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Salvatore Settis

Salvatore Settis

RECYCLING BEAUTY. Salvatore Settis is an Italian archaeologist and art historian. From 1994 to 1999 he was director of the Getty Centre for the History of Art and the Humanities in Los Angeles and from 1999 to 2010 of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Since 2010...

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Francesca Cappelletti

Francesca Cappelletti

RESEARCH, CONVERSATION, GENEROSITY. Francesca Cappelletti was appointed Director of Galleria Borghese in Rome in 2020. A professor of the history of modern art at the University of Ferrara, she studied in Rome at the “La Sapienza” University, in London at the Warburg...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai

DOCUMENTING OUR DISPLACEMENT. The filmmaker Amos Gitai was born in Israel in 1950 where his father Munio Gitai Weintraub was a prominent Bauhaus architect and his mother Efratia Margalit an intellectual, a storyteller and a teacher. Amos trained as an architect in...

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John Currin

John Currin

A MODERN MASTER. John Currin is a New York based artist whose paintings portray highly charged social and sexual taboos. With inspirations as diverse as Old Master portraits, pinups, pornography, and B movies, his painting is the search for the point at which the...

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Francesca Amfitheatrof

Francesca Amfitheatrof

THE JOY OF CREATING JEWELLERY. Francesca Amfitheatrof is the Artistic Director Watches and Jewellery at Louis Vuitton. Born in Japan, Francesca Amfitheatrof has lived in Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, London and New York. Her cosmopolitan career is imbued with art, culture and...

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David Dawson

David Dawson

OBSERVING INTIMATELY. David Dawson studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. Soon after completing his MA in 1991 he met Lucian Freud, becoming his studio assistant and friend for 20 years until Freud died in 2011. He was also...

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Harumi Klossowska de Rola

Harumi Klossowska de Rola

DAUGHTER OF THE KING OF CATS. Harumi Klossowska de Rola is an artist and designer who creates powerful sculptural works and delicately crafted luxury jewellery inspired by the flora and fauna of the natural world. Her animals are totemic entities, capable of creating...

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Tino Zervudachi

Tino Zervudachi

A WORLD OF GOOD TASTE. Tino Zervudachi is an internationally acclaimed decorator with an eclectic aesthetic. He has an illustrious clientele that includes some of the world’s most discerning business people, art collectors and bohemian aristocrats. His designs can be...

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Luke Syson

Luke Syson

CHAMPION OF THE REMARKABLE. Luke Syson is Director and Marlay Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University since 2019.  From antiquity to the present day, the Fitzwilliam houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million beautiful works of art,...

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Marco Voena

Marco Voena

FROM CARAVAGGIO TO KOREA. Marco Voena is a distinguished art historian and art dealer who works in many countries. Robilant+Voena have galleries in London, Milan, New York and Paris. Today’s art dealers have to go to fairs around the world, the most famous being Art...

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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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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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