Antonio Ratti Foundation
Antonio Ratti Foundation (FAR) is a non-profit organization, founded by Antonio Ratti in 1985, based in Villa Sucota, an 18th century mansion on the western shore of Lake Como.
Chaired by Annie Ratti since 2002, FAR has been dedicated for over 30 years to spreading the knowledge of textile culture - of which it investigates the history, social values and technological changes that have affected its production - and to the study of contemporary arts, in this way has built a solid reputation nationally and internationally. Through the enhancement of its textile collection and its program of workshops, exhibitions and events, FAR promotes research and moments of collective debate, involving in its activities well-known scholars and critics, as well as established and emerging artists.
The origins of the FAR textile museum - Museo Studio del Tessuto (MuST) - lie in Antonio Ratti's long-standing commitment to collecting fabrics. The textile collection includes more than 3300 individual pieces and more than 2500 sample books which, taken together, illustrate the history of fabric from the 3rd to the 20th century.
CSAV - Artists Research Laboratory expresses the Foundation's commitment in the field of contemporary art. CSAV is a laboratory of research and artistic practice, during which young artists from all over the world have the opportunity to work together with established international artists.