Organized in different rooms, the new exhibition at Ferragamo Museum in Florence combines different art forms, from sculpture, watercolor painting and classical music — Argentinian-Italian composer Luis Bacalov created an exclusive score for the exhibition opening — to videos and comics, including a graphic novel based on Ferragamo’s life by New York-based artist Frank Espinosa.
“When they asked me to do this work, I was scared because I usually don’t do books based on real people. I was scared about the realism,” said Espinosa, whose father was a cobbler. “But when I read Salvatore Ferragamo’s story I realized it’s a myth, and it turned out to be easier to put together than I thought.”
“Salvatore Ferragamo was born just 30 kilometers [19 miles] from my village, and we share the same roots in the antique culture of our region, the Campania,” said artist Mimmo Paladino, who created various works for the exhibition, including an installation of 40 aluminum shoes, a two-meter bronze sculpture and 10 drawings, which served as inspiration for a video he directed.
The Amazing Shoemaker — Fairy Tales and Legends about Shoes and Shoemakers will run until March 31, 2014.