William Kentridge, Ermenegildo Zegna Global Store, London

ZegnArt presents a new edition of Art in Global Stores in the renovated 37-38 New Bond Street Ermenegildo Zegna Global Store.
William Kentridge (Johannesburg, 1955) is the artist invited to create a special work titled Dare / Avere (2016), a tapestry within which the artist draws his own interpretation of the history and values of the brand, taking the main inspiration from the company’s founder.

Lia Rumma, curator of the project, comments the ZegnArt commission:
“I have had the pleasure to follow and promote the work of William Kentridge for many years, and am delighted that the Zegna family has decided to embrace his research, commissioning the South African artist with the creation of Dare/Avere (2016).
Obviously, it is not a coincidence that tapestry was chosen as the most suitable medium to recount this synergy […]
In the tapestry Dare/Avere (2016), William Kentridge has collapsed, on several levels, his personal intentions with the fascination stemming from the Zegna universe: the geographical context of Trivero, in the province of Biella, in Piedmont, the place where the Lanificio was founded and still operates; the daily and practical prospective of work, reflected in the accounting books that form the backdrop to the work, up to the four large black figures who, wearing prototypes of the clothes, represent the final outcome of the whole creative process. And in those very silhouettes, we recognize the profile of Ermenegildo Zegna, together with his cane and the hat he always carried with him.
They are fragments of time, summarized through key symbols such as the sewing machine, the label that marks a suit, and the give and take that rule market laws.
It’s the snapshot of the company’s progress, captured as it was fulfilled for over a century by sewing together arts, traditions, places, experiences and gestures.”

Watch the making of video for the ZegnArt commission to William Kentridge

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26-05-2015 Fabulae Naturae. The Royal Limoges plates by Lucy + Jorge Orta

On occasion of the presentation of Fabulae Naturae on 2 May 2015, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group and heritage trust FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano – have launched a campaign to collect funds for the conservation of the Punta Mesco promontory (in the province of La Spezia) by means of the sale of 500 valuable plates in Royal Limoges porcelain, signed by the artists Lucy + Jorge Orta.

The campaign will make it possible to plant a section of a row of vines for every plate sold. The donor’s name will be linked to each of the vines, as part of the project for improving the rural and agricultural location Case Lovara, a site of community interest within the Punta Mesco area, part of the Cinque Terre Park.

The porcelain plates are a limited edition, personalized with floral motifs inspired by the Heberlein Collection in the Zegna Archive, a series of valuable textiles exhibited for the first time in the exhibition Flower landscapes. Tessuti. Fiori. Ricette (Flower landscapes. Textiles. Flowers. Recipes) presented at Casa Zegna in Trivero (province of Biella), open every Sunday from 17 May to 28 June, and from 6 to 27 September 2015, from 2pm to 6pm.

Each plate is available in return for a donation of 250 euro, and can be purchased on the website http://www.fondoambiente.it or by calling the number +39 02 4676 15207.

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20/05/2015 Guided tour of the Zegna Group headquarters Next appointments: Sunday 24 May and Sunday 31 May 2015

The free guided tours, organised by the Ermenegildo Zegna Group as part of the project Fabulae Naturae by Lucy + Jorge Orta and curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, are still going on.

In collaboration with Connecting Cultures, the Zegna Group offers three opportunities to see the large installation by Lucy + Jorge Orta along with other works inside the Zegna building designed by the architecture studios Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners, and Studio Beretta, and opened in 2008.

The guided tours are last about an hour and are free of charge. They should be booked in advance at www.connectingcultures.info.

Below the schedule of the next dates:
• Sunday 24 May 2015 – 10.00am – 11.00am and 11.00am – 12.00am
• Sunday 31 May 2015 – 10.00am – 11.00am

The tour
Within the Milan headquarters’ total floor area of 8,000 square metres, visitors will be able to see Fabulae Naturae, the large installation within which the multisensorial performance presented on Saturday 2 May was staged, specially designed for the space. The work is a harmonious combination of visual and musical elements, along with a food performance by chef Davide Oldani. After the performance, today the impressive visual elements can be seen: they transformed the premises on Via Savona into an enchanted forest that recalls the Zegna Oasis.

Continuing the visit, visitors will see another work by Lucy + Jorge Orta: the piece titled Reconnaissance Man (2012), commissioned by the Zegna Group in 2012, on occasion of Fabulae Romanae, an exhibition project for the MAXXI Museum, Rome, also curated by Maria Luisa Frisa.

Also visible will be the work by Indian artist Reena Kallat, the result of the ZegnArt Public project in India, promoted in cooperation with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai: a poetic and touching work which is inspired by Mumbai’s history, and develops concepts of historic heritage and the roots of identity using a universal language. Named Untitled Cobweb (knots and crossings), the piece is the result of a special commission of a work of public art in a nation of emerging economy. The work exhibited in Milan is a smaller-scale version of the original monumental piece which, after having been exhibited on the façade of the Museum in Mumbai, was later given to the Indian institution by the Zegna Group.

The visit includes two other permanent installations by important Italian artists: Woollen – La mela reintegrata (2007) by Michelangelo Pistoletto, positioned in the large hall of the headquarters of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, a work rich in symbolic meaning and an eloquent expression of the many years of cooperation between the artist and the Zegna Group; and the sculptural piece Dedicato alle persone che sedendosi qui ne parleranno (2009) by Alberto Garutti, positioned in the garden in front of the entrance and visible from the street. It recalls the project “All’Aperto” (In the open air) in Trivero, which over the years has given rise to a true sculpture park.

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18/05/2015 Flower Landscapes. The catalogue published by Marsilio.

Flower landscapes. Tessuti. Fiori. Ricette, the exhibition put on at Casa Zegna – the historical archive of Ermenegildo Zegna Group in Trivero (Biella) – and curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, has a catalog published by Marsilio and available online.
Also curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, the catalog includes contributions from Anna Zegna, Elda Danese and Alessandro Gori and floral menus by Mina Novello.

Flower Landscapes. Tessuti. Fiori. Ricette (Flower Landscapes. Fabrics. Flowers. Recipes) is open every Sunday from 17 May to 28 June and from 6 to 27 September 2015, from 14.00 to 18.00. In this exhibition, Casa Zegna is showing a selection of previously unexhibited material from the Zegna Archive –Heberlein Collection. The contents of such material are presented in a lively, three-dimensional way that explores connections with popular culture going back over half a century.

The reverse-side pages of the volume, on the other hand, refer to Fabulae Naturae, a site specific installation curated by Lucy + Jorge Orta for the Zegna headquarters in Milan and inaugurated on May 2 by a huge performance of the artists in collaboration with the chef Davide Oldani.

The catalog is available in Italian and English, for €20, at the following sites:
www.ibs.it, www.amazon.it, www.lafeltrinelli.it, www.libreriarizzoli.corriere.it

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Flower Landscape catalogue by Marsilio

Flower Landscape catalogue by Marsilio

02/05/2015 FABULAE NATURAE, guided tour of the Zegna Group headquarters

As part of the project Fabulae Naturae by Lucy + Jorge Orta, curated by Maria Luisa Frisa, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group will open their Milan headquarters in Via Savona to the public, with a calendar of free guided tours in the month of May.

In collaboration with Connecting Cultures, the Zegna Group offers three opportunities to see the large installation by Lucy + Jorge Orta along with other works inside the Zegna building designed by the architecture studios Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel and Partners, and Studio Beretta, and opened in 2008.

The visits will last about one hour, at the following dates and times:
• Sunday 10 May 2015 – 10.00am – 11.00am
• Sunday 24 May 2015 – 10.00am – 11.00am
• Sunday 31 May 2015 – 10.00am – 11.00am

Within the Milan headquarters’ total floor area of 8,000 square metres, visitors will be able to see Fabulae Naturae, the large installation within which the multisensorial performance presented on Saturday 2 May was staged, specially designed for the space. The work is a harmonious combination of visual and musical elements, along with a food performance by chef Davide Oldani. After the performance, today the impressive visual elements can be seen: they transformed the premises on Via Savona into an enchanted forest that recalls the Zegna Oasis.

Continuing the visit, visitors will see another work by Lucy + Jorge Orta: the piece titled Reconnaissance Man (2012), commissioned by the Zegna Group in 2012, on occasion of Fabulae Romanae, an exhibition project for the MAXXI Museum, Rome, also curated by Maria Luisa Frisa.

Also visible will be the work by Indian artist Reena Kallat, the result of the ZegnArt Public project in India, promoted in cooperation with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai: a poetic and touching work which is inspired by Mumbai’s history, and develops concepts of historic heritage and the roots of identity using a universal language. Named Untitled Cobweb (knots and crossings), the piece is the result of a special commission of a work of public art in a nation of emerging economy. The work exhibited in Milan is a smaller-scale version of the original monumental piece which, after having been exhibited on the façade of the Museum in Mumbai, was later given to the Indian institution by the Zegna Group.

The visit includes two other permanent installations by important Italian artists: Woollen – La mela reintegrata (2007) by Michelangelo Pistoletto, positioned in the large hall of the headquarters of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, a work rich in symbolic meaning and an eloquent expression of the many years of cooperation between the artist and the Zegna Group; and the sculptural piece Dedicato alle persone che sedendosi qui ne parleranno (2009) by Alberto Garutti, positioned in the garden in front of the entrance and visible from the street. It recalls the project “All’Aperto” (In the open air) in Trivero, which over the years has given rise to a true sculpture park.

The guided tours will last about an hour, and are free of charge. They should be booked in advance at www.connectingcultures.info.

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25/02/2015 Stefano Arienti, Ermenegildo Zegna Global Store Ginza

Stefano Arienti (1961, Asola, Mantua) is the Italian artist invited by ZegnArt to create a special work of art for the Ginza Global Store.
Arienti has created a large painting that translates the essential features of the image in a delicate path of golden signs on a big white sheet of polyurethane plastic, the same material that is typically used to cover scaffolding. If the support of the work is consistent with Arienti’s taste for industrial materials, and not canonized by the history of art, the choice to use an amateur photograph (taken by the artist himself) as a starting point references the idea that is central in all his work: a “demographic” and horizontal approach to the contemporary universe of images. Finally, the sublimation of the initial image in a refined harmony of white and gold is an homage by Arienti to a visual culture that has always fascinated him: the Far East and Japan in particular.

Watch the interview with Stefano Arienti about the ZegnArt commission

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30/01/2015 Ettore Spalletti, Ermenegildo Zegna Store Miami Design District

A new episode of the ZegnArt / Art in Global Stores project inaugurated on January 30, 2015 with the opening of Ermenegildo Zegna’s boutique in Miami. The ZegnArt commission involved Ettore Spalletti, one of the most internationally appreciated Italian artists. In 2014, three prestigious public museums in Italy (MAXXI in Rome, Museo Madre in Naples and GAM in Turin) each dedicated an exhibition to this artist, who was born in 1940 in Cappelle sul Tavo (near Pescara) and where he still lives and works today. Together, the three exhibitions generated a unitary project that represents the artist’s largest retrospective. The artwork Lentamente azzurrato 2014, which Spalletti specifically created for the store in Miami, is on exhibit at the second floor of the boutique.

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Ettore Spalletti, LENTAMENTE AZZURRATO, 2014.  Ermenegildo Zegna Store, Miami Design District.  Photo: Robin Hill. Courtesy ZegnArt
30/07/2014 Chiara Camoni, Ermenegildo Zegna Global Store, Osaka

Chiara Camoni is the Italian artist invited to take part in this second stage of ZegnArt / Art in Global Stores, a special line of action based on the idea of a decentralized collection to be housed in new Ermenegildo Zegna stores around the world. The project is focused on Italy’s finest creative talent. Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Simone Menegoi, with the coordination of Andrea Zegna, Art in Global Stores is a cycle of permanent works conceived specifically for the space that will house them and newly commissioned from Italian artists, who are asked to draw inspiration from the spirit and philosophy of the Zegna Group.

For the ZegnArt commission in Osaka, Chiara Camoni has created Senza titolo, stabkarte, a wall sculpture comprising many small shapes made from different colors of clay, strung on wires and attached to hooks, like skeins of yarn hung to dry.

View Cecilia Canziani’s interview with Chiara Camoni about the ZegnArt commission.

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03/10/2013 Nico Vascellari, Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique, 80-84 Rue du Rhone, Geneva

Weaving together strips of material from his own and friends’ clothing, Nico Vascellari (1976) made a sort of liana that he fixed to a metal structure. The artist defines it as an “emotional cord” that “symbolizes a relationship and poetically recreates the essence of a garment”. Before installing it in Geneva, the artist used it in a daring performance: he climbed up the liana on the walls of the building where he has his studio.

The work is the first episode of the ZegnArt / Art in Global Stores program; a cycle of permanent creations for major Zegna stores commissioned from prominent mid-career artists for the most important Zegna stores, building up through the years to a diffused collection. In 2013 and 2014 ZegnArt / Art in Global Stores will focus exclusively on Italian artists.

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07/06/2013 Mapping Memories – Children’s Workshop at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad City Museum

The event “Family Fridays” at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad City Museum aims to encourage families to participate in activities that will boost critical and creative knowledge in a fun and significant way.
Mapping Memories special workshop is inspired by Untitled (Cobweb/Crossings), an artwork by Reena Kallat.
The workshop includes an interactive walk-through the Museum’s collections and a collage art activity.
Using Kallat’s references to Mumbai’s old street names and fading memories as a starting point, the workshop encourages kids to record their own experiences of the city and create personalised memory maps!
Participants bring photos or mementos with personal memories that help personalise their memory maps.

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15/03/2013 ZegnArt / Public India @ Dr. Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Mumbai – Untitled (Cobweb / Crossings) by Reena Kallat

Mumbai, 1st March 2013, Untitled (Cobweb / Crossings) by Reena Kallat (Delhi, 1973), the first work of public art in collaboration with Dr. Bhau Daji Lad City Museum City, was presented. The project is the result of a special commission by the Ermenegildo Zegna Group as part of ZegnArt Public / India.

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum of Mumbai is the oldest museum in the city whose collections document the applied arts and everyday life in Mumbai in the nineteenth century. Under the guidance of its director, the museum has opened its doors to contemporary art with an ambitious and far-sighted program that involves Indian artists. The institution was chosen based on a common vision of art as a factor for development and awareness-building of the entire community.

The artwork by Reena Kallat – produced entirely by the Ermenegildo Zegna Group and scheduled to be donated to the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum consists of a large installation which is located on one side of the Museum: Untitled (Cobweb/Crossings) is an oversized web formed with hundreds of rubber-stamps, each one bearing the colonial name of a city street that has now been replaced by an indigenous one. The work weaves a story of past and present. Through the recovery of the memory of one of the aspects of the process of decolonization, the renaming of cities and other locations to regional or Indian names from their anglicized British ones, it forms a palimpsest onto which generations re-inscribe stories. “A cobweb is evocative of time,” explains Reena Kallat. “And just as a room is left vacant, stories that are not visited gather cobwebs that appear to hold dust from the past.”

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22/11/2012 Press Conference ZegnArt Public India @ZegnaHQ

Ermenegildo Zegna
is pleased to invite
to the press conference of ZegnArt PUBLIC / INDIA

Speakers:
Anna Zegna
Image Director Ermenegildo Zegna
Cecilia Canziani
Curator ZegnArt
Simone Menegoi
Curator ZegnArt
Andrea Zegna
Coordinator ZegnArt
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
Director of MACRO, Roma

The artist selected for the realization of the project will attend the conference

Moderator:
Tommaso Palazzi
journalist

Monday, November 26, 2012, 11:00 am
Ermenegildo Zegna
Via Savona 56/A, Milan

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08/05/2012 Emil Lukas, Ermenegildo Zegna Global Store, Fifth Avenue, New York City

Until May 9th the multisensory event Passion for Silk will be the occasion to admire the artworks commissioned by ZegnArt to the American artist Emil Lukas.
The exhibition includes four single panel thread artworks as well as one triptych, all created using Zegna silk yarns.

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02/04/2012 Making of FABULAE ROMANAE

LUCY+JORGE ORTA – Fabulae Romanae.
A commission by Ermenegildo Zegna,
MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
22 March – 23 September 2012

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20/03/2012 LUCY+JORGE ORTA – Fabulae Romanae

LUCY+JORGE ORTA – Fabulae Romanae
A commission by Ermenegildo Zegna
MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
22 March – 23 September 2012

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16/03/2012 Fabulae Romanae – Teaser

LUCY+JORGE ORTA – Fabulae Romanae.
A commission by Ermenegildo Zegna
MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
22 March – 23 September 2012

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13/03/2012 ZegnArt is launched: a platform of interventions in the field of contemporary art realized by Ermenegildo Zegna

On March 6, 2012 ZegnArt, a project by Ermenegildo Zegna dedicated to contemporary art, was presented in Milan. ZegnArt’s launch was announced in a press conference in which Anna Zegna, Gruppo Zegna’s Image Director and Fondazione Zegna’s President, together with Severino Salvemini, professor of Corporate Organization at Milan’s Bocconi University, traced the origins, forms and objectives of the project. Other key speakers included Cecilia Canziani and Simone Menegoi, curators of ZegnArt-Public; Mrs.Tasneem Mehta, Director of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, and Maria Luisa Frisa, curator of the first edition of ZegnArt-Special Project.

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03/2012 First Public intervention: Mumbai

Public space can be inhabited in different ways: it is a place of negotiation and exchange, a site of resistance and dialectics. The mission of ZegnArt Public, is to explore this range of possibilities within vastly different social and cultural contexts.

India is the first country of intervention for ZegnArt Public. The selected city is Mumbai, a context that couldn’t be more charged, complex, challenging and exciting. In its first edition, ZegnArt Public will test the notion of public space vis-à-vis the urban fabric of India’s most densely populated metropolis.

ZegnArt Public’s institutional partner in Mumbai is the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the city’s oldest museum, whose collection documents the applied arts and everyday life of nineteenth century Mumbai. Under the guidance of the director, Mrs. Tasneem Mehta, the museum has opened its doors to contemporary art, with an ambitious and far-sighted program of Indian artist. The institution has been selected on the basis of a common vision of art as a method of advancement and awareness of a community.

The jury, which included Gildo and Anna Zegna, on behalf of Ermenegildo Zegna Group; Tasneem Zacharia Mehta, Jyotindra Jain and Minal Bajaj on behalf of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Andrea Zegna, project coordinator, identified Reena Kallat as the winner among three finalists.

Symmetrically and in connection with the public artwork commissioned in India, ZegnArt Public offers a grant to support a young Indian artist for a four month residency at MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy. A second jury consisting of the Director of MACRO Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Tasneem Mehta, Andrea Zegna, Cecilia Canziani and Simone Menegoi has chosen the artist Sahej Rahal, offering him the opportunity to present the works developed throughout the stay in a special exhibition held within the space used as a studio.

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Bhau Daji Lad Museum, exterior, Mumbai

Bhau Daji Lad Museum, exterior, Mumbai

06/03/2012 ZegnArt Launch

Gildo Zegna
CEO of Ermenegildo Zegna Group cordially invites you to attend the Press Conference for the presentation of the project:

Speakers:
Mrs. Tasneem Mehta – Director of Bhau Daji Lad Museum of Mumbai
Cecilia Canziani – Curator of ZegnArt
Simone Menegoi – Curator of ZegnArt
Maria Luisa Frisa – Director of Fashion Design Course Degree, IUAV

Moderator
Severino Salvemini – Economist, Bocconi University

Tuesday, March 6th 2012 at 11 a.m.
Ermenegildo Zegna Via Savona 56/A, Milan

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Michelangelo Pistoletto, WOOLLEN. THE REINSTATED APPLE, 2007, Ermenegildo Zegna HQ, Milan. Photo: L. Torri