LITTLE BIG THINGS
Masterpieces from Storp Collection
From September 6, 2014 to January 31, 2015
Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice
The Storp family, which founded Drom Fragrances in Munich in 1911, has for generations applied competence and passion in building up a rare and highly important collection of flasks and containers for perfumes. Today, it has a total of 3,000 items covering six millennia of history.
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, in collaboration with MAVIVE and also with the support of the German firm Drom, presents Little Big Things, a significant selection of masterpieces from Storp Collection which from September 6, 2014, to January 6, 2015 will be displayed at Palazzo Mocenigo – Study Centre of the History of Fabrics and Costumes. The fundamental role played by Venice in the origins of perfume in terms of aesthetics, cosmetics and commerce, is highlighted in the new section of the museum dedicated to perfume.
Exclusive works of art, these tiny yet precious containers celebrate an ancient art that developed in the Middle East and then spread to Greece and Rome, before returning to Asia and back to Venice at the time of the Crusades.
In the magical setting of Palazzo Mocenigo, the four main sections, representing all eras, ranges from extremely rare antique pieces such as a terracotta Egyptian oil jar from the third or second century BC, glass flacons and cases, porcelain, and biscuits dating from the 16th to 19th century to an extraordinary satin glass bottle designed by Salvador Dali and the most famous noteworthy creations by today’s major perfume and essence companies.
Curated by Chiara Squarcina
In collaboration with Drom Fragrances e MAVIVE SpA