Within the extraordinary context of “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future”, hosted by Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the protagonists of artisanal, artistic and creative excellence will share their stories and meet the public in the inspiring background of Spazio Squero. Each afternoon, from 14 to 30 September, Squero will come alive with discussions, debates, and conferences, while famous representatives of the world of design, fashion, and craftsmanship will alternatively deliver passionate, fascinating dialogues on themes encompassing architecture and applied arts, creativity and photography, up to the new technologies which are pivotal in relaunching and promoting such a precious common asset as high-end artistic craftsmanship.
Three crucial events will feature a preview of prestigious publishing projects supported by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, concerning the fascinating world of restoration, design and craftsmanship excellence. All events will be moderated by Bruno Giussani, an author and “curator of ideas”, specialising in global trends and collaborating with the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) global platform.
On 18 September, Art Work, the English version of the successful “In Opera” book by Isabella Villafranca Soissons, Director of the Open Care Conservation and Restoration Services for Art, will be presented to the public. The English version has been made possible thanks to Michelangelo Foundation. Isabella Villafranca Soissons, Barbara Geary Truan, Secretary General of Michelangelo Foundation, Karole Vail, Director of Venice's Peggy Guggenheim collection and Giorgio Fasol, a contemporary art collector, will discuss the timely topic of contemporary art.
On 21 September Ugo La Pietra, the author of “Fatto ad arte. Né arte né design” (Done to Art, Neither Art Nor Design), a collection of excerpts (1975-2018) from his writings and drawings, along with Alberto Cavalli, General Manager of Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte and Alberto Bassi, Director of the university course in Industrial Design at Venices's IUAV University, will discuss the need for a dialogue between crafts and design: creating excellence by joining creativity and manual skills.
Next, Graziella Pasquinucci, the owner of the well-known Tuscan art publishing house Ideabooks, will present "Italian Masters of Beauty" an important volume collecting 35 among excellence Italian craftsmen, created with the collaboration of Fondazione Cologni. The book tells the story of great Masters, endowed with a century-old savoir-faire, and actual “Tesori Viventi” (Living Treasures) of our country.
Toto Bergamo Rossi, Chairman of Venetian Heritage Italia, Peter Marino, architect and Chairman of Venetian Heritage New York and Alberto Cavalli will be present to this exchange on the importance of enhancing and fostering great Art Masters to preserve Beauty, the very foundation of Made in Italy.