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New illy Art Collection by Gillo Dorfles

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The latest illy Art Collection bears the signature of Gillo Dorfles, one of the most eclectic figures in the international world of art and culture over the last few decades.

Artist, critic and intellectual, sociologist of the arts and aesthetician, Dorfles was the first to decisively come up with an international definition of the concept “kitsch” in his work “Il Kitsch. Antologia del cattivo gusto”. He went on to carve out a long career as one of the most influential movers and shakers in contemporary art.

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The latest illy Art Collection bears the signature of Gillo Dorfles, one of the most eclectic figures in the international world of art and culture over the last few decades.

Artist, critic and intellectual, sociologist of the arts and aesthetician, Dorfles was the first to decisively come up with an international definition of the concept “kitsch” in his work “Il Kitsch. Antologia del cattivo gusto”. He went on to carve out a long career as one of the most influential movers and shakers in contemporary art.

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The new illy Art Collection is inspired by a number of decorative designs for textiles that Dorfles originally drew on paper between 1937 and 1940 using the egg oil emulsion technique, an ancient approach adopted by the great fifteenth-century masters. Dorfles has revisited these designs, playfully experimenting with the repetition of a number of graphic elements and a reinterpretation of archetypical signs.

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In the illy Art Collection, the forms and colours of the imaginative universe that continues to be the hallmark of Dorfles’ poetics transform the coffee break into a fully-rounded aesthetic experience – one that restores the right balance to our existence in this world.

This collaboration between the artist and illycaffè is born under the sign of shared, deeply-held values and visions. Both parties are Trieste born and bred, and both parties embrace the same Mitteleuropean cultural horizon. Gillo Dorfles has long been involved with emerging forms of expression and has focused his farsighted gaze on the future present of the Arts the same way that illy has always courageously supported emerging talent, embracing expressions of contemporary art as it supports its local area.

“Beauty exists and beauty will exist always,” says Gillo Dorfles apropos of the ongoing evolution of art. “Unless the world becomes so ‘brutish’ that it transforms men into ‘brutes’.”

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The Gillo Dorfles illy Art Collection espresso cups, cappuccino cups and mug are available from February 2016 from illy sales outlets and the www.illy.com site.

Furthermore, the distinctive textile designs of the great artist adorn the surface of the 250g-coffee can, which is transformed into an artwork and complete the illy Art Collection.

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