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ART AND DESIGN

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Michelangelo Pistoletto

In honour of the Blenheim Art Foundation presenting Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace, in a solo exhibition running from 15th September – 31st December 2016 celebrating the extensive oeuvre of the Italian artist, we republish this classic interview.  ...

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Mo Coppoletta

Mo Coppoletta

You don’t have to have a reason for adornment. It’s pure aesthetic. Mo Coppoletta is widely known as London's ‘Godfather of tattoos’ and operates his tattoo parlor 'The Family Business' in Exmouth Market, a historically vibrant area of London once known as 'Little...

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Ik-Joong Kang

Ik-Joong Kang

Artists are the leaders of the 21st Century. Ik-Joong Kang is one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists. His works are poignant symbols of hope for reunification, particularly of North and South Korea. This September at Robilant+Voena’s...

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Eike Schmidt

Eike Schmidt

“In Florence exhibitions on old masters are more successful than exhibitions on contemporary artists!” Eike Schmidt was appointed Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Culture. He is the first non-Italian to be...

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John Stefanidis

John Stefanidis

This interview takes place in the house of world renowned interior designer John Stefanidis, in the village of Chora on the island of Patmos. The house has a beautiful garden, and is just below the monastery. John Stefanidis was born into a Greek family in Alexandria,...

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Ruth Direktor

Ruth Direktor

Ruth Direktor is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA). Can you describe your Museum and its permanent collection? The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a museum of modern and contemporary art, the oldest art museum in Israel. It was founded in...

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Alexander Sturgis

Alexander Sturgis

Dr Alexander Sturgis is a British art historian and museum curator. He is the current Director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. "Museums have never been so popular.... So much of our experience becomes virtual that the importance of the real actually becomes...

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Mark Grotjahn

Mark Grotjahn

The interview with Mark Grotjahn takes place in a suite of Claridges Hotel in London, where he has recently opened an exhibition of his masks at the Gagosian Gallery called "Pink Cosco". The original masks are made from scraps of corrugated paper or cardboard salvaged...

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David Adjaye

David Adjaye

The planetary architect of today delivers a well considered response to human, cultural and geographic diversity. The leading architect David Adjaye OBE set up his first office in 1994, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as...

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Paolo Colombo

Paolo Colombo

You started your life as an artist and exposed your work at Mario Tazzoli’s Galleria “Galatea” in Milan in 1974. Then you stopped painting for many years, and worked as curator and director of various museums and art institutions - in the United States, in...

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Rene Ricard

Rene Ricard

It is very sad to have to say that this is the last Rene interview, because the death of a poet is the end of a voice. In any generation there are very few voices like that of Rene. So I think that all the American people who love poetry and art will want to mourn...

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Salvatore Settis

Salvatore Settis

Salvatore Settis has been Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (1994-1999) and of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (1999-2010), where he also taught Classical Archaeology and Art History. He has been Visiting Professor in several universities in...

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Debby Tenquist

Debby Tenquist

Debby Tenquist is a landscaper. She is the designer of the Garden of St Christopher in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, and she is the owner of Botanica Trading which carries out landscape design, textile design, and garden tours. Her company sells verandah & garden...

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Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the foremost architectural historians and critics of his generation. I meet Professor Rykwert in his apartment in Hampstead, London, where he has...

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Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti the Italian architect and designer is well known for several large-scale museum projects. She turned the Beaux Arts Gare d'Orsay train station into the Musée d’Orsay. She is commemorated in Milan by the Piazza Gae Aulenti, dedicated to her in December,...

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Jean Pigozzi

Jean Pigozzi

Sixty Years at the World's Most Famous Pool. Johnny Pigozzi is currently having an exhibition of photographs titled Johnny’s Pool at the Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York, and in early May Rizzoli will publish his book with the title Pool Party with a...

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Giorgio van Straten

Giorgio van Straten

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York is an office of the Italian government, dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States through the organisation of cultural events. You have now been Director of the Italian Cultural Institute...

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Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris

The artist who confronts the future. Sarah, we are in your studio in Long Island City that was a former Learjet interiors manufacturing facility where they customised the insides of their planes. Is this building now acknowledged as being a place for artists? No, I...

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Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

"I know I can build the impossible." Zaha Hadid, you are one of the most famous architects in the world and designed the Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Are you pleased with it?   "Yes, I saw the races there more than once: the whole...

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James Bradburne

James Bradburne

Napoleon intended Brera Pinacoteca to be the Louvre of Italy. Dr. James M. Bradburne is a British-Canadian architect, designer and museum specialist who is the newly appointed Director General of Pinacoteca di Brera e Biblioteca nazionale Braidense in Milan. His aim...

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John Richardson

John Richardson

John Richardson died on 12th March 2019. We are sad to have lost a friend with such great talent and intelligence. "I am still obsessed by Picasso." The wind is blowing on a very cold New York winter day when I arrive in the downtown 5th Avenue building where I am...

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Eric M. Lee

Eric M. Lee

You are Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, where you have now been for seven years. Can you explain why the Kimbell is such an important museum? There are three factors that make the museum important internationally. First there is the...

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Frederick Seidel

Frederick Seidel

The Music and Energy of Poems. Why is "Widening Income Inequality" the title of your new collection of poems, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and coming out in America now? The title is used with some considerable irony. It is a very common phrase, used by...

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Gabriele Finaldi

Gabriele Finaldi

How is it to be back at the National Gallery, now as the Director? Thrilling, after 13 years away. I have been devoted to the institution since I was a child and it is very exciting to be here at this moment. Why? First of all the sheer beauty and quality of the...

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Allegra Hicks

Allegra Hicks

Allegra Hicks is the designer and face behind the eponymous international luxury lifestyle brand that is recognised around the world for its beautiful textiles and prints. Were you a designer before even knowing it? I think that all of us creative people have...

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Norman Rosenthal

Norman Rosenthal

Sir Norman Rosenthal is an independent curator and art historian. How long have you been living in London’s Soho for? First I lived in St. James’s, and then I moved here in 1989 when I got married. Did you know Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud? They came to the Colony...

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Martina Mondadori

Martina Mondadori

What inspired you to launch your new magazine Cabana? What inspired me was on one hand a passion for the visual world, and on the other it was a great feeling of the type of world that was about to become mainstream visual inspiration. I clearly did not invent...

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Simon de Pury

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

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

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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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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