VANNI #artistroom is a space for VANNI’s projects connected to the art world, born from collaborations with artists, fairs, and contemporary art institutions. A free space where creative art and design meet, where fresh ideas and new perspectives on the world reign supreme.
VANNI #artistroom comes from VANNI’s commitment to keeping its link to contemporary creativity alive and well. A commitment sustained for over a decade thanks to the international competition Autofocus, that since 2009 has awarded over 40 young artists, supporting them in their artistic journey, buying their works, and organising over 20 personal shows.
Catalin Pislaruis the winner of the first edition of the VANNI #artistroom Prize
Torino, 5 November 2021 –Catalin Pislaru wins the first edition of the VANNI #artistroom Prize, launched by VANNI occhiali and assigned to an artist under 35 whose research offers an original perspective on reality, opening an unexpected, surprising viewpoint, as through the action of a lens.
The prize has been assigned by an international jury composed of Arthur Arbesser, fashion designer, Marco Sammicheli, director Museo del Design Italiano Triennale, Milano and Marinella Senatore, artist, with the following motivation:
The jury assigns the VANNI #artistroom Prize to Catalin Pislaru, whose imaginary fosters fertile ties with European 20th-century visual culture, especially that of Russia. In his work, the plastic element of painting appears to be poised for a leap into three dimensions. It is possible to sense the potential of constructive applications, in which the compositional architecture of the image displays remarkable concrete versatility. The material culture, ability to work with wood and aluminium and courageous colour sense of the Moldovan artist based in Germany have convinced the jury to select him for this prize.
The VANNI #artistroom Prize confirms the dialogue started in 2019 by VANNI occhiali, a creative eyewear brand present in over forty countries around the world, and Artissima, with the capsule collection curated by Cristian Chironi. With the intention of continuing the exploration of the possible contaminations between the genius of contemporary art and eyewear design, besides a financial award, the winner will have the opportunity to work on a capsule collection of artist’s eyewear and to continue the exploration, which will be produced in a limited edition and launched in 2022 at the MIDO Eyewear Show in Milano, and in Torino in collaboration with Artissima.
The jury is chaired by the fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, who from 6 to 21 November will present an original installation at the project-space of the VANNI occhiali showroom on Piazza Carlina in Torino, based on the dialogue between his idea of fashion and that of the Torino-based firm.
CONCRETE by Cristian Chironi
In 2019 the encounter between the originality of design and the visionary quality of art takes place on new territory, departing from the paths that have already been explored, and stepping into the realm of eyewear with CONCRETE by Cristian Chironi. Fruit of a collaboration with Artissima, the international contemporary art fair in Turin where the artists of the future are discovered, CONCRETE is the first capsule collection of artist designed eyeglasses that physically incorporates, through the productive dimension of VANNI, the universal energy of emerging artistic languages.
The glasses become, from this new perspective, not only a tool for vision but representations themselves of a unique point of view: the one-of-a-kind, unrepeatable reflection of the artist that tightens the bond with the world of design. His own personal artist room in the home of VANNI.
Autofocus 2009-2018. A decade of VANNI in art, an extraordinarily creative experience.We kicked off in 2009 with momentum and motivation, moved only by curiosity for the contemporary. Autofocus is the VANNI eyewear competition for emerging art that has awarded more than 40 artists and organized more than 20 personal shows, in a gallery that has grown from a portion of the showroom into a project-space entirely reserved for art.
As a company, to invest in emerging art for a decade was not an obvious choice, and not a marketing strategy. From the start, VANNI had the desire to create a free space from which to draw inspiration, gathering visions of the contemporary moment that would reflect the perspectives of new generations, in their irreverence, creativity, and vivacity, free from constraints and conventions.
Each of the Autofocus winners receives a catalogue and a purchase offer: purchases with which Vanni has bit by bit built its private collection, that today, displayed in the spaces of the company, represents the vitality of emerging artistic practices.