In Venice, Homo Faber Celebrates Craftsmanship
The cultural exhibition, taking place in September at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, aims to shine a light on the rare skills of a selected group of master artisans
At 4,000 square metres, Homo Faber will be the largest exhibition ever to take place at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The breadth, which will give visitors an opportunity to explore spaces that were previously closed to the public, is quite deserved: the foundation, housed in Venice’s San Giorgio Maggiore island, is honouring the work of a series of master artisans.
These men and women work from jewellery to bespoke bicycles, with techniques that range from the rare and on the brink of being lost to the iconic. They will be present throughout the exhibition, in custom-made ateliers, allowing visitors to observe their work first-hand. The artisans were selected by a team of designers, curators and architects, including Michele de Lucchi, Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Micelli.
Homo Faber is organised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, a Geneva-based non-profit that aims to preserve master craftsmanship and strengthen its connection to design.
“The expression was first coined during the Renaissance, and it captures and celebrates the infinite creativity of human beings,” said Johann Rupert, the co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation, about the event’s title. “This exhibition will provide a panoramic view of European fine craftsmanship, but it will nevertheless have a singular undercurrent: what human beings can do better than machines.”
Homo Faber will run from September 14-30