Alcantara has unveiled the exclusive new artworks commissioned for the art exhibition Unordinary Space, currently taking place in Shanghai at the Aurora Museum until the end of February next year.
For this exhibition, curated by Davide Quadrio, Alcantara has invited two China-born artists, Yin Xiuzhen and Liu Shiyuan, together with Italian fashion designer Gentucca Bini, to conceive site-specific artworks employing Alcantara®’s luxury material as an unparalleled versatile media.
Unordinary Space analyses the architectural and metaphorical environments that connect the Aurora Building, a landmark of the Shanghai skyline, to the annexed museum infrastructure designed by Tadao Ando. The exhibition is articulated in three chapters: the space as a container, the space as surface, and the space as digital platform.
November, Los Angeles
Alcantara, ambassador of the authentic Made in Italy worldwide and among the highest expression of Italian craftsmanship and lifestyle, is the main partner of two internationally acclaimed events dedicated to the “Great Cinema” taking place in Los Angeles, celebrating the Italian excellence and its attitude to creativity.
From November 12-16 the glamorous film festival CinemaItalianStyle 2015 celebrated Italian contemporary cinema, produced by Luce Cinecittà and American Cinematheque; followed by the American première of YOUTH, the latest film by Paolo Sorrentino, winner of the prestigious Academy Awards 2014, helded on Tuesday, November 17th in the extraordinary framework of the Directors Guild of America.
The screening was toasted with an exclusive reception with celebrities, entertainment industry VIPs alongside the cast and the filmmakers, including Paolo Sorrentino (Director/Screenwriter), Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano (Actors).
Alcantara in partnership with the Venice International University (VIU) and with the support of the Center for Automotive and Mobility Innovation – CAMI, organized the second edition of the International Symposium on Sustainability titled “The automotive ecosystem on the global road to sustainability. The Asian perspective”.
This year’s edition started from the premises of 2014 meeting and focused on the debate about the sustainability issue in a context of global interactions between producers and markets.
Through presentations, keynote speeches and open discussions, the Symposium contributed to build a shared vision on sustainability, orientate sustainable actions in the future and address future trends concerning sustainability policies, also considering the events that have shaken the whole automotive system to its roots.
Located in the exceptional setting of the rooms of the Prince’s Apartment in the Royal Palace of Milan, Alcantara, Technology of Dreams invites visitors to cross the threshold between reality and dreams, concreteness and imagination. The exhibition is opened till May 31 and it is a part of Expo In Città (Expo in the City), a full calendar of events accompanying the cultural life of the city through the six months of the Universal Exposition.
The new Alcantara concept store in Milan's fashion district opens during the Fuorisalone. In a 300 m2 space where the sense of colour is combined with a hi-tech mood, the entire vista of the Alcantara lifestyle world is on show, with furnishings and accessories that illustrate the potential of an extremely versatile material that is a favourite with creatives, stylists and designers. In a dynamic environment, characterised by the enormous coloured rugs that separate the various areas, Alcantara is a multicoloured presence on the walls of the ground floor, while in the basement it transforms to become a theatre set that highlights the inimitable laser processes. The Metamorphosis collection, focal point of the space, covers iconic designer pieces with textures in original colour palettes. The brand’s character is also interpreted in the creations of designer and illustrator Rebecca Moses, who has created bags, iPhone and iPad covers, and other accessories. Without forgetting the capsule collections devised by n.21-Alessandro dell’Acqua, MSGM, Giannico, Superduper Hats and Paula Cadermartori, the creative designers selected by Vogue Italia who have created a series of unique pieces using this highly sensory material. Open to the public until 30 September 2015, the Alcantara concept store will be a dynamic and versatile location, ready to change according to necessity and the moment, and to add new talents to the list of the names involved.
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Alcantara chose Shanghai to hold “Alcantara City”, an exclusive happening to show the incredible creations that Alcantara material can shape into through different fields. With the cooperation of some of its leading brand partners in various industries, “Alcantara City” delivered an ingenious stage design and a highly creative art show, celebrating Alcantara’s magic charm and beauty-every-day lifestyle. The overall installation was designed in Alcantara material, which was die-cut into tree and building shapes to create a modern fashionable “Alcantara skyline”. Within this special setting, took place a powerful mime show directed by Chinese dancing pioneer Xiao Ke and titled “One day with Alcantara”.
Alcantara, partnering with World Bank’s Connect4Climate, Earth Day Network and Global Poverty Project, supported the 45th anniversary of 2015 Earth Day taking place April 17-19 on the National Mall in Washington. Alcantara was one of the main partner of the three-days-event and welcomed up to 50.000 people a day in its own ALCANTARA MAGIC GARDEN pavilion: an imaginary fairytale landscape where we can see, touch and try things that convey a strong feeling of pleasure and amusement. Alcantara Magic Garden is a route winding through a “virtual wood” with a long river, broad fields, sculptural trees and out-of-scale fruit. They create the setting for the extraordinariness of works by star designers and young talents, who perfectly succeed in bringing thoughts to life through the medium of this exceptional material. Once again, with its contribution to such a worldwide event, Alcantara confirms to be a step forward in the sustainability field, which is gaining growing appreciation in all the businesses in which the company operates: from automotive to fashion, from interior design to hi-tech.
Local Icons. Greetings from Rome exhibition is the latest project of the partnership between Alcantara and the National Museum of XXI Century Art in Rome. At MAXXI from 27 March to 7 June 2015, the exhibition is a metaphorical journey around the Eternal City through creative reinterpretations of a number of emblematic objects. Curators: Giulio Cappellini and Domitilla Dardi. Designers: Gentucca Bini, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Laudani&Romanelli, Paola Navone, Patricia Urquiola, Stefano Giovannoni, Zanellato/Bortotto.