The Michelangelo Foundation Presents
The Michelangelo Foundation Presents
Conferences
Conferences Presented by: The Michelangelo Foundation

Conferences

A series of talks and discussions with artisans, curators, artists and experts

From 14th to 30th September, every afternoon in the Squero hall at Homo Faber, the protagonists of craftsmanship and artistic and creative excellence will share their vision with the public.
The sessions take place in the language indicated in the programme, without translation. Other sessions and speakers will be announced soon.

Day by day programme
15.09 14:00-14:45
SAT 15.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Design Glass between craftsmanship and design English | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The intersection of glass craft and design has always proved fruitful. It is a space where tradition is celebrated as innovation is pursued - pushing forward towards novel interpretations of glass to match (and shape) contemporary tastes and desires. A discussion with French designer Emmanuel Babled and Danish scholar/artist Maria Sparre-Petersen.

Get your free ticket Emmanuel Babled
Designer

Biography
Maria Sparre-Petersen
Artist and craftsperson

Biography
Glass between craftsmanship and design Design Conference 15
24.09 14:00-14:45
MON 24.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Technology Traditional skills vs the digital world English | Moderator: TBD

At the interface of handicrafts and digital technology lies a wide and mostly-unexplored space for innovation as well as for the preservation of traditions. In this session, Rainald Franz will discuss how technology changes (or not) the role of traditional skills, and the objects they produce.

Get your free ticket Rainald Franz
Art historian and curator

Biography
Traditional skills vs the digital world Technology Conference 24
30.09 14:00-14:45
SUN 30.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Economy Know-how, and knowing why Italian | Moderator: Antonio Mancinelli

Luxury is living through a paradox: while big brands may be tempted to yield to the impersonal logic of mass production, they must at the same time guarantee value and durability. The role of the metiérs d'arts thus becomes essential to confirm the codes of elegance and exclusivity. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d'Art INMA.

Get your free ticket Maurizio Galante
Couturier and designer

Biography
Serge Carreira
COO Mary Katrantzou

Biography
Know-how, and knowing why Economy Conference 30
14.09 14:00-14:45
FRI 14.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Creativity Best of Europe Italian | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The largest room of Homo Faber (500 sqm) showcases the work of the best master artisans of Europe, from Italy to Iceland, from Bulgaria to Estonia, using materials ranging from ceramic to textile, glass, silver, plastics, wood and more. We will discuss creative processes and European craftsmanship with the curator and the architect of the room.

Get your free ticket Jean Blanchaert
Gallerist

Biography
Stefano Boeri
Architect

Biography
Best of Europe Creativity Conference 14
14.09 15:15-16:00
FRI 14.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Design Craftsmanship and imagination English | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

India Mahdavi imagines spaces. Together with master artisans, the celebrated architect and designer has created for Homo Faber two unique "follies" showcasing the potential of fine craftsmanship to shape and inspire. In this session, Bruno Giussani will engage in a dialogue with Mahdavi about imagination, materials, and modern living.

Get your free ticket India Mahdavi
Architect and designer

Biography
Craftsmanship and imagination Design Conference 14
15.09 15:15-16:00
SAT 15.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Photography Where the Venetian masters work Italian | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Photographer Susanna Pozzoli has trained her camera on the "bottega" (workshops) of 21 master artisans from Venice and the surrounding region - spaces of unique skills and creativity. The images are exhibited in one of the rooms of Homo Faber, curated by Denis Curti. Here, the photographer discusses the making-of, together with two artisans.

Get your free ticket Susanna Pozzoli
Photographer

Biography
Eleonora Menegazzo
Craftperson

Biography
Carlo Semenzato
Craftperson

Biography
Where the Venetian masters work Photography Conference 15
17.09 15:15-16:00
MON 17.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | History A Venice time machine English | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Venice Time Machine is a project by Ca' Foscari University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) to create a model of Venice based on digitising and modeling in 3D the information contained in 1,000 years of the city's archives, plans, maps and photos. A 3D visit, guided by Frédéric Kaplan, through the history of Venice.

Get your free ticket Frédéric Kaplan
Digital Humanities Lab EPFL

Biography
A Venice time machine History Conference 17
19.09 14:00-14:45
WED 19.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Economy Craftsmanship in a post-industrial world Italian | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Craftsmanship and mobility mingle in the “Workshop Exclusives” room curated by Stefano Micelli for Homo Faber, where even a handmade helicopter is exhibited. In this talk and subsequent discussion with host Bruno Giussani, the economist explores the intersection of craftsmanship and of the “fourth industrial revolution”.

Get your free ticket Stefano Micelli
Professor
Ca' Foscari University

Biography
Craftsmanship in a post-industrial world Economy Conference 19
19.09 15:15-16:00
WED 19.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Creativity Fabrics of everyday life English | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Fabrics are an ordinary feature of daily life. Not, however, when they are recombined by celebrated artist Joana Vasconcelos. In this talk she will guide the audience through her creative process of appropriation and re-contextualisation, at large scale, of pre-existing objects and everyday realities.

Get your free ticket Joana Vasconcelos
Artist

Biography
Fabrics of everyday life Creativity Conference 19
20.09 14:00-14:45
THU 20.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Architecture Vatican chapels Italian | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The "most surprising" pavillion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale is the Vatican’s, according to the NY Times. It is installed in the park of Fondazione Cini and composed of ten chapels created by international architects. A discussion about this itinerary for people of faith and for believers in architecture alike, and about its making-of.

Get your free ticket Francesco Dal Co
Curator
Vatican pavillion

Biography
Renata Codello
Director Institutional Affairs
Fondazione Cini

Biography
Vatican chapels Architecture Conference 20
27.09 14:00-14:45
THU 27.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Future Crafts thinking English | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

What role does craft play in an uncertain world in search of meaning? Beyond the excellence of the artisans’ skills and works, we see signs of craftsmanship’s impact extending into education, politics, economy and the environment. Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel and Fabien Petiot, co-authors of the new anthology “Crafts”, argue that it’s time for “craft thinking”.

Get your free ticket Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel
Writer and curator

Biography
Fabien Petiot
Designer and art historian

Biography
Crafts thinking Future Conference 27
27.09 15:15-16:00
THU 27.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Fashion Crafting fashion, and crafting fashion exhibitions English | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

Fashion curators Judith Clark and Maria Luisa Frisa have within their practice to identify, describe, catalogue, and display fashion in order for it to be taught. In their talks they will discuss craftsmanship both as a set of skills and as a set of ideals, and as a generator for the most conceptual fashion and fashion exhibition-making today.

Get your free ticket Judith Clark
Fashion curator

Biography
Maria Luisa Frisa
Critic and curator

Biography
Crafting fashion, and crafting fashion exhibitions Fashion Conference 27
30.09 15:15-16:00
SUN 30.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Future Craftsmanship, a comparative advantage for future excellence French | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

This closing session will examine the singularity of crafts and their role for the future of luxury Maisons and will review the Homo Faber exhibition: experiences, anecdotes, knowledge and future trends. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d'Art INMA.

Get your free ticket Lyne Cohen-Solal
President
INMA, Paris

Biography
Fabienne Lupo
Co-executive Director
Michelangelo Foundation

Biography
Alberto Cavalli
Commissioner
Homo Faber

Biography
Craftsmanship, a comparative advantage for future excellence Future Conference 30
28.09 15:15-16:00
FRI 28.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Economy China, Korea, Japan : markets or rivals for European crafts? English | Moderator: Muriel Prouet

Often considered a target market for European crafts companies, China, Korea and Japan are also characterised by a strong craft tradition and represent nowadays a growing challenge for European stakeholders. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d'Art INMA

Get your free ticket Beatrice Quette
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Biography
Grace Zhan
ZENS Lifestyle Europe

Biography
China, Korea, Japan : markets or rivals for European crafts? Economy Conference 28
29.09 15:15-16:00
SAT 29.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Photography Craftsmanship, crafts and society French | Moderator: Lyne Cohen-Solal

This session explores the work of Atelier Hélio’g, one of the last to use the photogravure process (engraving and printing technique invented at the end of the 19th century) and to collaborate with artists and journalists, embellishing and ensuring the sustainability of their creations. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d'Art INMA.

Get your free ticket Fanny Boucher
Héliograveur Hélio’g

Biography
Marie Levoyet
Apprentice Hélio’g

Biography
Édouard Elias
Photographer and journalist

Biography
Craftsmanship, crafts and society Photography Conference 29
29.09 14:00-14:45
SAT 29.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Technology Crafts in the digital age English | Moderator: Annie Warburton

This roundtable addresses the opportunities and challenges offered by digital technologies in crafts: how does it impact craftspeople’s thinking and technical processes, as well as the link between the hand and the material. In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d'Art INMA.

Get your free ticket Stephen Hoskins
Professor
UWE Bristol

Biography
Lucy Johnston
Author and innovation consultant

Biography
Crafts in the digital age Technology Conference 29
18.09 15:15-16:00
TUE 18.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Books The New Frontiers of Conservation Italian | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Michelangelo Foundation with the Cologni Foundation and Open Care presents a preview of "Art Work", the English translation of the important book by Isabella Villafranca Soissons "In Opera" published by Marsilio, dedicated to the fascinating world of restoration and conservation of contemporary art.

Get your free ticket Isabella Villafranca Soissons
Director conservation and restoration Open Care

Biography
Barbara Geary Truan
Secretary General Michelangelo Foundation

Biography
Giorgio Fasol
Contemporary art collector

Biography
Karole Vail
Director Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice

Biography
The New Frontiers of Conservation Books Conference 18
28.09 14:00-14:45
FRI 28.09 | 14:00-14:45 | Conference | Economy The paradox of the craft economy English | Moderator: Muriel Prouet

This roundtable examines the business model of crafts companies and addresses the paradox existing between the attractiveness and fascination of consumers for crafts products, and the economic weakness of crafts companies.
In collaboration with Institut National des Métiers d'Art INMA.

Get your free ticket Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert
Glass blower

Biography
Nicky Dewar
Crafts Council UK

Biography
The paradox of the craft economy Economy Conference 28
21.09 18:00-18:45
FRI 21.09 | 18:00-18:45 | Conference | Books Italian masters of beauty Italian | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Fondazione Cologni and publishing house IdeaBooks present a preview of the new publications "Maestri della grande bellezza" ("Italian Masters of Beauty"): an extraordinary tribute to 35 Italian masters of excellence, true "living treasures" active in all sectors of high artistic craftsmanship.

Get your free ticket Graziella Pasquinucci
Publisher IdeaBooks

Biography
Toto Bergamo Rossi
Director Venetian Heritage Italy

Biography
Peter Marino
Architect and Chairman Venetian Heritage New York

Biography
Alberto Cavalli
General Manager Fondazione Cologni

Biography
Italian masters of beauty Books Conference 21
21.09 15:15-16:00
FRI 21.09 | 15:15-16:00 | Conference | Books Artfully made Italian | Moderator: Bruno Giussani

The Fondazione Cologni and publishing house Marsilio present the book by Ugo La Pietra "Fatto ad arte. Né arte né design" ("Artfully Made. Neither Art nor Design"), which presents a selection (1975-2018) of writings and drawings by the great Italian artist, architect and designer, a historic champion of applied arts.

Get your free ticket Ugo La Pietra
Artist, architect and designer

Biography
Alberto Cavalli
General Manager Fondazione Cologni

Biography
Alberto Bassi
IUAV University Venice

Biography
Artfully made Books Conference 21
Registration guidelines

Entrance is free but registration is required.
The sessions take place in the language indicated in the programme, without translation.
Other sessions and speakers will be announced soon.

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