Dear Shaded Viewers,
Tomorrow the Piero Fornasetti: The Practical Madness exhibition opens at Les Arts Decoratifs and will be there until June 14, 2015. This morning I had the good fortune to meet the son of Piero Fornasetti, Barnabe Fornasetti and he gave me a tour of the exhibition. Piero Fornasetti was a great reader and designer since his childhood and had a strange relationship with books, he loved to cut them up. Piero Fornasetti was rebellious and was expelled from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in 1932. He began to study drawing and lithography on books only and was self-taught. He later created Stamperia d'Arte Piero Fornasetti and published his own drawings, almanacs as well as the works of the Carlo Carra, Giorgio de Chirico, Marino Marini, Lucio Fontana. He worked with paper, ceramic, glass, leather, textiles and in 1933 took part in Milan's Triennale with his scarves that Gio Ponti discovered his talent. His most famous work is the plates with variations of the opera singer Lina Cavalieri's round face of which no less than three hundred and fifty versions exist.