THE BISAZZA FOUNDATION

Design. Architecture. Photography.

Text by Ian Phillips, with contributions by Jonas Tebib and Filippo Maggia. The first complete publication on the Bisazza Foundation Permanent Collection.

“If Lewis Carroll’s quintessential Victorian heroine Alice came to life, pressed fast-forward and found herself slipping down a 21st-century rabbit hole, she’d no doubt feel quite at home if it culminated at the Bisazza Foundation… sitting here in all their splendour she’d find a monumental multi-colored chair that stands 3.2 meters high, a shimmering silver chandelier covered with thousands of mosaic tesserae weighing some 850 kilos and a wonderfully wacky mosaic-clad car.” Ian Phillips.

Bisazza announces the release of the first monograph on the Bisazza Foundation, published by Rizzoli, with introduction by British journalist and author, Ian Phillips. The book leads readers through the Bisazza Foundation – a private, non-profit institution open to the public – whose more than 8,000-square-metre exhibit space hosts a wide-ranging Permanent Collection that bears witness to the Bisazza family’s passion for art.

Once a factory for glass mosaics, the space has been renovated and converted to twenty one rooms that host the many works and installations by internationally renowned architects and designers, like Aldo Cibic, Jaime Hayon, Arik Levy, Richard Meier, Alessandro Mendini, Fabio Novembre, Ettore Sottsass, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders; artists Sandro Chia and Mimmo Paladino, and the Florentine Emilio Pucci fashion house.

The book concludes with the exhibit area “Architectural Photography”, which showcases the works of grand masters, like Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Gabriele Basilico, Roland Fischer, Candida Höfer, Julius Shulman and Hiroshi Sugimoto, as well as the photo series by famous Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, commissioned by the Foundation. Jonas Tebib – Head of the Sotheby’s France Photography Department – and by Filippo Maggia, Art Curator specialising in photography, signed two texts reflecting on photography of the various authors.

“I believe the allure of this place lies in the spectacular oversizing of the works on display and to the vaguely fairy-tale atmosphere that surrounds them”. Rossella Bisazza, Vice President of the Bisazza Foundation.

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The Bisazza Foundation book, by Ian Phillips