This year’s competing categories are “Preserving Beauty”, dedicated to the masters of restoration, and “Training to Excellence”.
After the outstanding success of Doppia Firma in Milan, with 18,000 visitors who came to Villa Mozart to see the exhibition, the project by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte with Living Corriere della Sera, and presented by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, will access a new prestigious venue in Paris, on the occasion of the fourth edition of Révélations, from 23 to 26 May.
Between 2019 and 2020, the Biennale of Art Schools will support a moment of creativity and confrontation among secondary schools. The theme of this two-year period develops around the celebration of one of the most important Italian masters: Leonardo Da Vinci.
This summer, Officine Saffi, Milan’s renowned gallery devoted to contemporary authorial ceramics, reaches the Apulia region, in the territory of Ostuni, among the trulli and the pristine landscapes of Salento.
Until 29 September, the Villa Torlonia Museums, at the Casina delle Civette in Rome, are showcasing the personal exhibition of ceramic artist Clara Garesio.
From 4 to 31 July, the Caselli-De Sanctis institute for ceramics and porcelain is showcasing the exhibition "Presepe Liberato" (A Free Nativity Scene).
Ugo La Pietra left his mark again. This time at Apricena, in Apulia Region, where he created the public work "Dalle cave all'architettura" (From quarries to architecture) in the “Madre Pietra” Parco Museo Sculture.
The Milan-based festival of early music organised by the Noema Association in partnership with Fondazione Cologni, has reached its seventh edition.
Starting 1980, Filippo Villa has been following the family path founded by the outstanding master goldsmith and excellence craftsman Benvenuto Villa in 1876. The tradition is now being continued through the exclusive models created by the very best team of craftsmen in town. In 1995, Filippo Villa decided to become the first goldsmith reintroducing the use of cufflinks, which had first enteredthe history of costume in the 18th century and had been forgotten along the last 20 years. Thanks to his skills, passion and undeniable savoir-faire, in 2018 Villa has been awarded the Fondazione Cologni’s Prize MAM-Maestro d'Arte e Mestiere.
Born in Enna in 1954, he moved to Milan with his family in 1962. After attending the lower secondary school, he started working in a workshop where he learnt the upholsterer trade while attending the evening courses of the tapestry school run by Milan’s Atisea (the last school of this kind in Italy). After finishing the school, he started collaborating with a number of workshops, among which two historical workshops of Milan’s upholstery: Toniolo and Parinis. Thanks to his expertise, passion and acquaintance with processing methods and materials, he performs state of the art works.
Lidiana Miotto, born in Padua but now living in Lecce, is the only representative of the unique craft of papier-mache restoration in Italy. After achieving a qualification from the Ministry for Cultural Heritage enabling her to operate on their behalf, she moved to Lecce, Apulia, where she founded the Centre for Paper Restoration. Living in a town world-acknowledged for the excellence of its papier-mache creations, Lidiana Miotto is now reclaiming those antique artworks which had undergone extensive renovations over time.
Caterina Crepax was born in Milan in 1964, the heir to a family profoundly connected to art. She grew up in an evocative, imaginative and creative environment, which would prove a crucial asset in her education and training. But Caterina has always been an impassioned lover of paper. The daughter of world-famous artist Guido Crepax, she inherited her father’s great manual skills and imagination which led her to create an entire three-dimensional structure out of a paper leaf.
Hands on Design, a brand founded in 2015 by Kaori Shiina and Riccardo Nardi, creates, produces and commercialises its high craftsmanship design products within a network including, to this day, about 30 artisans and craft businesses and 110 international designers.
On the path of her personal and professional life, Gabriella Sacchi embodies the image of the craftswoman and designer combining creativity and savoir-faire at the highest level. In 1981, she established her Spazio Nibe laboratory, where, to this day, she has been engaged in ceramics sculpture while also pursuing cultural, research and promotional activities in the field of contemporary ceramics. In 2018, she was acknowledged the MAM-Maestro d'arte e Mestiere award, granted by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte, in collaboration with ALMA.
25 years from the historical conference which took place in February 1995 in Milan’s Triennale, Fondazione Cologni is now promoting a new important meeting curated by Ugo La Pietra and Alberto Cavalli: a full day dedicated to exploring the discipline area of the applied arts within Italy’s art crafts, internationally referred to as “decorative arts” or “craft”,