Lisa Ponti, Io sono un disegno
Book Launch
With Salvatore Licitra, Luca Lo Pinto, Fabio Marino

10 May 2023, 6.30 pm

Io sono un disegno is the first monograph dedicated to artist, editor, critic and writer Lisa Ponti (1922-2019).  

Daughter of renowned architect and designer Gio Ponti, Lisa Ponti has crossed various key moments in twentieth-century culture, collaborating with artists of various generations, from Giorgio De Chirico to Enrico Castellani to Vincenzo Agnetti and Luigi Ontani. Through a wide selection of drawings and writings, along with her conversations with artists, gallerists and designers-published over the course of half a century in the magazines Domus and Stile-the monograph explores a personality constantly involved and in relationship with leading figures of the international artistic scene.


If drawing represents an intimate dimension for Ponti, in which she carves out a space for himself; his writings, on the other hand, highlight her ability to interpret contemporary cultural production in a personal and poetic way.


Published by Humboldt Books in collaboration with MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome on the occasion of the exhibition Il disegno di una mostra, the book also contains a 2012 conversation between Lisa Ponti and Luca Lo Pinto, curator of the exhibition and editor of the volume, as well as an extensive biography by Fabio Marino and an introductory text by Salvatore Licitra. An ample bibliography also documents Lisa Ponti’s intense publishing activity.


The publication was made possible thanks to the support of the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities as part of the Italian Council programme (2021). 



The event will take place in the auditorium.
Free entrance until capacity is reached. 



The book will be presented at different venues, together with the project’s international partners and various personalities who contributed to its realisation: 

16 May 2023, 6.30 pm
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
With Davide Fornari and Luca Lo Pinto 

30 May 2023, 4.30 pm
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
with Valérie Da Costa, Luca Lo Pinto