De­sign in sym­phony

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The vi­o­lin-mak­ing tra­di­tion of Cre­mona has be­come part of Unesco’s list of in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural as­sets for hu­man­ity. A great re­sult, the merit for which must go to the city of Cre­mona, which has pre­served the craft and handed it down through the gen­er­a­tions, bring­ing the pres­tige of this tra­di­tion to the fore­front and es­tab­lish­ing it­self as the world’s cap­i­tal of vi­o­lin and mu­sic. This recog­ni­tion has been the cat­a­lyst for dif­fer­ent im­por­tant ini­tia­tives, such as the cre­ation of the new Mu­seum of the Vi­o­lin, lo­cated in the Palazzo dell'Arte of Cre­mona - a world first - which il­lus­trates the his­tory of the vi­o­lin, the meth­ods of con­struc­tion of bowed in­stru­ments and the vi­cis­si­tudes of the Cre­monese vi­o­lin mak­ers. It also dis­plays master­pieces of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary vi­o­lin-mak­ing and houses a li­brary and au­di­to­rium. It is an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing place for vi­o­lin en­thu­si­asts and vi­o­lin spe­cial­ists and for cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. To cel­e­brate this great suc­cess, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cre­mona has or­gan­ised a unique ex­hi­bi­tion that unites the world of the vi­o­lin with fash­ion, de­sign and con­tem­po­rary art. It show­cases "8 vari­a­tions for Stradi­var­ius", de­sign sym­phonies cre­ated by world-fa­mous artists. A unique creative event that cel­e­brates the pas­sion for Stradi­var­ius, the vi­o­lin and art. Francesco Ballestraz­zi has hand-crafted a haute couture silk hat in the form of a de­con­structed and de­formed vi­o­lin, as if the mu­sic it­self had cre­ated the vi­o­lin. Roberto Cambi has fash­ioned “Me­te­orite 19189” in me­tal, a work teem­ing with sparkling vi­o­lins, dust and stars, which have fallen to Earth to pay homage Stradi­var­ius. Al­fredo Drago Rens has cre­ated “Vivrato Stradi­vari”, a work that gives move­ment and depth to the vi­o­lin with the in­ten­tion of reawak­en­ing the abil­ity to re­dis­cover dif­fer­ent lev­els of in­ter­pre­ta­tion that are gen­er­ally dif­fi­cult to achieve. Kobi Levi has cre­ated a sculp­ture in homage to the vi­o­lin as an in­stru­ment, which was made in his stu­dio in Tel-Aviv us­ing a tech­ni­cal evo­lu­tion that brought the de­sign to life: a wear­able sculp­ture. Luigi Mar­i­ani has pro­duced a cir­cu­lar sofa with a cen­tral back­rest in form of a vi­o­lin, which was de­vel­oped us­ing unique ma­te­ri­als and an ex­treme shape, and con­structed en­tirely by hand. Paolo Regis has cap­tured the sound and vi­bra­tions of thou­sands of peo­ple in the pho­to­graph “Mu­sic Power for Stradi­var­ius”, re­mov­ing ev­ery­thing that di­vides them. Ste­fano Russo with the work “Ec­stasy“was in­spired by the pure sound, the hu­man be­ing and his re­la­tion­ship with man, cre­at­ing a work that de­picts a vi­o­lin string flut­ter­ing in the air - an ‘ec­stasy’ of har­mony and melody. Sunghee Kim has paid trib­ute to Stradi­var­ius with a jewellery piece: the necklace “8 Vari­a­tions of Lights and Shad­ows” made with eight rows of river pearls and eight rows of faceted onyx beads held to­gether by two brooches in the form of a sil­ver f-hole. Fi­nally, “Vi­o­lin Dress” is a dress in the shape of a vi­o­lin with semi-pre­cious stones with two f-holes cov­ered in sil­ver balls, and a black spi­ral on the back, a sym­bol of the vi­o­lin scrall. The cre­ativ­ity of con­tem­po­rary de­sign, the re­sult of the skill and dex­ter­ity of th­ese artists, en­ables us cen­turies later to ex­pe­ri­ence the essence of the legacy of the vi­o­lin­mak­ing art, of which Cre­mona is the cap­i­tal and which with far­sight­ed­ness it pro­motes its preser­va­tion and cul­tural en­rich­ment.

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