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Olivier Berggruen

You are the curator of the show “Picasso. Between Cubism and Classicism: 1915-1925” that will open in Rome on September 20th at the Scuderie del Quirinale and at Palazzo Barberini. What is so special about this exhibition? Just to give you some background, there is a reason for this show, which is very simple. It is the 100th anniversary of Picasso’s trip to Rome and to Naples between February and April 1917, which he made at the instigation of Jean Cocteau and Sergei Diaghilev. Picasso, who was a Spanish citizen caught in Paris in the middle of the war,...

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Jean Doumanian

The producer Jean Doumanian is the founder of Jean Doumanian Productions, an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated, and Tony Award winning, film, television and theatrical production company. You recently produced the film “Una”. The premiere will be in London in September, in New York the first week of October. It is an adaptation of the Olivier Award winning play called “Blackbird”. The main actors are Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and the young actress Ruby Stokes. You started in television with Saturday Night Live and then produced films and plays? Yes, it is all part of my creative process....

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Christian Louboutin

This classic interview with Christian Louboutin was first published in La Stampa on 3rd June 2012. The Design Museum of London is holding a retrospective honouring Christian Louboutin’s twenty-year career. The show runs through 9 July. Mr. Louboutin, what can you tell us about it? It is an exhibition curated by Donna Loveday that traces the history of my work. The focus isn’t just on my shoes. It shows the work that came before, the complex craftsmanship that is the foundation of my shoes. Thus, the curator had my Paris atelier recreated with many details, explaining all of the...

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Bella Freud

Fashion designer Bella Freud was born in London and studied in Rome. She is renowned for her signature jumpers Je t’aime Jane, Ginsberg is God and 1970. Fans of Bella Freud include Alexa Chung, Laura Bailey, Kate Moss and Alison Mosshart. You just came back to London after being in LA. Do you consider California the centre of creativity today? No, but something is happening there. Lots of people are moving to LA. I have only being going in the last 6 years, but it’s very soothing and quite stimulating, and I enjoy the languid feeling. They have great...

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Gianandrea Noseda

We have scrambled eggs with the conductor Gianandrea Noseda in the Lincoln Center restaurant.  Noseda is a tall man with an athletic look and he has very polite manners. Live from the Met. “I am in New York to conduct the new production of Prince Igor by Borodin and I am here for another production of Andrea Chénier in March.” How long ago you did you start working with the Met? I started in 2002 with another epic Russian opera, War and Peace by Prokofiev. Since then I have been coming regularly. I have conducted five Verdi productions. This...

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