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The week of April 22 - 28

The week of April 22 - 28


Economy – Sustainability and digitalization take centre stage this week in economic reporting by the foreign press: Reuters recounts how Eni has bought into a Spanish engineering company active in designing floating wind farms (April 22 - Eni's Plenitude buys into Spanish floating wind tech firm), while Les Echos emphasizes the success of the mobile payment application Satispay, which is passing its ten-year mark with 1.5 million users and 130,000 participating merchants (April 26 - Satispay, la star italienne du paiement mobile*).

For stories of international growth, Les Echos covers the expansion into France of Guala Closures, the “Italian closure champion” that is “conquering the biggest players in the cognac and whisky industry” (April 28 - Le champion italien des bouchons convoite le marché du cognac).

Lastly, the automotive sector is covered with Fiat celebrating “100 years of tradition” on the German market (Die Welt, April 25 - Tradition: 100 Jahre Fiat Deutschland), and with Ferrari on the forefront in the “rebirth” of a Formula 1 legend (Le Monde, April 24 - Formule 1 : Ferrari, la renaissance d’un mythe italien).

Culture – In culture, the international spotlight is still on the Venice Biennale: several news outlets publish “postcards” from the lagoon (The New York Times, April 21 - Postcards From the Biennale*) overviewing the works on display (The Guardian, April 25 - Cyborgs, sirens and a singing murderer: the thrilling, oligarch-free Venice Biennale – review), in an event at any rate marked by reflection on the war in Ukraine (The New York Times, April 22 - A Surreal Feel at a Wartime Venice Biennale*; The Guardian, April 25 - Trunks, cosmic capers and sandbags for Ukraine: Venice Biennale 2022 – in pictures).

As other articles did last week, Bloomberg and Le Monde point out that “female artists dominate for the 1st time” a Biennale capable of “placing women in a position of honour” (April 23 - Female Artists Dominate the Venice Biennale for 1st Time*;  April 22 - La Biennale de Venise met les femmes à l’honneur*). As the French daily explains, it was a choice by the event’s curator, Cecilia Alemani, who belongs to that generation of Italians who moved to the United States in the early 2000s and “now lead New York’s most prestigious museums” (April 23 -  Biennale de Venise : l’art de la réussite des Italiens d’Amérique*).

The artists most covered by the press in this female-dominated edition include Boyce, “the first Black woman to represent Britain” and winner of the “Golden Lion for her sound installation” (The New York Times, April 23 -  Sonia Boyce Wins Top Prize at Venice Biennale*), and the sculptor Simone Leigh, “the first Black woman to headline the U.S. Pavilion,” who with her work “recasts colonial imagery” (April 21 - US Artist Leigh Recasts Colonial Imagery At Venice Biennale*).

Other reports relate to the exhibition that Cortauld Gallery, London, has dedicated to Parmigianino, the “miraculous master of drawing,” who “made his name with pictures perfect in every fine detail” (Financial Times, April 26 - Parmigianino at the Courtauld Gallery, London — miraculous master of drawing*). 

In archaeology, The Guardian recounts the new discoveries in Motya, the ancient Phoenician city in the Stagnone Nature Reserve in the province of Trapani (April 27 - Phoenician ‘harbour’ in Sicily revealed to be religious site aligned with stars). Meanwhile, El País reports on the proposal by the Italian secondary school in Barcelona to dedicate its library to Ada Grossi, the voice of Radio Libertà who, from the Catalan city, “recounted the war for anti-Fascist Italy” (April 21 - Un rincón barcelonés para Ada Grossi).

Lastly, design is covered with The New York Times Style Magazine joining the architect Patricia Urquiola on a visit to the Cassina Archives – spaces that, at the headquarters in Meda, house the designs for roughly 600 of the historic brand’s pieces (April 21 - Patricia Urquiola Browsing The Cassina Archives*).

Tourism and wine & food – In tourism, Financial Times publishes a new instalment of its FT Globetrotter guide dedicated to Rome, with suggestions for visiting Garbatella, the Capital’s “charming garden suburb”, built a century ago as “an urban development experiment” (April 25 - An insider’s guide to Garbatella, Rome’s charming garden suburb*). Meanwhile, The New York Times, in its luxury real estate coverage, reports on a converted thirteenth-century church in Morimondo, south of Milan (April 27 - House Hunting in Italy: A Converted 13th-Century Church Outside Milan)

Lastly, in food, the American daily reviews the new, exciting Italian cookbook by the founders of the New York restaurant Serafina (April 25 - Everyday Italian Recipes From Serafina*).

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