The history of Modena’s Master Coach builders is one of the most fascinating but also one of the least known. This is the extraordinary story of incomparable craftsmen who have created iconic masterpieces with their passion and talent.
It is unquestionably corroborated by the art market as the five most expensive cars sold in the world are all and without exception, the work of the Modena’s Master Coach builders.
Just like Renaissance sculptors, their coach works are entirely shaped by hand: they use only hammers, a piece of tree trunk, a sack of sand, some pairs of shears and an iron work table … all without the involvement of designers. Imagine the prodigious talent of these exceptional artists who have elevated coach building to an art form.
The first exhibition of the marvellous creations by these Master Coach builders is scheduled for this year. It will be called “ModenArt: the Sculptors of Movement”.
The event curated by Philippe Daverio will take place in October 2019. Modena will put one of its most prestigious locations at the disposal of this initiative: the San Carlo church. This choice is very emblematic because never before has such a place honoured the art of the automobile.
The exhibition will enable visitors to discover the unique works created and personally signed by these artists and never before shown in public. Aluminium coachworks, as well as ‘filone’ specific to the Modena school of coach building, will be exhibited as real and authentic works of art.
In sculpture the statue takes shape directly due to the blows of its sculptor’s chisel. Similarly in Modena, during the realisation of the ‘filone’ the style of the coachwork is born thanks to the blows of the Master Coach builder’s hammer.