The 24th ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO exhibition (Florence, Corsini Gardens, May 17-20, 2018) gets underway with the history of one of the leading examples of Made in Italy excellence, the “Mostra Principe” dedicated to the Richard Ginori porcelain Manufactory and fundraising for the reopening of the Doccia Museum, recently acquired by MiBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism). “The hundreds of requests to take part that we have received this year represent an excellent sign of recovery in the artisan sector, because craftspeople are the lifeblood of Made in Italy,” said Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani who, for over twenty-four years, have been involved in organizing the ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO event and in promoting Italy’s artisan heritage. During the four-day event in the Limonaia Piccola of the 17th-century Corsini Gardens (open to the public for this occasion), the Richard Ginori company will recreate various phases in the creative process through which, daily since 1735, it has produced unique porcelain pieces, with special live demonstrations to reveal to the public a story that has survived to the present day with a rich tradition of know-how, innovation and beauty. For the first time, it will be possible to admire outside the plant in Sesto Fiorentino the Manufactory’s artisans at work in their various areas of expertise: from slip casting to decoration, evidence of a wealth of knowledge that has been handed down without interruption from older to younger generations of craftspeople.
For its part, the Doccia Museum will be the recipient of the major fundraising initiative, “ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO FOR THE DOCCIA MUSEUM” that Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani have decided to launch with this year’s event “so that the priceless collection of the Doccia Museum will once again be open to the public”. 8,000 porcelain, ceramic, majolica, terracotta and lead objects and over 13,000 drawings, engraved metal plates, chromolithograph stones, plaster molds and wax sculptures. The project involves a series of initiatives that will involve the organizers, public and corporate sponsors of the 24th ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO exhibition, the full proceeds of which will go to the Associazione Amici di Doccia:
- Admission fees to ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO (minimum requested 8 euros; 6 euros for youths age 12-18, under 12 enter free). Starting April 3rd, donations can be made at ticket sales centers in 35 Unicoop Firenze stores in Tuscany and donors will be given a certificate for free admission to the exhibition.
- Sale of 20 objects Florentine designer Duccio Maria Gambi created for the occasion that are the result of a dialog among a number of objects in the Richard Ginori collections and unusual materials, reinterpreted according to his creative style that is a combination of art, craftsmanship, design and a contemporary artistic approach.
- Revenues from the Richard Ginori Pop Up shop that will be present in the Corsini Gardens during the exhibition, where porcelain objects from its renowned “Bianco” series will be on sale.
- Donations collected using the “Donachiaro” device designed by Itineris Italia and set up in the Corsini Gardens during the event.
The new selection of approximately 100 Italian and international craftspeople will be the protagonist of this year’s 24th exhibition. For four days in the orangerie, along the pathways of these magnificent, historic gardens and in the new area, the Orto delle Monache (The Nuns’ Garden), these artisans will provide live demonstrations to give the public a taste of the wealth of knowledge and techniques that make their work unique. They include a number of interesting newcomers, including: US designer Laura Fair, a specialist in hand-screening of fabric and paper; the QZERTY brand, created in 2013 from the encounter between an Olivetti Lexikon 80 and a young architect, Luca Crevenna, who fell in love with typewriters and began to collect and restore them; Fornace Biritognolo that produces bricks, listels and tiles exclusively by hand using Umbrian clay; embroiderer Lara Viviani who learned local traditional techniques from her mother and grandmother, including cutwork embroidery and traditional Florentine needlepoint; Giorgio Pesci & Figli, masters in the production of fine art terracotta work from Impruneta in the Florentine hills; and Maria Paola Pedetta who “recycles” vintage furs forgotten in the closet, combining them with luxury fabric inserts to transform them into unique, high-fashion items, and much more.
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