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ART AND DESIGN

Marco Balich

Marco Balich

THE LANGUAGE OF EMOTION. Marco Balich is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Balich Wonder Studio. Born in 1962, initially he studied to be a lawyer, but in 1989 Balich organised the extraordinary Pink Floyd concert on a floating stage in his...

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Moin Mir

Moin Mir

A SCENT OF WISDOM. Moin Mir is a London based writer of Indian origin. His work is influenced by his grandfather, who was a scholar of Sufism. Moin Mir’s most recent book The Lost Fragrance of Infinity is an inspirational story about the rebuilding of a young man's...

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Sylvain Bellenger

Sylvain Bellenger

A PLACE OF MIRACLES. Sylvain Bellenger was born in Normandy, took degrees in philosophy and in art history, directed the Girodet Museum and the Castle of Blois in France, and then moved to the United States. He held curatorial posts at the Cleveland Museum of Art and...

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Diana Widmaier-Picasso

Diana Widmaier-Picasso

PICASSO THE MAGUS. Diana Widmaier-Picasso was born in 1974 and is an art historian, curator, and specialist in modern art. The maternal granddaughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter, she is the daughter of Maya Widmaier-Picasso. Diana holds master’s degrees...

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Donatien Grau

Donatien Grau

OPENING UP THE LOUVRE. Donatien Grau is an editor, scholar and museum executive. He was head of contemporary programs at Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and recently moved to the Louvre, where his continuing mission is to oversee the implementation of contemporary projects that...

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Bernardo Siciliano

Bernardo Siciliano

FIGURATIVELY ABSTRACT. The artist Bernardo Siciliano was born in Rome in 1969. He lives and works in New York and is best known for his depictions of urban landscapes and nude figures. The son of writer Enzo Siciliano, who was a close friend of Alberto Moravia and...

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Miles Greenberg

Miles Greenberg

Flesh is my medium.  Miles Greenberg is a New York-based performance artist and sculptor. His work consists of large-scale, sensorially immersive and often site-specific environments revolving around the physical body in space. These installations are activated with...

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Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena

BUILDING TOWARDS EQUALITY. Alejandro Aravena is a Chilean architect and executive director of the firm Elemental S.A. In 2016 he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s highest honour, and was the director and curator of the Architecture Section of the...

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Roberto Cicutto

Roberto Cicutto

AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS. Roberto Cicutto was appointed President of La Biennale di Venezia on February 2020, overseeing the city’s prestigious art and architecture biennials as well as the film, dance, theatre and music festivals. Cicutto is a native Venetian and a film...

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Fabrizio Moretti

Fabrizio Moretti

TOP QUALITY. Fabrizio Moretti’s new London gallery in Duke Street, St. James’s, will open on July 1st 2022. The gallery will focus on Old Master paintings and sculptures for top clients and museums. A piece of extraordinary news is that Letizia Treves, one of the...

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Salvatore Nastasi

Salvatore Nastasi

GUARDIAN OF AN IMMENSE HERITAGE. Salvatore Nastasi is Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Culture. He has been at what used to be called the Ministry for Cultural Property and Activities since 2000, with a brief interruption when he was Deputy Secretary...

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Mary Weatherford

Mary Weatherford

THE FLAYING OF MARSYAS. Mary Weatherford is known for her large paintings incorporating neon lighting tubes. The Flaying of Marsyas, the exhibition of her new paintings at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani in Venice, runs through the 59th Biennale until November 27th,...

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Marina Valensise

Marina Valensise

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLASSICAL LEGACY. The writer Marina Valensise was recently appointed CEO of the Italian National Institute of Ancient Drama (Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico, INDA) which manages the ancient Greek Theatre of Syracuse. Valensise was formerly...

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Delfina Delettrez Fendi

Delfina Delettrez Fendi

SILENT MESSAGES. Delfina Delettrez Fendi is a designer and jeweller based in Rome, Italy. She founded her namesake label Delfina Delettrez in 2007, creating fashion jewellery and fine jewellery pieces in partnership with local goldsmiths and artisans. Celebrities...

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Alex Israel

Alex Israel

KEEPING BUSY. The American artist Alex Israel was born in Los Angeles in 1982 and has placed his place of birth at the center of his work. A constant inspiration which feeds both his painting and his many collaborations. This spring he unveiled an original work for...

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Whitney Hawkings

Whitney Hawkings

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE. Whitney Bromberg Hawkings is the Founder and CEO of the online flower shop FLOWERBX. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she was formerly Senior Vice President of Communications at Tom Ford and before that the Director of...

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Fabio Finotti

Fabio Finotti

A DESTINATION POINT IN NEW YORK. I am at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York in the office of the Director, Professor Fabio Finotti, a distinguished Italianist. He is professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the author of...

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Richard Armstrong

Richard Armstrong

THE GUGGENHEIM AND GLOBAL INQUISITIVENESS. Richard Armstrong has been the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation since 2008, and oversees the management of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the future...

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Rémi Tessier

Rémi Tessier

THE CHALLENGE OF QUALITY. Rémi Tessier was trained in France as a cabinet maker. Since opening his studio in 1988 he has joined the ranks of the world’s most admired designers for private boats and planes, working globally with the best craftsmen.  You can listen to...

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Kim Jones

Kim Jones

ON THE ROAD WITH DIOR. British menswear designer Kim Jones is a graduate of Central St Martins. He has worked with high profile fashion brands including Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, Iceberg, Topman and Uniqlo. In 2018 he joined Dior...

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Shai Baitel

Shai Baitel

CHINA: A SMART, GROWING, SOPHISTICATED AUDIENCE. Shai Baitel is the inaugural artistic director of the Modern Art Museum (MAM) Shanghai. Born in Israel, he graduated from Tel Aviv University with honors, earning a degree in Law and Modern History of the Middle East....

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Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer

PAINTING WITH THE POETS. Born in Donaueschingen, Germany, the artist Anselm Kiefer has lived in France since 1992. He lives in Paris and Barjac, near Avignon, where he has created his foundation. He works in Croissy, outside of Paris, where this interview took place....

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Rooshad Shroff

Rooshad Shroff

CONTEMPORARY DESIGN : ANCIENT CRAFT. Rooshad Shroff founded Rooshad Shroff Architecture + Design in Mumbai, India, in 2011, after he had studied at Cornell University and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. As well as the realization of interiors and...

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Miquel Barceló

Miquel Barceló

CONTINUOUS TRANSFORMATION. Miquel Barceló is one of Spain's most acclaimed contemporary artists, known for his relief-like mixed-media paintings, expressive bronze sculptures and ceramics. I visited him in his Paris studio before his current London exhibition of...

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Maurice Lévy

Maurice Lévy

THE POWER OF ONE. Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the French multinational advertising and public relations company that has overtaken all other ad holding companies to become the world’s No.1 agency group in terms of market...

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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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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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