Homo Faber 2020

Homo Faber 2020 returns to celebrate the best of European and Japanese craftsmanship in the beautiful premises of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. The month-long event will host 17 exhibitions and installations presenting the work of European master artisans and also welcomes Japan as a special guest. Exhibitions will spotlight the country’s venerated craftsmanship traditions and honour its influence on European craftsmanship. Together, the exhibitions showcase a wide array of materials and expertise, from traditional skills in danger of being lost to the most cutting-edge contemporary techniques.


The world-class curators, designers and architects creating the 17 exhibition spaces are: Italian architect Michele De Lucchi, London-based fashion exhibition designer and curator Judith Clark, Japanese designer, professor and curator Naoto Fukasawa, French museum director and porcelain expert David Caméo, Belgian-Italian gallerist Jean Blanchaert, acclaimed architect Stefano Boeri, American director and visual artist Robert Wilson, German designer Sebastian Herkner, vintage car broker, expert and collector Simon Kidston, Japanese museum director Tokugo Uchida, renowned Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi, French curator and porcelain specialist Frédéric Bodet, Italian university professor and craftsmanship expert Stefano Micelli and French interior designer and scenographer Sylvain Roca.

Visitors will be able to discover the excellence of European craftsmanship through a series of showcases which reveal European master artisans, their techniques, traditions, workshops, innovative methods and the creativity of their individual crafts. Spectacular exhibitions will explore the human element at the heart of fine creations, the cherished savoir-faire, the unique narratives, territorial influences, and diverse materials which enrich each masterpiece, for an authentic celebration of European exquisite artisanship.

The event offers the public a rare opportunity to explore San Giorgio Maggiore Island and the magnificent structures of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in an exhibition that covers nearly 4,000 square metres. It builds on the successful inaugural exhibition in September 2018, which drew 62,500 visitors and featured 410 artisans and designers, 900 unique artworks, and 91 live demonstrations.

Homo Faber 2020 Curators and Designers with Founder Franco Cologni and Executive Directors Fabienne Lupo and Alberto Cavalli – Laila Pozzo©Michelangelo Foundation


“By celebrating European fine craftsmanship and the great traditions of Japan, we salute master artisans who aspire to be their very best”, says Johann Rupert,

co-founder of the Michelangelo Foundation, which is organising Homo Faber 2020. “They are indeed living treasures: they create great value in our lives and demonstrate the vitality of the fine crafts in today’s world.”

The event brings visitors diverse, immersive experiences, including the chance to meet master artisans as they create something extraordinary in front of visitors’ eyes. Evocative images and video installations will transport spectators to master artisans’ workshops across Europe, affording them intimate views into the world of fine craftsmanship. Discover the craftsmanship behind the world’s most prestigious luxury brands and journey through a rendering of an iconic staging of Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly.

Homo Faber 2019

Michelangelo Foundation

Homo Faber is the premier event organised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, an international non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, which was set up to celebrate and preserve master craftsmanship around the world and strengthen its connection to design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the foundation aims to support those who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work.

Collaborating on Homo Faber 2020 with the Michelangelo Foundation are partner organisations that share its vision including: the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and The Japan Foundation.

The show is open 10am to 6pm daily from 10 September–11 October. Tickets to be bought on site or at homofaberevent.com