THE 59TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA: A SPECIAL PROJECT WITH AN ITALIAN FASHION DESIGNER
ELISABETTA FRANCHI SUPPORTS THE PAVILION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO AT THE BIENNALE ARTE 2022 AND SHE HAS BEEN PROTAGONIST OF AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE WITH STREET ARTIST ENDLESS ON 22 APRIL
Art fuses with fashion even in the EF Monogram Bags interpreted by the artists of the Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino, organised by FR Istituto d’Arte Contemporanea in conjunction with Cris Contini Contemporary. The bags will be sold at an auction to support humanitarian aid projects. Elisabetta Franchi, the Italian fashion designer who rewrote the rules of prêt-à-porter by blending femininity, elegance and seduction, is a leading figure of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia at the Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino, organised by FR Istituto d’Arte Contemporanea jointly with Cris Contini Contemporary. Installed in the historic Palazzo Donà delle Rose, the exhibition “Postumano Metamorfico” explores mankind’s natural stretch towards the future, with the potential transformations and new forms of existence and coexistence. Fashion and art intertwine to recount contemporary society, where cultures blend, languages stratify, and creative experiences encounter to give voice to the uniqueness of every individual. The iconic EF Monogram Bag becomes an artist’s canvas through the interpretations of the exhibitors at the pavilion. By virtue of the language and aesthetics of each, they give life to a special edition of the jacquard canvas bag. The illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli depicts a feminine world made of fairytale allusions and grotesque atmospheres of dream and disquiet; Anne-Cécile Surga interprets the sculptural minimalism that she traditionally applies to marble working; Rosa Mundi continues her inquiry into the sphere of past civilisations; and Elisa Cantarelli compels spectators in both tactile and visual ways with her dotted surfaces. And more, Michelangelo Galliani displays his poetics composed of contrasts between the hardness of stone and his fine carving; the multifaceted Roberto Paci Dalò presents an art that is born from music and its sound; and Michele Tombolini brings his experimentations and surreal juxtapositions to convey messages of denunciation through art. The works of Paci Dalò and Tombolini will be presented at the opening night of the Pavilion with a live performance. The London-based artist Endless brings his provocative and radical art into the spaces of the San Marino Pavilion. For the opening on 22 April the street artist will convey his vision of contemporary times with a bold gesture: guests will be witness to an extraordinary performance where Endless gives a live interpretation of the dress worn by Elisabetta Franchi, and then signs one of the EF Monogram Bags. The auteur EF Monogram Bags will be sold at an auction for charity during the evening of 22 April. Proceeds of the entire sale will go to Unicef. “It is an honour to take part in the Biennale art exhibition, especially this edition curated by Cecilia Alemani, an Italian who has skilfully made her way in the world. Supporting humanitarian causes and interconnecting creative experiences have always been among my focuses. This is why I wanted to join in on the project organised by FR Istituto d’Arte Contemporanea in collaboration with Cris Contini Contemporary and on this original artistic performance,” commented the designer Elisabetta Franchi. The Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino, strongly backed by the Secretariat of State for Education and Culture of the Republic of San Marino in the person of Secretary of State Andrea Belluzzi, is supervised by commissioner Riccardo Varini and curated by Vincenzo Rotondo (FR Istituto d’Arte Contemporanea). For more information, see www.biennaleveneziasanmarino.com. FR Istituto d’Arte Contemporanea was founded in San Marino in 2006 by Roberto Felicetti and Vincenzo Rotondo, later joined by Alessandro Bianchini. The Institute arose as a natural development of their fast and brilliant careers in management. The original headquarters in San Marino was complemented with a second location in 2017 housing the recording and television studios of FR Art Collection (another Brand of the Group) where live programs are broadcast. Cris Contini Contemporary is an art gallery founded in 2018 by Cristian Contini and Fulvio Granocchia in the heart of London. With its U.K. and Montenegro locations, it offers collectors access to a portfolio of great modern masters the likes of Pablo Picasso, Lucio Fontana, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, as well as contemporary artists including David Begbie, Endless, Antonio Freiles, Michelangelo Galliani, Ferruccio Gard, Gioni David Parra and Michał Jackowski.