alain elkann interviews

ART AND DESIGN

Joseph Klafter

SHAPING HIS UNIVERSITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TOMORROW’S WORLD. Joseph Klafter has been the President of Tel Aviv University (TAU) since 2009, and he is also the Chair of the Committee of University Heads in Israel.   He is a professor of chemical physics and served as...

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David Snowdon

David Snowdon is Honorary Chairman, Christie’s EMERI (Europe, Middle East, Russia and India).  He is a craftsman who founded the bespoke design, furniture and cabinetry firm LINLEY.  His father Antony Armstrong-Jones became the 1st Earl of Snowdon after he married...

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Nadine Johnson

EXPRESSING THE ESSENTIAL Nadine Johnson runs a New York public relations firm that caters to a select international clientele. With her impeccable media and celebrity contacts, Nadine Johnson & Associates Inc. has the acumen of years at the cutting edge of public...

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Ian Wardropper

ON THE MOVE. Ian Wardropper is the Director of The Frick Collection in New York.  Internationally recognised as a premier museum and research centre, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European...

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Annabelle d’Huart

DELICATELY RELATING TO THE FRAGILITY OF THE HUMAN CONDITION. Annabelle d’Huart is a photographer, a sculptor, a designer and a jewelry-maker.  She views all these fields as different aspects of her career as an artist. You started your career as a...

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Gisela Getty

FIGHTING THE HITLER WITHIN. Gisela Getty is a photographer, director, designer and writer. Born in 1949 in Kassel, Germany, like her twin sister Jutta she is known as a representative of the '68 movement. Gisela agreed to marry Paul Getty very shortly before he was...

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Giovanni Soldini

MASERATI MULTI 70 SKIPPER Giovanni Soldini has been sailing since he was a small boy.  Born in Milan in 1966, Soldini has over 25 years of making history in ocean racing to his credit, including two single-handed round the worlds.  With over 40 ocean crossings to his...

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Arielle Dombasle

THE VERTIGO OF FREEDOM.  The multi-cultural artist Arielle Dombasle was born in America and raised in Mexico.  Arielle moves easily between comedy, directing, acting and singing, her true passion.  Most of her acting work has been in French, while her albums are...

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Alain Ducasse

IN SEARCH OF PERFECTION. Alain Ducasse is one of the world’s most decorated chefs.  Known for his incomparable French cuisine, Alain Ducasse has created innovative dining concepts reflecting international influences, and consequently has earned a phenomenal global...

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Manolo Blahnik

FOR THE LOVE OF SHOES. Manolo Blahnik opened his first store in London on Old Church Street in Chelsea over 40 years ago.  The renowned shoe designer has expanded to London’s picturesque Burlington Arcade in order to sell both women's and men's shoes. You started...

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Gilbert & George

LIVING SCULPTURES. The artist duo Gilbert & George is made up of Italian-born Gilbert Proesch (b. 1943) and British George Passmore (b. 1942).  They have lived and worked together in London for 50 years and have made their mark on the international art scene. ...

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Ann Demeester

THE TRANSHISTORICAL MUSEUM.  Ann Demeester is a Belgian writer, art critic and museum director.  From 2006 to 2014 Ann Demeester was Director of the Amsterdam contemporary arts centre De Appel.  Since 2014 Demeester has been Director of the Frans Hals Museum in...

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Ed Ruscha

COURSE OF EMPIRE.  Over the span of his influential six-decade career the artist Ed Ruscha has shaped the way we see the American landscape.  Ed Ruscha’s elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen. What about your...

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Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman is chairman of The Royal Parks of London. The Royal Parks charity supports and manages London’s eight Royal parks, and other important open spaces.  Loyd has a long association with the arts and heritage sectors, and is also known for his work on...

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Charles March

THE IMAGE MAKER. Charles March is a photographer and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex where he founded the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. I interviewed Charles March in London earlier this year while he was planning the exhibition...

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Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times (FT). Since his appointment in 2005, Lionel Barber has helped to transform the Financial Times into a multi-channel global news organisation, and during Barber's editorship the FT has won many international awards for...

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Osanna Visconti

The creative artisan Osanna Visconti di Modrone is based in Milan, where she works with traditional techniques, in particular lost-wax casting of both bronze and silver.  Her earliest inspiration derives from jewelry pieces made for her mother by famous Italian...

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Thierry Boutemy

SHARING EXCEPTIONAL MOMENTS. Thierry Boutemy is a florist based in Brussels, whose ingenious, innocent and precise work derives from a spontaneous creativity inspired by his childhood.  Thierry Boutemy is known for the naturalistic craft and beauty of his seasonal...

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Blair Thurman

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER.  Blair Thurman is at the opening of the ‘Underwater Blue’ (‘Nell’Acqua Azzurra’) exhibition hosted by Gagosian in Milan, that takes place until May 17th in the space of Lapo Elkann's Garage Italia. Blair, how come you decided to exhibit your...

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Simonetta Della Seta

A CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE AND COEXISTENCE. Simonetta Della Seta is the Director of the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS) in Ferrara. Simonetta Della Seta you were appointed Director of MEIS in June 2016.  Can you describe the museum for me? The...

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Francesco Barberis Canonico

VITALE BARBERIS CANONICO - SETTING TRENDS SINCE 1663.  There has been a Barberis Canonico fabric mill in the village of Pratrivero, in the province of Biella in Piedmont, Italy, since 1663.  Francesco Barberis Canonico, how did you keep the business in the family for...

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Cameron Kitchin

CREATING SOCIAL COHESION THROUGH THE HANDS OF ARTISTS. Cameron Kitchin is the Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he serves as the ninth director in the museum’s 137-year history.  Since his appointment in 2014, Kitchin has...

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Aurelie Bidermann

French jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann is renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship. Trained in gemology and with a Masters in art history, her eponymous fashion and fine collections are bohemian and draw on nature – think shells, leaves and animals. You studied art...

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Paolo Tumminelli

Paolo Tumminelli, you are a Milanese architect specialising in automobile culture and you wrote a trilogy “Car Design”. Is this choice a passion of yours? I think it’s a bit in my DNA. Each one of us has an automobile history in his own memory. We were born and raised...

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Almine Ruiz-Picasso

Almine Ruiz-Picasso owns the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, Brussels, London and New York. She is married to Bernard Picasso and she has four children. Almine, is it true that you wanted to be an artist? I wanted to be a painter and I haven’t abandoned the idea....

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Mirella Ricciardi

Photographer Mirella Ricciardi was born in Kenya when it was still a colony of British East Africa, to an Italian father and a French mother. She grew up on the shores of Lake Naivasha in a household that was both sophisticated and wild. Her book ‘Vanishing Africa’...

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Jeremy King

Jeremy King and his business partner Chris Corbin have created some of London’s most iconic and best-loved restaurants, including Le Caprice, The Ivy, The Wolseley and The Delaunay. For over 35 years Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have contributed a significant chapter...

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Madison Cox

Madison Cox is an American garden designer and has worked in the United States, Europe and North Africa. Responsible for the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, he is director of the Saint Laurent Museums in Paris and in Marrakech, and president of the Pierre Bergé - Yves...

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Thomas Dane

Thomas Dane Gallery Opens in Naples. Thomas Dane Gallery represents some of today's most important contemporary artists. Thomas Dane Gallery has developed its contemporary international programme, and the roster of exhibitions showcase a wide range of media including...

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Vivien Duffield

Dame Vivien Duffield continues the philanthropic legacy of her father  Sir Charles Clore, who was one of Britain’s most successful post-war businessmen. After Sir Charles’ death in 1979, Dame Vivien assumed the Chairmanship of the Clore Foundations in the UK and in...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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