The focus of the section on the Genius – introduced in the exhibition catalogue by Giorgetto Giugiaro – is a large collection of vehicles, patents and technical drawings examining the professional formation of Corradino D'Ascanio (Popoli, 1 February 1891 - Pisa, 6 August 1981). The exhibits investigate the origins of an engineering genius that would lead D'Ascanio to patent the first prototype of the modern helicopter and, between 1945 and 1946, the Vespa, setting off the extraordinary success story of one of the most important symbols of Italian industry and creativity.
The last section in the exhibition on the inventor of the Vespa looks at the Legend (presented in the catalogue by Donatella Puliga): next to the most important models developed by D'Ascanio, a series of filmed interviews with friends, colleagues and relations offers an account of a powerfully unique figure, fondly remembered by those who knew him.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by a special stamp cancellation, from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday 20 December at the Piaggio Museum. The cancellation mark, designed by Maria Cecilia Imiotti from a famous photograph of Corradino D'Ascanio, will be catalogued and archived at the Post and Telecommunication Museum in Rome.
Corradino D'Ascanio: Man, Genius, Magician, Legend
Until 31 january 2012
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 7