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ART AND DESIGN

Attilio Codognato

Attilio Codognato

THE SECRETIVE JEWELLER. Attilio Codognato served his apprenticeship in his father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s profession and is the current head of the Casa Codognato. Codognato jewellers has been a Venice landmark for over a century. He remains faithful...

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Laurent Le Bon

Laurent Le Bon

RE-IMAGINING A LANDMARK. Laurent Le Bon is the recently appointed president of the Centre Pompidou, the very important Paris institution focused on modern and contemporary art. He was previously the president of Musée Picasso-Paris.This interview is available to...

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Deborah Swallow

Deborah Swallow

A MISSION TO OPEN UP AND RENOVATE. Deborah Swallow has been Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art and its Gallery since 2004. A British educator, museum curator and academic, she previously worked at the University of Cambridge and the Victoria and...

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Martin Bethenod

Martin Bethenod

A VERY ECLECTIC PERSON IN THE WORLD OF ART. Martin Bethenod was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection until October 1st, 2021. Director of Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana from 2010 to 2020, he previously held positions...

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Giordano Bruno Guerri

Giordano Bruno Guerri

GUARDIAN OF THE PATRIMONY OF A SUPERMAN. Giordano Bruno Guerri is an Italian writer, journalist, and historian. He is an important scholar of twentieth-century Italy, in particular of the Fascist period and the relationship between Italians and the Catholic Church. He...

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Saskia de Rothschild

Saskia de Rothschild

AN EXTRAORDINARY LOVE OF NATURE. Saskia de Rothschild became the youngest person to lead a first growth Bordeaux wine estate in 2018 at the age of 31. The first female chairwoman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in six generations of the family's global wine...

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Tania Compton

Tania Compton

A VERY VERSATILE GARDENER. Lady Tania Compton spent 12 years as Garden Editor for British House & Garden. Since 2005 she has concentrated on her landscape practice.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Tania Compton, were you raised in the country?...

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Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur

Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur

THE CREATIVE CHALLENGE OF CHANEL. Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur is head of Global Creative Resources for Chanel Fragrance, Beauty, Watches and Jewelry. In 2021 the world’s most famous perfume, CHANEL N°5, is 100 years old.You can listen to the podcast of this interview...

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Anna Coliva

Anna Coliva

ENRICHING OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE. Anna Coliva was the Director of the Galleria Borghese museum in Rome for 27 years. With paintings by Raphael and Caravaggio, the leading sculptor of Galleria Borghese is Bernini, and Antonio Canova’s Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix...

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Pierpaolo Piccioli

Pierpaolo Piccioli

THE ARTISTIC VOICE OF FASHION. Pierpaolo Piccioli is Creative Director of the luxury fashion house Valentino S.p.A. based in Rome. His July 15 2021 couture show at the Venice Biennale of Architecture was acclaimed as being at a new level of meaningful collaboration...

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François Halard

François Halard

CURIOUSLY SUCCESSFUL. The French fashion photographer François Halard is well known for his interior and architectural images. He spent most of his professional life in New York, but his base is a house in the very old and beautiful Roman city of Arles, which is...

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Lily Cole

Lily Cole

WHO CARES WINS. Lily Cole is a British fashion model and acted in films including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus of Terry Gilliam. Her recent book Who Cares Wins features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Elon Musk and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Professor...

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Emiliano Salci

Emiliano Salci

Emiliano Salci is the co-founder of DIMORESTUDIO and DIMOREGALLERY, two societies he created with his partner Britt Moran, an American interior designer from Georgia. Salci was born in Arezzo, Tuscany. Both of their families manufactured furniture - but this has...

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Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

AUDACIOUS, ORIGINAL, SCULPTURAL. Frank Gehry is a Canadian American architect and designer whose exciting work has won him worldwide renown.You are Canadian? Yes. I am American as well. Since 1962 you built your life in Santa Monica, a coastal city in Los Angeles, and...

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Massimo Osanna

Massimo Osanna

THE MAN WHO SAVED POMPEII. For seven years Massimo Osanna was Director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. He is now Director General of all the Italian museums. A professor of archaeology at the University of Naples, he has held many important responsibilities...

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Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz

IT'S ALL ABOUT ELKE. Georg Baselitz recently inaugurated his show “Freitag war es schön” (“Friday was Nice”) at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Salzburg, and exhibitions at Palazzo Grimani and Fondazione Vedova in Venice. Georg Baselitz needs no introduction as he is...

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Idris Khan

Idris Khan

THE SEASONS TURN. Idris Khan OBE is a British artist whose works in sculpture, painting and photography, rely on a continuous process of creation and erasure. Idris adds new layers while retaining traces of what has gone before to arrive at the essence of an image....

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Giberto Arrivabene

Giberto Arrivabene

LIVING THE VENETIAN DREAM. Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is one of the last aristocrats in Venice who is still living in his city, still keeping his palazzo, still working in the area. His company produces beautiful glass objects in Murano, and best of all...

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Mario Codognato

Mario Codognato

REVIVAL IN VENICE. The art historian Mario Codognato is a curator of contemporary art. Born and raised in Venice, he was the chief curator of MADRE, the museum of contemporary art in Naples, and at the 21er Haus of the Belvedere in Vienna. Today Mario Codognato is...

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Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal

A TRAGIC ASSIMILATION. Edmund de Waal is an artist who has exhibited in museums around the world. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has won many prizes and has been translated into 29 languages. His new book is Letters to Camondo.You can listen to the...

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Giovanna Buzzi

Giovanna Buzzi

HER OWN WOMAN. Giovanna Buzzi is a costume designer and fabricator. She is the owner of SlowCostume workshop for the creation of costumes for the theatre, cinema and television with her partners, Odino Artioli, Silvia Aymonino and Massimo Pieroni. They have done...

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Nicolo Castellini

Nicolo Castellini

AT HOME IN TANGIER. Nicolò Castellini Baldissera is an interior designer, aesthete, and garden dilettante whose recent book “Inside Tangier: Houses and Gardens of Tangier” with photographer Guido Taroni was published by Vendome Press. Born in Milano, he was raised...

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Ronald Lauder

Ronald Lauder

ONE WORLD. Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress since June 2007, is on the board of the Estée Lauder Companies and Chairman of Clinique Laboratories. He also serves as Chairman of both the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation and the Ronald S....

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Salvatore Settis

Salvatore Settis

CONTEMPORARY ART AND TRADITION. Salvatore Settis is an archaeologist and art historian. The Chairman of the Louvre Museum’s Scientific Council, he has been the director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. Author of...

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Alber Elbaz

Alber Elbaz

We are greatly saddened by the news that Alber Elbaz has died. He was a huge talent. RIP. 1961- 2021. AZ FACTORY: smart fashion that cares, made for everyone. Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz is the founder of Richemont-backed label AZ Factory. He was formerly the...

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Fabrizio Moretti

Fabrizio Moretti

THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION. Fabrizio Moretti is the founder of Galleria Moretti, located first in Florence and then London and most recently Monaco. The prestigious and philanthropic Moretti gallery is internationally known, particularly for its work with Old Master...

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Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel

TO WRITE A MASTERWORK. Philip Mansel is a British historian of France and the Middle East.  President of the Conseil Scientifique at the Centre de Recherche du Chateau de Versailles, his much praised latest book is King of the World, The Life of Louis XIV.Listen to...

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Nathalie Farman-Farma

Nathalie Farman-Farma

Décors Barbares is the textile company and design studio of Nathalie Farman-Farma, who specializes in fabrics inspired by the decorative history of Iran, Russia, and Central Asia. Prior to that, Nathalie worked in the publishing industry in New York City. She was an...

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Katia Pizzi

Katia Pizzi

BUILDING NEW BRIDGES. Katia Pizzi is Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in London and 2021 is a year of Dante celebrations and many more.Katia Pizzi, before becoming Director of the Institute you were Senior Lecturer in Italian at the Institute of Modern...

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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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