alain elkann interviews

LITERATURE AND EDUCATION

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is famous for his books ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ and ‘The White Road’, and for his ceramic pottery. His recent exhibition in Stockholm was titled ‘Giorgio Morandi / Edmund de Waal’. Is it unusual for an artist also to be a best-selling author? It is...

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Bill Sherman

Bill Sherman is the new Director of the Warburg Institute. Displaced from Hamburg to London in the 1930s under the pressure of Nazism, the Warburg is a gift to London in perpetuity. In 1944 it became part of the University of London, and since 1994 the Warburg has...

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Carole Hubscher

Caran d’Ache, the Swiss manufacturer of writing instruments and color products, has Carole Hubscher at the head of its Board of Directors. Caran d’Ache is a jewel in Switzerland’s manufacturing industry, a family business with a strong ethos of sustainability, and...

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Dr Virgilio Sacchini

Dr. Virgilio Sacchini, a breast cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, affirms that we are going to beat cancer. Dr. Virgilio Sacchini, you work as a breast cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and are a...

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Keith Christiansen

Keith Christiansen is the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. What's happening in your department at the Metropolitan Museum at the moment?  In the European Paintings department there is a very...

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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...

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Roberto Mottola

President of Circolo del Remo e della Vela Italia (The Rowing and Sailing Club Italia) in Naples’ Santa Lucia neighbourhood. You participated in the 1972 Olympics in Munich as a member of the Italian sailing team. You had a nine-metre boat...

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Stanley Johnson

The British politician and author Stanley Johnson is an expert on environmental and population issues.  As a United Kingdom (UK) Member of the European Parliament (MEP) he was also a dedicated believer in the United Europe concept and he...

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Timothy Radcliffe

Dominican friar Timothy Radcliffe is a member of the community at Blackfriars, Oxford, and was Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001. He is the author of a number of very popular books drawn from his experiences. There is too much religious...

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Robin Lane Fox

Robin Lane Fox is an English classicist, ancient historian and gardening writer known for his works on Alexander the Great. At the University of Oxford he serves as Garden Master and as Extraordinary Lecturer in Ancient History for both New and Exeter Colleges. He has...

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Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead is a human rights journalist and the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo,  Martha Gellhorn and Lucie de la Tour du Pin. She wrote two bestselling books on the French Resistance, and has now turned her attention to the antifascist...

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Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is Chair of  the Museums & Exhibitions Group of the Association of Art Historians, and co-curator with Catherine Whistler of Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean Museum (1 June – 3 September 2017). This outstanding exhibition is described by the museum’s...

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Dr. Montefiore is an historian of Russia and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been awarded the Literary Prize Lupicaia del Terriccio 2017 for his book ‘The Romanovs: 1613-1918’. He is the author of ‘Catherine the Great and Potemkin:...

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Jonathan Taplin

Jon Taplin wrote the book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us. The Guardian newspaper review described the book’s central argument as being that “the titans of the digital age frequently...

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Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes is a leading British journalist and fashion critic. Formerly the fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune she is now International Fashion Editor for 19 editions of Vogue online. Why did you become a fashion editor? Is fashion your lifelong...

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Tamara Chalabi

Life in Iraq today is archaic and dysfunctional - and on show at the 57th Venice Biennale. Tamara Chalabi is co-founder and Chair of the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq. She is co-curator of Archaic at the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 57th...

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Gilles Kepel

In this August 2016 interview Gilles Kepel said: "I believe that the French political class must overcome its present state of mediocrity, and I hope that next year we will elect a President who is up to dealing with so many challenges." We republish the interview in...

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Athene Donald

The physicist at the head of Cambridge University's Churchill College has concerns about Brexit. Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS is Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, where she is Master of Churchill College. She served as the University...

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Antoine Gallimard

Antoine Gallimard is President of Éditions Gallimard and the Madrigall Group, which is the third largest French publishing group. Your grandfather Gaston Gallimard was one of the founders of La Nouvelle Revue Française, in order to please some of his friends, among...

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Robert B. Silvers

Robert Benjamin Silvers, editor, was born 31 December 1929; sadly, he died 20 March 2017. We republish this interview from April 2014 in his memory. May he rest in Peace. Robert B. Silvers is Editor of The New York Review of Books. The offices of The New York Review...

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Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker is Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief between 2009 and 2013. Previously, he was U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London. In 1994, he joined the Financial Times as Tokyo...

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Laurent Le Bon

Laurent Le Bon is Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris, the Musée National Picasso. Your previous career was as a Professor and a curator, and now you are the Director of the Picasso Museum in Paris. What is the right profile for the director of an institution...

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Jean d’Ormesson

"The real victim of populism is democracy." Various countries of the world are living in a situation of increasing populism. In France the elections are imminent. Jean d'Ormesson is a well placed, wise observer and commentator. He was born in Paris in 1925. In the...

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Paolo Sorrentino

"Cinema alleviates the pain that comes from solitude." Paolo Sorrentino is an Academy Award winning film director and screenwriter. For the first time he has made a television serial, ‘The Young Pope’ produced by Sky Atlantic, HBO and Canal+. It has had great success,...

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Tom Stoppard

The interview with Tom Stoppard took place in the coffee lounge of the National Theatre London in a break in rehearsal of his new play “The Hard Problem”. Your new play “The Hard Problem” opens at the National Theatre on January 31st, 2015. The Director is Nicholas...

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Amit Sood

Combatting stress, the global epidemic of the 21st Century. Dr. Amit Sood was born and raised in Bhopal, India. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and he is committed to decreasing suffering and increasing happiness. Dr. Sood is the author of The Mayo...

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Peter Lantos

We republish this Classic Interview in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. The interview with Peter Lantos took place at the London Library in St James's Square in London.  He is a Holocaust survivor from Hungary and has lived in London for 45 years. He writes...

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Patrick Kinmonth

“...a rare thing, a true renaissance man.” Anna Wintour, Vogue Italia Patrick Kinmonth is an Anglo-Irish opera director and designer, filmmaker, writer, painter, interior designer, art editor, creative director and exhibition curator. He is widely known for his many...

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Caterina de Renzis Sonnino

LIVING HISTORY TO SUSTAIN THE FUTURE. The de Renzis Sonnino family has been living in the Castello di Montespertoli since the beginning of the 19th Century. The arrival of Alessandro and Caterina de Renzis Sonnino and their children in 1987 marked the start of a new...

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Anthony d’Offay

The interview with the distinguished art dealer and philanthropist Anthony d’Offay takes place in his elegant first floor office on London’s Dering Street, an historic wood-panelled room where he works with his young assistant. Downstairs is Postcard Teas, a shop...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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