Master shoe designer and artist, Salvatore Ferragamo, in his quest to design not only beautiful, whimsical, and creative shoes, dedicated much of his research into making shoes also comfortable and fit the foot. His research included studies of human anatomy and specifically of the plantar arch of the foot and the dynamics in which homo-sapiens walk and move on two feet that support our entire body and take project us into motion. The exhibition, EQUILIBRIUM, at the Ferragamo Museum in Florence, illustrate this concept with Salvatore Ferragamo’s writings, research and his creations, using his shoes as a starting point for a study, a deep investigation between science, art and of course, fashion.
Ferragamo recognized the importance of the foot’s arch, stating that, “Nature, the supreme architect from whom Man has borrowed and adapted so many of his ideas,” creating the arch of the foot to support the most weight, just as in the architectural arch can support more weight than a flat lintel. He considered the movement of the human body, based from the foot, considering connections with the fields of science, art, architecture, archaeology, circus and dance. From walking derives, running, dancing, and other movement all dependent on a relationship between the foot and the mind, with everything in between.
To put the concept of the art of movement, balance and equilibrium required of the human body to conduct a simple, yet complex task such as walking, the exhibition presents works and contributions from several important museum collections and a long list of internationally known artists including: Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Adriano Cecioni, Antoine Bourdelle, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, Alexander Calder, Gino Severini, Marino Marini, Fausto Melotti, Giulio Paolini, together with contemporary artists Bruce Nauman, George Segal, Bill Viola and Marina Abramovic, displayed alongside extraordinary archaeological finds like the Nike’s Foot in gilt bronze, dating back to Roman times and found in the Forum of Augustus, and the Relief of Dancing Maenads, compared with paintings by Antonio Canova and drawings by Plinio Nomellini, Alessandro Allori’s dancing skeletons and Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs. Completing the exhibition, a video by Francesco Fei in collaboration with Emanuele Enria features interviews with Wanda Ferragamo, James Ferragamo, Philippe Petit, Reinhold Messner, Eleonora Abbagnato, Will Self and Cecil Balmond, in which figures of international renown explain the fundamental concepts of this exhibition from their own perspective and in the framework of their personal life experiences, artistic endeavors and professions.
Through April 12, 2015
Open daily 10am – 7:30pm
Tickets: € 6
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
Piazza Santa Trinita 5 – Florence, ITALY
T 055 3562417/055 3562846