The 2021 edition of Artigianato e Palazzo - artisan shops and their buyers, promoted by the Corsini Garden Association, presents itself as a real experience linked to manual activities; no longer just an exhibition, but an exhibition itinerary dedicated to craftspeople, with an entirely new layout of the spaces and strong public involvement.
From Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 September, journey through traditional art crafts, from historical evocations through to the contemporary. The garden and Palazzo are transformed into a large outdoor artisan workshop, with craftspeople creating their pieces in their workshops.
Among the latest additions is the selection of about 80 artisanal top-quality products and a new exhibition itinerary that winds through the Palazzo, Limonaie and, for the first time, the private spaces on the ground floor of the Palazzo. New exclusive pavilions with a historic and fairytale-like charm will enhance the creative talent of the artisans admitted to the exhibition.
This 27th edition will be dedicated to “Enrico Magnani Pescia: the art of handmade paper since 1481" which, over time and still today, links its production to international artists, writers and renowned names. Set up in the Ballroom of Palazzo Corsini, the exceptional exhibition will display a selection of historical watermarked paper kept at the Pescia Paper Museum, and some important archival documents including - to commemorate the two hundred years since his death - the loom of paper that Magnani made in 1812 with the portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte and Maria Luisa of Austria, on the occasion of the Emperor's wedding. A dedicated section recreates “the life of the paper mill”.
The noted and tasty "satellite" event titled Ricette di Famiglia is back, dedicated to gastronomic culture.
The spaces of the stables at Palazzo Corsini will be reserved for a new selection of young artisans under 35, selected through the Blogs & Crafts Europe contest, organized with the patronage of the World Crafts Council Europe and the support of the Ferragamo Foundation
Free outdoor workshops are also scheduled in the new "Decoration" space, as well as many other initiatives in collaboration with important international institutions.
Finally, the fundraising project titled "Giambologna e la fata Morgana" continues for the second year, in support of the valuable monumental complex at the Fonte della Fata Morgana, located at the foot of the Fattucchia hill in the municipality of Bagno a Ripoli. Proceeds from the sale of works created by students of the Florence Academy of Art that will be on display during the festival will also go towards the campaign.