Here is an occasion not to be missed: the “Motorbikes, the architecture of speed”, exhibition, held at Forte Marghera in Mestre (Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia, Civic Museums of Venice Foundation). Inaugurated on 9 June, it will be open until 28 October 2018. Admission is free. The exhibition - curated by Marco Riccardi with Gabriella Belli as scientific director - was supported by the Piaggio Group with the Piaggio Museum and Foundation, which loaned 12 of the exhibited vehicles (Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Piaggio, Vespa). The most important Italian and international motorbike brands are present in the exhibition.
As the organisers explained, “The activities planned in Forte Marghera, to valorise contemporary art and to make it appealing to a young audience, include a spectacular exhibition dedicated to one of the most attractive and intriguing symbols of 20th century design: motorbikes. After WWII, Made-in-Italy started to become successful internationally and motorbikes, the union of technology and creativity, became one of the jewels in the crown of Italian industry.
Exhibition sections: Scooter, Electric, Sports bikes, Heritage, In Africa, The fundamental motorcycles, Author’s pieces, Daring and refined.
Motorbikes became the pulsating evidence of the cultural turmoil affecting Italy during the 20th century and of the great drive in the field of technology, with the creation of highly innovative products that also had great beauty - a cult hit, symbol of youth, freedom, courage and being unconventional, so much that motorbikes played starring roles in the cinema as well.
Designed as a truckload of the most famous aerodynamic profiles of Italian motorbikes (with some international appearances), the exhibition aims at explaining how the concepts of design and safety evolved in this sector, using the icons created by Italy’s best manufacturers. This great exhibition, focused on the epic of Italian motorised two-wheelers, will dialogue with the Architecture Biennial in Forte Marghera.”
The exhibition's image-symbol is a splendid artistic interpretation of the 1957 racing version of Moto Guzzi 8V 500 GP.
(Image source: exhibition’s web site and catalogue).