Foundation

Fondazione Vittoriano Bitossi Onlus is a non-profit organisation promoted by the entrepreneur Vittoriano Bitossi (1923-2018), recipient of the Order of Merit for Labour, patron and promoter of cultural initiatives focusing on the study and spread of ceramic culture. The Foundation is primarily supported by the companies of the Colorobbia Group.
On the Bitossi factory's one-hundred-year anniversary, the Foundation opened to the public the Bitossi Museum Archive, located at the company's historic location in Montelupo Fiorentino. The Museum Archive is a museum created from the Bitossi Industrial Archive that occupies a space of over 2,000 square metres in the production area still adjacent to the company's premises. The original structure of its rooms has been preserved, leaving its industrial architecture in full evidence. The exhibit project, designed by architect Luca Cippelletti, is organised according to a stratification principle divided into four levels of exhibits. The main attraction of the itinerary is the Historical Archive, consisting of a ceramic collection of around seven thousand pieces, a selection of plaster models and moulds dating from the second half of the 19th century to the present day, working tools and a selection of paper documents relating to design and marketing, displayed in a gallery. The Bitossi Industrial Archive has been identified as of significant historical interest by the Archive Superintendency of Tuscany. In 2011 the Bitossi Foundation became a member of Museimpresa, an Italian association of business museums and archives promoted by Assolombarda and Confindustria.

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