VANNI artist room 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 artist room 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
VANNI and ARTISSIMA 2021 | Turin, 5 - 7 November 2021
Continuing a journey that started 15 years ago, VANNI eyewear is once more committing itself to supporting the contemporary art world by renewing its collaboration with Artissima for 2021, begun in 2019 with the capsule collection curated by Cristian Chironi.
VANNI is launching the VANNI #artistroom Prize in order to further explore the possibilities of cross-pollination between eyewear design and the creativity of the contemporary art world.
The prize, decided by an international jury, will be awarded to an artist under 35 whose artistic research offers an original perspective on reality, pulling into focus an unexpected horizon just as a lens would. The winner, in addition to a cash reward, will receive the opportunity to inspire a capsule collection of auteur eyewear which will be produced in limited edition and launched at MIDO 2022, as well as in Turin in collaboration with Artissima.
The jury will be led by the fashion designer Arthur Arbesser who, in occasion of Artissima, will present an original installation in the project-space of the VANNI eyewear Showroom in Turin’s Piazza Carlina, born from the joining of his vision of fashion and that of the Turinese
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.