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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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Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie

RECALIBRATING THE WINDSORS. Andrew Lownie is an historian and a literary agent. He has contributed to newspapers such as The Times, The Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal, and has written several books, amongst them The Mountbattens Their Lives and Loves, and...

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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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Dior DeCupper

Dior DeCupper

SAVING THE PLANET ONE MEAL AT A TIME. Dior DeCupper was appointed CEO of Meatless Farm in December 2021. Meatless Farm is a plant based food company that now has offices in Leeds, Amsterdam, New York and Singapore. The Plant Based Food world is a fast growing and...

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Jean Todt

Jean Todt

SAFETY FIRST. Jean Todt is a French motor racing executive and former rally co-driver. He was Peugeot Talbot Sport’s director and then Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team principal, before being appointed CEO of Ferrari from 2004 to 2008. From 2009 to 2021 he served as...

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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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Brent Hoberman

Brent Hoberman

AN ENTREPRENEUR WITH IMPACT. Brent Hoberman is Co-Founder and Chairman of Founders Factory, Founders Forum and firstminute Capital. He co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. He also co-founded Made.com...

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Saad Mohseni

Saad Mohseni

NIMBLE AND QUICK. Saad Mohseni is co-founder and Chairman of MOBY Group, which has brought top tier news and media content to emerging and frontier markets over the past two decades. Mohseni also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group, an...

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Anthony McCarten

Anthony McCarten

IN THE MERCIFUL SHADOWS. Anthony McCarten is a novelist, playwright, journalist, television writer and filmmaker, best known for writing The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Two Popes. His play The Collaboration, with Paul Bettany and...

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Francesco Starace

Francesco Starace

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY. Francesco Starace graduated at the Polytechnic University in Milan with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014. Enel is a multinational company in the energy sector...

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Jorge Cauz

Jorge Cauz

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. Jorge Cauz is the Chief Executive of the Britannica Group since May 2021. The global knowledge leader has a mission to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning. The Britannica Group serves the needs of students, educators, lifelong...

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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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Virgilio Sacchini

Virgilio Sacchini

CARING FOR THE CARERS. Dr Virgilio Sacchini is a surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer, with academic experience at Cornell University in New York and University of Milan in Europe.  In all his life he was involved in clinical trials increasing...

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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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James Thornton

James Thornton

THE EARTH IS MY CLIENT. James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, an environmental charity using the law to create powerful change that protects life on Earth. James launched ClientEarth in 2007, sparking fundamental change in the way environmental...

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Giacomo Cattaneo

Giacomo Cattaneo

A LONG HISTORY OF VINICULTURE. Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno is Genovese by family and grew up in Brazil. He is the current Marquis of Gabiano, whose “Castello di Gabiano” in the Piedmont Region of north-west of Italy has a long and fascinating history. Giacomo Cattaneo 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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Luciano Violante

Luciano Violante

NEW WORLDS. Luciano Violante is President of Fondazione Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine (The Leonardo Foundation – Machine Civilization) whose goal is to bridge humanistic and industrial cultures. He is a former Italian magistrate, politician and academic. He was a...

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David Puttnam

David Puttnam

A GREAT COMMUNICATOR. David Puttnam is a British film producer, educator, and environmentalist who recently retired as a member of the House of Lords, where he served on the Labour Party benches for 24 years. His many celebrated film productions include Midnight...

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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

FIGHTING FOR DIGNITY. Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968 after the assassination of her father. She has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the...

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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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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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