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.
#Artistroom was born from VANNI's desire to keep the link with contemporary creativity alive and vibrant.
Beginning in 2008, VANNI supported the first editions of Artissima (the international contemporary art show in Turin) and led to the creation of Autofocus, VANNI's international competition for emerging artists. Autofocus has given awards to over 40 young artists in the last decade, supporting them in their artistic journey, acquiring their pieces of art, and organizing more than 20 personal shows in VANNI Turin Showroom. In 2019 VANNI opened up a new phase of collaboration with Artissima, bringing artistic practice into the manufacture of the glasses. Today, the VANNI #artistroom award explores the possible contaminations between contemporary artistic genius and eyewear design.
Inside the fair, the prize sets out to select the artist – thanks to a jury of multi-sectorial experts – whose research offers an original perspective on reality, triggering an unexpected and surprising gaze, like looking through a lens. The winner, besides receiving a cash prize of 2,500 euros, will have the opportunity to collaborate on the design of a capsule collection of artist’s eyewear, produced in a limited edition.
Elisa Alberti is the winner of the third edition of the VANNI #artistroom Prize.
The artist is represented by Krobath gallery, Vienna. The prize has been assigned by an international jury composed of: Lucia Aspesi, curator, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milano;
Giuseppe Fantasia, journalist, Roma;
Annalia Venezia, journalist, Milano, with the following remarks: “For her ability to produce works featuring simple geometric forms and soft monochrome surfaces. For her vocabulary made of words with multiple meanings, where the colours emerge on surfaces that fill spaces in which the experimental and the non-experimental coexist and trigger emotions. Her acrylic painting, with abstract and minimalist references, creates a world that is ours, in which all viewers can recognize themselves in their own way.”
Teresa Giannico wins the second edition of the VANNI #artistroom prize.
“Working with visual detritus from an archive that she constantly feeds, Giannico comes up with human and natural landscapes that, although not pictorial, take on an almost impressionistic quality."
Following the line of her artistic practice, also for this project Teresa draws from digital images archives, digging in the history of eyewear.
“Visum” is the capsule collection of sunglasses that combines an artistic component with the design’s functionality, an encounter between art’s capacity of “seeing beyond”.
Visum is a project that reflects on the act of seeing as a social act. While it is true that observing is first and foremost an individual act, it is also true that the impressions that come from it help shape a more collective perception of the world itself. In an era in which our image influenced society coexists with new forms of propaganda, the two models of sunglasses we have designed aim to be an intimate object that brings our focus back to the importance of sight itself.
I BREATHE POETRY by Catalin Pislaru
In 2021, VANNI #artistroom prize at Artissima rewards the young Moldavian artist Catalin Pislaru and continues with it’s "artist's eyewear" project.
The intention of pursuing the exploration of possible contaminations between the genius of contemporary art and eyewear design is expressed with "I Breathe Poetry", the capsule collection of research eyewear, an encounter between the two-dimensionality of a stroke on canvas and the three-dimensionality of a pair of glasses. Catalin, as a student wrote "I breathe poetry" on the door of his studio with a marker, it will become a dictum for him to follow, a point of reference for ongoing research. Year 1988 and Year 2088 are the two models of glasses that suggest a retro-futuristic current, a metaphysical dialogue between the '80s and a possible future, the year 2088, a romantic conflict between past and dystopian future.
CONCRETE by Christian 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.
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.