Opening on May 18 2016, the new exhibition promoted and organized by Fondazione Ferragamo and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo explores the complex relationship between art and fashion.
Drawing on the life story of Salvatore Ferragamo, whose fascination with twentieth century avant-garde art movement led him to find inspiration in the world of art and collaborate with many of the artists of his time. This project presents case histories in an analysis of the ways in which these two worlds interact through contamination, overlapping and collaboration. From the work of the Pre-Raphaelites to that of the Futurists and from the complexities of Surrealism to those of Radical Fashion, pausing for reflection on a few of the atelierswhere artists met and studied in the Fifties and Sixties and the birth of celebrity culture. The exhibition then explores the artistic experimentation of the Nineties and ultimately asks the question of whether, in today’s cultural industry, these worlds are still separate and distinct, or if they are now caught in a fluid role play.
This exhibition is unique in that it is being held in collaboration with other cultural institutions: in Florence Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Galleria d’arte moderna e Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti, Museo Marino Marini, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Museo del Tessuto in Prato.
The aim of actively involving these cultural institutions and museums, which have provided space and pieces from their collections, is a common reflection on art and fashion.