Franco Maria Ricci

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Franco Maria Ricci's office in his hous in Imperia. Photography by Paolo Monti, 1981. Fondo Paolo Monti, BEIC

Franco Maria Ricci (born December 2, 1937 in Parma) is an Italian art publisher. Amongst his publications is FMR, a Milan-based bi-monthly art magazine published in Italian, English, German, French and Spanish for over 27 years. Ricci is known for publishing limited editions honoring particular independent artists, which are characterized by their tinted handmade paper, and black silk-bound hardcovers with silver or gold lettering stamping. He sold his publishing house, Ricci Editore, to Marilena Ferrari in 2007.[1]

FMR magazine[edit]

The first issue of FMR was published in 1982.[2] "FMR" stood for the publisher's initials that once pronounced in French, it appeared to read ephémère (transitory). Praised by critics as "the most beautiful magazine in the world", it acted as a model for perfection, presenting noteworthy iconological and art historical studies without being pedantic. Known for its magnificent, large photographs, and exquisite drawings, faithfully reproduced on a black background, FMR was augmented by FMR White, a sister publication devoted to contemporary art, in 2007. Over the years the two publications featured many notable contributors, including Alberto Arbasino, Peter Bloch, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Flaminio Gualdoni, Giovanni Mariotti, Octavio Paz, Nicola Spinosa and Giovanni Testori. Both FMR and FMR White ceased publication in 2009.

Other publications[edit]

Ricci is known for publishing the original edition of the Codex Seraphinianus and some of Guido Crepax's books.


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