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ILLYCAFFÈ to bring its art collection at 60TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

ILLYCAFFÈ to bring its art collection at 60TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

February 02 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine


Illycaffè as main sponsor of the Biennale Arte 2024 "Stranieri Ovunque - Foreigners Everywhere", is launching this year’s art event to the public on April 20th in Venice. This collaboration, initiated in 2003, stems from the shared commitment to exploring and promoting beauty through the medium of contemporary art in conjunction with one of the world's most esteemed art events. 

In this edition, the partnership takes on enriched dimensions with the introduction of a new illy Art Collection featuring works by emerging Latin American artists. These artists, handpicked by the curator of Biennale Arte 2024, Adriano Pedrosa, have been selected from the pool of exhibitors, providing them with a tangible opportunity for increased visibility and artistic growth. The iconic illy cups have once again been transformed into blank canvases, allowing the chosen artists to showcase their creativity and reinforcing the fusion of beauty and excellence that characterizes the illy brand.

Cristina Scocchia CEO of illycaffè

Cristina Scocchia CEO of illycaffè

Cristina Scocchia, CEO of illycaffè, expresses delight in reaffirming the collaboration with the 60th International Art Exhibition, stating, "This year's event celebrates those who are foreign or distant, using the language of contemporary art, which has always been a catalyst for dialogue and inclusion. These are values that illycaffè upholds throughout its entire supply chain, consistently placing individuals at the core of its operations." 

Attendees, including artists, collectors, curators, and visitors at the 60th International Art Exhibition, will have the opportunity to savor the unique illy blend at the Biennale Arte's refreshment points and, during the inauguration days, at the gazebo situated at the entrance to the Giardini della Biennale venue.

Illycaffè S.p.A. (branded and stylised as illy) is an Italian coffee company specializing in espresso, headquartered in Trieste. Illy markets its coffee globally in silver and red pressurized, oxygen-free cans; operates a network of cafes on shopping streets, in museums, and in airports; and, since 2009, has marketed a line of coffee-flavoured energy drinks as illy issimo. 

Either as whole beans or ground coffee, Illy offers medium, dark, and decaffeinated roast variations; as well as single-origin arabica variations, as available; each from Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Tanzania or India. Seasonally, the company offers Idillyum, a low-caffeine arabica grown in El Salvador. The company packages coffee as whole beans, pre-ground coffee, ESE pods, and iperEspresso capsules. 

Illy was founded in 1933 by Francesco Illy, remains family-controlled and employs about 2700+ employees (2015). 2022 revenues totalled €567.7 million, and in late 2019, Illycaffee sought to expand into the United States market, offering a 20% stake in the company to potential investors.