The project was developed by the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art, the Fondazione Antonio Stradivari of Cremona and the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi with the aim of bringing the art of violin-making to a wider public.

The exhibition, which was held from 5 December 2012 to 5 May 2013, was conceived to attract and involve concert-season aficionados who are often unaware of the work that goes into making a stringed instrument.

The craft of the violin maker was illustrated and displayed with the aid of materials, instruments, installations and photos by Emanuele Zamponi.

Two publications marked the event: a catalogue, published by Marsilio Editori, and the book “I sogni di Liu To”, written by Roberto Piumini, illustrated by Paolo Rui and published by Carthusia, dedicated to children aged 9 to 11.

The exhibition was inaugurated on 5 December 2012 with a performance, generously offered by Vacheron Constantin, by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande of Geneva. Violin soloist Vadim Repin played his “Bonjour” violin made by Guarneri del Gesù and the extraordinary “Hellier” Stradivarius, generously lent by the Fondazione Stradivari of Cremona.