Loris Cecchini (1969) lives and works in Milan. One of the most prominent Italian artists on the international stage, he has exhibited his works throughout the world with solo exhibitions in prestigious museums such as Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de SaintÉtienne Métropole in Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, MoMA PS1 in New York, Shanghai Duolun MoMA of Shanghai, Museo Casal Solleric in Palma de Mallorca, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Santiago de Compostela, Kunstverein of Heidelberg, Centro per lʼArte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato and Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan.
Loris Cecchini has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 56th, 51st and 49th Venice Biennale, the 6th and the 9th Shanghai Biennale, the 15th and 13th Rome Quadrennial, the Taiwan Biennale in Taipei, the Valencia Biennale in Spain and the Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China.
Loris Cecchini has also taken part in several collective shows, including exhibitions at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, PAC in Milan, Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, Macro Future in Rome, MART in Rovereto, Londonʼs Hayward Gallery, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Musée dʼArt Contemporain of Lyon, Shanghaiʼs MOCA, the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle in Berlin and others.
He has created various permanent and site- specific installations, particularly at Villa Celle in Pistoia and in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, at the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels and for the Cleveland Clinicʼs Arts & Medicine Institute in the United States, at Les Terrasses Du Port in Marseille, and recently at the Shinsegae Hanam Starfield in Seoul and at the Cornell Tech Building in New York. www.loriscecchini.org
Michele De Lucchi and AMDL CIRCLE
Architect, Michele De Lucchi was a prominent figure in movements like Alchimia and Memphis.
He has designed furniture for the most known Italian and European companies.
For Olivetti he has been Director of Design from 1988 to 2002. He realized architectural projects in Italy and abroad, including cultural, corporate, industrial and residential buildings. For Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bundesbahn, Enel, Poste Italiane, Hera, Intesa Sanpaolo, UniCredit and other Italian and foreign banks he has designed working environments and corporate image. He developed important hospitality projects in Tbilisi (Georgia), Beijing (China), Rokkō-sab (Japan) and various part of Italy. He has planned buildings for museums as the Triennale di Milano, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan.
In 2000 he was appointed Officer of Italian Republic by President Ciampi.
In 2001 he has been nominated Professor at the IUAV in Venice. In 1996 he received the Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University. In 2008 he has been nominated Professor at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico of Milan and Member of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome. During 2018 Michele De Lucchi was editor in chief of the new “Domus” magazine.
Michele De Lucchi is founder and member of AMDL CIRCLE, a multidisciplinary group of thinkers and innovators. Since 2018, AMDL CIRCLE focuses on Earth Stations, future sharing architectures that combine technological development with humanist principles. https://amdlcircle.com
Pentagram & Friends
Pentagram is a multi-disciplinary, independently-owned design studio.
The works encompass graphics and identity, products and packaging, exhibitions and installations, websites and digital experiences, advertising and communications, sound and motion. The studio counts 25 partners in London and New York, all practicing designers working collaboratively or independently, and it’s the only major design studio where the owners of the business are the creators of the work. Pentagram and Friends is the group of people participating in the realization of Home Poems, the project started by Naresh Ramchandani*, producer and partner of the studio, with the texts of Henry Ponder, Twitter poet known for his gentle, witty reflections on everyday subjects.
Among the other friends (with a total of 19), are part of the group Steven Qua, designer and TV director, Kevin Macdonald, Oscar-winning director and producer known for the film The Last King of Scotland, Yuri Suzuki, sound artist, designer an electronic musician. https://www.pentagram.com
*Naresh Ramchandani, producer, after studying at Manchester University, he starts the copywriter carreer at HHCL in 1990. In 1994 Ramchandani moves to Chiat/Day and becomes the second youngest creative director in London. He evolved Chiat/Day into St Luke’s, Britain’s first co-operative agency, named Agency of the Year 1999. He founds Karmarama in 2000 and gets Karmarama’s anti-war poster, “Make Tea Not War”, into the front page of the Sunday Times in 2003. Leaves Karmarama in 2005. Becomes a Guardian columnist and writes 63 thought pieces. Writes and produces Dark Horse, an animation programme aired on Channel 4. In October 2007 co-founds Do The Green Thing, a non-profit public service that has so far inspired 40 million people worldwide to live a greener life. Joins Pentagram as a Partner in 2016. Makes a short film about Henry Ponder, which is commended and screened at Cannes 2015.
Federica Sala, after having spent several years as assistant curator in the design department of the Centre Pompidou, she moved back in Italy as independent curator for private and public institutions as the Centre Cultural Français in Milan, Fabrica and the agency H+ as project manger for Enel Contemporanea project at Macro Museum in Rome.
From 2010 to 2019 she founded and co directed the agency of design consultancy PS • design consultants.
She curated for three years the Object section, dedicated to design galleries, for miart, from 2015 to 2017 she was the curator of the 5VIE district, presenting some important exhibitions such as Exercises in seating by Max Lamb, Herringbones by Raw Edges, and Foyer Gorani. She just ended the four-year project Italian Villages created by Airbnb for site specific artist’s residences.
In 2018 she curated, with Patricia Urquiola, the exhibition A Castiglioni at Triennale di Milano (October 2018-January 2019) and the related catalogue, published by Electa.
From 2017 to 2019 she has been in the jury of PAD Prize Paris and since 2016 she’s in the living commission for ADI, from 2020 with role of vice coordinator.
She is the curator of Life In Vogue, a project by Condé Nast Italia (2018, 2019).
She is the art advisor for the Cassina Perspective in Art project launched in 2019 and on going. www.federica-sala.com
Elena Quarestani, an editor and a journalist in a previous life, has conceived, developed and edited magazines, encyclopaedias and partworks. It was only after her first exhibition in 2002 – considered a one-off event, a rite of passage for a former printing press establishment – that she decided to merge her passion for art and the building that hosted the family business.