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The craftsman

Ceramica Gatti The craftsman, talk, May 27th, 2014. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome The craftsman, talk, May 27th, 2014. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome

Luisa Gardini, Luigi Ontani, Davide Servadei in conversation.
Introduction Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli

May 27th, 2014 at 5.30pm
Sala del Mito, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, viale delle Belle Arti, 131, Rome

On Tuesday 27 May at the Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna, Rome, artists Luisa Gardini and Luigi Ontani discuss with Davide Servadei, nephew of Riccardo, founder of the renown ceramic workshop Bottega d’arte Ceramica Gatti of Faenza, on collaborations between artists and artisans.

Sing, clear-voiced Muses, of Hephaestus famed for inventions. With bright-eyed Athene he taught men glorious gifts throughout the world, -- men who before used to dwell in caves in the mountains like wild beasts. But now that they have learned crafts through Hephaestus the famed worker, easily they live a peaceful life in their own houses the whole year round.

The Homeric Hymn to Hephaestus is one of the first celebrations of the master craftsman. Here, the ability to make objects derives from the knowledge of materials and manual skills: hand and mind of the craftsman reciprocally guide each other.
In his celebrated book The Craftman, Richard Sennet analyses such figure, and frames in the current world the importance of the homo faber. Following this lead, the lecture aims at examining the existing relation between artists and the artisans they collaborate with.
The talk is part of the public programme of To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle, a project by Nomas Foundation, and is organised in collaboration with the Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna.

To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle is a research based project, developed through three exhibitions, lectures and itineraries, curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni with the collaboration of Michela Tornielli and Stefano Vittorini.

In collaboration with: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna

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