Across Art And Fashion. Nostalgia For The Future In Post-war Artist Textiles

May 18, 2016 - 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 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Significant and unpublished collections of printed fabrics for projects, textile articles, works of art created by famous Italian artists of the period, accessible to the public for the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.



Temporary exhibition: May 18, 2016 – February 19, 2017.

The exhibition is part of a wider project created and promoted by the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in collaboration with the Salvatore Ferragamo Foundation.


The official catalogue is written by Stefania Ricci and published by Mandragora.