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Green Art Project

Corneliani once again demonstrates its commitment to the world of art by launching the Green Art project, a series of collaborations with young emerging artists who, each season, with their purpose-built installations, become the stars and an integral part of the collection.
Through this project, the historic building located in Via Durini in Milan, Palazzo Durini Caproni di Taliedo, is transformed every six months when it hosts monographic installations by young talents who, with their works, provide a backdrop and context for the collection, based not only on aesthetic principles but also, and especially, on ethical principles. In fact, the selected artists are not bound by any creative constraints, aside from having to use only sustainable, natural and recycled materials for their installations, which sends a clear and unambiguous message.


SS23: "Why Matter Matters?"
Camilla Alberti for Corneliani - curated by Sofia Baldi

What would happen if we were to look at the present through the eyes of future generations?
With a little imagination we are thrown into the future, and what we are seeing in front of us are the relics of the present. A huge creature towers over us in the middle of the room, and like a huge fossil it encompasses the characteristic features of contemporary art. Our time is no longer about crystal-clear and pristine nature, but is rather shaped through contamination with anthropic elements: if we get closer to the sculpture we will notice that it has shells, different kinds of branches, lichens or lignicolous fungi which, with a highly unlikely yet very realistic dance, interact with hydraulic pipes, power steering, CD splinters and bicycle sprockets. Such juxtapositions seem to be impossible; and yet, they are nothing less than a faithful and lucid representation of present-day archaeology.
So now that we have practiced looking for detail, we can turn our attention to exploring Corneliani’s garments. In keeping with Camilla Alberti (Milan, 1994) research, the brand propels the entire Spring/Summer 2023 collection into the future, and combines the use of conventional tailoring materials, such as wool, silk or cotton, with state-of-the-art technical fabrics. All of a sudden, Corneliani’s elegant and refined garments now also embrace functionality through the use of nylon and polyester.

FW22: "UltraCapi"
SCERBO for Corneliani – curated by Sofia Baldi

As a way of emphasising the brand’s eco-friendly production policies, the Sardinian-Piedmontese artist SCERBO (Biella, 1984) sets out to creatively explore the environment in order to search for materials that can be recovered. After combing the city and the woods of Piedmont, SCERBO discovered three elements that would later become the stars, at first discarded and then repurposed, of the installation "UltraCapi": oak tree barks, cherry tree branches and metal pipes. This material, which is of natural and anthropic origin, has been rethought and repurposed by the artist who created three sculptural elements, gently placed on the heads of three CIRCLE mannequins as if they were crowns. While crowns are usually associated with social responsibilities (whether they arise from temporal or spiritual power), this kind of eco-friendly headgear urge us to take environmental responsibility, faced with a pressing issue that cannot be put off any longer. The "UltraCapi" by SCERBO give shape to three totemic figures, three custodians tasked with taking care of, watching over and protecting planet Earth. The calling of these figures is to preserve all that is precious, and the crowns that adorn their heads, which have been cast and fashioned around modern-day issues, remind us that nothing is more important, more worthy of our time and effort, than protecting our planet.

The artist’s work reminds us that anyone can be a worthy recipient of the crown, assuming they make this commitment knowingly. The custodians of "UltraCapi" wear the same clothes as we do, but have no face or rank, and are each and every one of us.

SS22: "Foreste di Filo" (Thread Forests)
Federico De Lorentis for Corneliani – curated by Sofia Baldi

The artist Federico de Lorentis (Galatina, 1994) adopts a site-specific approach: this means that he conceives the installation on site, which is specifically intended for the location and the audience that will experience it. Here, the artist, who was astonished by the outstanding beauty of the Durini Caproni building in Taliedo (Corneliani’s headquarters), put himself to the test by creating a work that respects the historical and official heritage of this place. The installation perfectly complements the balanced and monumental appearance of 17th-century Lombard architecture while recalling the profession of Gian Giacomo Durini, a silk merchant who, in 1573, led the family to success.
Federico de Lorentis then created an immersive installation, which was made up of more than 300 kilometres of silk and cotton thread, painstakingly spun and suspended in vertical strips from the high ceiling of the main hall.
devised an installation that was exclusively made up of worn thread, which had been discarded by Corneliani and its suppliers. The artist then put it together again and enhanced it with the aim of promoting a respectful attitude towards the planet we live in.