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Massimo Bottura signs the dining space of the new "Gucci Garden”

“Gucci Garden” is the elegant and fresh name chosen by the double G griffe for its new showroom in Firenze, at Piazza della Signoria, opening on January 10th, 2018, the same day as Pitti Uomo’s fashion show.

The location, conceived by Creative Director Alessandro Michele and totally renovated, is inside the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, which housed the Gucci Museum before but now will host a boutique of unique items, an art exhibition area curated by art critic Maria Luisa Frisa and, last but not least, the restaurant run by Three-Star Michelin Chef Massimo Bottura.

Bottura is one of the best-known names in worldwide catering whose Osteria Francescana in Modena, besides being awarded three Michelin stars, was ranked first at “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2016” in New York (first Italian restaurant to win the title).

It was the designer Alessandro Michele personally who strongly wanted the chef from Modena for the restyling of the catering area, thus choosing the extraordinary creativity and top-quality of  the Made in Italy for the launch of his new bistrot.

Actually, Gucci Garden will further consolidate the relationship between the Fashion House and its Florentine roots. This year, indeed, Gucci has promised 2 million euros to restore the Boboli Gardens in Florence over a period of three years. As evidence of that, last May the prestigious brand has staged its Cruise Collection show 2018 in the Palatine Gallery of Palazzo Pitti, which overlooks the Boboli Gardens.

100 years of Photography Leica for the first time in Rome

Finally in Rome, in its sole Italian stop-over, the exhibition I Grandi Maestri. 100 Anni di fotografia Leica takes place at the Complesso del Vittoriano - Ala Brasini until 18 February 2018.

The exhibition, under the aegis of the Istituto per la storia del Risorgimento italiano, is promoted by the Assessorato alla Crescita culturale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale, with the patronage of the Regione Lazio, produced and managed by Arthemisia and Contrasto and is curated by Hans-Michael Koetzle, one of the most renowned photography reviewer.

Leica, a revolutionary and flexible device that, from 1920 to today, has greatly changed the way people perceive and photograph.

More than 350 original vintage printsby renowned photographers, along with historical documents from the Leica archive, videos about photographers (such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Alberto Korda and Garry Winogrand), vintage advertising posters, historical magazines and first editions of books accompany the visitor in a journey through time and history, to discover those revolutionary changes allowed by such a technological innovation as the "Ur-Leica"

The exhibition is a journey through time and history, to celebrate what the "lillipuziana", like its inventor Oskar Barnack called the Leica, the first compact machine with 35 mm film built in 1914 and launched on the market in 1925. There was not one Leica photographer who did not have a special attachment to his camera. First of all Henri Cartier - who has never managed to escape from Leica, so much to say: "The other cameras I tried have always convinced me to come back to her ... As long as I do this job, this is my camera”.

The exhibition offers 16 sections where you can admire original Leica models, vintage advertising posters, historical magazines, first editions of books, all documenting the use for art, fashion, author, reportage, photojournalism, in various countries of the world to discover how most of the images imprinted in our memory have been taken just and only with a Leica.

Discover the exclusive editions for Gente Roma at our boutique in Via Frattina, 92 and online at www.genteroma.com.

“Corpo, movimento, struttura”: at MAXXI Museum an unprecedented survey of the world of contemporary jewelry

We are in Rome at MAXXI, the majestic Museum of Contemporary Art that will host until January 14, 2018 “Corpo, Movimento, Struttura” an exhibition aiming at carrying out an unprecedented survey on contemporary jewelry.

Six designers and six architects meet to tell us about the common language made of relationships, connections, balance of weights and volumes shared by architecture and jewelry.

The link between small and large scale is told through the exhibition of jewels next to the preparatory drawings, in order to show the many common points between  jewelry and architecture, regardless their different purposes and scale as they both relate with the body in movement providing  structures that can "inhabit" it or make it inhabit a space.

In the same way jewelry  is presented together with the preparatory drawings so as to illustrate the development of the design process and the execution of the one-off and limited edition pieces, a process very different to that of industrial jewelry. Exhibited alongside these pieces are a selection of architectural models from the MAXXI Architecture collection that interact with the jewelry as pure structural suggestions, following the formal conjugations and expressive registers of the designers.

A jewel is an object that is open to many and different readings , the first being traditionally aesthetic, for the beauty of the work as well as the idea of ​​the beautiful that a jewel  conveys and transmits. Alongside with this, however, the complexity of a jewel structure, idea and form stands out.

Giampaolo Babetto, David Bielander, Helen Britton, Peter Chang, Monica Cecchi and Philip Sajet are called to interpret with their new creations the models by the architects Vittorio De Feo, IaN +, Sergio Musmeci, Pier Luigi Nervi, Maurizio Sacripanti and Carlo Scarpa, as collected at MAXXI Architecture.

This is not just an opportunity to travel within the two forms of space art, but it is also a way to remember the disappearance of Peter Chang's figure and work.

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