Homo Faber is an expression that was first coined during the Renaissance and it captures and celebrates the infinite creativity of human beings,” Johann Rupert, Co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation, says. “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.”
The exhibition will be open the 14 September and will last until the 30 September 2018, in the Cini Foundation in San Giorgio Maggiore Island in Venice. Collaborating with the Michelangelo Foundation on this undertaking are partner organizations that share its vision including: the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, the Triennale Design Museum, and the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art.
Homo Faber is an unprecedented and spectacular celebration of the very best in European craftsmanship. “We chose Venice for this exhibition not only because it is a bastion of culture and a place of unequalled beauty,” Franco Cologni, Co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation explains, “but also because Venice is today and has always been a European hub for exchange and connection internationally.” The event is contemporary to Biennial Architecture Exposition to offer to the visitors, influencers and testmakers the possibility to connect to the artisanal world. Taking up nearly 4,000 square metres, this exhibition will be the largest ever held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and will offer the public the opportunity to explore a range of spaces not generally open to them.

Created by a hand-picked team of world-class designers, curators and architects, Homo Faber aims to put the finest artisans of Europe on centre stage while providing a unique and memorable experience for visitors. The Homo Faber team, which includes names such as Michele de Lucci, Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, Judith Clark, Jean Blanchaert and Stefano Micelli. Some of the stages are:
Exclusively Created for Homo Faber – Il Cenacolo Palladiano
Revealing “L’Intelligence de la main” - Sala del Chiostro dei Cipressi
Unveiling Masteries. Handmade Excellence in Venice and the Veneto Region – Chiostro dei Cipressi
Discovery of Rare Métiers – Sala delle Fotografie
Icons of XX and XXI Centuries – Biblioteche del Longhena
Journey into the Best of European Craftsmanship – Sala degli Arazzi
Craftsmanship in Motion – Padiglione delle Capriate
Fashion’s Salute to Craftsmanship – Ex Piscina Gandini
The Artisans of Luxury – Sale del Convitto
Mastery of Restoring Art – Sala del Piccolo Teatro
Architecture and Decoration – Sala Carnelutti