The Italian Style project is part of Italian Institute Culture – Hong Kong ongoing commitment to support and promote contemporary Italian art and design.
The Institute, directed by Stefano Fossati from 2019, plays an important role in the diffusion of Italian culture by organizing concerts, exhibitions, screenings, readings and other cultural events and it also encourages cultural and scientific collaboration between Italy and Hong Kong / Macao.
Started from autumn 2020 the Institute launched a program to specifically support and promote Italian contemporary artists, starting with Elisa Sighicelli’s exhibition at Rossi&Rossi gallery (October-November 2020) and Valentina Loffredo ‘s one at Novalis Contemporary Art Design Gallery.
Recent initiatives include the design exhibition “Milan – Hong Kong design, new forms and functions in parallel with Italian iconic works” (March-April 2021), in which three emerging Italian designers are dialoguing with a selection of pieces by Italian Masters from the 1970s to the 1990s, such as Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Gaetano Pesce, etc.
In March 2021 the Institute also supported Paola Pivi’s new solo exhibition at Massimo De Carlo Gallery. Titled ‘Why not?’, the exhibition is the Italian artist’s first one in Hong Kong, nine years after her majestic solo show at Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai “Share, but it’s not fair.” The show presented one new and first-time seen body of work titled “Bear foot”, along with three iconic works by the Italian artist.
Stefano Fossati – director of ICI – Hong Kong
Stefano Fossati (Turin, 1957), current director of Italian Cultural Institute – Hong Kong, studied Sanskrit, Pali and Arabic languages at Torino University, and graduated with a thesis on ancient Indian Aesthetics. After graduation, he worked for two years at the Cesmeo (the International Institute for Advanced Asian Studies) where he studied Hindi language and has spent three months in India (mainly in Benares) for research.
From 1996 to 2001 he worked as an assistant language teacher (in Italian “Lettore MAE)) at Delhi University.
In 2001 he became cultural attache’ at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and in 2003 was posted to the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, where his main responsibility was the organisation of the courses of Italian language and culture. He then was appointed as director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Melbourne (2008-2013), Osaka (2014-2019) and from 2019 he oversees the one in Hong Kong.
Fabio Cavallucci – curator
Fabio Cavallucci (Santa Sofia, 1961), one of the most important Italian art critics and curators, from 2001 to 2008, he directed the Galleria Civica of Contemporary Art of Trento (Italy). He coordinated Manifesta 7-The European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Italy, 2008), directed the 14th edition of the International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (Italy, 2010) and the Polish-Ukrainian section of the 1st Biennale of Kyiv (2012). From 2010 to 2014, he oversaw the Contemporary Art Centre of Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw) and directed the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato, Italy from 2014 to 2017, which he re-opened with the large exhibition The End of the World after the realization of an extension in 2016.
In 2019 was one of the chief curators, together with Carlo Ratti and Meng Jianmin, of the Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen with the project “Ascending City” that brought together a number of prestige architects, artists, filmmakers, writers and museum advisors, as well as interdisciplinary professionals.
Elisabetta Zerbinatti – assistant curator
Elisabetta Zerbinatti graduated in 2018 from the department of Oriental Languages and Culture at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, having written her thesis in the field of Chinese contemporary art. In 2019, she obtained a master’s degree in Arts Management from the Catholic University of Milan and she then worked for Ordet, Milan and Electa, Milan.