Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria


One of the most evocative names from Italy’s more recent glorious past, Bugatti lends itself to more than just cars. This surprising and comprehensive exhibition offers a window into the world of three generations and four members of a highly creative Italian family. The story starts with Carlo Bugatti, a furniture designer of much renown who moved on to design silver and jewelry as well. His son Ettore founded the motor company that is the hallmark the Bugatti legend. Even today the name Bugatti arouses visions of grandeur and exception – the perfect car – and the epitome of luxury touring in the early 20th century. In turn, Ettore’s son Jean went on to create some of the century’s most striking car designs. Ettore’s brother Rembrandt was the accidental wunderkind of the family; during his short life he became a sculptor of exceptional skill famed for his powerful depictions of animals.


February 6 through April 26, 2009
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