• Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni unveiled Homo Faber on Wednesday 12th September at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice
• From tomorrow, 14th September, the public will be free to explore Homo Faber, the first major cultural exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship
• The 16 event spaces, each imagined by a team of world-class designers, curators and architects, showcase the skills, knowledge and creativity of Europe’s finest artisans and designers
• Open 10am to 7pm daily from 14th to 30th September, free entry
The first major exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship and its link to design will open to the public tomorrow, Friday 14th September, after the ribbon was cut at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on Wednesday.
Franco Cologni and Johann Rupert, the founders of the Michelangelo Foundation, were joined by Luigi Brugnaro, the Mayor of Venice, and Giovanni Bazoli, the President of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, as they lifted the lid on this unprecedented exhibition.
Held on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, one of the most beautiful locations in Venice, Homo Faber. Crafting a more human future will remind the public of the value of the human hand, celebrating the excellence of artisans all over Europe and the creativity of the designers who harness their incredible craftsmanship.
An immersive experience, Homo Faber offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to meet artisans and watch them work. Regular live demonstrations, practical workshops, a programme of lively talks and several evening concerts will bring visitors closer to craftsmanship.
Each of its 16 exhibit spaces focuses on a different aspect of craftsmanship. They have been imagined by a world-class team of curators, architects and designers, including Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, London-based professor of fashion Judith Clark, gallerist Jean Blanchaert, acclaimed architect Stefano Boeri and Parisian interior designer India Mahdavi.
Homo Faber is open daily until 30th September. Entry is free upon registration at homofaberevent.com
Notes for editors
Homo Faber. Crafting a more human future is the premier event organised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, an international non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, which was set up by Franco Cologni and Johann Rupert to celebrate and preserve master craftsmanship around the world and strengthen its connection to design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the Foundation aims to support those 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.
The Foundation focuses on Europe as a starting point for its activities, in recognition that craftsmanship has been a vital part of the economic and cultural fabric of the region for centuries, providing both a rich heritage and a competitive advantage in a global world. michelangelofoundation.org
South African business luminary Johann Rupert is the Chairman of Switzerland-based luxury group Richemont. Beyond his many leadership and business accomplishments, Mr Rupert has been instrumental in the creation of a number of organisations that reflect his commitment to promote a healthy society and a better world.
Franco Cologni is an Italian entrepreneur, author and cultural authority whose love of culture has shaped his eminent career in the world of luxury, notably as Chairman of Cartier International and since 2002 as a board member of Richemont. Mr Cologni has established a number of organisations championing creativity as well as culture, including the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, which works to promote master craftsmanship in Italy, and Milan’s Creative Academy, a unique postgraduate school of design run by Richemont. He is also a prolific author and editor specialising in the relationship between culture and luxury.
Collaborating on Homo Faber with the Michelangelo Foundation are partner organisations that share its vision including: the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and the Triennale di Milano Design Museum.