alain elkann interviews


Roberto Andò

This interview with Roberto Andò came about as a peculiar way of teaching students in the Italian Department of Penn University in Philadelphia, where I share a class on Comparative Jewish Literature with Professor Fabio Finotti, the Director of the Department. What...

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Gianni Versace

So many years have passed since I went to interview Gianni Versace in June 1993, but I still remember him very well. He was a clever man, a talented man. He was not pretentious and really friendly. I saw him again a couple of years later on a boat in Turkey. He was...

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Xavier Salomon

The Frick Collection is one of the most prestigious small museums in the world. To visit it is like going back to what New York was at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when billionaires used to build fabulous mansions and create remarkable art collections.  ...

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Kiki Smith

In New York the weather is still inclement, cold. The sky is blue but the wind is very strong in the Lower East Side of Manhattan where I go to visit the artist Kiki Smith in her townhouse studio.  The front door is painted bright red.  I ring the bell and a young...

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Miuccia Prada

The idea to re-publish some very special interviews with some very special people many years later, as we have done previously with Luciano Pavarotti, Eric Hobsbawm, Sophia Loren and Diane von Fürstenberg,  is because in an interview you get to know the personality...

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Marco Voena

On the eve of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), and following on from my recent interviews with Scott Schaefer, Fabrizio Moretti and Letizia Treves, I meet Marco Voena in the lounge of the Suvretta House hotel in St. Moritz on a Saturday at lunch time.  At the...

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Scott Schaefer

Senior Curator of Paintings at J. Paul Getty Museum for fifteen years, I meet Scott Schaefer in the lobby of the Metropolitan Museum in New York on 31st January, 2014.  He is smiling and impeccably dressed. He complains about the New York weather versus that of Los...

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Ron Arad

The interview with the industrial designer and architect Ron Arad took place in the plane from Turin to London on December 18th, 2013. The Design Museum in Holon (Tel Aviv) opened 3 years ago – it is the only public building in the country without a Mezuzah because...

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Marco Grassi

The art restorer Marco Grassi lives in a typical New York house on the Upper East Side.   His studio on the ground floor is almost like a New York doctor's surgery.   It is a large room with frames and pictures both on the walls and on the floor, a large work-table...

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Diane von Fürstenberg

An extremely long, black, rented limousine came to pick me up at home to take me to Connecticut, where I’m going to interview Diane von Fürstenberg. In the car is Tatiana, the designer’s twenty-year-old daughter, with two friends. Alain contributes his 1992 interview...

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Fabrizio Moretti

“The new rich avoid the past, because the past isn't fashionable and is more difficult to understand.” Fabrizio, what made you decide to open an art gallery in London? It wasn't my decision, it was fate. London is the capital of the art-market world, vying for the...

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Roberto Peregalli

The interview with Roberto Peregalli took place in Milan, the city where Peregalli works and has his office, just before he gave a public speech and a reading of his book at the Franco Parenti Theatre. Roberto, how would you define yourself? I like to be an architect...

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Peter Marino

Architect Peter Marino has one golden rule: never work with lawyers. Understandable when you’ve collaborated instead with the likes of Andy Warhol and Alain Elkann, who asks Peter about art, style, France, mediocrity and motorcycles.  One should never mention personal...

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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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