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Museo Salvatore Ferragamo does more than simply tell the story of the Ferragamo company’s founder. Its mission is to create, organise and promote exhibitions, seminars and meaningful events on contemporary fashion culture. The museum is an expression of the company’s open interest in the most current and important cultural trends that influence style, fashion and lifestyle through art, design, entertainment, fashion, communications and the news.

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1985. Leaders of Fashion. Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960).

1987. Salvatore Ferragamo.
The Art of the Shoe

Curated by Stefania Ricci, the exhibition was an extension of Leaders of Fashion. Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960).

London, Victoria and Albert Museum.

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1985. Leaders of Fashion. Salvatore Ferragamo (1898-1960)

The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the Palazzo Pitti Costume Gallery and the Florence Exhibition Centre and sponsored by the Department of Culture for the City of Florence.
This was the retrospective exhibition that led to the creation of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo.
Florence, Galleria del Costume, Palazzo Strozzi.

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1992 Salvatore Ferragamo.
The Art of the Shoe

The retrospective exhibition travelled to the United States, where Salvatore Ferragamo had emigrated and forged a lifelong relationship with the budding Hollywood star system.

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum.

1996. Bruce Weber. Secret Love.

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1996. Bruce Weber. Secret Love

Curated by Germano Celante and Martin Harrison, this retrospective of the great American photographer was organised on the occasion of Florence’s Art and Fashion Biennale.
Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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1997. Materials and Creativity

1997. Tanaka Ikko, la grafica del Giappone

Curated by Gian Carlo Calza.
For the first time in Italy, this exhibition showcased the work of one of the most important graphic artists in 20th century Japan.

Milan, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea.

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1997. Materials and Creativity

Materials and Creativity, curated by Stefania Ricci.
Above all, Salvatore Ferragamo expressed his creativity in the materials he used, from the most luxurious to the humblest, from precious metals to cork and raffia.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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1998. Salvatore Ferragamo.
The Art of the Shoe

1998. Cinderella: the shoe rediscovered

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1998. Salvatore Ferragamo. The Art of the Shoe

The fourth stop on the retrospective exhibition’s tour  involved the collaboration of two leading names in Japanese art and culture, Tanaka Ikko and Teshigahara Hiroshi.

Tokyo, Sogetsu-kai Foundation.

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1998. Cinderella: the shoe rediscovered

Michael Howells, Jenny Beavan and Stefania Ricci curated this exhibition for the Florence fashion and film biennale exploring the myth of Cinderella in film, music and literature through a Ferragamo shoe created for the movie Ever After - A Cinderella Story, directed by Andy Tennant (Twentieth Century Fox).

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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1999 – 2001. Audrey Hepburn una donna, the style

Curated by Stefania Ricci and Gianluca Bauzano, this exhibition celebrated the elegance of the best loved actress of all time, both on and off the set.

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1999 – 2001. Audrey Hepburn, a woman, the style

The exhibition travelled the world, stopping in the following places:
Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni
Sydney, Powerhouse Museum

In 2000
Tokyo, Nihombashi-Mitsukoshi Museum
Fukuoka, Mitsukoshi Museum
Kanazawa, Daiwa Museum
Hiroshima, Sogo Museum
Nagoya, Matsuzakaya Museum
Sapporo, Seibu Museum
Kobe, Daimaru Museum
Kyoto, Daimaru Museum
Osaka, Shinsaibashi-Daimaru Museum
Sendai, Fujisaki Museum

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Frankfurt, Deutsche Filmmuseum

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2000. Shoes and famous feet

Curated by Stefania Ricci, the exhibition was devoted to the shoes that Ferragamo created for celebrities, from Hollywood stars to royal families, their favourite styles and the colours and materials he most often used.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2003 – 2004. Game

Curated by Mariuccia Casadio and Stefania Ricci.

2004. Ideas, models, inventions

Curated by Stefania Ricci, the exhibition displayed 369 Salvatore Ferragamo patents dated 1929 to 1960 that were recovered from the Government Archives in Rome.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2003 - 2004 Game

Curated by Mariuccia Casadio and Stefania Ricci.
A Twenties-style shoe was both the subject and the object for this exhibition, in which 19 contemporary artists unleashed their creativity through various crafting techniques. Works by Vanessa Beecroft, Jeff Burton, Marta Dell’Angelo, Lara Favaretto, Angelo Filomeno, Sylvie Fleury, Luis Gispert, Mark Handforth, Brad Kahlhamer, Naoto Kawahara, Armin Linke, Amedeo Martegani, Gabriele Picco, Rob Pruitt, Tobias Rehberger, Andreas Schulze, Rosemarie Trockel, Hellen Van Meene and Pae White.

September 2003: New York Salvatore Ferragamo flagship store; January 2004: Florence, Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Palazzo Spini Feroni; April 2004: Tokyo flagship store; October 2004: Milan, Salvatore Ferragamo women’s boutique.

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2004 – 2005. A Love Affair with shoes

Curated by Stefania Ricci.

2004. Off-scene

Curated by Wim and Donata Wenders, this was a romantic exploration of the great German director’s films through photographs of the sets by Wenders and his wife Donata.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2004 – 2005. A Love Affair with shoes

The exhibition, curated by Stefania Ricci, showcased Ferragamo’s creations for some of the world’s most famous international film actresses, reflecting their tastes, whims and personalities and, above all, the passion women have for shoes.

February 2004, New York flagship store.
April 2004, Hong Kong, Pacific Place.
October 2004, Taipei, Salvatore Ferragamo store.
November 2004, Osaka, Salvatore Ferragamo flagship store.
December 2004, Tokyo Salvatore Ferragamo flagship store.
March-April 2005, Singapore, Salvatore Ferragamo store.

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2006. Sueños que caminan / Walking Dreams.
Salvatore Ferragamo 1898-1960

The first exhibition in Latin America on Salvatore Ferragamo’s creativity displayed 80 shoes created between 1924 and 1960.

Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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2006 – 2010. Creativity in Colours

Curated by Stefania Ricci, this exhibition celebrated the vivid colours in the shoes and clothing of Salvatore Ferragamo, the brand that made the bright hues of nineteenth century avant-garde art a key element of its signature style.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

 

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2008. Salvatore Ferragamo Evolving Legend 1928-2008

Curated by Stefania Ricci and Cristina Morozzi.

2009. Australia behind the scenes

Curated by Stefania Ricci.

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2008. Salvatore Ferragamo Evolving Legend 1928-2008

On the eightieth anniversary of Salvatore Ferragamo, this was a journey into the most iconic Salvatore Ferragamo products in 12 sections, covering shoes, bags, clothing, scarves and jewellery, along with the fundamental principles and values that have shaped the brand’s identity.

March-May 2008, Shanghai, Museum of Contemporary Art.

September-November 2008, Milan, Triennale Design Museum.

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2009. Australia behind the scenes

This exhibition was on the movie directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman, for which Salvatore Ferragamo created 20 different shoes inspired by original Salvatore Ferragamo styles of the time, which form part of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo’s collection.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2010. Greta Garbo. Il mistero dello stile

Curated by Stefania Ricci.

2010 – 2011. A regola d’arte

Curated by Stefania Ricci.

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2010. Greta Garbo. The Mystery of Style

This exhibition explored the legend of one of the film world’s greatest divas through her sophisticated wardrobe and the shoes that Salvatore Ferragamo designed for her from the 1920s on.

February-April 2010, Milan, The Milan Triennale, Design Museum.
May-October 2010, Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

 

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2010 – 2011. A regola d’arte

A craftsman is more than a manual worker; he is someone who makes things well or, as one would say in Italian, ‘a regola d’arte’. This was the concept behind the exhibition that, by retelling the Salvatore Ferragamo company’s history, invited visitors to reflect on the values that have enabled a business founded on Florence’s longstanding tradition of fine handcraftsmanship and art to uphold this principle even as it moved forward to industrial production.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2011. Inspiration and Vision

Curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti.

2012. Secret Archives

Curated by Stefania Ricci.

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2011. Inspiration and Vision

What do the Cloak of scarlet ibis feathers, made in 16th century Brazil and part of Cosimo II de’ Medici’s collection, on loan from Florence’s Museo di Antropologia e Etnologia, Sonia Delaunay’s art and Andy Warhol’s drawings of shoes on gold paper have in common with Ferragamo shoes? The answer was revealed by delving deep into Salvatore Ferragamo’s imagination for the source of his creativity.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2012. Secret Archives

The company’s invaluable archives and their content were shared in a stream of art and history, genius and technique in this exhibition, which examined Salvatore Ferragamo’s timeless appeal through documentation, machinery and the products made over time, emphasising the importance of upholding and valuing the company’s history.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2012 – 2013. Marilyn

Curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti.

2013 – 2014. The Amazing Shoemaker

Curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti.

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2012 – 2013. Marilyn

Fifty years after the death of Marilyn Monroe, this exhibition showed images, film clips and interviews, as well as never-before-seen documents and the famous actress’s shoes, clothing and personal effects.
An extraordinary collection of portraits of Marilyn were considered in light of her powerful archetype and surviving legend, whose greatness lies in her dual nature of spiritualised feminine ideal and pop icon.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.
Prague, Prague Castle Riding School.

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2013 – 2014. The Amazing Shoemaker

This original exhibition carried visitors off into an imaginary land of traditional fairy tales and new stories created specifically for the event about shoes and the magical art of shoemaking. The theme of shoes and the shoemaking trade was the source of inspiration for contemporary artists, musicians, film makers and cartoon artists.

Florence, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni.

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2014 – 2015. Equilibrium 
Curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti.

2015 – 2016. A Palace and the city 
Curated by Stefania Ricci and Riccardo Spinelli

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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 Ferragamo, James Ferragamo, Jerry Ferragamo, Reinhold Messner, Eleonora Abbagnato, Will Self, Cecil Balmond and Philippe Petit.

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2015 – 2016. A Palace and the city

In 2015, Florence celebrates the 150th anniversary of the start of its tenure as the capital of Italy. This is, then, the ideal occasion to stage an exhibition and produce a catalogue on Palazzo Spini Feroni, which played host to the City Council and was, therefore, the place where those important decisions were taken that endowed the city with its current layout.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the building found itself serving a public function for the first time, after centuries of private ownership, which began with Geri Spini – banker to Pope Boniface VIII – who wanted to manifest the power of his family through the construction of an imposing residence. As owners of the palazzo, the Spini were followed by the Guasconi, da Bagnano and Feroni aristocratic families, who commissioned magnificent decorative works, right up until the nineteenth century, when the dramatic palazzo became a luxury hotel, welcoming amongst many others Chancellor Metternich and Franz Liszt, before going on to become the seat of the Municipality of Florence, the site of the famous Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G. P. Vieusseux and the unpretentious residence of remarkable individuals, such as Girolamo Segato, the scientist who was well-known for his practice of “petrifying” human cadavers. In the twentieth century, when Salvatore Ferragamo purchased the building, the palazzo was given a new lease of life, accommodating craft workshops and high-fashion ateliers, along with famous art galleries showcasing artworks ancient and modern. The exhibition encompass a number of prestigious artworks, endeavour to recount this complex history, benefitting from the input of specialists and of renowned set designer Maurizio Balò. The building, framed by the beauty of Florence, offers a snapshot of Italian culture and is today the global symbol of the Ferragamo fashion house, which is based there; this demonstrates that the talent of the Italians lives on thanks to the places where it is nurtured and works, providing proof positive that beauty generates beauty.

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