It was in 1982 that Franco Maria Ricci launched FMR magazine. He wanted to show art as it had never been seen before. His distinct and original choices, the elegant graphic presentation, the learning and depth of the essays and literary excerpts made his FMR the most widely circulated fine art magazine in the world.
FMR. The Return.
The new FMR will be true to its graphic and artistic approach: FMR doesn’t teach art history but wants its readers to love art as much as we do, illuminating their tastes and enhancing their gift of sight. Every issue contains the seeds of a flourishing love of the visual. A complete etiquette of proper graphic presentation, a verdant garden of new knowledge and curiosity, an elevated typographic elegance, and heavy, fine paper will make each issue something unique, an object of pride for any collector. A centerpiece of each season, it will publish four times a year, spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
The new FMR will navigate through borderless space and time of art, architecture, design. Each new surprise, every visual adventure and beguiling discovery will be a stimulus for the imagination and the mind.
Ut pictura poesis, “as in poetry, so in painting,” wrote Horace. Great writers and scholars
brought gleam and luster to the escutcheon of the first FMR. The new FMR has ambitions of its own: to preserve that tradition, uniting the seductive gleam of art with the engaging depth of intelligent writing.
The new FMR will preserve the traditional quality of the images, by entrusting the execution to great photographers. After painstaking series of press proofs, the photograph gleams against fifth-ink black pages, just as the darkness in a theater highlights the pictures on a silver screen or a spotlit stage.
The first FMR had an amazing success, there were French and Spanish editions; its triumphant arrival in the United States met with acclaim. Franco Maria Ricci abandoned the venture in the early 2000s, after 163 issues, with the sale of the FMR brand, so that he could devote his time to building the Labirinto della Masone. In the last years of his life, however, Ricci obstinately nurtured his dream of restarting the publication, a dream that came true only after his passing in September 2020. Indeed, in December 2020 his publishing house reacquired the FMR brand. The first issue of FMR’s second season will be released in December 2021, to coincide with the winter solstice.
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01 | 1982 | I Sacri Astucci • Orbis Pictus Seraphinianus • Jacopo Ligozzi nel Gran Serraglio • Art Goût Beauté • Villeggiature Medicee di Giusto Utens02 | 1982 | Soavissimo Iran • Rimembranze Liberty • L'Illusione Farnese • Gli Occhi Esorbitati03 | 1982 | Gli Altarini del Poeta • Neo Ruderi • I Letti Insonni di Domenico Gnoli • Arte per Acqua04 | 1982 | Alhambra Anastatica • Nueva España • Ebdomero a Parigi • Fiori di Kemp05 | 1982 | Barocco • Re d'Arazzi • La pioggia d'oro • Siena dei Segni06 | 1982 | Lo Spettacolo Intarsiato • Schiele il Verde • Spaventapasseri • Prode Argentina07 | 1982 | Ulisse Aldrovandi • I teatri della Vanità • L'Armida di Savinio 08 | 1982 | L'Infinito Ornamento • American Dream • L'Imperatore Inesistente09 | 1982 | Zillis • Le Sante Marie del Fiore • Napoli di Galilea • De Divina Proportione10 | 1983 | Mille e una bestia • Golf e cuori straziati • L'Altare della Pace • Re di Fiori11 | 1983 Venezia: Abiti de' Veneziani • Teatro da camera • Serenissima ludens • Bestiario erratico12 | 1983 Paolo Uccello a Firenze • Il Bosco Sacro • Viva l'Italia! • Federico Dux13 | 1983 Still-life alla maniera di Domenico Gnoli • Gente del Fayyum • I trovatori di Heidelberg • Wildt & Milano • Interni con vecchiette14 | 1983 Vie Mondaine negli acquarelli di Pierre Vidal • Il bagno di Diana • Blake all'Inferno • Marco delle Meraviglie • D come Dandy15 | 1983 Le città del pensiero • Sterminator Vesevo • Giovanna Garzoni • Miniatora Medicea • L'abate di Rothéneuf • Wagner a Beyreuth16 | 1983 Le belle tasse • Il volto di Shiva • Il silenzio e le città • Islam Pop • Liberty in banca17 | 1983 Paolo Veronese • Stile Coppedè • Vaya con Dior • Sirene d'America18 | 1983 Il bailo Soranzo • L'estasi lituana • Il cimitero di porcellana • Con occhi indiani19 | 1983 Buon Natale • La porta di Andrea • Il cielo scritto • Le impossibili ville20 | 1984 Fior di Crusca • Palermo delle pagode • Mille e un nodo • Uti natura pictura