Homo Faber is a unique Venice event that boosts European craftsmanship, that aims to increase recognition for artisans, giving visitors a unique opportunity to view this skilled work.
Venice will receive a new dimension with a unique and exclusive event. The event in question is Home Faber, organised by the leading Swiss-based entity, Michelangelo Foundation. The event is regarded as the major cultural exhibition dedicated to European craftsmanship. Today, to revive arts that may have gotten forgotten over time, we will let you know a bit more about this exquisite and imperative event for our contemporary world.
Why this, why now?
Commentators and tastemakers from business, craftsmanship and design discuss the ideas promoted by Homo Faber and consider why it’s so important to craft a more human future. They include Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni, the founders of the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation, organiser of Homo Faber.
“Homo Faber is an expression that was first coined during the Renaissance and it captures and celebrates the infinite creativity of human beings,” says Johann Rupert, co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation, which is organizing the exhibition. “The exhibit 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.”
These unique spaces will be adorned with most exquisite pieces, innovative installations as well as live showcases of artisans working on their respective arts. It will have a total space of around 4,000 square metres and it will be the largest one ever held in the Fondazione, offering the public an immersive experience of European craftsmanship, “a world that relies on connection: connecting the hand, head and heart to create authentic works of lasting value.
Portugal will be one of the featured countries in the world. Boca do Lobo is one brand in particular that will be representing the country’s legacy with two highly curated pieces that two of the most stunning and ancient arts of Portugal: Azulejos and the Art of Filigree. The first one regards the Heritage sideboard, an exclusive piece that is lined with hand-painted tiles while its interiors feature four drawers finished in gold leaf and two shelves in a bronze glass.
The second is the astonishing Filigree Mirror that is completely hand-crafted where each brass cord was fitted with the utmost precision, that is also gilded in 18k gold. This piece flourishes in a shape traditional to Portuguese culture and art.
Homo Faber takes place at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice. Cross the lagoon on our free shuttle boat and seize this unique opportunity to visit a prestigious 16th-century site in an iconic city, a place dedicated to culture, beauty and international exchange.
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