I’ve always been enchanted by Palazzo Spini Feroni, Ferragamo’s headquarters, so whenever Ferragamo puts on a new show, I never miss the chance to catch it.
Their latest is called “Equilibrium.” Art, in all its many expressions, is used to explore the exhibition’s theme, with works ranging from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, all the way to contemporary art — all art about the human figure in motion.
Two statues of hominids in the first room give us an early example of our upright position. Equilibrium is explored from physical, anatomical and mental perspectives, such as in a video of the first moon landing. The exhibition shows us works from around the world, including classical art, like Roman statues, and contemporary ones like the sculpted foot by Matisse.
Ferragamo closely studies human anatomy; the foot is the most important part of our body, the base for the rest of it. We can see works here like Picasso’s acrobats, and Gino Severini’s dancers balancing on a ball. There are installations such as one by American Pop artist George Segal, depicting a red acrobat balancing on a rope.
We can admire Degas’ ballerinas or Miró’s surrealistic version of a ballerina. And what draws our eyes most powerfully are the shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo, shoemaker and artist, as we appreciate his unique creations, now imitated worldwide.
In how a person walks, we can divine his or her psychological, cultural, and social attitude based on his or her life story.
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
Piazza Santa Trinità 5a
Open from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm