alain elkann interviews

ART AND DESIGN

Simon de Pury

The art of the auctioneer. Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art market. He is renowned for his legendary performance on the auction podium and for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace. What was your experience of early life?...

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Louis Benech

"Gardens are really a drop of paradise on earth." Among his many public and private projects, the leading contemporary gardener and landscape architect Louis Benech was commissioned to reshape the Tuileries public gardens which are located between the Louvre Museum...

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Letizia Treves

The Interview with Letizia Treves, Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings 1600 - 1800 and Head of the Curatorial Department of the National Gallery in London, took place at the National Gallery Café, in a quiet corner where we ordered two Espressos. Letizia was very...

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Franco Bernabè

A project to revitalise Italian art. You are the President of the Rome Quadrennial Foundation... Yes. It is an institution that was started back in 1927 to promote Italian art. Because there was already the Venice Biennial, it was deemed necessary to create an event...

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Marco Delogu

Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. Since July you are the new Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. How come you made this role your choice when you are a well-known and active photographer? Photography was and is something too...

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Alessandro Ceretto

My biodynamic Barolo is like my child. Director of winemaking for the Ceretto Winery. Alessandro, you are part of the third generation of Ceretto wine producers who have been making wine in the Langhe area of Piedmont since the 1930s… Yes. My grandfather Riccardo was...

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Andrea Buccellati

'Opera' - The New Collection of Buccellati Jewelry. Andrea, you are President and Creative Director of Buccellati jewelry. Why did you exhibit your new collection called 'Opera' for one evening at Spencer House in London, and why did you give it this name? The name...

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Emily Braun

Alberto Burri, The Trauma of Painting. Professor Braun, you are the guest curator of the large Alberto Burri retrospective “The Trauma of Painting” that has just opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Can you describe this long journey of yours? I was...

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Danielle Cillien Sabatier

“Going to Galignani is like going to the Ritz to have tea instead of having a takeaway.” Danielle Cillien Sabatier manages the renowned and historic Galignani bookstore in Paris. In Venice in 1520 the Galignanis were among the first to use the printing press to...

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Mario Testino

"Chic is the right nothing." Mario Testino, you have spent the last few days in Lima, Peru, but don't you usually live in London? I have lived for many years in London, but nowadays I travel a lot; in order to accomplish my work I need to be constantly on the go....

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Carlier, Di Castro, Kugel

A very special pop-up shop at the Academy Mansion in the Upper East Side of New York. The characters that I interview are Marie-Amélie Carlier, who is the owner of the Galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe, and the other person is Alessandra Di Castro, and the other two are...

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Nicky Haslam

Nicky Haslam is founder of the London based interior design firm NH Design. A Lucky Life How would you describe yourself? I suppose I am stupidly fearless about doing things. I don’t panic if somebody says to me, “Do you sing?” I wasn’t panicked about going on stage....

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Colin Bailey

Colin B. Bailey is the Director of The Morgan Library & Museum. He was Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, before that Deputy Director and Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, and he is a specialist of 18th-19th century French art, especially...

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François Halard

“I’ve gone from top models to beautiful homes.” In the early 1980s, photographer François Halard worked for Decoration International in Paris. Then Alex Lieberman, the art director at Condé Nast, called on him and he moved to New York. In May 2011 I asked him: How did...

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Robert Wilson

"I made portraits of Lady Gaga from classical paintings in the Louvre’s collection. Her interior sense became her exterior expression." I arrive in the Watermill Center. Bob Wilson is expecting me in his industrial reconverted building where he lives, where he has his...

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Julia Peyton-Jones

"If you don’t like the system then you invent your own." Julia Peyton-Jones is Director of London's Serpentine Galleries, located in the elegant landscapes and architecture of the Royal Park, Kensington Gardens. The Serpentine Galleries now comprise two separate small...

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Sandro Chia

"We are living in a post-mortem period of art." On the 5th July 2011, Cy Twombly died in hospital in Rome at the age of 83. On the 20th July 2011, Lucian Freud died in London at the age of 88. Two great artists – Cy Twombly and Lucian Freud – have both recently passed...

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Yto Barrada

Yto Barrada, photographer and filmmaker: “My look at a changing Morocco” You are famous as a photographer as well as for other things. What else do you do? I am also a sculptor and filmmaker. I showed a film at the Venice Biennial, at the Arsenale, which was chosen by...

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Roberto Cavalli

“I would like to heal the world with a smile.” Roberto Cavalli lives on a large property in the hills outside of Florence, in a large farmhouse that has been transformed into a country palazzo with additional bedrooms and spaces, which is a common occurrence with...

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Massimiliano Fuksas

"Architecture is becoming a popular art form." It's April 2012 when I ask the architect Massimiliano Fuksas: Have you just won a competition to renovate a luxury shopping centre in Beverly Hills? Yes. Right now it’s a bit shabby, not on the same level as the products...

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Dante Ferretti

“Fellini taught me how to dream.” Dante Ferretti is a three-time Oscar winning Italian art director and production designer. His work with directors from Fellini and Pasolini to Gilliam and Scorsese has earned him an array of industry awards and nominations. Ferretti...

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Luigi Ontani

I speak to the artist Luigi Ontani while dining on taglioni pasta and truffles in a restaurant and inn run by a man named Benito, a few kilometres from the town of Grizzana Morandi. Why are you doing an exhibition this summer in Grizzana Morandi, a small town in the...

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Amanda Harlech

Amanda, Lady Harlech is one of the fashion industry's leading authorities on style, enjoying a successful career as a consultant and muse to Karl Lagerfeld. For years you’ve worked closely with Karl Lagerfeld, the famous designer behind the Chanel and Fendi...

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Gavin Brown

An incomparable adventure. I meet the gallerist Gavin Brown in a little road in Trastevere in Rome. I ask him: What brings you here? About 13 years ago I found myself visiting friends at the American Academy here in Rome. We walked into Trastevere and it was my first...

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Julian Schnabel

Painter and director Julian Schnabel, wearing a white robe and velvet slippers fit for a Venetian gondolier, opens the door of his extravagant New York home in downtown Manhattan during October 2000. This is where the most important scenes from his first film...

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Charles March

Reviving Goodwood. Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara, is the master of Goodwood, a traditional English agricultural and sporting estate of some 12,000 acres that stretches from the top of the Sussex Downs to the outskirts of Chichester. At 3,400 acres...

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Vittorio Gregotti

Whiskey, women, and Le Corbusier. “In the summer of 1952, I was about to graduate with a degree in architecture in Milan. I was already working for Ernesto Rogers’ studio. He had asked me to help organise the Italian attendees to a C.I.A.M [Congrès International de...

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Cicciolina

Jeff Koons harshly treated by his then wife Ilona Staller (Cicciolina) - June 1994. Ilona: “I am in Trieste, but I don’t feel safe. Minister Biondi needs to help me. My husband is going to kill me. He keeps threatening me.” Staller is on the run with her child....

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Luciano Benetton

I lost my father when I was ten, and I was the oldest of four siblings. I had to quit school and start working at age fourteen. On 13 May you turn eighty, so it’s been sixty-six years since then. How do you feel about living such a long life and about this birthday?...

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Philippe de Montebello

"After 31 years as Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York I decided it was time to teach my long experience and the life of the work of art." Philippe de Montebello is in great shape, sitting comfortably in one of the salons of the New York University...

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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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