In this section dedicated to culture, we will talk about the men and the events that have written important pages of history, from pictorial art to fashion. An historic legacy that defines the relationships of the social group and those with the outside world.

You can read, read, read, which is the most beautiful thing you can do in your youth: and slowly you will feel enriched inside, you will feel inside yourself that special experience that is culture. (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

Tribal art

Southern Guild Gallery /

In 2014, Cape Town was elected World Design Capital, an honour granted every two years by the World Design Organization in recognition of cities that use design effectively as a guiding force for economic, social, …

Zeitz Mocaa

Brutalismo sudafricano /

The largest contemporary African art gallery, 9500 m2 across the nine floors of the Grain Silo Complex, this city’s landmark building, alongside the port, is an old granary dating back to the 20s (decommissioned in …

Petz Hornmanufaktur

"If someone says: I can do it too, it only means that he is able to imitate, otherwise he would have done it sooner" (Bruno Munari)

A tree-lined courtyard in the 15th district of Vienna. When you enter the Petz Hornmanufaktur factory it is as if time stands still: the air is rich with the scent of hot cow horns and …

40 years of Hip Hop

From the street to the museum: photography exhibition at the Ono gallery in Bologna featuring Michael Levine’s superb photos.

From black Bronx ghetto subculture to a cultural phenomenon that spans music, dance, graphics, fashion, and visual arts: 40 years of Hip Hop are celebrated in Bologna at the ONO contemporary art gallery with an …

Ultrà scarves of the Museums

Signed Cattelan / Seletti: very cool scarves that combine art and streetwear

Uniting the parallel worlds of art and football was an impossible mission but, in collaboration with Seletti, Maurizio Catellan has succeeded in doing so. In fact, the Italian artist has launched the Museums League collection, …


"The greatest cultural extravagance imaginable" (David Bowie)

“Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin” (Jack Lang, ex minister of culture, discussing how fast the city changes). An always different urban scene, one of the biggest cultural capitals in the world …


An Inventory of Private Houses in Southern Puglia

Salento Moderno brings together a range of private homes built since the 1950s in Salento, in the area to the south of Lecce: single and double-family dwellings which, in terms of quality and variety, represent …


Julian Rosenfeldt & Cate Blanchett’s Manifesto

A homage to the art world through 13 art and literary manifestoes of historical Avant-guards of the 20th century, 13 very different faces, 13 genius monologues interpreted by a magnificent Cate Blanchett. Manifesto, by director …

The beard in history

From Ancient Greece to Classical Rome, the barbarians, and the Far East...

A mans beard, if it is never cut, could reach a length of more than 9 meters. That’s how we imagine the desert hermits, covered only by long hair and white flowing beards. However, such …

Michael Jackson, the myth

Would have turned 60 in August: see London's exibithion-event pictures

Almost 10 years on from his death, and in the year during which he would have celebrated his 60th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery in London dedicates an exhibition to Michael Jackson. Thriller (Black and …

Andrea Pazienza, thirty years gone

"He was the founder of a great school that had no favourite pupils as it was inimitable, a unique talent" (Roberto Benigni)

30 years after his tragic death at the young age of 32 (in Montepulciano on June 16, 1988), ARF! Festivals and Comicon present an intense exhibition of original works that celebrates the most eclectic and …

How good are italian packaging designers?

During Milan Design Week, three projects in which rediscover style and elegance of made in Italy in every-day objects

FATTO BENE // The Italian Everyday Archetypes project offers a selection of common, but well designed, objects for sale. Project managers, journalist Anna Lagorio and photographer Alex Carnevali, also collect photographs and stories of …

Welcome back Resurrection

Back to shine after a two years recovery the most famous artwork on Christ resurrection

Piero della Francesca’s most famous fresco, Resurrection, appears more secular than spiritual: it portrays Christ as a victorious warrior coming out of the tomb after conquering death. Following a year and a half of careful …

Abandoned clubs

In the Facebook era, the slow decay of real human interaction: see the gallery

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook among the students of Harvard. It triggered an epochal change in our way of interacting. “You can’t make it to 500 million friends without making a few enemies” was …


Editorial project

K-NOW as in Kemon, now: what its deemed as beautiful, today, by Kemon, creates culture and deserves to be described, photographed and published on the pages of the brand’s magazine K-NOW as in know: understanding, …

Street-art evolution

Philippe Echaroux's monumental projections on Amazon Rainforest trees: Project Street-Art 2.0

Street art against deforestation: As founder of the Street Art 2.0 project, French artist and photographer Philippe Echaroux has devloped an evolution of street art that is technological and ecological in form. Instead of working …

The invisible man

Amazingly camouflaged, can you spot him? The incredible performances of Liu Bolin displayed at Vittoriano Museum, Rome

From 2nd March until 1st July, the Chinese artist Liu Bolin will be at the centre of a great exhibition on his incredible art of camouflage at the Rome Vittoriano: in his works the body …

The brilliant street-art of JR

The monumental works of the French artist on display at Lazinc in London: see the gallery

The Frenchman, who became an artist after chancing upon a camera on a metro train, started taking and gluing together images on the same streets where he created them. JR (like the initials of his …

Always provoking

"More than fifty years of magnificent failures": the photographic career of Oliviero Toscani on show in Otranto

Born in Milan, 28 February 1942. An internationally famous photographer, perhaps, among the Italians, the most famous and quoted. “News reports are too easy, where you find slaughters, blood, the dead, take pictures everywhere, make …

7 hallucinogen recipes

In the picture, foie gras and hash jus

Chef Dominique Persoone, master chocolatier at The Chocolate Line in Bruges, has found a way to make chocolate that you can snort. Created for a party with the Rolling Stones, the Chocolate Shooter releases a …

The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Ricky Martin in tight-fitting briefs, Penelope Cruz playing Donatella, Édgar Ramírez in the role of Gianni: the magnificent posters of the main characters

Among the most awaited series of 2018, from the first posters and images published, you can immediately envisage how American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace reconstructs, to the last detail, the story of …

An ode to Gabber subculture

Se uscire in tuta e Air Max è diventato trendy dovete ringraziare una crew di ragazzi di Rotterdam che dagli anni ’90 ballano techno

It started in the early ’90s in Rotterdam, Holland, from a mixture of Feyenoord fans and suburban kids who started to  mix for dancing and hardcore music (powerful and rapid techno which goes from 160 …

The oldest barber in Italy

Today he turns 83, and every day since 1952, at 8a.m Signor Sergio opens his salon in Brescello: 5 euros for beards, 12 for haircuts

“He has never taken a holiday”, Riccardo Bruno, journalist with Corriere della Sera tells us (full article here). Sergio Bianchi Ballano, who turns 83 today, has been a barber since 1944: “For 73 years, I …

“Nostalgia” for Pompeii

Madre Musuem’s great exhibition: for the first time, the ancient city’s exhibitions shown along with the work of great 20th century artists

A dialogue between past and present, artisans and artists, raw and processed materials, ancient and modern art, which creates an incredible, unprecedented mixture and makes the exhibition Pompei @ Madre. Materia Archeologica among the most …

The Poor People’s Barber

Is a haircut and a shave enough to give confidence to those who have nothing? Yes

“We’re not raising awareness; we’re raising compassion”, Joshua Coombes describes what he has been doing for a few years with his organisation: spreading awareness that we are able to make a difference with our compassion, …

A portrait of Karl Lagerfeld

On Sunday our Hair Team returns, and yes, the entire show will be a tribute to King Karl. From 12:30 on OnHair Bologna and live here on facebook

84 years old, son of a family of Hamburg bankers, creative director of Fendi (in 1965, he invented the logo with the two F’s, from the slogan for ‘Fun Fur’) and Chanel (since 1983, catalogue …

How hippies live today

The biggest hippie rally in the world pictured by Denis Vejas...

It’s called the Rainbow Gathering and was formed in 1972 to bring together a temporary community who want to live in touch  with nature and the wild, away from consumerism and celebrating love and peace. …

Olaf Hajek’s fantastic hairstyles

Dream and be inspired by these explosions of colours, accessories and flowers

A wonderful blend of flowers and accessories which travel through time and cultures, Olaf Hajek’s illustrations and hairstyles are a blend of folklore, mythology, religion, history and geography. The German artist’s fervent imagination unites human …

El Dia de los muertos

In Mexico, Halloween is a crazy party full of flowers, skeletons and colours: take a look at the gallery

The days between the end of October and beginning of November are devoted to celebrating those who have passed away in many cultures of the world, however, none of them have quite such a festive …

70 is the new 40

Times are ripe: Vogue dedicates all its magazine, including the cover, to women over 60

It’s called The Timeless Issue: for the first time, the whole issue of Vogue is dedicated to women that have celebrated their 60th birthday (in many cases even their 70th). From the cover and the …

GUCCI Spring/Summer 2018

Hyperbolic hair styling with extreme volume and 70's locks along with shaved heads negotiating femininity in hairdos: see the gallery

LOCATION // The Hypnotism collection walks inside the Gucci Hub, the fashion house’s Milanese headquarters, dressed with marble and statues that are reminiscent of Rome. The show is in fact opened by a short film …

World’s most colourful salon

A triumph of colour, from the salon itself to the hairstyling, see the incredible looks by Tuttii Fruittii London

“Tuttii Fruittii LONDON The LadyBoi KLOWN Hairsculptors” is probably the most colourful place to have an haircut. Run by Tuttii the hairstylist and her partner Toni, the salon is intended to be a gathering point …

Tiny is chic

From maxi to mini, sobriety conquers the world of tattoos. So discreet you'll have to look for it: see the new trend

Large tattoos are quickly going out of fashion, being replaced by the new and much more understated fashion for minimal tattoos. SUBJECTS // Tiny stars and hearts are top of the list, but also initials …

Wild Mixology

Wood*ing / Wild Food Lab

A new conception of cocktails: drinks that are also healthy, new ingredients that are rigorously sustainable and proposals of new and never been done before flavours. Wild Mixology is the result of years of research by …

Sculture di capelli

How to soften the power of Afro curls: Laetitia Ky’s hair styles

She was five years old when she began to love plaits and hair styles that Afro-Caribbean women have always used to “tame” their rebel hair. As a grown-up, she has become a web star by …

The longest haired women in the world

They live in a southern china village: more than 2 meters long (with not even one grey hair), they wash with nothing else than fermented rice water for all the lifetime

Worth to take place in the Guinness world book of records as the “world’s longest hair village”, Huangluo is located in southern China’s Guangxi province. Women here, by tradition, cut their hair only once in …

The salon without mirrors

Instead of mirrors, there are works of art on the walls. Designed by architect Jim Stephenson, and based in London, it is called DKUK

5 by 2 metres: only 10 square metres for both a hairdressing salon and an art gallery, which is already very unique. But Daniel Kelly, a hairdresser and artist, wanted more for DKUK, his unisex …

Hirst in Venice

The monumental exhibition by the great English artist

Damien Hirst is amongst those modern artists who have been most talked about and divided opinion. Loved or hated, praised as a genius or derided as a clever entrepreneur able to sell anything at astronomical …

IMMORTALS // The Pink Floyd Story

The exhibition of the year at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) in London

Instruments, artwork, archival photos and bespoke installations, material from early concerts and complex stage designs: Their Mortal Remains is a complete Pink Floyd retrospective that promises to surprise fans and enthusiasts for years to come. …

The modern hippie

There are those, like Coachella or H&M, who fine their fashion inspiration in the hippie movement, and then there are those who find freedom

Carlo Bevilacqua travelled around the world for five years in search of communities of people who had chosen to abandon the comforts (and also the stress) of modern society. His magnificent photo essays have been …

Franciscan Poetics

Interview with Massimo Bottura

It was a wager that he won, like many others. Then again, as he says: “The results are the outcome of the love we have for what we do.” Some are painstakingly studied (e.g. The …

Whose Hair

How well does a hair style describe who you are?

      She is an English artist and illustrator, her name is Christina Christoforou, and she works in London and Istanbul. She began to portray the hairstyles of famous people commissioned by the New …

The Beyoncé Phenomenon

Matriarch, African icon, contemporary goddess of fertility and feminism: the myth condensed into 5 points

CAREER // From Houston, Texas, born 1981. At 8 years of age she was part of Girl’s Tyme with whom she entered, without winning, a talent show called Star Search. Taking inspiration from a passage …

Milano Lambrate

Milan’s East End with its ever-growing reputation for international design

Outside the imaginary boundary of the ring road and even beyond the railway bridges, an area that was once a separate village is now the glorious Lambrate District. Popular and animated by the time of …

Behind the Collection

Spring Summer 2017

Six months spent analysing the most important international magazines and studying fashion trend reports, and over 60 people involved, including editorial staff, designers, hairstylists, technicians, and models. The Italian Touch #21 began in September 2016 …

ReGen Village

The first beautiful and totally self-sufficient ecovillage

Summertown (Tennessee), 1971. Stephen Gaskin, a professor from San Francisco, founded The Farm, the world’s first ecovillage: an ecological and sociological experiment which, for a long time, was considered utopian as it was born from …

Illustration #21

Post Typography’s

Post Typography, a design crew established in Baltimore by Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen in 2001, is primarily a studio of thinkers and artists with backgrounds in design, lettering, web development, and illustration. They have …

Books #21

The Still Life + The Hinterland

The Still Life In Italian, “natura morta”. Originally a painting genre that was later adopted by photography, at the start of the last century it was almost preferred to portraits, as the long exposure times …

HAIR LOOK // Grammy Awards 2017

Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez but above all Lady Gaga with pink-orange locks

In an evening rendered epic thanks to the incredible performance of Beyoncé, who, with the usual class and energy, succeeded in combining her amazing talent with important symbolism (goddesses, maternity, femininity), the 59th Grammy Awards …

STREET ART // Rurales Emilia

It happens in Pianura Padana: writers paint murals on countryside ruins abandoned by rural depopulation, giving life to amazing jams among fields, weeds and bricks

This is a story of a journey to the other side. Or better, of a return voyage. A return from the cities, from the tarmac and cement, to the fields, the canals and the farmsteads. …

Abruzzo strong, fine (and wonderful)

Pine Cube is a design for relaxing in contact with nature. A project for lifting up one’s head again through ingenious ideas, without selling off one’s own territory

Like being in an aquarium. No fish inside – only you. Alone or in a pair, relax on a comfortable chaise longue, with a small wood-burning stove to keep you warm. An aquarium inside out …

New York’s biggest salon

The Astor Place Hairstylist // 75 hairdressers, whose clients include De Niro and Bruce Willis, and 15 languages spoken

At the entrance you are welcomes by a sign that lists the languages spoken in the salon. There are 15 of them, including real languages like Italian, Russian, and Farsi as well as invented languages …

[Best of] GOLDEN GLOBE 2017

La La Land, with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (at cinemas from 26th January), triumphs before the Academy Awards // Check out the look gallery…

Beverly Hilton Hotel, 74th Annual Golden Globes. Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press awarded the honour that most consider to predict big Academy Award wins. The evening’s absolute winner was La La Land, the musical …

Addio a Franca Sozzani

She found herself working for Condé Nast without knowing anything about fashion, initially employed as a secretary. Her extraordinary career followed from there…

Born in Mantua on January 20, 1950. Journalist and Director of Vogue Italy from 1988 until her death, today, aged only 66. With a degree in Literature from Università Cattolica, she found herself working for …

“THE CAL” / Pirelli 2017

Not just youth and perfection, but female beauty in all its shapes and ages

Another year, another unmissable fine art photography event. Pirelli’s 2017 calendar, disclosed in Paris, was shot for the third time by German photographer Peter Lindberg. The Cal continues the break that began in the last …

P-ink tattoo project

Beautiful tattoos as a way of healing, for women who have had a mastectomy

“Breast cancer doesn’t have to leave the last mark”. With this phrase P-ink (Personal Ink) perfectly describes its mission. Expert tattoo artists create colourful tattoos to cover the scars left after breast surgery. After the …

Salerno / Reggio Calabria

A photographic journey on the most important link between Northern and Southern Italy: “In Quarta persona” (In Fourth Person) by Martin Errichiello e Filippo Menichetti

The port of Gioia Tauro, one of the largest in Europe, sits on the site of Eranova, the village razed to make way for an industry that was never built. In Saline Joniche, an animal …

Pink Floyd exhibition

The exhibition on the international music legend at the Victoria&Albert Museum in London

When the Victoria and Albert Museum puts on an exhibition, there’s plenty to catch your eye. The installations are always of the highest quality: current, unmissable themes, attention paid to the exhibition itinerary, the choice …

Punk in Naples in the 1980s

The incredible photos of Diamond Dogs, a historic underground venue located in a cave made of volcanic rock in the Rione Sanità neighbourhood

Halfway through the 1980s in the centre of Rione Sanità in Naples, in the Cavone, located in a cave made of dark, volcanic rock, a venue was born that was destined to hold a key …


Hipster versions of contemporary leaders, designed by Amit Shimoni

Contemporary world leaders and heads of state like you’ve never seen them before. With his keen intuition, Israeli designer Amit Shimoni has created hipster versions of the most important men in modern history, complete with …

Ai Weiwei “Libero” in Florence

Contemporary art is often difficult to interpret, especially for who are not enthusiasts or used to the works. Then there is Ai Weiwei

Contemporary art is often abstract and difficult to interpret, especially for audiences who are not enthusiasts or used to the works. Then there is Ai Weiwei. The most famous living Chinese artist has decided to use …

Minimal tattoo

*TREND ALERT / Just simple names, dates, crosses or hearts: the new fashion in tattooing is for minimal digital...

Suprematism is an avant-garde artistic movement that was founded in 1915 in Russia by Kazimir Malevič. It was theorised by the poet Majakovskij and its aim, through the simplification of figurative elements, was to achieve …

Normal clothes for normal women

Diverse, anti-conformist, imperfect, extremely beautiful. Watch H&M’s new campaign video

H&M’s new advertising campaign for its autumn/winter collection is called #Ladylike. A long sequence of normal women in normal situations against the soundtrack “She’s a lady” by Tom Jones. They are not all models, and …

Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro

After 150 years they still serve as inspiration for artists and generations of contemporary tattooists. On show from Thursday in Milan

The occasion is being held to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the relations between Japan and Italy that opened up diplomatic connections between the two countries following two centuries of Japan’s isolation. A special exhibition …

“The Great Beauty” of Rome

From a 70s bar in Trastevere to the marble-covered boutique close to the location of our Fashion Night next week, the addresses and history of five must-see places

More than just a film, due to the care lavished on every detail, each frame could be a work of art in itself. La Grande Bellezza, winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film …

Venezia 73

The first Film Festival of the world. The hair fashion trends of the 73rd edition

The first film festival in the world, the Venice International Film Festival, first took place in 1932. Over the last two decades, however, the films that almost always win are acclaimed by the critics but …

Fashion photography / Peter Lindbergh

The creator of the Pirelli 2017 Calendar is among the first to denounce the abuse of Photoshop in the fashion industry. An exhibition at the Kunstahl in Rotterdam

“I want to free women from the terror of perfection,” he said in an interview with La Stampa a few days ago. Among the first to denounce the abuse of Photoshop in the fashion industry …

AFROPUNK Fest 2016

THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD / Street-style of the future in Brooklyn

Let’s face it…there are very few events worldwide that can generate such interest. Incredible to think that it all started with a group of Afro-Americans who were fed up with being called that. The colour …

The way we were

Rimini in the '80s and '90s, from a meeting between Pasquale Bove, photojournalist, and Luca Santese, photographer and co-founder of Cesura

The Italy & Italy project arose from a meeting between Pasquale Bove, photojournalist,  and Luca Santese, photographer and co-founder of Cesura, an interesting network of artists. From Bove’s vast archives, comprising more than 200,000 shots, …

40 years of Punk

The Punk in Britain exhibition in Milan / The movement in ten points (for example, did you know that the best product for spiking up your hair is isinglass?)

The word punk was used for the first time with the meaning of “prostitute”, in Shakespeare’s 1605 play, All’s Well That Ends Well. At the end of the 1800s, it carried the meaning of “useless”, …