Calling Gio Ponti a polymath is like calling Mozart a musician – the term hardly begins to do him justice. He was a creative dynamo, yet his work’s wit and playfulness has, perhaps, led critics to undervalue his importance. Opening this autumn, a major new show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris offers a chance to reassess the full range of Ponti’s output. Supported by Molteni & C, this is Ponti’s first retrospective in France and will include more than 500 items from public and private collections, some never shown before. The exhibition, designed by Wilmotte & Associés in collaboration with graphic designer Italo Lupi, will be accompanied by a 320-page catalogue compiled by curators Sophie Dumas, Olivier Gabet, Dominique Forest and Salvatore Licitra.