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Exhibition

Jun 19 - Apr 12

2014
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo , Piazza di Santa Trinita 5, Florence, , 50123, Italy
  • “Equilibrium” exhibition at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence

  • “Equilibrium” exhibition at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence

  • Salvatore Ferragamo

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“Equilibrium” exhibition at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence

Ferragamo explores the importance of balance in a new exhibition that pays tribute to the artistic heritage of Salvatore Ferragamo, the legendary shoemaker that devoted his life to the anatomical study of the foot and the plantar arch. The exhibition, titled “Equilibrium”, is housed at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in the Palazzo Spini Feroni and coincides with the celebrations of Firenze Hometown of Fashion. Curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risalitti, in collaboration with Emanuele Enria, the retrospective examines the influence of art, architecture and engineering in Ferragamo’s research studies and patents that reveal his intent to create a shoe that would offer the best support for the body.

“Equilibrium” features a diverse array of artworks, varying from painting, sculpture or photography to video and film, from classic artists like Canova, Degas, Rodin, Bourdelle, Matisse, Picasso, Lipchitz, Severini, Klee or Calder, and contemporary ones like Marina Abramović or Bill Viola. On view there are also documentaries, archive images compiled by Ferragamo’s wife Wanda Ferragamo, and a series of interviews that explore the notion of balance, with personalities like alpinist Reinhold Messner, wire-walker Philippe Petit, writer Will Self, architect, engineer and artist Cecil Balmond, and ballet dancer Eleonora Abbagnato. Last, but not least, the exhibition offers the viewer the rare chance to contemplate the original foot molds of legendary Hollywood stars like Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn and Rita Hayworth.

The impressive exhibit, which was inaugurated with a public show by the Firenze Danza ballet company at Florence’s Santa Trinita square, is accompanied by a catalogue that covers different perspectives on the idea of balance, with contributions from historians and experts in the fields of art, film, dance, paleontology and philosophy.