Magliarte. Dal quadro al Filo.

A hymn to visionary creativity and experimentation

Fortezza da Basso

The Spazio Ricerca at Pitti Immagine Filati, the research laboratory/workshop that brings to life the design potential of knits has developed a new way of talking about trends. In a context where all styles are possible, it presents creative solutions applied to the materials.
The cooperation between Pitti Immagine and fashion designer Angelo Figus and Nicola Miller, knitwear expert have made the Pitti Immagine Filati Spazio Ricerca into an innovative and unique experimental project that uses knits and fusion to communicate with experts and creatives in every field. 
Therefore, the Spazio Ricerca, 800 sq. meters in the Cavaniglia Pavilion, is more of an event rather than a mere illustrative presentation of a market or technical study.
A hymn to visionary creativity and research, MagliArte. Dal quadro al filo [Knit Art. From the picture to the yarn] – the theme-title of the PIF 57 Spazio Ricerca, proposes the world of art as the creative refuge from daily life. Knits are inspired by art, not by any specific style or discipline, but art in all its manifestations: art as the sublime and absolute context for all creative and inspirational moods. Art as life, the tangible expression of an abstract, inner world, art as the projection of a vision.
The great artists of the various esthetic schools and trends who influenced our perceptions of the visual arts through history, meet here in a single, huge and absolute atelier where they introduce themselves, their working environments and the masterpiece that best embodies his or her esthetic signature. The result is a journey – of feeling and style – that traverses sensations generated by the fusion of the three elements: artist-masterpiece-atelier.
The piece by each artist provides the starting point for the creation of new shapes for developing new stitches and processes.
The stitches are inspired by the countless structures and surfaces of the paintings and sculptures.
The colors are not taken from any specific paintings, but together they construct a single palette divided into three tonal dimensions.
The setting consists of 20 ateliers, which are arranged one next to the other to offer a single, multifaceted creative itinerary. Each “room” is dedicated to an artist and the current he or she represents. Toulouse Lautrec, Umberto Boccioni, Jackson Pollock, Keith Haring, Salvador Dalì, Mark Rothko, Fernando Botero, Frida Kahlo, Bridget Riley, Piet Mondrian, Jean-Michel Basquiat, just to name a few, are represented by their most recognizable pieces, the morphological features of the bodies, objects and images related to their lives and art.
The yarns, selected from those featured in the exhibitors’ collections, were used to create the setting.
Florence, 6 July 2005