On 10 December last the beneficiaries of the Ad Hoc project were able to meet, even if at a distance, the skilled artisans who at the beginning of 2021 will be guiding them in face-to-face workshops devoted to the fascinating world of art printing and bookbinding.
The Fondazione Cologni’s successful ‘Mini Master’, organized in collaboration with prestigious Milanese universities and art schools, has been renewed for the fourth year running.
For the school year 2020/21 the Fondazione Cologni, thanks to the invaluable support of the Fondazione Bracco, Fondazione Cecilia Gilardi and Nespresso, has founded six scholarships for deserving young people, in order to provide them with the economic security they need to complete their studies at a moment of difficulty for all.
For reasons linked to the health emergency of the last few months, which has led to the postponement of completion of the training of many of the young people attending Schools of Arts and Crafts, the Fondazione Cologni has decided to defer the issue of the call relating to the project...
The chair in the Faculty of Design at the Politecnico of Milan, entrusted to the Fondazione Cologni and dedicated to “Metiers d’Art and Italian Beauty”, has been renewed for the academic year 2019-2020.
All the apprenticeships of the 2019/2020 edition of the “A School, a Job. Training to excellence” project have officially got under way: 25 youngsters have the chance to learn a craft directly in a workshop alongside an expert Master who will guide them in the world of craftsmanship.

Events and Exhibitions
The presentation of the volume I talenti italiani. Mente, mano, macchina, published by Fondazione Cologni and Marsilio Editori and edited by Alba Cappellieri and Matteo Pirola of Milan Polytechnic, was held in the Salone d’Onore of Triennale Milano on 8 October last.
On 19 October the Fondazione Cologni’s exhibition Mirabilia: A Wunderkammer of Milanese Arts and Crafts opened at the Quadreria of Triennale Milano, and can be visited free of charge until 10 January 2021.
Voting has ended for the ‘La Grande Bellezza’ award promoted by Starhotels in collaboration with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, the Associazione OMA (Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte) and Gruppo Editoriale.
The title of MAM (‘Master of Arts and Crafts’), established by the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte in collaboration with ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine

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I Talenti Italiani: Mente, Mano, Macchina

Il design italiano tra tradizione artigiana e alta tecnologia

Mind, hand and machine are the three points through which the methodological plane of the project passes, and this is the plane on which humankind then constructs all its artefacts. In other words, it is out a union of theory, practice and technology that come all the actions and things that shape a culture of design
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Lo spettacolo della Bellezza

Da Benvenuto Cellini agli artefici contemporanei. Storie di talento, mecenatismo e passione

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fondazione Cologni, Marsilio has brought out in time for Christmas a special volume in its now historic ‘Mestieri d’Arte’ series, starting out from the image that the Foundation has adopted as its logo, Benvenuto Cellini’s famous Salt Cellar.

Other Activities
To coincide with the publication of the book Lo spettacolo della Bellezza. Da Benvenuto Cellini agli artefici contemporanei. Storie di talento, mecenatismo e passione, in the bookshops at Christmas to celebrate 25 years of activity on the part of the Fondazione Cologni
From 24 December the video of Un Canto di Natale will be available on the website of the museum and on the Cologni Foundation’s Vimeo channel.
Discovering the beauty around where you live has never been so simple: with Wellmade’s new app, available at last free of charge on Android and iOS
The nominations for the award instituted by Starhotels, in collaboration with Fondazione Cologni, OMA and Gruppo Editoriale, have reached a successful conclusion.
An urgent appeal to save Italian Arts and Crafts has been delivered to the government: a cry of pain and alarm for the sector, in deep crisis owing to the consequences of the health emergency.
The Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte’s series of features on the crafts continue: #SegretidelMestiere and #RaccontiArtigiani. Fondazione Cologni, after the success of its experimentation with new formats of communication...
Training and supporting a new generation of artisans: this is the objective that has induced the Fondazione Cologni to set up a portal offering a guide to the best arts and crafts schools in Italy.
The closing date for the applications for the “La Grande Bellezza” Award, for Italian craftspeople promoted by Starhotels with its partners Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Associazione OMA and Gruppo Editoriale was 25th May.
Although many activities reopened on 18th May, numerous of them have suffered severe losses and will not be able to continue as before.
The portal dedicated to bespoke superior craftsmanship in Italy ( is launching the use on social networks of the hashtag #ichoosemadeinitaly.
In this extremely difficult period, the health and safety of everyone are and remain the absolute priority and Fondazione Cologni agrees with the principle that the makers and creators of beauty, our artisans, have to be taken care of.
In a moment when time #stayhome is no longer only a hashtag but a behaviour to be respected, Fondazione Cologni has decided to liven up the time spent at home through two actions: a podcast of stories and tutorials to follow at home indications shared by our craftspeople.
During these unprecedented times, it is the health of humankind which remains the utmost priority. Our duty of care is to the Homo Faber, the man and the maker: the human hands, hearts and minds.
The first “La Grande Bellezza” Starhotels Prize in 2020 will be maintained, but the deadline for applications is postponed from 15th April to 25th May 2020.
There is time until 15th April to enter for the "La Grande Bellezza" (“Great Beauty”) Award, announced by Starhotels, a prestigious Italian name in luxury hotellerie, in collaboration with Fondazione Cologni, OMA-Osservatorio Mestieri d'Arte and Gruppo Editoriale.
Starhotels supports la Grande Bellezza. The Dream Factory, a project of contemporary patronage for fine Italian craftsmanship, in collaboration with Fondazione Cologni, OMA and Gruppo Editoriale.
The 2020 edition of Homo Faber has been announced and the partnership between Fondazione Cologni and the Michelangelo Foundation has been renewed. From 10th September to 11th October, in the prestigious and fascinating setting of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini...