14 Septembre Milano
FRANCE, SWITZERLAND AND BELGIUM
Marie José Rousset
UK, RUSSIA, SCANDINAVIA AND CHINA
14 Septembre London
The originally planned format for the 2020 event will be enriched by the participation of Fondation Bettencourt Schueller through an exhibition “When French and Japanese master artisans interact: insights into Fondation Bettencourt Schueller’s involvement with Villa Kujoyama and Manufacture de Sèvres”. The French foundation will thus be part of the international line-up of renowned curators, designers and architects who will showcase the best examples of excellence in craftsmanship from Europe and Japan, the guest of honour for this edition.
This world-class team of curators creating the 15 exhibition spaces are: Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, London-based fashion exhibition designer and curator Judith Clark, Japanese designer, professor and curator Naoto Fukasawa, French museum director and porcelain expert David Caméo with expert Frédéric Bodet, Belgian-Italian gallerist Jean Blanchaert, acclaimed architect and President of Triennale Milano Stefano Boeri, American director and visual artist Robert Wilson, German designer Sebastian Herkner, vintage car broker, expert and collector Simon Kidston, Japanese museum director Tokugo Uchida, renowned Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi, French interior designer and scenographer Sylvain Roca and Italian architect and professor Alessandro Pedron.
Homo Faber Curators and Designers with Founder Franco Cologni and Executive Director Alberto Cavalli - Laila Pozzo©Michelangelo Foundation The event offers the public a rare opportunity to explore San Giorgio Maggiore Island and the magnificent architecture of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in an exhibition that covers nearly 4,000 square metres. It builds on the successful inaugural exhibition in September 2018, which drew 62,500 visitors and featured 410 artisans and designers, 900 unique artworks, and 91 live demonstrations.
The wellbeing of the event’s cherished visitors and stakeholders remains a priority. As such, the utmost care will be taken to create an event which permits social distancing and both a welcoming and safe environment for everyone.
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Homo Faber Event
Crafting a more human future
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Register for tickets from April 2021 at homofaberevent.com
Homo Faber Event is a major cultural exhibition dedicated to fine craftsmanship. Organised by the Michelangelo Foundation, the international event celebrates master craftsmanship, seeking to increase recognition and visibility for master artisans. A showcase of craftsmanship excellence, the exhibition shines a light on a rich diversity of materials and crafts, from paper making to wood working, from the rarest artisanal techniques to some of the most iconic examples of contemporary craftsmanship, and explores their links to the world of creativity and design. Imagined by a handpicked team of world-renowned designers, curators and architects, the exhibition stretches over a number of magnificent spaces throughout the Fondazione Giorgio Cini located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the heart of Venice. The inaugural edition in 2018 welcomed 62,500 visitors.
The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship believes in a future which values master craftsmanship and places the human hand at the centre of production. Its mission is to celebrate and preserve craftsmanship and strengthen its connection to the world of design. At the heart of all the foundation’s activities are the artisans who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of excellence using long-held traditions, skills and knowledge. In addition to the Homo Faber Event, contemporary craftspeople are the protagonists of the foundation’s signature digital platform, Homo Faber Guide. From its headquarters in Geneva, the non-profit institution works with an international network of organizations to promote a new cultural movement.
The Japan Foundation, established in 1972, in Tokyo develops international cultural exchange programmes globally. The foundation’s aim is to promote Japanese culture to the world through programmes and activities in the following categories: art, cultural exchange, Japanese-language education and Japanese studies. The foundation has a global network, with 25 overseas branches in 24 countries. As part of their cultural programme, the foundation offers successful applicants support in the form of grants, research scholarships and training opportunities.
The Fondation Bettencourt Schueller has been engaged in philanthropic support of the applied arts for nearly 20 years. Fully aware of the contemporary challenges facing crafts, the Foundation pursues an approach which places humans at the very centre by passionately supporting a selection of the craft sector’s protagonists in order to promote the influence of fine craftsmanship in France and abroad. The Foundation works actively to encourage the cultural exchange of French and Japanese savoir-faire. Through its commitment to institutions such as Villa Kujoyama and Manufacture de Sèvres, it promotes cultural dialogue between these two countries. Sponsored by the French Institute and the French Institute of Japan, Villa Kujoyama is the only French artist residency in Asia and the only one open to crafts. By creating these close ties, talented hands from both countries meet, nurture and challenge each other through their creative intelligence.
Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte is a private, non-profit institution founded in 1995. Based in Milan, it promotes cultural, academic and educational initiatives for the protection and diffusion of artistic crafts. The Fondazione Cologni’s mission is to inspire a “new Renaissance” of the artistic crafts and rescue them from the threat of extinction. Many of its initiatives focus on young people and training future generations of artisans.
Fondazione Giorgio Cini is a non-profit cultural institution based in Venice, Italy. Established by Vittorio Cini in 1951 with the aim of creating an international cultural centre re-integrating the San Giorgio Maggiore Island into the life of Venice and the region, today it is an important centre of humanistic studies and encourages the creation and development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in the surrounding territory.