Brief conversations in the Living Room space with protagonists of today’s artistic and cultural scene in which we will explore various themes according to each guest’s field of expertise
Entrevue is a device which gives a voice to experts in the fields of art, architecture, biology, and fashion, in coversation with the curator Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni. It is designed to provide educational and analytical information in a number of disciplines in terms that are accessible to everyone.
The concepts of space, nature, time, identity, the body, and community will be reexamined according to the areas of expertise of each guest in light of the changes we are all currently experiencing.
Entrevue / Space
Gino Garbellini and Antonio Perazzi perceive space according to a broadened vision, where urban and natural landscapes coexist. The natural space does not take precedence over the urban space, or vice versa, nor is each space situated on a different level: the two spaces make up a continuum, a totality of which humans are part. A shared approach brought Garbellini and Perazzi together as they collaborated on many different projects, some of which were based in Florence, such as the Fabbrica di Fendi or Manifattura Tabacchi.
Many ideas and issues have emerged in light of the Space theme, and they all converge on a single vision: the importance of human relationships and interaction, the parent of every project. Relationships accompanied by sentiment, feeling at ease within a space, which generate the creative energy needed in order to design solutions for public and private spaces. The solution is already here.
Entrevue / Nature
Riccardo Valentini (Professor and biophysicist)
in conversation with Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni (curator)
Riccardo Valentini offers a lucid and holistic examination of the relationship between humans and nature: global warming and the COVID-19 pandemic are testimony to the reckless attitude we have had regarding the natural world. We must return to where we started, to how and why humans meddled with nature to the point of contracting a virus that does not belong to our species. One accomplice is certainly the unprecedented demographic increase that exploded in the second half of the 20th century: the unchecked exploitation of natural resources spread human activity to 70% of Earth’s surface, causing deforestation, increasingly high levels of CO2 in the air, and spillover. The immeasurable effects of such events undermine the very idea of the world to which modern philosophy entrusts itself. Technology has become an extension of human understanding, for example, by monitoring the health conditions of essential living organisms such as plants and trees. There is a solution, but implementing it depends on the adoption of community action and ethical awareness on a global scale, without exceptions, putting aside any individual or political self-interests.
Riccardo Valentini graduated at University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Physics. He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences. In 1987 he became researcher at the University of Tuscia, Faculty of Agriculture continuing to work on plant – climate interactions. He was one of the pioneer of terrestrial carbon flux measurements and coordinated a global network of more than 600 flux towers (FLUXNET) placed in several world ecosystems in North and South America, Europe, Australia, China, Japan and Africa. He was coordinating lead author in the 3rd IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and 5th report on Climate Impacts and Adaptation. He is Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report Climate Change and Land Use. He has been awarded of the Zayed Intern. Prize for the Environment as member of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board (2006), and recently of the “ Ernst Heckel” Prize of the Federation of European Ecological Societies (2015) and of the Medal of the Italian Academy of Science “of the XL” for Physics and Natural Sciences (2018). He is Thompson Reuters highly cited scientist in 2016 and 2017 and Clarivate highly cited scientist in 2018. Laurea Honoris Causa Facultè Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux, Belgium (2006). Laurea Honoris Causae Russian State Agricultural University – Timiryazev Academy, Moscow, Russia (2015); Laurea Honoris Causae Financial University, Moscow, Russia (2017), Laurea Honoris Causae “Georgian Technical University”, Tblisi, Georgia (2018).
His main research interests concern GHG balances in relation to land use and forestry, including relevant feed-backs on the global biogeochemical cycles and climate impacts. Recently his research is dedicated to develop new technologies and big data analytics for ecosystem services monitoring and predictions of climate change impacts, particularly on forest at tree level. He invented the TreeTalker sensor to understand and quantify responses of tree physiological parameters to climate extremes and early monitoring of tree decline.
Entrevue / time
Linda Loppa (creative director)
in conversation with Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni (curator)
Fashion and time have always been caught in a ‘love-hate’ relationship: fashion is always chasing time, it thrives in the future tense. Linda Loppa depicts a world that she has been a part of her whole life. Fashion must come to terms with an incessant rhythm of production that has pushed the entire system to absolute levels of creativity, but not without repercussions. In order to keep up, Linda must avoid the risk of losing the joy and passion for a profession that requires genuine love and deep commitment. Speaking of time in connection to fashion also means ‘searching for times past’ — à la recherche du temps perdu — reckoning for a loss that is interwoven with fashion itself and connected to issues of sustainability, quality of life, and history. Art belongs to history: it is eternal, it defies time, whilst fashion defies being placed in history since it looks at what is yet to come, facing tomorrow. It is within this constant push and pull between leaning forward and stopping to recoup and savor time and appreciate it, that fashion plays its game with present and future taste. It is a turbulent and intoxicating challenge within which the frenzy of discovery feeds upon its most ingredient: sheer avant-garde.
Honorary Doctor of University of the Arts, London
49+years’ fashion industry experience / private and public sectors
25 years directing the fashion department Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, 25+ years teaching fashion design
20 years retail experience and store ownership
10 years management at Flanders Fashion Institute
8 years as Director & Curator of the Fashion Museum Antwerp
9 years as Director of Polimoda International Institute Fashion Design & Marketing, Florence, Italy
4 years Consultancy / Lecturer / Adviser Strategy & Vision / Coaching.
Activities 2016 – 2020:
- Founded Linda Loppa Factory – a studio promoting art, culture and education, a platform based in Paris.
- ‘Adviser Strategy & Vision’ for Polimoda, International Institute for Fashion Design & Marketing, Florence Italy.
- Member of the ‘Advisory Council’ of MoMa New York for the exhibition “Items: Is Fashion Modern?“
- Visiting Fellowship at the UAL University in recognition of distinction in the field of practice.
- Member of BoF500 – Business of Fashion – Hall of Fame
- Member of the ‘Advisory Council’ “The State of Fashion” Searching for the New Luxury – Arnhem the Netherlands.
- Honorary Doctor of University of the Arts London.
- Member of the jury of the annual LVMH prize for Young Fashion Designers. (since 2013)
- A member of the ‘Laboratoire d’Idées’ “Grand Palais 2023” in Paris, President Chris Dercon.
- Published a book: “LIFE IS A VORTEX” by Skira Editore ISBN: 978-88-572-4062-6
- Curating “if I could, unless we” Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence
entrevue / body
Sergio Risaliti (art critic, art historian, Director of the Museo Novecento in Florence) in conversation with Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni (curator)
Sergio Risaliti shares a profound and multifaceted analysis of the Body which begins with a discussion on contemporary art history and leads us to consider current ethical and political issues. The Body of the artist at first was a synecdoche of the artist himself, identified within the Florentine story and its relationship with contemporary art. Through the commitment of its artists, in recent years, Florence has been able to reconnect to our present time. Risaliti then discusses the representation of the artist’s Body, as portrayed by Maestri of the Renaissance, and following its representation throughout the entire span of 20th-century art. Michelangelo’s skin, Caravaggio’s teeth, Courbet’s Origine du monde, Van Gogh’s suicidal body, Picasso as Toreador, Frida Kahlo’s iron cast, and Ai Wei Wei confined in prison are only a few of the artists Risaliti includes as part of a long list where the true nature of the Body is revealed. A Body envisaged not only as one that is idealised and attractive, but a Body viewed in all its manifestations, including its most repulsive — a Body that therefore becomes a trigger for confronting a body culture which in our time has achieved extreme, fanatic, obsessive limits. Finally, Risaliti presents the Body as a contact point with others, an instrument with which to glean knowledge of the world that can be an extraordinarily powerful tool for freedom, yet also an object which restrains and imprisons, an entity present on the forefront as both active and passive protagonist of our capitalist system. Risaliti offers a lucid and contemporary analysis on the connection between power and individual freedom in which the Human Body is of central importance.
Sergio Risaliti (1962) studied in Firenze and majored in Modern and Contemporary Art History, graduating with top marks. He is an art historian and art critic, creator and curator of exhibits and interdisciplinary events. He is also a writer and journalist. Risaliti has founded and directed many public and private exhibition spaces, including: Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena and Quarter Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea in Firenze. Some of the most notable exhibitions conceived and curated by Risaliti, include the following: Bacon Beuys Burri, The Collection of the Fondation Cartier, Pascali e Savinio, Le Repubbliche dell’Arte – Israele e Palestina, Lo spazio Condiviso, Moltitudini Solitudini, Bambini nel tempo, and Boom. He was curator for the new installation of the Marca museum in Catanzaro. For two years, Risaliti collaborated with the Galleria Christian Stein in Milano. He was a member of the scientific committee of the Frac Rhône-Alpes of Lyon and of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna. Risaliti curated the census for new Italian art, Espresso (Electa, 2000), Toscana contemporanea (Maschietto, 2001), the books by the artist Giulio Paolini entitled La verità (Einaudi, 1996) and Dall’Atlante al vuoto (Electa, 2010), and the Catalogo generale della grafica di Fausto Melotti (Electa, 2009).
Along with Achille Bonito Oliva, Risaliti curated De Gustibus (Siena, 2002) and Orizzonti. Belvedere dell’Arte (Firenze, Forte Belvedere, 2003). He conceived and curated Ispirazioni e visioni (2011), Marilyn (2012), Il Calzolaio prodigioso (2013), Equilibrium (2014) with Stefania Ricci at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo di Firenze. In occasion of Florens 2012, Risaliti conceived the juxtaposition of the Crocifissi by Donatello, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo in the Battistero of Firenze. He also curated the installation of the Croce by Mimmo Paladino in Piazza Santa Croce. In 2013 and 2014, Risaliti conceived and curated projects for the artists Marco Bagnoli and Domenico Bianchi at the Limonaia di Boboli in Palazzo Pitti. In 2013 and 2014, he conceived and curated Maurizio Nannucci and Marco Bagnoli’s installations at the Stazione Leopolda in Firenze in occasion of the Festival Internazionale Fabbrica Europa. In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director for the personal exhibit of Zhang Huan in Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belevedere. With Cristina Acidini (exhibit designer) and Elena Capretti, Risaliti curated the Michelangelo Buonarroti – Incontrare un artista universale, an exhibit held in the Musei Capitolini in Roma. He conceived and curated the exhibition Tre profeti by Donatello in the Battistero of Firenze (May – December 2014). In collaboration with Francesca Campana Comparini, Risaliti conceived and curated the exhibit Jackson Pollock, La figura della furia, at Palazzo Vecchio in Firenze. He conceived and curated, with Arabella Natalini, the personal exhibition Giuseppe Penone – Prospettiva Vegetale at Forte Belvedere and at the Giardino di Boboli in 2014, and Human by Antony Gormley in 2015. In collaboration with the Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze, Risaliti curated AlfaZeta: Libri d’artista. He also conceived and curated the exhibition In principio (28 novembre 2014, Novara Broletto). Risaliti was artistic director of the first Festival dei bambini. Nuovi mondi, organised in Firenze in 2014. The following year, he curated the exhibition Jeff Koons. In Florence (Piazza Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze), Alighiero Boetti. Mappe (Salone dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze) and the anthological exhibit Alighiero Boetti held at the Galleria Stein in Milano (with Francesca Franco). Risaliti conceived and curated the exhibit entitled Il dado è tratto. Arte italiana oltre la tradizione both in Firenze at the Galleria Tornabuoni and in London. Since 2015 he has served as artistic director of the Florentine festival F-light. In 2016 Risaliti was artistic director of the personal exhibit Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards at Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio, and Piazza Signoria curated by Melania Rossi and Joanna de Vos. He conceived and curated the personal exhibits John Currin and Gleen Brown at the Museo Bardini in Firenze. With Elena Capretti, he curated the Michelangelo e Vasari. Preziose lettere all’amico caro exhibit at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi. In 2019, Risaliti created the artist-designed Christmas trees for the F-light festival (Pistoletto Paladino Bianchi). Since 2007, he promoted original research on the works of Michelangelo with Francesco Vossilla. This led him to the pubblication of a series of volumes dedicated to Bacco, to the Zuffa dei Centauri, to David, and to the Pietà vaticana. In 2018, Risaliti published Gustav Klimt (with Giovanni Iovane, Bompiani). Since 2015, Risaliti is a consultant to the artistic direction and to the scientific coordinators of the Associazione Mus.e. In the same year, Risaliti became an honorary member of the Accademia delle Arti del disegno in Firenze. In 2018, Risaliti was appointed artistic director of the Museo Novecento. He collaborates regularly with the following newspapers and art publications: Il Venerdì – la Repubblica, Il Corriere fiorentino, Arte mondadori, and Flash Art.
entrevue / identity
Genuardi/Ruta (artists) in conversation with Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni (curator)
The Genuardi/Ruta duo (Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta) have worked together ever since they met at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo where they both studied. Just one meeting was enough for them to see — when they put their work side-by-side — that Antonella’s use of colour and Leonardo’s tense lines could be combined to create a complete work of art. Genuardi/Ruta is therefore a single entity, made of two souls: Antonella’s studies were directed towards the decorative arts, while Leonardo’s background is in graphics and painting. Together, they create projects which converse with architecture and a space’s light, inspired by faraway yet contemporary sources, from Pompeian colours to Carlo Scarpa’s perspectives. The duo’s artistic research has been shown at many different collective and personal exhibits. Their work continues to evolve through Genuardi/Ruta’s participation in numerous artist residencies in Italy and abroad.
Genuardi/Ruta is an artist duo composed by Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta
Antonella Genuardi (Sciacca,Italy,1986)
-Artistic High School (Sciacca,IT)2005
-Academy of fine Arts (Palermo, IT) – School of Decoration making BA 2008
-Academy of fine Arts (Palermo, IT) – School of Decoration MA 2012
Leonardo Ruta (Ragusa,Italy,1990)
-Artistic High School (Modica,IT)2009
-Academy of fine Arts (Palermo, IT) – School of Print making BA 2013
-Academy of fine Arts (Palermo, IT) – School of Paintings MA 2016
“Genuardi/Ruta, or rather Antonella Genuardi and Leonardo Ruta, work together as a single entity. They are able to compose, in a fluid equilibrium with constant revision, using the color of the one and the tension of gestures and mark-making of the other.
They inspect the factors that constitute space by way of painting, and redefine, redraw architecture through the introduction of nature and temperature in painting. They express moments in time that marry the encounters of light with constructions, always maintaining the balance between the structural geometry that is reality and the visual qualities of that same geometry that inspire infinite possibilities and extensions of reality”.
-ZR, curated by Samuel Gross, Edicola Radetzky, Milan (IT), 2019
-Wormhole, curated by Samuel Gross, FPAC Gallery, Milan (IT), 2019
-La danza dei giganti, Oltre Oreto project, Collateral Event of MANIFESTA12, Magazzino Brancaccio, Palermo, 2018
-Project Room(s) at Castle of Carini. MOON Contemporary Project, curated by Daniela Bigi and Giuseppe Buzzotta, Carini (IT), 2018
-Solo Presentation at Artissima Fair 2017. Present Future Section. Invited by Samuel Gross. Turin (IT), 2017. Sky without clouds, FPAC Gallery.
-Supercella SS115, curated by Daniela Bigi – MAS Project, artistic direction of Francesco Lucifora – Church and Cloister of Santa Maria del Gesù, Modica (IT), 2017
-INquadrato, curated by Daniela Bigi, FPAC Gallery, Palermo (IT), 2016
-LATI, curated by Osservatorio Arti visive (Toni Romanelli, Daniela Bigi, Gianna Di Piazza) Chapel of the Coronation-Riso Museum of contemporary art of Sicily, Palermo (IT), 2015
-Talent Prize 2019, Mattatoio, Rome (IT)
-Manabamàte, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Bocs Art, Cosenza (IT), 2019
-La ripetizione è una forma di cambiamento, Haus der Kunst-Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa/Palermo,
Düsseldorf-Palermo Project, 2019
-Piazza Marina, ArtVerona, I9 section, L’Ascensore, Verona (IT), 2018
-SIGNAL, DOM art space, Palermo, 2018
-TUTTO PORTO/Lo spazio cristallino del tungsteno,curated by Daniela Bigi, Palazzo Briuccia, Palermo, 2018
-Liber Fare, curated by Enzo Patti and Toni Romanelli, Palazzo Ziino, Palermo / Museo del segno e della scrittura, Torino, 2018
-Libri d’Artista dalla Collezione dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo, Oratory of SS. Elena and Costantino, Palermo (IT), 2017
-The life of the mind, curated by Giuliana Benassi, Swisse Institute, Rome (IT), 2017
-Imago Mundi – Mediterranean Routes, ZAC-Zona Arti Contemporanee, Palermo (IT), 2017
-Attraverso i punti #2, curated by Osservatorio Arti visive (Toni Romanelli, Daniela Bigi, Gianna Di Piazza), Palazzo Ziino, Palermo (IT), 2017
-Rilevamenti 1, idea and project by Bruno Corà in collaboration with Daniela Bigi, Tommaso Evangelista, Aldo Iori, Federico Sardella and Marco Tonelli, Camusac Museum, Cassino (IT), 2016
-Attraverso i punti #1, curated by Osservatorio Arti visive (Toni Romanelli, Daniela Bigi, Gianna Di Piazza), Palazzo Ziino, Palermo (IT), 2016
-30 opere per una collezione, La stanza della seta, Ficarra (IT), 2016
-Premio Fam giovani per le arti visive, Fabbriche Chiaramontane, Agrigento (IT), 2016
-The wing structure of the bumblebee is inadequate for flight, but it does not know and flies all the same, curated by Daniela Bigi, Fondazione per l’arte, Rome (IT), 2016
-Fuori Uso-Avviso di Garanzia, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Simone Ciglia, Ex Court, Pescara (IT), 2016
-Previsioni II, curated by Daniela Bigi, Puglisi Cosentino Foundation,Catania (IT), 2016
-Learning what you already know, a project by Stefania Galegati Shines, Caffè Internazionale Space, Palermo (IT), 2015
-Ce l’ho/mi manca, curated by Agata Polizzi, Mandralisca Museum, Cefalù (IT), 2015
-DebuT, a project by Stefania Galegati Shines, Garibaldi Theatre, Palermo (IT), 2015
-FISAD, Albertina Academy, partnership Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Torino (IT), 2015
-Viadellafucina16 Condominio-Museo, Residence Program with the support of Siae and Mibact, Turin | UPCOMING
-CCA Artist-in-residence Program, January 2020, Andratx-Palma de Mallorca (ES)
-BocsArt Residency, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Cosenza (IT), 2019
-VIR Viafarini-in-residence, January-August 2019, Milan (IT)
-Mandrione Project #4 – The wing structure, curated by Daniela Bigi, Fondazione per l’arte, Rome (IT), 2016
-FICARRA_CONTEMPORARY DIVAN,residency/summer school with Lois Weinberger,curated by Lorand Hegyi, Partners: Fondazione Brodbeck (Catania, IT) and ArteeCritica magazine, Ficarra (IT), 2015
-Emmanuele Emanuele Special Award, Talent Prize 2019, Rome
-Gold mention Artprison Young Architects Competition2018 with a3m Team
-Unicredit prize for young artists 2016
caterina taurelli salimbeni
Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni (Rome, 1992) is a curator, writer, and journalist. In 2017, she graduated from the Bocconi university in Milan with a degree in Cultural Heritage Management. She earned a master’s degree in contemporary art and cinema from the HEC in Paris. Caterina collaborates with Inside Art’s editorial staff and has co-curated the exhibitions of the latest editions of the Talent Prize in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She has worked in several art galleries in Cape Town, Rome and Venice and is currently curator of the contemporary art projects at Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence.