ACROSS ART AND FASHION
ACROSS ART AND FASHION.
NOSTALGIA FOR THE FUTURE IN POST-WAR ARTIST TEXTILES
A new exhibition will liven up the Museum until February 19, 2017.
The exhibition is part of the "Across Art and Fashion" exhibition project, developed and promoted by the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence in collaboration with the Fondazione Salvatore Ferragamo.
It is a broad-ranging exhibition project that explores the complex relationship of connections and influences between these two worlds, inviting the involvement of other cultural institutions such as the Museo del Tessuto, the Biblioteca Nazionale, the Museo Marino Marini, the Uffizi Gallery, Gallery of modern art in Palazzo Pitti in a virtuous circle that reunites Florence and Prato for the first time.
The exhibition at the Museo del Tessuto, "Across Art and Fashion. Nostalgia for the future in post-war artist textiles", focuses on the favourable situation that was created in Italy during the nineteen-fifties across the fields of art, fashion and textile design. This was thanks to the artistic contribution of a few famous Italian artists who participated in printed textile design competitions as part of the IX, X, XI editions of La Triennale di Milano (1951, 1954, 1957).
Significant and unpublished collections of printed fabrics for projects, textile articles, works of art created by famous Italian artists of the period, accessible to the public for the first time. Artists include Lucio Fontana, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Gio Ponti, Franco Gentilini, Bruno Munari and Gio Pomodoro, to name a few.
One of the most important collections is represented by materials relating to Manifattura Jsa, founded in 1949 by Luigi Grampa in the cotton district of Busto Arsizio. The company established itself within the international art and design circles thanks to its collaboration with the architect, Gio Ponti and with design competitions promoted at La Triennale di Milano.
The international competition organised by Manifattura Jsa for the XI Triennale di Milano (1957) made history, involving 4078 competitors with 5000 designs. The exhibition features the winning designs; I cirri by Gio Pomodoro won First Prize and the Second Prizes were awarded to Roma notturna by Piero Dorazio and Tramonto a Torcello by Luciano Gaspari. The two upholstery textile designs by Lucio Fontana for the “folding lounge chair,” P40 are not particularly familiar to the general public.
Another very significant collection is represented by the printed textile projects submitted to competitions as part of the IX, X and XI editions of the Triennale di Milano (1951, 1954, 1957) belonging to the Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Archive.
Artists from various educational backgrounds and schools, such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Dorazio, Fausto Melotti, Roberto Crippa, Gianni Dova, Enrico Prampolini just to name a few, were among the most important names on the Italian scene, working with great ingenuity in this new design reality.
A section is dedicated to the particularly unpublished silk scarves printed from artists’ designs in limited edition runs (200 to 400 pieces) by the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice beginning in 1950.
The intention was far from the design concept of the Triennial; the gallery owner commissioned "his" artists to create the self-concluding works in object and subject, unique pieces, signed, to be sold exclusively or to be collected.
Scarves designed by Edmondo Bacci, Franco Gentilini, Roberto Crippa and Giuseppe Capogrossi are on display. Works printed on silk that interact with contemporaneous paintings by the same artists, demonstrating their extreme willingness to experiment with other artistic languages.
A section of the exhibition is also dedicated to tapestry, with some works by artists belonging to the MAC group (Concrete Art Movement), such as Atanasio Soldati and Alfredo Chighine. They found a more materic version of their creative inspiration in tapestries, traditionally the closest textile language to painting.
The exhibition concludes with a small tribute to the manufacturing experience in Prato. The Figli di Guido Pugi company participated in the XI edition (1951) of La Triennale presenting a carpet designed by Giuseppe Capogrossi, which was also published in the prestigious magazine, Domus. In 1956, the carpet, Jungla, designed by Giuseppe Ajmone and produced by the Figli di Guido Pugi company, won the prestigious Compasso d'Oro award and was presented at the World's Fair in New York in the Compasso d'Oro Exhibition, curated by La Rinascente.
Across Art and Fashion, edited by Stefania Ricci, published by Mandragora is available at the museum bookshop.
THE EXHIBITION IN OTHER LOCATIONS
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Across Art and Fashion
Until April 7, 2017
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Florence
Italian Periodicals of the twentieth century
Until 15 October 2016
Uffizi Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art in Palazzo Pitti
The fashionable nineteenth century
Until July 24, 2016
Marino Marini Museo
Until July 31, 2016
RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MUSEO DEL TESSUTO IN PRATO, THE MUSEO SALVATORE FERRAGAMO AND THE MUSEO MARINO MARINI IN FLORENCE
Visitors who present a ticket from a prior visit to any of the "Across Art and Fashion" circuit of exhibitions will be eligible for a special discounted price of € 4 at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Museo Marino Marini and € 5 (individuals and groups) or € 4 (students) at the Museo del Tessuto.