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Homo Faber returns to Venice in 2020

Join us in 2020 when Homo Faber returns to Venice
Valerii Grebennikov in the Best of Europe exhibit. Ginevra Formentini © Michelangelo Foundation

After the success of Homo Faber 2018, which attracted 62,500 visitors to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, this inspiring showcase of fine craftsmanship will return in 2020 for its second edition.

Homo Faber 2018 in figures:

• 62,500 visitors over 17 days
• 13 curators of 16 exhibition spaces
• Around 900 examples of fine craftsmanship by 410 master artisans and designers from 35 European countries
• 91 artisans demonstrating their skills live
• 105 students of applied arts and design from 26 European educational institutions sharing their knowledge in a unique cultural mediation initiative
• Hundreds of enthusiastic comments from critics, journalists, art collectors and directors of museums and institutions

Sam Elgar, stone carving, in the Best of Europe exhibit. Ginevra Formentini © Michelangelo Foundation

After an overwhelming response to the inaugural edition of Homo Faber. Crafting a more human future, this unprecedented showcase of fine craftsmanship will return to Venice in 2020.

Homo Faber 2018, held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice from 14th to 30th September 2018, was enthusiastically praised by visitors, artisans, designers, institutions and commentators alike as an inspiring exhibition and an incredible opportunity to discover the very best European craftsmanship made by the finest artisans working today.

The president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, recognised the importance of Homo Faber 2018 by presenting a commemorative plaque to Franco Cologni, co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, which organised the exhibition.

Homo Faber 2018 is the Michelangelo Foundation’s first major undertaking in support of its mission to preserve, promote and encourage fine craftsmanship, showing what can be achieved by the human hand, heart and mind working together to create lasting objects of beauty.

To help achieve these aims, the Michelangelo Foundation is building a network of like-minded institutions, public and private organisations, schools and museums of applied arts and design. More than 70 of these organisations from 26 European countries came together for the first time at Homo Faber 2018 to meet each other and exchange ideas. In the next two years, prior to Homo Faber 2020, they will continue to put forward the best master artisans of their countries and initiate local actions in line with the Michelangelo Foundation’s mission.

Also present at Homo Faber were 105 students of applied arts and design from educational institutions in the foundation’s network, representing the next generation of artisans and designers. Specially selected for Homo Faber’s Young Ambassador Programme, they were tasked with sharing their knowledge and passion with visitors to Homo Faber’s 16 exhibition spaces. For these talented students it was an extraordinary opportunity to build a community with their peers and seek inspiration for their future careers from the master artisans and designers present on site.

Homo Faber was conceived as a cultural exhibition in order to underline the true value of fine craftsmanship. As such, the exhibited pieces were not available for sale on site. However, details of these exceptional objects and artworks, and of the master artisans who created them, are available through an online catalogue found on Homo Faber’s dedicated website, representing a vital part of the Michelangelo Foundation’s aim to support these exceptional artisans by promoting their work to a wide audience.

The Michelangelo Foundation is delighted that a second edition of Homo Faber is planned for 2020. For further information about Homo Faber, visit 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

Collaborating on Homo Faber 2018 with the Michelangelo Foundation were 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 Design Museum.

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