The “Equilibrium” at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence is more than a tribute to Salvatore Ferragamo. It is a reference to the importance of balance, through the great Italian shoe maker’s artwork. The exhibition, which is set to last up to April 12th of the upcoming year, includes artwork of classic artists, such as Canova, Degas, Picasso, and of contemporary ones, such as Bill Viola and Marina Abramovic.
The curators, Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risalitti, alongside with Emanuele Enria, have used multiple means and disciplines, from paintings, scupltures, photographs to video and film. The influence of art, architecture and engineering on Ferragamo is prominent, since his work is outshined not only aesthetically, but also by means of his research in order to create a shoe that would support the body.
The documentaries and archival photos, offered by Ferragamo’s wife, Wanda, and interviews with multiple personalities, like alpinist Reinhold Messner and ballet dance Eleonora Abbagnato, refering to the notion of balance are also an important part of the exhibition. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition, is also approaching the notion of balance, through contributions from historians and experts in the fields of art, film, dance, paleontology and philosophy.