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Biennial exhibition of Applied Arts

Palazzo dei Congressi at Darfo Boario Terme hosted the First Biennial exhibition of Applied Arts in March this year, a national selection of excellent Artistic Handcrafted products. The Biennial exhibition of Applied Arts “Ad Arte� focuses on research and experimentation. The works chosen overcome the fictitious separation between handicraft and design and also share some common features: objects designed in relation to history and to the place where they were conceived; defining objects that can be mass produced while retaining their artistic features; investigating differences and similarities between art and design in an attempt to assess whether the historical and cultural reasons responsible for their separation are still pertinent; referring to tradition while also maintaining an element of unpredictability and risk. The purpose of the prototypes displayed was to retain an experimental approach within a context where research and experimentation are a rare occurrence. It also highlighted the lack of structures aimed at filling a widening gap between design and the resources of the territory over the past fifty years. At present, Artistic Handicraft still only attracts a small number of aficionados. Indeed, this art form is often neglected, disdained and obscured by art and design. So far I am still the only one in charge of the only domestic magazine on the subjectand I also coordinate the one and only Department of Applied Arts at the Brera Academy. I also chair the one and only Observatory on Artistic Handicraft. The observatory is based in Monza and has been up and running for several years now. I would very much like to share my experience with someone else! The very few theorists that seem to be showing an interest in the matter have tentatively suggested an affinity with European arts and crafts. But in so doing, they are neglecting our quality arts and crafts heritage as a whole, which is in fact still very much established in those areas where tradition is alive and where there is scope for development. What’s more, profitable interaction with the design sector would present those areas with the opportunity to compare experiences with the international scene.

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Profile for Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte

Artigianato 58  

Italian Magazine about crafts

Artigianato 58  

Italian Magazine about crafts

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