illycaffè serves as main sponsor of the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

illycaffè serves as main sponsor of the 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

April 20 - 2024

Coffee Geography Magazine

illycaffè continues its support for the Venice Art Biennale themed "Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere." The partnership sees a fresh addition with the unveiling of a new illy Art Collection featuring works by four emerging Latin American artists, selected by the curator of Biennale Arte 2024, Adriano Pedrosa, from among the exhibitors. Once again, the illy cups serve as a canvas for expression, this time showcasing the creativity of Guatemalan artist Paula Nicho, Peruvian artist Rember Yahuarcani, Colombian artist Aycoobo, and the Brazilian collective Mahaku. Their creations reflect the rich cultural heritage of their respective homelands. The collection has been presented alongside the artists and the curator of Biennale Arte 2024 at an event held at the Procuratie Vecchie in Piazza San Marco. 

The Home of Human Safety Net has been transformed to echo the themes of the four cups, immersing visitors in the lush Amazonian forests of Aycoobo, the natural geometries of Mahku, the vibrant floral landscapes of Paula Nicho's Guatemala, and the colorful contrasts of Rember Yahuarcani's Peru. illycaffè is an Italian family-owned coffee company, founded in Trieste in 1933 with presence in 140 countries around the globe.

"The new illy Art Collection echoes the Biennale's theme by celebrating those who are foreign or distant," says Cristina Scocchia, CEO of illycaffè. "Through contemporary art, it promotes dialogue, inclusion, and respect for all cultures underlining the importance of living in balance with nature. These values are central to illycaffè's operations, where we prioritize people and the environment throughout our supply chain."


Cristina Scocchia, CEO of illycaffè

The presentation of the illy Art Collection was attended by renowned figures including Tamu McPherson, Candela Pelizza, Vera and Viola Arrivabene, Alex Riviere, Sveva Alviti, Marina and Sandro Ksandr, Cosima Auermann, Marilies Pia Pfeifhofer, and Ildo Damiano together with the Chairman of illycaffè Andrea Illy with his wife Elisabetta, and the CEO Cristina Scocchia. 

To symbolize the idea of openness to all foreigners in Venice and around the world, illycaffè has decided to give the experience to the city that is the symbol of the Biennale and to those who visit during the course of the art exhibition. In the evocative setting of Giardini Reali of Venice, the young Italian composer and pianist Alessandro Martire performed a solo concert.