Eyes, hands, gestures, expertise. Homo Faber 2022 presents the excellence of contemporary artistic craftsmanship

From the 10th of April the virtuosity of the worldwide craftsmanship is celebrated only in the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

Homo Faber is the event par excellence to come in contact with international artistic craftsmanship. A place where the authentic protagonists are contemporary masters artisans who will propose their work via an “unfiltered” format which includes backstage moments sharing through live demonstrations and encounters.


Island of San Giorgio Maggiore – Courtesy of Homo Faber


This year Homo Faber second edition will extend to 4.000 square meters in the island spaces of Fondazione Cini Venice. An exclusive opportunity to personally discover locations which are usually inaccessible to the public such as Biblioteca Longhena and Piscina Gandini, authentic treasures of international creativity.

The title ‐ Living Treasures of Europe and Japan – reveals the focus of this initiative which aims to create a bridge of knowledge with Japanese traditional describing their influence and connections with European formal solutions. As a matter of fact, a particular attention will be dedicated to the “12 National Living Treasures of Japan”, expression which is used in the “land of the rising sun” to define the excellence of its best artisans in order to preserve their skillfulness in the future. This project will shed light on exceptional objects, symbols of the traditional mastery as a valued part of Japanese cultural heritage such as porcelain, lacquered harps and hand‐dyed kimonos.


Noboru Fujinuma, weaves or braids fine sticks of bamboo into fine baskets and other objects. One of the 12 National Living Treasures of Japan – Courtesy of Homo Faber


Homo Faber is meant as a multi‐location exhibition which goes beyond the island of San Giorgio “embracing” both laboratories and studios which are generally hidden between “calli and campielli” in the historic center of Venice thanks to three‐week events which look at the practice of local artistic craftsmanship in terms of sustainability and forward‐looking protection.

Some figure? 15 exhibitions, curated by 22 international designers and curators with the organization of Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship in partnership with Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, Japan Foundation and Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.


Imaemon Imaizumi XIV, master of the traditional technique of overglazing in making ceramics. One of the 12 National Living Treasures of Japan – Courtesy of Homo Faber


A picture of contemporary human creativity where the know‐how acquires a scenic and interactive dimension.