Luxury products can not be separated from the very best of materials and, above all, from the finest handmade workmanship, from the most skilled craftsmanship and from the artistic sensibility of the best of artisans. Luxury brands know this very well, and dedicate much of their storytelling to sharing the creation and the various production stages of their products.
Artisans are the keepers of an important artistic heritage, which must be supported and protected both nationally and on an European level. For the reason, the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship was born: its mission is to preserve, enhance and encourage arts and crafts and to show how timelessly beautiful objects can be created by the collaboration between hand, heart and mind.
Founded by Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni, with a deeply rooted tradition of culture and excellence, the Michelangelo Foundation is also very much aware of the reality and the challenges posed by the global economy: that’s why it is committed to supporting the men and women who are dedicated to achieving the highest level of artisanal craftsmanship. In order to make its activity visible to the public, at the beginning of autumn the Foundation promoted the exhibition “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future”, at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, which was a huge success with over 65,000 visitors in 17 days. 13 curators for 16 exhibitions, about 900 art objects created by 410 art masters and designers from 35 countries, representing the excellence of high-end crafts in Europe. 91 art masters have also shared their skills.
Following this enormous success, a new edition of Homo Faber has already been scheduled for 2020. The partners of the Michelangelo Foundation who have collaborated to the realisation of this year’s event and who share in its vision are: the Cologni dei Mestieri Art Foundation, the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, the Giorgio Cini Foundation and the Triennale Design Museum.
The Michelangelo Foundation aims at preserving, enhancing and encouraging arts and crafts through a major exhibition in Venice.