alain elkann interviews

ART AND DESIGN

Fernando Caruncho

Fernando Caruncho

THE GENIUS OF LIGHT. Trained as a philosopher and gardener, the Spanish garden designer Fernando Caruncho began his career 40 years ago and has made private and public projects all over the world. His two sons, Fernando and Pedro, trained as architects and now work...

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Nicholas Cullinan

Nicholas Cullinan

A COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHY AND HISTORY. Dr. Nicholas Cullinan was appointed the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2015. He was previously Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern in London, and then Curator in the Department of Modern and...

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Paul Andrew

Paul Andrew

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FERRAGAMO. Paul Andrew is an English fashion designer. In February 2019, Andrew was appointed Creative Director of the globally successful Salvatore Ferragamo brand.  This interview is available as a podcast. Paul Andrew, how did you become...

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Luigi Donà dalle Rose

Luigi Donà dalle Rose

CREATING WORLD HERITAGE. Count Luigi Donà dalle Rose is a Venetian who has spent fifty years making the marine village of Porto Rotondo in Sardinia beautiful and fascinating. Over time he has transformed Porto Rotondo into a glamorous and celebrated residential...

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Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

A LAYERED APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award winning landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan brings to his garden design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience...

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Prince Dimitri

Prince Dimitri

A PRINCE IN NEW YORK. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, is founder, president and creative director of the jewellery firm which bears his name, Prince Dimitri. He lives and works in New York, where Prince Dimitri was formerly senior vice president of the jewellery...

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Pietro Beccari

Pietro Beccari

DIOR'S FORWARD STRIKER. The interview with Pietro Beccari, the new president of DIOR – in France they call him PDG (Président-directeur général) – took place at the Dior headquarters in Paris at 30 Avenue Montaigne, on the eve of the construction work that was...

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Tania Coen-Uzzielli

Tania Coen-Uzzielli

FROM ACROPOLIS TO AGORA. Tania Coen-Uzzielli is Director of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA).  She was previously Head of Curatorial Services at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem where she curated exhibitions on Jewish art and the “Synagogue Route” exhibition, one of the...

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Letizia Moratti

Letizia Moratti

A RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS IN WELFARE SYSTEMS. Letizia Moratti is the former Rai (Radiotelevisione italiana) president, was the Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research, served as the mayor of Milan, and today is Chairwoman of the Board for UBI Banca, a...

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Alvaro Barrington

Alvaro Barrington

In ARTISTS I STEAL FROM the 36 year old artist Alvaro Barrington and Julia Peyton-Jones, the very well appreciated contemporary art curator, bring together works by 49 artists who influence Alvaro’s work. The exhibition is at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London from 5th...

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Jean-Michel Othoniel

Jean-Michel Othoniel

TOTALLY CONNECTED WITH NATURE.  Jean-Michel Othoniel is a French artist who works with the idea of emotional geometry.  Using glass bricks or his signature beads he creates exquisite jewelry-like sculptures whose relationship to human scale ranges from intimacy to...

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Alberto Rocca

Alberto Rocca

THE JOY OF CONSERVATION. Monsignor Alberto Rocca is a fellow at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana library in Milan, as well as being the director of the Pinacoteca (painting gallery), and director of the Class of Borromean Studies.As director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana,...

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Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando

CONNECTING HUMANS AND NATURE. I interviewed the eminent Japanese architect Tadao Ando at Château La Coste, the beautiful hotel and vineyard located near Aix-en-Provence, where Ando was opening a show of his drawings in the art centre that he built in 2011. Afterwards...

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Lia Rumma

Lia Rumma

A MATTER OF LAND AND WATER. The Lia Rumma Gallery was founded in Naples in 1971 and has played a major role in discovering new artistic trends such as Arte Povera, Minimal Art, Land Art and Conceptual Art, and exhibiting emerging and prominent artists such as Joseph...

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Ralph Rugoff

Ralph Rugoff

THE SPECIAL VALUE OF ART. American born, London based curator Ralph Rugoff is director of London’s Hayward Gallery and artistic director of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. He is the first UK-based curator to hold this prestigious role,...

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Angela Missoni

Angela Missoni

THE FAMILY OF FASHION. Angela Missoni is the creative director and president of Missoni, her family’s beloved knitwear brand, which has been popular since her parents started creating their psychedelic patterns and multi-coloured zigzag knitwear. Angela Missoni lives...

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Stefano Boeri

Stefano Boeri

A RENAISSANCE IN MILAN. Stefano Boeri is an Italian architect and urban planner, the founding partner of Stefano Boeri Architetti. He earned a master's degree in Architecture from Polytechnic University of Milan and a PhD in architecture in 1989 from Iuav University...

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Xavier Bray

Xavier Bray

LONDON'S HIDDEN GEM. Dr Xavier Bray is the Director of the Wallace Collection, an internationally outstanding museum in central London which contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain.Dr Bray, you are a renowned...

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Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente

THE ARTISTS' HOTEL IN ROME. I meet with Caterina Valente at the Hotel Locarno, a five-star hotel in the historic centre of Rome. She is the owner and the soul of this hotel, which has a very strong bond with the world of art and culture; over the years it has offered...

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Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown

WE DIDN'T MEAN TO GO TO SEA. Cecily Brown is a British painter who was born in London in 1969 and completed her education in England with a BA in Fine Arts at the Slade School of Art. Her style displays the influence of a variety of painters, from Francisco de Goya,...

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Andre Balazs

Andre Balazs

THE INSPIRATION OF HOSPITALITY. André Balazs and his father co-founded a biotechnology company called Biomatrix in 1988. André started to invest in properties a few years before their successful sale of Biomatrix in 2000, and he now owns and manages a string of...

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Yervant Gianikian

Yervant Gianikian

VIOLENCE REMEMBERED. The avant-garde filmmaker Yervant Gianikian was born in Merano, an Alpine town in Italy’s South Tyrol region, in 1942. His father was Armenian, a survivor of the genocide, and his mother was half Austrian and half Italian.  As a child Yervant went...

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Annalisa Zanni

Annalisa Zanni

ART IS LIMITLESS AT THE POLDI PEZZOLI. Annalisa Zanni has dedicated a large part of her life to Milan’s Poldi Pezzoli Museum, the former home of one of the city’s most prolific art collectors. She began working on educational programmes here during her university...

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Aby Rosen

Aby Rosen

MAKING GOOD THINGS BETTER. Aby Rosen is an American-German real estate investor.  He runs RFR, one of the largest real estate companies in the United States, with his partner and best friend Michael Fuchs. They have known each other since nursery school in...

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Lucio Tasca D’Almerita

Lucio Tasca D’Almerita

THE SICILIAN RENAISSANCE. Sicily and its capital city Palermo are enjoying something of a renaissance.  Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, “the Last Leopard”, is a Sicilian winemaker who is madly in love with Sicily, and he is doing everything that he can to protect its...

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Paddy McKillen

Paddy McKillen

REINVENTING LONDON'S LEGENDARY LUXURY HOSPITALITY. International entrepreneur Paddy McKillen has a passion for the hospitality business and property development.  In 2004 he was part of a group that bought four of London’s 5 star hotels: Claridge’s, The Berkeley, The...

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David Bailey

David Bailey

A CHARMED LIFE.  The internationally renowned photographer David Bailey was born in 1938 in East London.  His first published portrait was of Somerset Maugham for Today magazine in 1960, and he famously met the supermodel Jean Shrimpton while he was at Vogue.  Since...

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Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt

AN ENDLESS SEARCH FOR BEAUTY. Axel Vervoordt is a Belgian designer, collector and curator with a global clientele.  He has a deep respect for everything that is authentic.  His two sons head five distinctive family businesses: Boris leads arts and antiques, the...

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Joseph Klafter

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

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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Money Must Stay in the Family

The plot of Money Must Stay in the Family, unfolds around the family matriarch’s last will and traces the story of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis. The multigenerational saga begins with the flight from Mussolini’s Racial Laws of 1938 and continues with the arrival in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the dispersion from New York to Rome, Paris, Tuscany, South America, and Jerusalem.

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