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Curators and designers

Leading lights in design and craftsmanship from Europe and Japan

To curate this exceptional showcase of the very best craftsmanship, Homo Faber has drawn upon the talents of some of the finest names in their fields among them established architect Michele De Lucchi, museum director David Caméo, young designer Sebastian Herkner, award-winning director and visual artist Robert Wilson and renowned fashion exhibition designer Judith Clark. With its special focus on Japan, this year’s edition also draws on the expertise of those immersed in Japanese craftsmanship, including museum director Tokugo Uchida and designer Naoto Fukasawa. What all our curators share is a desire to champion the talents, skills and savoir-faire of master artisans.

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David Caméo David Caméo Curator

The former head of the world-renowned porcelain company Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

Rinko Kawauchi Rinko Kawauchi Photographer

A Japanese photographer whose work has been published and exhibited around the world.

Michele De Lucchi Michele De Lucchi Curator/designer

The world-renowned architect and designer runs an experimental laboratory creating imaginative products using artisanal techniques.

Stefano Micelli Stefano Micelli Curator

A professor at the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari, and the author of an authoritative analysis of Italian artisanal craft

Naoto Fukasawa Naoto Fukasawa Curator/designer

A Japanese designer, professor and curator who has brought his unique design philosophy to leading brands around the world.

Judith Clark Judith Clark Curator

A curator, fashion exhibition maker and currently Professor of Fashion and Museology at University of the Arts London.

Sebastian Herkner Sebastian Herkner Curator/designer

The young German designer has made his mark on the world of design since launching his own studio in 2006.

Jean Blanchaert Jean Blanchaert Curator

A Belgian-Italian gallerist, antiquarian and artist who, for the past 30 years, has run his family’s gallery in Milan.

Frédéric Bodet Frédéric Bodet Curator

Curator at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, an expert in the applied arts, with a special focus on ceramics

Tokugo Uchida Tokugo Uchida Curator

Director of the MOA Museum of Art and Hakone Museum of Art, Tokugo Uchida is one of Japan’s foremost cultural commentators.

Simon Kidston Simon Kidston Curator

An expert on cars, Geneva-based Simon Kidston runs an independent consultancy for motor car collectors around the world.

Stefano Boeri Stefano Boeri Designer

One of the world’s leaders in his field, Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri is currently the chairman of the Triennale in Milan.

Sylvain Roca Sylvain Roca Designer

French interior designer and exhibition scenographer, Sylvain Roca trained in applied arts in Paris, Montreal and Tokyo.

Robert Wilson Robert Wilson Curator/designer

One of the world’s foremost theatre directors and visual artists, whose award-winning work has been staged internationally.

The Prince’s Foundation The Prince’s Foundation Curator

Working to realise HRH The Prince of Wales’ vision of creating harmonious communities by respecting the past and living in a sustainable way.

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte Curator

A Milan-based non-profit organisation aiming to bring about a renaissance in artisanal crafts and secure the future of craftsmanship.

Studio Salaris Studio Salaris Designer

Studio Salaris is a contemporary interior and set design consultancy run by Alessandra Salaris.

Michelangelo Foundation Michelangelo Foundation Curator

A Geneva-based non-profit institution aiming to preserve master craftsmanship and strengthen its connection to the world of design.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini Italy Fondazione Giorgio Cini

The Fondazione Giorgo Cini is a non-profit cultural institution based in Venice, Italy

YNAP YNAP Curator

YOOX-NET-A-PORTER is a world leader in online luxury and fashion.

Panerai Panerai Curator/designer

Panerai is a luxury Italian watch manufacturer, founded in Florence, Italy in 1860.

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David Caméo

Curator

David Caméo has spent his career serving the decorative arts. A politics graduate, he was an advisor on the decorative arts for the French Ministry of Culture, before becoming a technical advisor for successive culture ministers and then-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. In 2003 he became head of the world-renowned French government-owned porcelain company Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, later also heading up the Cité de la Céramique Sèvres, which includes the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres and, from 2012, its sister museum in Limoges. In 2014 he returned to Paris where he ran the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (MAD) for four years.

Frédéric Bodet

Curator

Since 2013, he has served as Curator in charge of modern and contemporary collections at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique (National Museum for Ceramics). From 1999 to 2012, he worked at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris as Curator Assistant, in charge of the craft contemporary collections. He specialized in modern and contemporary ceramics and jewellery. Since 2004 he has curated regular exhibitions projects at the Bernardaud Foundation in Limoges. He gives lectures at European art schools and he publishes articles for reviews, catalogues, and often takes part in jury’s for international Biennales.

Sebastian Herkner

Curator/designer

German designer Sebastian Herkner combines his unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship with a flair for colour, a curiosity for different cultures and a feel for new technologies. Herkner has designed furniture for some of the world’s most respected manufacturers including ClassiCon, Rosenthal, Ames and Cappellini, as well as architectural projects and museum and exhibition designs. His work has garnered numerous awards, and he was named Designer of the Year 2019 by Maison & Objet.

Naoto Fukasawa

Curator/designer

Naoto Fukasawa has worked for leading brands around the world across many different design disciplines from precision electronic equipment to furniture and interior spaces. What links his work is a dedication to the beauty of form and the power of silence, a design philosophy that has garnered him international recognition for his ability to express the true essence of an object. In addition, he is the curator of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, a professor at the Tama Art University and has sat on several judging panels including the Loewe Craft Prize. In 2007 he was named Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Royal Society of Arts.

Tokugo Uchida

Curator

Tokugo Uchida completed his PhD in aesthetics at Keio University in 2007 and has since lectured widely in Japan and abroad. He served as a member of the Cultural Council, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; committee member for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and Guest Professor at Kyushu University. He is involved in the selection for art-related awards, holds important roles in governmental organisations for traditional crafts as an art history specialist and has authored numerous publications.

Rinko Kawauchi

Photographer

Rinko Kawauchi was born in Shiga Prefecture in 1972. In 2002, Rinko received the Kimura Ihei Award, for her publications Utatane and Hanabi. Numerous other awards include 25th Infinity Award, Art Category in 2009. Rinko has held several solo exhibitions including The River Embraced Me (2016), Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto. She is also the author of multiple publications such as Halo (2017), a picture book Hajimari no Hi (the day it started, 2018) and When I was Seven (2019).

Michelangelo Foundation

Curator

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship is an international, non-profit institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, which celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the world of design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the foundation seeks to support men and women who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work.

YNAP

Curator

The group brings together four online stores – NET-A-PORTER, MR PORTER, YOOX and THE OUTNET – powered by a single technology and operations platform serving more than three million customers around the world. The company in its present form was founded by the merging in 2015 of leading online fashion portal NET-A-PORTER and YOOX the online lifestyle store for fashion, design and art, both of which made waves in the luxury online marketplace after launching in 2000.

The Prince’s Foundation

Curator

The Prince’s Foundation aims to realise HRH The Prince of Wales’ vision of creating harmonious communities by respecting the past and building the future. The organisation encourages people to live in a sustainable way, partly through the teaching of traditional skills. The Prince’s Foundation offers a broad range of inspiring education programmes in subjects including the traditional arts and heritage craft skills, architecture and design, both in the UK and internationally. Its School of Traditional Arts offers postgraduate degrees, short courses and outreach programmes related to traditional arts, ensuring that these skills evolve and endure.

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte

Curator

The Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte is a private non-profit organisation founded by Franco Cologni in Milan in 1995. The foundation’s initiatives are primarily focused on young people and the training of the next generation of artisans. It supports and carries out a number of cultural, scientific and educational programmes, including the development of an important collection of publications related to craftsmanship, an innovative apprenticeship scheme, and a title to recognise and celebrate master artisans.

Sylvain Roca

Designer

Since more than twenty years, he has designed the scenography for temporary and permanent exhibitions all over France and around the world, including at the Musée d’Orsay and the Grand Palais in Paris, the British Museum in London, the Heritage Museum in Hong Kong, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, the Bouregreg Culture in Rabat, the World Exhibition in Shanghai… He creates events and scenography for communication agencies and has developed product design studies for leading brands.

Stefano Boeri

Designer

Italian architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri is one of the world’s leaders in his field. A professor of urban planning at the Politenico in Milan, he has also been a guest professor at universities around the world including Harvard Graduate School of Design in the US. He founded a studio in Milan in 1999 and later opened a second in Shanghai. He has authored many books and is the former editor-in-chief of the magazines Domus and Abitare. In 2018 he was appointed chairman of the Triennale in Milan.

Simon Kidston

Curator

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Simon Kidston is a world expert on cars. He began his career in the car auction department at Coys in London, before co-founding Brooks (now Bonhams) Europe in Geneva, spending the next decade staging high-profile car sale events. In 2006 he set up an independent consultancy for motor car collectors around the world. He has been involved in several heritage events for historic cars including Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance at Goodwood, UK, and the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa Este in Italy. He also writes a monthly column for Classic Cars magazine.

Stefano Micelli

Curator

An authority on Italian artisanal craft, Stefano Micelli is Professor of Business Economics and Management at the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari. Since 1999, he has served as the director of TeDIS – Venice International University’s research centre focusing on innovation in small to medium sized industrial companies. His academic work has centred on the evolution of Italian artisanal craft and its future manufacturing potential. In 2012, he received the ADI Design Index prize for his authoritative analysis of Italian artisanal craft, Futuro Artigiano.

Robert Wilson

Curator/designer

Texas-born Robert Wilson is one of the world’s foremost theatre directors and visual artists. His works for the stage unconventionally incorporate a wide variety of artistic media including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. His productions have been acclaimed by audiences and critics worldwide, and he has won numerous awards including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, two Premio Ubu Awards and an Olivier Award, as well as a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. His drawings, paintings and sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are held in private and public collections around the world.

Judith Clark

Curator

Judith Clark is a curator and fashion exhibition maker and currently Professor of Fashion and Museology at University of the Arts London, where she co-directs the Centre for Fashion Curation. Clark opened the first experimental gallery of fashion in London. Since then she has curated 40 fashion exhibitions. Commissioning museums include the V&A in London, ModeMuseum in Antwerp and Palazzo Pitti in Florence. In 2015 she curated and designed the inaugural exhibition at La Galerie Louis Vuitton in Asnières, while in 2018 she created the Fashion Inside and Out exhibition for the inaugural Homo Faber. Clark lectures internationally on issues of dress display.

Michele De Lucchi

Curator/designer

Michele De Lucchi has designed furniture and lighting for most well-known Italian and European companies including Artemide, Alias, Unifor, Hermès, Alessi and Olivetti. His architectural work spans residential, industrial, cultural and corporate spaces in Italy and around the world. Alongside his professional work he has always pursued a personal exploration of design and craftsmanship, and in 1990 he founded Produzione Privata, an experimental laboratory through which he creates imaginative products using artisanal techniques. In 2000 he was appointed Officer of the Italian Republic for services to design and architecture.

Studio Salaris

Designer

Studio Salaris was established by professional interior designer Alessandra Salaris in the historic centre of Milan. Alessandra studied interior design at Istituto Europea di Design (IED), Milan and Politecnico di Milano, as well as undertaking further studies in London. Alessandra is specialised in designing custom-made sets and unique interior spaces with her flair for contemporary aesthetics.

Panerai

Curator/designer

Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and school of watchmaking, for many decades Panerai supplied the Italian Navy in general, and its specialist diving corps in particular, with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997. Today Panerai designs its watches in Italy and crafts them at its Neuchâtel premises in Switzerland, combining Italian design flair with Swiss horological expertise.

Jean Blanchaert

Curator

Jean Blanchaert is a Belgian-Italian gallerist, antiquarian and artist. For the past 30 years he has run his family’s Milan gallery, which specialises in glass, ceramics, enamel and contemporary materials. He has curated numerous exhibitions and writes about design for the monthly Art e Dossier and other publications. He is also a talented illustrator, calligrapher and glass sculptor in his own right. He has illustrated for children’s books, newspapers, cultural initiatives and theatre projects, and his work has been exhibited in Milan several times.

David Caméo

Curatore

David Caméo ha dedicato la sua carriera al servizio delle arti decorative. Laureato in scienze politiche, è stato consigliere e consulente tecnico per le arti decorative per il Ministero della Cultura Francese e in seguito per il Primo Ministro Lionel Jospin. Nel 2003 è diventato direttore della rinomata Manifattura Nazionale della Porcellana di Sèvres, e successivamente ha diretto la Cité de la Céramique di Sèvres, che riunisce il Museo Nazionale della Ceramica di Sèvres e, dal 2012, l'omonimo museo a Limoges. Nel 2014 è rientrato a Parigi dove ha diretto il Museo delle Arti Decorative (MAD) per quattro anni.

Frédéric Bodet

Co-Curatore

Dal 2013 è Curatore responsabile delle collezioni moderne e contemporanee della Cité de la Céramique di Sèvres (Museo Nazionale della Ceramica). Dal 1999 al 2012 ha lavorato come Assistente Curatore al Museo di Arti Decorative a Parigi, occupandosi delle collezioni di artigianato contemporaneo. Si è specializzato in ceramica e gioielleria moderna e contemporanea. Dal 2004 cura periodicamente programmi di mostre presso la Fondazione Bernardaud a Limoges. Insegna in scuole d’arte europee, pubblica articoli per rassegne e cataloghi ed è spesso membro di giurie di Biennali internazionali.

Sebastian Herkner

Curatore/designer

Il designer tedesco Sebastian Herkner coniuga il suo amore incondizionato per l’artigianato tradizionale con una passione per il colore, la curiosità verso diverse culture unita a una sensibilità per le nuove tecnologie. Herkner ha progettato arredi per alcuni tra i più importanti produttori tra cui ClassiCon, Rosenthal, Ames e Cappellini e al contempo per progetti di architettura, musei e mostre di design. Grazie ai suoi lavori ha ottenuto numerosi riconoscimenti, e nel 2019 è stato nominato Designer dell’Anno da Maison & Objet.

Naoto Fukasawa

Curatore/designer

Naoto Fukasawa ha disegnato prodotti per una lunga serie di importanti marchi di livello internazionale, passando attraverso diverse discipline del design, dai dispostivi elettronici di precisione all’arredamento, agli arredi d’interno. Con il suo lavoro mette in connessione la dedizione alla bellezza della forma con il potere del silenzio, una filosofia del design che gli ha fatto ottenere riconoscimenti internazionali per la sua capacità nell’esprimere la vera essenza di un oggetto. Parallelamente, è anche curatore del Museo di Artigianato tradizionale popolare giapponese, professore presso l’Università Tama di Belle Arti ed è stato membro di numerose giurie, tra cui il Loewe Craft Prize. Nel 2007, la Royal Society of Arts del Regno Unito gli ha conferito il titolo di “onorevole designer reale per l’industria”.

Tokugo Uchida

Curatore

Tokugo Uchida ha completato il suo dottorato di ricerca in estetica presso l’Università di Keio nel 2007 e da allora ha insegnato diffusamente in Giappone e all’estero. La sua competenza culturale lo ha portato ad occupare il Consiglio Nazionale degli Affari Culturali che delibera la nomina dei Tesori Nazionali Viventi del Giappone. Inoltre, ha anche diretto una commissione governativa sull’artigianato tradizionale ed è un esperto di laccatura, essendo vice-presidente dell’Accademia per la Ricerca sulla Lacca, nonché autore di numerosi libri in materia.

Rinko Kawauchi

Fotografa

Rinko Kawauchi è nata nella Prefettura di Shiga nel 1972. Nel 2002 ha ricevuto il premio Kimura Ihei per le sue opere Utatani e Hanabi. Tra i tanti riconoscimenti ricevuti anche il 25mo premio Infinity nella categoria delle Arti nel 2009. A Rinko Kawauchi sono state dedicate diverse personali, tra cui The River Embraced Me (2016) presso il Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Kukamoto. È autrice di numerose pubblicazioni, tra le quali Halo (2017), il libro illustrato Hajimari no Hi (il giorno in cui ho iniziato, 2018) e When I was Seven (2019).

Michelangelo Foundation

Curatore

La Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship è un’istituzione internazionale no profit con sede a Ginevra, Svizzera, che celebra e tutela l’artigianato d’eccellenza rafforzandone il suo legame con il mondo del design. La fondazione affonda le sue radici in una tradizione di cultura del bello e allo stesso tempo nella realtà e nelle sfide dell’economia globale contemporanea. Cerca di sostenere uomini e donne che si dedicano all’artigianato d'eccellenza promuovendo un nuovo movimento culturale eretto intorno ai valori essenziali delle loro opere.

YNAP

Curatore

Il gruppo riunisce quattro brand di stores on line - Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter, Yoox e The Outnet – tutti dotati di una tecnologia e piattaforma operativa comune, a disposizione di più di tre milioni di clienti in tutto il mondo. L’azienda, nella sua attuale struttura, è il frutto della fusione avvenuta nel 2015 tra Net-A-Porter, il principale portale di online fashion, e Yoox, azienda attiva nelle vendite online, riferimento per il lifestyle, la moda, il design, l’arte, il cui lancio, avvenuto per entrambe nel 2000, creò una rivoluzione tra i portali dedicati alla moda e al “luxury”.

The Prince’s Foundation

Curatore

La Prince’s Foundation ambisce a realizzare la visione di Sua Altezza Reale il Principe di Galles nel creare comunità in armonia con il passato e capaci di guardare al futuro. L’associazione benefica incoraggia le persone a vivere in maniera sostenibile, anche attraverso l’insegnamento di tecniche antiche. La Prince’s Foundation mette a disposizione una vasta scelta di programmi educativi sia nel Regno Unito che a livello internazionale nell’ambito di materie che includono le arti antiche e le tecniche artigianali tradizionali, l’architettura e il design. La sua Scuola di Arti Tradizionali offre corsi di specializzazione post-laurea, corsi brevi e programmi di formazione relativi alle arti tradizionali, affinché le stesse vengano preservate e tramandate.

Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte

Curatore

La Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte è un’istituzione privata senza fini di lucro, nata a Milano nel 1995 per volontà di Franco Cologni. Le iniziative della Fondazione sono finalizzate a formare nuove generazioni di artigiani. A questo scopo promuove e realizza una serie di iniziative culturali, scientifiche e di programmi educativi, tra cui la pubblicazione di un’importante collana editoriale sull’artigianato, un innovativo programma di tirocini e un premio per riconoscere e celebrare i maestri artigiani.

Sylvain Roca

Designer

Da più di 20 anni crea scenografie per mostre permanenti e temporanee in tutta Europa e in giro per il mondo. Ha collaborato, tra gli altri, con il Musée d’Orsay e il Grand Palais a Parigi, il British Museum a Londra, l’Heritage Museum a Hong Kong, la Bundeskunsthalle a Bonn, il Bouregreg Culture a Rabat, il World Exhibition a Shanghai… Si occupa di ideare eventi e scenografie per diverse agenzie di comunicazione e ha sviluppato studi di product design per i migliori marchi.

Stefano Boeri

Designer

L’architetto e urbanista italiano Stefano Boeri è tra i protagonisti principali nel suo campo. Professore di Urbanistica al Politecnico di Milano, è stato anche visiting professor in diverse università del mondo, tra cui la Harvard Graduate School of Design negli Stati Uniti. Ha inaugurato il suo studio a Milano nel 1999 e successivamente ne ha aperto uno anche a Shanghai. È autore di numerosi libri ed è l’ex direttore delle riviste Domus e Abitare. Nel 2018 è stato nominato Presidente della Triennale di Milano.

Simon Kidston

Curatore

L’inglese Simon Kidston è un esperto mondiale di automobili. Ha cominciato la sua carriera presso il dipartimento di aste di automobili alla Coys a Londra, prima di essere tra i fondatori di Brooks (oggi Bonhams) Europa a Ginevra, città dove per una decina di anni ha organizzato manifestazioni per la vendita di macchine di lusso. Dal 2006 è consulente indipendente per collezionisti di auto a motori di tutto il mondo. È stato invitato a numerosi raduni di automobili storiche tra cui Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance a Goodwood, nel Regno Unito, e il Concorso d’Eleganza Villa Este in Italia. Tiene anche una rubrica mensile per la rivista Classic Cars.

Stefano Micelli

Curatore

Un’autorità nel campo delle attività artigianali italiane, Stefano Micelli è Professore di Economia e Gestione delle Imprese all’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. Dal 1999 è stato direttore di TeDIS – un centro di ricerca internazionale dell’Università di Venezia specializzato nell’innovazione delle piccole e medie imprese. Il suo lavoro accademico si è concentrato sull’evoluzione dell’artigianato italiano e il suo potenziale futuro manifatturiero. Nel 2012, ha ricevuto il premio ADI Design Index per Futuro Artigiano, autorevole analisi sulle attività artigianali italiane.

Robert Wilson

Curatore/designer

Nato in Texas, Robert Wilson è considerato tra gli artisti visivi e registi di teatro più importanti al mondo. Le sue opere teatrali incorporano in maniera non convenzionale le più svariate discipline artistiche tra cui la danza, il movimento, le luci, la scultura, la musica e le parole. Le sue produzioni sono acclamate dal pubblico e dalla critica di tutto il mondo, ha vinto numerosi premi tra cui il Leone d’Oro alla Biennale di Venezia, due Premio Ubu Awards, un Olivier Award e si è guadagnato una nomination per il Pulitzer Prize. I suoi disegni, i dipinti e le sculture sono stati esposti a livello internazionale e fanno parte di collezioni private e pubbliche di tutto il mondo.

Judith Clark

Curatrice/designer

Judith Clark è una curatrice e organizzatrice di mostre di moda, Professoressa alla Fashion and Museology University of the Arts London dove co-dirige il Centre for Fashion Curation. Clark ha aperto la prima galleria sperimentale di moda a Londra. Da allora ha curato 40 mostre di abiti. Tra i committenti il Victoria & Albert Museum di Londra, il ModeMuseum di Anversa e Palazzo Pitti a Firenze. Nel 2015 ha curato e progettato l’inaugurazione della mostra presso La Galerie Louis Vuitton di Asnières, mentre nel 2018 ha realizzato la mostra Fashion Inside and Out per l’inaugurazione di Homo Faber. Clark tiene conferenze a livello internazionale su tematiche legate all’esposizione di abiti.

デイヴィッド・カメオ

キュレーター

デイヴィッド・カメオ氏は、そのキャリアを装飾芸術に捧げています。政治学を学んだカメオ氏は、フランス文化省の装飾芸術アドバイザーを務めた後、歴代の文化大臣および当時のリオネル・ジョスパン首相の技術アドバイザーに就任しました。2003年には、フランス政府が所有する世界的に有名な窯元、国立セーヴル製陶所の責任者となり、その後にセーヴル陶磁器美術館を擁するセーヴル陶芸都市に移転し、2012年からはリモージュにある関連美術館に勤務しました。2014年にパリに戻り、その後4年間、パリ装飾美術館(MAD)の館長を務めました。

Michele De Lucchi

Curatore/designer

Michele De Lucchi ha progettato arredamenti e luci per le aziende italiane ed europee più famose, tra cui Artemide, Alias, UniFor, Hermès, Alessi e Olivetti. Il suo lavoro di architetto abbraccia la progettazione di spazi residenziali, industriali, culturali, istituzionali in Italia e nel mondo. Unitamente al suo lavoro, ha portato avanti una personale esplorazione del design e dell’artigianato e nel 1990 ha istituito Produzione Privata, un laboratorio sperimentale attraverso il quale oggetti inaspettati prendono forma quando incontrano la giusta tecnica artigianale. Nel 2000 è stato insignito dell’onorificenza di Ufficiale della Repubblica per il suo lavoro al servizio del design e dell’architettura.

Studio Salaris

Designer

Lo Studio Salaris è stato fondato nel cuore di Milano dalla designer d’interni Alessandra Salaris. Alessandra Salaris ha studiato interior design allo IED Istituto Europeo di Design di Milano e al Politecnico di Milano, intraprendendo poi ulteriori studi a Londra. È specializzata nel progettare allestimenti su misura e spazi d’interni unici caratterizzati dalla passione per l’estetica contemporanea.

Officine Panerai

Curatore/designer

Il primo negozio apre a Firenze nel 1860 diventando col tempo anche un laboratorio e una scuola per orologiai. Per anni l’azienda ha fornito dispositivi per la Marina Italiana e strumenti di alta precisione per i corpi speciali subacquei. I modelli sviluppati all’epoca, tra cui il Luminor e Radiomir sono stati coperti dal segreto militare per anni e solo dopo l’acquisizione da parte del Gruppo Richemont, avvenuta nel 1997, hanno avuto una diffusione nel mercato internazionale. Oggi gli orologi della Officine Panerai vengono progettati in Italia e realizzati nella Manifattura Panerai a Neuchâtel, in Svizzera, dove l’alta orologeria svizzera e il design esclusivo italiano si combinano in un unico luogo di progettazione.

Jean Blanchaert

Curatore

Jean Blanchaert è un gallerista italo-belga, antiquario e artista, che negli ultimi 30 anni ha diretto la galleria di famiglia a Milano, specializzata nell’esposizione del vetro, della ceramica, di smalti e materiali contemporanei. Ha curato numerose mostre e scrive di design per il mensile Art e Dossier e per altre pubblicazioni. È anche un illustratore di talento, calligrafo e scultore del vetro. Ha illustrato libri per bambini e giornali, e ha lavorato a iniziative culturali e progetti teatrali. Il suo lavoro è stato esposto numerose volte in tutta Italia.

フレデリック・ボデ

共同キュレーター

フレデリック・ボデ氏は、2013年からセーヴル陶芸都市(セーヴル国立陶磁器美術館)のキュレーターとして、近代および現代コレクションを担当しています。1999年から2012年まではパリ装飾美術館でキュレーターアシスタントとして勤務し、現代工芸コレクションを担当。専門は近代および現代の陶磁とジュエリーでした。2004年から、リモージュのベルナルド財団にて定期的な展示プロジェクトを監修。ヨーロッパの芸術学校での講義や、批評およびカタログへの寄稿のほか、国際ビエンナーレの審査員団にも頻繁に参加しています。

セバスティアン・ヘルクナー

キュレーター/デザイナー

ドイツ人デザイナーのセバスティアン・ヘルクナー氏は、伝統的な職人技に捧げる愛情と、色彩への情熱、様々な文化に向けた好奇心、そして新しいテクノロジーに対する関心を持ち合わせています。これまでに、クラシコン、ローゼンタール、エイムス、カッペリーニなど、世界屈指の一流メーカーのために家具をデザインしてきたほか、建築プロジェクトや美術館、および展覧会のデザインも手がけています。ヘルクナー氏の作品は多数の賞を受賞し、2019年のメゾン・エ・オブジェではデザイナー・オブ・ザ・イヤーに選ばれました。

深澤直人

キュレーター/デザイナー

深澤直人氏は、精密電子機器から家具、そしてインテリアスペースまで、極めて多様なデザイン分野にわたり、世界各国の一流ブランドと仕事をしています。その作品に共通する特徴は、フォルムの美しさと静けさが持つ力の重視、そしてデザイン哲学です。この哲学に基づき、物質に備わる本質を表現する氏の才能は、国際的に高い評価を得ています。深澤氏は日本民藝館のキュレーターであり、多摩美術大学の教授でもあります。また、ロエベ クラフトプライズなど、複数の賞の選考委員も務めています。2007年には、英国王室芸術協会により、名誉あるロイヤル・デザイナー・フォー・インダストリーの称号を授与されました。

内田篤呉

共同キュレーター

内田篤呉氏は、2007年に慶應義塾大学より美学博士号を取得。それ以来、日本および海外で幅広く講義を行なっています。文化に関する専門知識を評価され、文部科学省文化審議会に名を連ねる内田氏は、日本における無形文化財遺産委員も務めています。伝統工芸に関する政府の小委員会に所属しているほか、漆工芸の専門家として漆工史学会の副会長にも就任し、この分野に関する書籍も執筆しています。

川内倫子

写真家

1972年、滋賀県生まれ。2002年「うたたね」「花火」で第27回木村伊兵衛写真賞を受賞。ICPの主催する第25回インフィニティ賞芸術部門ほか、受賞多数。「川内倫子展 川が私を受け入れてくれた」(2016、熊本市現代美術館)ほか、個展も多数開催。著作に『Halo』(2017)、写真絵本『はじまりのひ』(2018)、『When I was seven.』(2019)などがある。

ミケランジェロ財団

キュレーター

創造性と職人技を支援するミケランジェロ財団は、スイスのジュネーヴに拠点を置く国際的な非営利団体であり、優れた職人技の奨励および保存、そしてデザイン界との結びつきの強化に取り組んでいます。さらに同財団は、伝統的な文化と卓越性に根ざし、今日の世界経済における現実と課題を見据えながら、自らの創作活動に不可欠な価値観を基軸とし、高度な職人技の追求、そして新たな文化的ムーブメントの促進に打ち込む人々に支援を提供しています。

YNAP

キュレーター 1

ユークス・ネッタポルテ・グループは、1つのテクノロジーとオペレーションプラットフォームを活用して4つのオンラインストア(ネッタポルテ、ミスターポルテ、ユークス、ジ アウトネット)を展開し、世界各国の300万人以上の顧客にサービスを提供しています。大手オンライン・ファッション・ポータルのネッタポルテと、ファッション、デザイン、アートを取り扱うライフスタイル ・オンラインストアのユークスが2015年に合併し、現在のような形のグループが誕生しました。どちらも、2000年の発足以来、ラグジュアリー製品のオンライン販売市場で大きな成功を収めた企業です。

英国のプリンス財団

キュレーター 2

プリンス財団は、過去への敬意と未来の構築によって調和の取れた地域社会を創造するという、ウェールズ公の展望の実現を目指しています。同基金は、持続可能な方法で生活する人々に支援を提供しており、伝統的な技術の指導もその一環です。また、伝統的な芸術や、古くから伝わる工芸技法、建築、デザインなどを主題とする示唆に富んだ教育プログラムを、英国および諸外国で幅広く展開しています。同基金が運営するスクール・オブ・トラディショナル・アーツは、伝統芸術に関連する大学院学位、短期コース、福祉プログラムを提供し、これらの技能の発展と持続に貢献しています。

コローニ伝統工芸財団

キュレーター

コローニ伝統工芸財団は、1995年にフランコ・コローニ氏によってミラノに設立された民間非営利組織です。同財団の主な活動は、若い世代を対象とし、次世代の職人を育成する研修を行なうことです。文化、科学、教育に関する様々なプログラムの支援および提供に取り組んでおり、クラフツマンシップ、革新的な研修制度、優れた職人を評価して称賛するための称号に関する重要な一連の出版物を開発することもその活動の一部です。

シルヴァイン・ロカ

デザイナー

20年以上もの間フランス各所や世界中で、企画展・常設展を問わず展示デザインを担当しており、パリのオルセー美術館やグラン・パレ、ロンドンの大英博物館、香港文化博物館、ボンのブンデスクンストハレ、ラバトのブーレグレグ・カルチャー、上海国際博覧会などはその一部です。広告代理店のイベントや舞台美術を手掛けるほか、有名ブランドの商品デザインにも活動領域を広げています。

ステファノ・ボエリ 建築家

デザイナー

建築家および都市計画専門家であるイタリア人のステファノ・ボエリ氏は、この分野における世界的なリーダーの一人です。ミラノ工科大学で教授として都市計画を教えるほか、米国ハーバード大学デザイン大学院など、世界各国の大学で客員教授を務めてきました。1999年にミラノにスタジオを創立し、後に上海にも2つ目のスタジオをオープンしました。多数の書籍を執筆しているほか、雑誌『ドムス』および『アビターレ』の編集長を歴任。2018年には、ミラノ・トリエンナーレの委員長に任命されました。

サイモン・キッドストン

キュレーター

スイスのジュネーヴに拠点を置くサイモン・キッドストン氏は、世界的に名高い自動車専門家です。キャリアのスタート時にはロンドンのコイズで自動車オークション部門に所属し、次にジュネーヴでブルックス(現ボナムズ)を共同設立。その後の10年間は、高級自動車販売イベントの演出を手掛けました。2006年には、世界各国の自動車コレクターを対象とする、独立コンサルタント事業を開設。英国グッドウッドのカルティエ・スティル・エ・リュクス・コンクール・デレガンスや、イタリアのコンコルソ・デレガンツァ・ヴィラ・デステなど、歴史的な自動車を展示する数々のヴィンテージイベントに関与しています。また、『クラシック カーズ』誌にもコラムを毎月連載しています。

ステファノ・ミチェリ

キュレーター

イタリアにおける伝統工芸の権威であるステファノ・ミチェリ氏は、ヴェネツィア大学ビジネス経済・経営学部の教授です。1999年から、ヴェネツィア国際大学の研究機関であるTeDISの所長に就任しています。同機関は、小・中規模の工業会社における革新を主に研究しています。ミチェリ氏の学術的な主題は、イタリアの伝統工芸の発展と、その将来的な製造の可能性です。2012年、イタリアの伝統工芸を専門的に分析した著書『フトゥロ アルティジャーノ(Futuro Artigiano)』が評価され、ADI デザインインデックス賞を受賞しました。

ロバート・ウィルソン

キュレーター兼デザイナー

テキサス出身のロバート・ウィルソン氏は、世界一流の舞台監督の一人であり、ビジュアルアーティストでもあります。ダンス、動き、照明、彫刻、音楽、テキストなど、多彩な芸術手法を取り入れた、常識の枠を打ち破る舞台作品を手掛けています。その作品は世界中の観客および批評家から高く評価され、ヴェネツィア・ビエンナーレの金獅子賞、2度のプレミオ・ウブ賞、オリヴィエ賞など多数の受賞歴を誇り、ピューリッツァー賞にもノミネートされています。ウィルソン氏のスケッチ、絵画、彫刻は世界各国で展示され、公私を問わず世界中のコレクターによって収集されています。

ジュディス・クラーク

キュレーター兼デザイナー

ジュディス・クラーク氏は、キュレーターおよびファッション・エキシビション企画者として活躍しながら、現在はロンドン芸術大学の教授としてファッションおよび博物館学を担当。この大学では、センター・フォー・ファッション・キュレーションの共同ディレクターを務めています。クラーク氏は、ロンドンに初の実験的なファッション・ギャラリーをオープンし、それ以来、ドレスに関する40の展覧会を監修しました。ロンドンのヴィクトリア&アルバート博物館、アントワープのモード博物館、フィレンツェのピッティ宮殿も、クラーク氏に監修を依頼した施設に含まれています。2015年、アニエールにあるラ・ギャルリー ルイ・ヴィトンの初の展覧会の監修および設計を担当。2018年には、第1回ホモ・ファーベルのために、「ファッション インサイド&アウト展」を創作しました。クラーク氏は、ドレス展示に関する様々なテーマについて、国際的に講義を行なっています。

ミケーレ・デ・ルッキ

キュレーター兼デザイナー

ミケーレ・デ・ルッキ氏は、アルテミデ、アリアス、ユニフォー、エルメス、アレッシ、オリヴェッティなど、イタリアおよびヨーロッパの有名企業のために家具と照明をデザインしています。デ・ルッキ氏の建築作品の分野は、住宅、産業施設、文化施設、企業空間など多岐にわたり、イタリアおよび世界各国で採用されています。プロフェッショナルとしての作品に加え、デザインおよび職人技について、常に個人的な探求にも取り組んできました。1990年に、実験的な研究所であるプロドゥツィオーネ・プリヴァータを設立。デ・ルッキ氏はこの施設にて、工芸技術を使って想像力に富む作品を創作しています。2000年には、デザインおよび建築分野での貢献を評価され、イタリア共和国功労勲章ウッフィチャーレを叙勲しました。

スタジオ・サラリス

デザイナー

プロのインテリアデザイナーであるアレッサンドラ・サラリス氏が創設したスタジオ・サラリスは、ミラノの歴史ある中心地に位置しています。サラリス氏は、ミラノのヨーロッパ・デザイン学院およびミラノ工科大学でインテリアデザインを学び、その後ロンドンでさらに研究を続けました。独自の現代的な美的センスを活かし、カスタムデザインのセットおよびユニークなインテリア空間の設計を専門としています。

オフィチーネ・パネライ

キュレーター兼デザイナー

1860年、時計製造の工房、店舗、学校としてフィレンツェに創設されたオフィチーネ パネライは、イタリア海軍、特に同軍潜水特殊部隊の要請を受け、数十年にわたり精密機器を納品していました。当時パネライが開発した、ルミノールおよびラジオミールを含む設計は、長年にわたって軍事機密法の対象でした。そのため、ブランドが1997年にリシュモングループによって買収された後、初めて国際市場に向けて発売されることとなりました。現在、オフィチーネ・パネライはイタリア国内でタイムピースをデザインし、スイスのヌーシャテルにある自社施設で制作を行なっています。その製品には、イタリアらしい優雅なデザインと、スイスが誇る時計製造技術が融合しています。

ジャン・ブランシャール

キュレーター

ベルギーとイタリアの血を引くジャン・ブランシャール氏は、画商、アンティーク収集家、アーティストとして活躍しています。この30年間は、ミラノにて、ガラス、陶磁、エナメル、先進素材を用いた作品を専門に扱う家族所有のギャラリーを経営。また、多数の展覧会の監修を手掛けるほか、月刊誌『アルテ ドシエル』およびその他の出版物にデザインに関する記事を寄稿し、有能なイラストレーター、カリグラファー、ガラス彫刻家としても天賦の才を発揮しています。氏のイラストは児童書籍、新聞、文化活動、演劇プロジェクトに採用され、ミラノでは数回にわたり展覧会でも披露されています。

Fondazione Giorgio Cini



The Fondazione Giorgo 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.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini



La Fondazione Giorgio Cini è un’istituzione culturale senza scopo di lucro con sede a Venezia. Fu creata da Vittorio Cini nel 1951 per restaurare l’isola di San Giorgio Maggiore allo scopo di reinserirla nella vita di Venezia e di farne un centro internazionale di attività culturali. La Fondazione Giorgio Cini è oggi un importante centro per gli studi umanistici e promuove la creazione e lo sviluppo di istituzioni di formazione, culturali, sociali e artistiche sul territorio.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini



ジョルジョ・チーニ財団は、1951年にヴィットリオ・チーニ伯爵により、サン・ジョルジョ・マッジョーレ島をヴェネツィアおよび地域の生活に再統合するための国際的な文化センターとなるべく創設されました。現在は重要な人文研究機関として、周囲地域における教育、社会、文化、芸術的施設の設立および開発を支援しています。同財団は調査研究の中心的な機関として、現代社会に革新的なツールを装備し、かけがえのない文化的遺産、知識、スキルを伝えることを目指しています。

Themes of the exhibitions

An extraordinary journey across the creative landscape of Europe and Japan

This year’s edition celebrates the "living treasures" of Europe and Japan, in 17 unique exhibitions, which explore an array of themes, crafts and techniques. An extraordinary journey across the creative landscape of Europe and Japan seen through the eyes of renowned curators, architects and designers. Enjoy a unique insight into Japan’s National Living Treasures and a celebration of Japan’s traditional heritage. A window into cultural collaborations, between Europe and Japan, master artisans and aspiring artisans, flower designers and glassmakers, designers and artisans. A diversity of materials, from porcelain to glass, across a spectrum of sectors, theatre, interior design, jewellery, fashion and automotive.

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Piscina Gandini WAITING with peace and darkness More Sala Bianca Blossoming Beauty More Sala del Chiostro dei Cipressi Italy and Japan: the Marvellous Liaisons More Pagiglione delle Capriate Mechanical Marvels More Archivio Duso Dressing a Diva More Sala del Piccolo Teatro Magnae Chartae More Sala Borges The Modern Artisan Project More Chiostro dei Cipressi The Ateliers of Wonders More Cenacolo Palladino 12 Stone Garden More Sala delle Fotografie Singular Talents – The Red List More Sale del Convitto Details: Genealogies of Ornament More Sala degli Arazzi Next of Europe More Vestibolo del Cenacolo Masterful Gestures More Biblioteca del Longhena Porcelain Virtuosity More Garden Doppia Firma More Sala Barbantini Pattern of Crafts More Exterior Eilean More
Robert Wilson WAITING with peace and darkness

The iconic American director and visual artist Robert Wilson shines a light on the Japanese inspiration behind his theatrical productions, notably Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

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Michelangelo Foundation Sylvain Roca Blossoming Beauty

Leading Venetian glass manufacturer Venini collaborates creatively with innovative international flower artists to craft a collection of glass vases.

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Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte Italy and Japan: the Marvellous Liaisons

In homage to the cultural exchange between Italy and Japan, which has always found a fertile breeding ground in Venice.

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Simon Kidston Stefano Micelli Mechanical Marvels

Discover how the skills of European master artisans contribute to the automotive world in this fascinating exhibition.

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Fondazione Giorgio Cini Dressing a Diva

Based in the heart of Venice, master tailor Stefano Nicolao has made period costumes for theatre, opera, ballet, film and television productions.

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Michele De Lucchi Magnae Chartae

Inspired by the paper artists of Japan and Europe, this exhibition pays homage to the diversity of paper crafts, including paper making, book restoration...

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YNAP The Prince’s Foundation The Modern Artisan Project

Discover the modern face of craftsmanship in this exhibition presenting a capsule clothing collection created by talented young artisans and designers.

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Rinko Kawauchi The Ateliers of Wonders

This stunning photography display gives visitors an unprecedented glimpse inside the workshops of 12 Japanese National Living Treasures .

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Naoto Fukasawa Tokugo Uchida 12 Stone Garden

Get up close to a selection of objects handcrafted by 12 of Japan’s National Living Treasures, those artisans who are masters of traditional skills and prized.

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Michelangelo Foundation Singular Talents – The Red List

Step inside the workshops of 12 contemporary European master artisans who are upholding traditional craftsmanship skills that may once have been ubiquitous.

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Judith Clark Details: Genealogies of Ornament

Witness the transformative power of craft in this multi-layered exhibition showcasing the craftsmanship of 15 luxury maisons dedicated to making the finest watches, shoes, kimonos, jewellery, perfume and much more.

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Jean Blanchaert Stefano Boeri Next of Europe

The future of craftsmanship is in the hands of those who dedicate themselves to passing on their skills to young talents.

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Michelangelo Foundation Masterful Gestures

In the magnificent surroundings of the Cenacolo room, talented master artisans from Europe and Japan will demonstrate their skills.

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David Caméo Frédéric Bodet Porcelain Virtuosity

The 17th century Longhena library is a beautiful backdrop for this celebration of porcelain craftsmanship across Europe and Japan.

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Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte Studio Salaris Doppia Firma

An exhibition dedicated to Doppia Firma 2021, an annual project which brings together innovative European designers and Italian master artisans.

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Sebastian Herkner Pattern of Crafts

German designer Sebastian Herkner explores the crucial contribution master artisans make to the world of interiors.

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Panerai Eilean

Welcome aboard Eilean: step onto a legendary 1936 yacht expertly restored by Italian master artisans. Moored in the Venetian waters off San Giorgio Maggiore Island.

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Next of Europe Next of Europe Curated by: Jean Blanchaert, Stefano Boeri

The future of craftsmanship is in the hands of those who dedicate themselves to passing on their skills to young talents.

Pattern of Crafts Pattern of Crafts Curated by: Sebastian Herkner

German designer Sebastian Herkner explores the crucial contribution master artisans make to the world of interiors.

Singular Talents – The Red List Singular Talents – The Red List Curated by: Michelangelo Foundation

Step inside the workshops of 12 contemporary European master artisans who are upholding traditional craftsmanship skills that may once have been ubiquitous.

Mechanical Marvels Mechanical Marvels Curated by: Simon Kidston, Stefano Micelli

Discover how the skills of European master artisans contribute to the automotive world in this fascinating exhibition.

Details: Genealogies of Ornament Details: Genealogies of Ornament Curated by: Judith Clark

Witness the transformative power of craft in this multi-layered exhibition showcasing the craftsmanship of 15 luxury maisons dedicated to making the finest watches, shoes, kimonos, jewellery, perfume and much more.

The Modern Artisan Project The Modern Artisan Project Curated by: YNAP, The Prince’s Foundation

Discover the modern face of craftsmanship in this exhibition presenting a capsule clothing collection created by talented young artisans and designers.

Magnae Chartae Magnae Chartae Curated by: Michele De Lucchi

Inspired by the paper artists of Japan and Europe, this exhibition pays homage to the diversity of paper crafts, including paper making, book restoration...

Doppia Firma Doppia Firma Curated by: Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Studio Salaris

An exhibition dedicated to Doppia Firma 2021, an annual project which brings together innovative European designers and Italian master artisans.

Porcelain Virtuosity Porcelain Virtuosity Curated by: David Caméo, Frédéric Bodet

The 17th century Longhena library is a beautiful backdrop for this celebration of porcelain craftsmanship across Europe and Japan.

Dressing a Diva Dressing a Diva Curated by: Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Based in the heart of Venice, master tailor Stefano Nicolao has made period costumes for theatre, opera, ballet, film and television productions.

Italy and Japan: the Marvellous Liaisons Italy and Japan: the Marvellous Liaisons Curated by: Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte

In homage to the cultural exchange between Italy and Japan, which has always found a fertile breeding ground in Venice.

12 Stone Garden 12 Stone Garden Curated by: Naoto Fukasawa, Tokugo Uchida

Get up close to a selection of objects handcrafted by 12 of Japan’s National Living Treasures, those artisans who are masters of traditional skills and prized.

The Ateliers of Wonders The Ateliers of Wonders Curated by: Rinko Kawauchi

This stunning photography display gives visitors an unprecedented glimpse inside the workshops of 12 Japanese National Living Treasures .

WAITING with peace and darkness WAITING with peace and darkness Curated by: Robert Wilson

The iconic American director and visual artist Robert Wilson shines a light on the Japanese inspiration behind his theatrical productions, notably Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Masterful Gestures Masterful Gestures Curated by: Michelangelo Foundation

In the magnificent surroundings of the Cenacolo room, talented master artisans from Europe and Japan will demonstrate their skills.

Blossoming Beauty Blossoming Beauty Curated by: Michelangelo Foundation, Sylvain Roca

Leading Venetian glass manufacturer Venini collaborates creatively with innovative international flower artists to craft a collection of glass vases.

Eilean Eilean Curated by: Panerai

Welcome aboard Eilean: step onto a legendary 1936 yacht expertly restored by Italian master artisans. Moored in the Venetian waters off San Giorgio Maggiore Island.

Porcelain Virtuosity

The 17th century Longhena library is a beautiful backdrop for this celebration of porcelain craftsmanship across Europe and Japan. The exhibition comprises work by independent master artisans including Katsuyo Aoki (Japan), Tamsin van Essen (UK) and Ruth Gurvich (France), along with pieces from porcelain manufacturers Meissen, Sèvres, Nymphenburg and Bernardaud. Together they illustrate the collaborative process between designer and artisan and the different ways in which porcelain artists in Japan and Europe approach porcelain making, considering their techniques, savoir-faire and artistic experimentation.

Pattern of Crafts

German designer Sebastian Herkner explores the crucial contribution master artisans make to the world of interiors. Taking the geometric pattern of the terrace of the Basilica of San Giorgio, on San Giorgio Maggiore island, Herkner invites selected master artisans from Japan and Europe to interpret this lace-like octagonal pattern in a graphic artwork to be displayed on the wall of the Sala Barbantini. Whether in marble, glass, mosaic, stucco, wood marquetry or textiles, these exquisitely crafted pieces demonstrate how the savoir-faire of master artisans can serve the imagination of a designer to produce dazzling pieces of interior decoration, integrating time-honoured techniques.

Dressing a Diva

An exhibition dedicated to the Italian actress Lyda Borelli, wife of Vittorio Cini, who founded the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Rare archival images, videos and documents of the Institute of Theatre and Opera and costumes by world-renowned master tailor Stefano Nicolao will reveal the craftsmanship that goes into creating the allure of a diva. Based in the heart of Venice, master tailor Stefano Nicolao has made period costumes for theatre, opera, ballet, film and television productions all over the world since 1980.

12 Stone Garden

Get up close to a selection of objects handcrafted by 12 of Japan’s National Living Treasures, those artisans who are masters of traditional skills and prized in the country as integral to Japan’s cultural heritage. Selected by Naoto Fukasawa and Japanese museum director, Tokugo Uchida, these exquisite works – including kimonos, an urushi lacquered harp and a bamboo flower basket – are simply yet reverentially displayed in the magnificent Cenacolo Palladino on 12 blocks shaped as stones in a design by Naoto Fukasawa inspired by the traditional Japanese garden. Short films provide insight into the working processes of the masters who crafted these sometimes unassuming, but always exceptional pieces.

The Ateliers of Wonders

This stunning photography display gives visitors an unprecedented glimpse inside the workshops of 12 Japanese National Living Treasures whose work is presented in the exhibition 12 Stone Garden. The artful and intelligent lens of Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi captures the materials, skills, gestures and savoir-faire of these exceptional artisans, who are recognised for upholding and preserving an important aspect of Japan’s intangible cultural heritage, whether it be lacquering, bamboo work or kimono making.

Masterful Gestures

In the magnificent surroundings of the Cenacolo room, talented master artisans from Europe and Japan will demonstrate their skills, dexterity and time-honoured techniques as they work in front of visitors, challenging present times with everlasting beauty.

The Modern Artisan Project

Discover the modern face of craftsmanship in this exhibition presenting a capsule clothing collection created by talented young artisans and designers. The collection is part of The Modern Artisan project, run by leading online luxury fashion retailer YOOX NET-A-PORTER and UK charitable organisation The Prince’s Foundation. The project brings together young Italian design students and British artisanal talents in a creative cultural exchange to develop the collaborative, innovative and technical skills needed for digital design and artisanal textiles to coexist in the world of luxury sustainable manufacturing.

Italy and Japan: the Marvellous Liaisons

In homage to the cultural exchange between Italy and Japan, which has always found a fertile breeding ground in Venice, this room invites visitors to delve into a dialogue between the finest Italian craftsmanship and the Japanese culture. On display, a selection of objects handcrafted by Italian master artisans, many designated as "MAM", the Italian equivalent of National Living Treasures, and inspired by Japanese decorative motifs, techniques, materials and formal approaches.

Singular Talents – The Red List

Step inside the workshops of 12 contemporary European master artisans who are upholding traditional craftsmanship skills that may once have been ubiquitous but are now at risk of disappearing. All the skills presented here, including accordion making, harness making and silversmithing feature on our newly devised European Red List which has been inspired by the British Heritage Crafts Association’s Red List of Endangered Crafts, which highlights crafts in the UK that are at risk. Specially commissioned films draw back the curtain on these unique artisanal talents and show how they are striving to safeguard these precious crafts for the future.

Blossoming Beauty

Leading Venetian glass manufacturer Venini collaborates creatively with innovative international flower artists to craft a collection of glass vases. A selection of the most celebrated flower designers will present bespoke bouquets to complement these exquisite vases and draw visitors into an enchanting floral garden. The idea of “blossoming” has in itself the very concept of creativity and know-how helping each other to find their respective, most beautiful shape and identity. The project by Sylvain Roca accentuates the enchantment of this fairy tale flower garden.

Next of Europe

The future of craftsmanship is in the hands of those who dedicate themselves to passing on their skills to young talents. A cabinet of curiosities will showcase a stunning selection of objects drawn from all over Europe, crafted by the master artisans who not only embody the finest European craftsmanship but are dedicated to transmitting their savoir-faire to the next generation through apprenticeships and training. Visitors can even see some of these European "living treasures" working in the room, a rare opportunity to witness first-hand how these masters create objects of such fine craftsmanship.

Mechanical Marvels

Discover how the skills of European master artisans contribute to the automotive world in this fascinating exhibition. Whether assembling a 12 cylinder engine, hand painting bodywork, hand stitching car seats or customising interiors, the hand of the artisan has always been essential to the creation of luxury cars. Visitors can see how the master restorers from the Italian workshop Cremonini Classic breathe new life into magnificent vintage cars, such as Gianni Agnelli’s 1960s bespoke three-seat Ferrari. Special attention will be given to a young generation of artisans, designers and engineers, who will be called on to collaborate on a unique project.

WAITING with peace and darkness

The iconic American director and visual artist Robert Wilson shines a light on the Japanese inspiration behind his theatrical productions, notably Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. This evocative exhibition will allow visitors to be immersed in Wilson’s staging genius, as he transforms the former Gandini 1960s swimming pool into a dramatic theatrical stage with his signature use of lighting, sound, costumes, artworks, videos, objects and furniture, created in collaboration with master artisans using time-honoured techniques. Featuring video portraits of Japanese choreographer Suzushi Hanayagi, the exhibition plays with displays of different mediums.

Details: Genealogies of Ornament

Witness the transformative power of craft in this multi-layered exhibition showcasing the craftsmanship of 15 luxury maisons dedicated to making the finest watches, shoes, kimonos, jewellery, and much more. Observe master artisans at work in a series of intimate studio spaces inspired by Antonello da Messina’s painting of Saint Jerome in his Study. Beautifully crafted wall panels and tiled floors reflect the heritage of each craft and its tools, while a central museum space reveals Japan’s influence on European artisans. The craftsmanship of exhibition making will be demonstrated by students from City and Guilds of London Art School.

Magnae Chartae

Inspired by the paper artists of Japan and Europe, this exhibition pays homage to the diversity of paper crafts, including paper making, book restoration, bookbinding, calligraphy and wallpaper decorating. Visitors can witness the skill and artistry of these crafts first hand by engaging with master artisans working in the room. Test the exquisitely crafted gold nibs of Montblanc in its on-site ‘ink bar’. Discover paper artworks made by highly-skilled technicians, decorated handmade Italian wallpapers, and photographs by Italian photographer Susanna Pozzoli showcasing production at the Gangolf Ulbricht paper making workshop in Berlin.

Doppia Firma

An exhibition dedicated to Doppia Firma 2021, a project by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte and Living Corriere della Sera, an annual project which brings together innovative European designers and Italian master artisans in a creative and cultural exchange, resulting in the realisation of unique contemporary objects. This year 12 creative partnerships (with legendary designer Ugo La Pietra as special guest) will take their inspiration from the theme of outdoor living, to produce a collection of authentic singular objects and small-scale series which will be unveiled at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The fruitful dialogue between creativity and craftsmanship at the heart of this project will be celebrated in an outdoor exhibition in the gardens.

Eilean

Welcome aboard Eilean: step onto a legendary 1936 yacht expertly restored by Italian master artisans. Moored in the Venetian waters off San Giorgio Maggiore Island, this beautiful Bermudan ketch will dazzle all who see her. Step on deck and discover the rich history of this ‘little island’ (the Gaelic meaning of Eilean). Learn about her birth in Scotland in 1936 at the hands of legendary boat builders, her heyday as a charter yacht in the Caribbean and her descent into disrepair, before she was lovingly rescued and restored to her former glory. Admire the beauty of her original design, the quality of her materials and discover the meticulous craftsmanship of the Italian master artisans who brought her back to life.