Florence | Equilibrium, exhibition at the Ferragamo Museum

Place: Florence, Country: Italy
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Equilibrium, temporary Exhibition
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Palazzo Spini Feroni, Florence
Curators: Stefania Ricci, Sergio Risaliti
Photos: courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo Museum.
Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit. Additional text courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

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Equilibrium –
Exhibition at the Ferragamo Museum
By Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit

The exhibition Equilibrium can be seen at the Museo Ferragamo, from June 2014 to April 2015 in Florence. The museum, located in the heart of Florence, is housed in the Spini Feroni palace which is also home of the Ferragamo company since 1938.

The exhibition Equilibrium testifies the attention, almost a devotion, that Salvatore Ferragamo always reserved to the anatomy of foot, central element of his creations. Balancing on feet is a capability that can be transformed in art, representing it with sculpture of painting, but also by dancing or climbing mountains. Creations and original drawings by Ferragamo are thus placed in direct relationship with sculptures, paintings, installations and videos, creating a multi-face exhibition where the beauty and significance of equilibrium are depicted through a diverse and fascinating set of expressive means.



The Equilibrium exhibition
presentation text by Ferragamo

“I discovered the interesting fact that the weight of our bodies when we are standing erect drops straight down on the arch of the foot as the plum line shows…I constructed my revolutionary lasts which, by supporting the arch, make the foot act like an inverted pendulum. The metatarsal joints and heels are freed of all body weight, and the shoes thus guide the equilibrium of the body as it walks”. (From the autobiography of Salvatore Ferragamo).

Salvatore Ferragamo devoted his life to the anatomical study of the foot, considering architecture and engineering in his research, as his patents demonstrate. A celebration of walking, dancing barefoot or on tiptoe, crossing a tightrope, climbing a mountain, marching on command, meandering in search of oneself are only a few of the themes explored in Museo Salvatore Ferragamo’s exhibition, Equilibrium, curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti.
The exhibition compares exceptionally fine and meaningful works of art in various media – painting, sculpture, photography, video, film and printing – along with documentaries and historic records, archive images and a series of interviews with well-known people of our time: Wanda Miletti Ferragamo, James Ferragamo, Jerry Ferragamo, Reinhold Messner, Eleonora Abbagnato, Will Self, Cecil Balmond and Philippe Petit.




The curators have selected artwork by Henri Matisse, Antonio Canova and Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin and Antoine Bourdelle, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Alexander Calder, Bill Viola, Marina Abramovic, Vasilij Kandinskij, Fausto Melotti, Giulio Paolini and Roberto Barni. Major international museums, foundation, art galleries and private collection have participated in this project.




Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Palazzo Spini Feroni
Piazza Santa Trinità 5/R, Firenze

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