Luxury FMR Art Books, Magazines, and Subscriptions
In a world that is increasingly characterized by a need for distinction, personalization and originality, FMR offers companies, organizations and institutions the possibility to communicate their image and ethos through extremely stylish and elegant objects and projects, which are often created expressly by the art direction of FMR on the basis of specific characteristics and needs of the customer.
Through FMR's editorial planning and graphic interpretation cities, historic buildings or art collections become books that are destined to be absolute reference points on the subject, in terms of aesthetic quality and content.
As well as being certain of transmitting an image of prestige and quality, an FMR book means interpreting and communicating the desire to promote one's area by focusing on its cultural and artistic heritage.
The Early Days: The FMR publishing house began in the middle of the '60s, in the era of copies and leaflets, with some almost defiantly beautiful volumes. Since those days, it has published only books written by extremely well known authors and essayists, with high quality paper and printing, perfect graphics and elegant binding.
For over forty years, FMR has opened the manuscripts of great libraries and shown them, page after illuminated page. It has lit the dark chapels of churches so that paintings and frescoes could emerge from the shadows. It has discovered artists completely forgotten in the hidden chapters of art history. Works of art, photographed ex novo, follow rigorous criteria, with extremely accurate reproduction.
Development: Among the first published works were il Manuale Tipografico (The Typography Manual) by Giambattista Bodoni, produced in a sumptuous edition that was a milestone for bibliophiles, and a tribute to the spirit of the Age of Enlightenment, l'Encyclopédieby Diderot and d'Alembert. This reprint, just like its original model centuries before, had worldwide distribution.
Another particularly noteworthy collection, in which the graphics and the perfect printing were a real testimony to the beauty of the text, was I Segni dell'uomo (The Signs of Man) , an emblematic series whose elegant volumes - bound in black silk and printed on light-blue handmade Fabriano paper - brought the name of FMR to the attention of an international public.
Writers such as Giono, Barthes, Borges, Eco, Calvino, Saroyan, Roa Bastos, Cortzar, Sciascia, Arbasino, Sgarbi, Octavio Paz, and Roy Strong were among the first to accept the editor's invitation to write texts for this collection. Books such as Il disertore, Erté, Il Congresso del Mondo, Beato di Liébana, Tarocchi (Tarot cards), and Tamara de Lempicka are still famous and extremely sought after by collectors. Another monumental publication, fruit of a further collaboration with Jorge Luis Borges, was La Biblioteca di Babele Babele (The Library of Babel) published between 1975 and 1985 and comprising 29 volumes of fantastical literature, chosen and presented by the great Argentinean author.
The Search For Beauty: The search for that which is beautiful, rare and exclusive is an insatiable one, to which not only FMR's most prestigious collections testify but, above all, the thousands of pages of the FMR magazine, created in 1982, which soon broke the boundaries of Italy to become a model for quality and elegance worldwide.
Currently, FMR is available in four editions: Italian, French, English and Spanish.
One of the fundamental tasks that the publishing house has achieved is clearly visible in the pages of the magazine. It has entrusted the most important authors in the world with the task of enriching the pages with their writing, characterized by the unique images that are the excellent work of its photographers.
FMR Today: In 2002, FMR received another important impulse for it development and creativity, thanks to its acquisition by the ART'E' Group, current market leader in the world of contemporary art. The fusion of these two entities produced the FMR-ART'E' brand, which today symbolizes the highest level ever achieved internationally in the world of art and quality publishing. In 2004, all activity was transferred to Bologna, headquarters of the ART'E' Group. FMR first reproduced its historic magazine, under the direction of Marilena Ferrari, a project in which some of the most important exponents of European and Italian literature and culture enthusiastically took part. From the moment the New FMR Magazine launched, the circulation has more than tripled in two years.
At the same time, there were new projects and new collections - amongst which I Grandi Palazzi della Storia (Famous Historical Palaces), inaugurated with Il Palazzo del Quirinale. These volumes further enrich the already important publications. They have won not only great public and critical acclaim, but also the approval of the most important institutions. In January of 2005, the Presidency of the Republic chose FMR-ART'E' as the publishing house of the six-monthly, "Il Quirinale", an art and history magazine, born with the aim of spreading the numerous cultural initiatives, discoveries and activities of the Presidency of the Republic to a wider audience.