftsmanship and design discuss the ideas promoted by Homo Faber and consider why it’s so important to craft a more human future. They include Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni, the founders of the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation, organiser of Homo Faber.

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Homo Faber takes place at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. Cross the lagoon on our free shuttle boat and seize this unique opportunity to visit a prestigious 16th century site in an iconic city, a place dedicated to culture, beauty and international exchange.

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