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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.