1100 years practical madness, accompanied by Mr. Barnaba Fornasetti, artist’s son.
Fornasetti’s exhibition is the celebration of a creativity which culminate into art and contains, in his creations, a taste and a refinement impossible to match.
Painter, engraver and printer, designer, collector, stylist, refined craftsman, art gallery manager and exhibition promoter, Fornasetti has been an extremely rich and complex personality. He designed and made approximately 13.000 objects and decorations. His world is animated by the rigour of project, of art and craftsmanship, but also by unbridled fantasy, surrealist invention and poetry.
The exhibition’s path walks through the artist’s start as a painter in the spirit of Novecento, his artist’s books printing workshop, his tight collaboration with Gio Ponti in the 1950s and 1060s and the harder 1970s until 1988, the year of Fornasetti’s death, and covers a long period overawed on the whole by the ruling rationalist dogma of functionality in architecture and design, which confined Fornasetti to a marginal role, but still could not stifle his volcanic creativity.
The exhibition includes more than 1000 pieces, mostly from the extraordinary Fornasetti archive in Milan, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti, who still carries on his father’s work.