Art Party

What happens when art, fashion and old-world aristocracy collide for a night? Artist Francesco Vezzoli takes our questions.


WHO: Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli, Zaha Hadid, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Larry Gagosian and Shala Monroque, Carlos Basualdo, Dasha Zhukova, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari, John Richardson, Sid and Mercedes Bass, Graydon and Anna Carter, Franca Sozzani, Joseph Kosuth, Ron Arad, Stefania Sandrelli, Matteo Garrone, Marco Bellocchio, Liliana Cavani and Verde Visconti Sr., Lapo Elkann and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Marina Cicogna, Bernard and Almine Ruiz-Picasso, Benedikt and Lauren Taschen, Renzo Rosso, Afef Jnifen, Matt Tyrnauer, Beatrice Borromeo, Countess Daniela Memmo d’Amelio, Marquise Lidia Berlingieri Leopardi

WHAT: Party hosted by Vezzoli and film producer Pietro Valsecchi for the opening of MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, designed by Zaha Hadid

WHEN: May 27, 2010

WHERE: The Palazzo Orsini in Rome, home to Valsecchi and his wife, Camilla Nesbitt

WHY: Because Rome and Italy have been waiting for this museum for way too long…

The conversation gets interesting.

People you wished had crashed the party: Ricky Martin and Raffaella Carrà

Who was on the blacklist: The current Italian minister of culture and all the reactionary politicians and curators who are not supporting MAXXI

Dead people you wish could have attended: Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Dino Risi and Herbert Muschamp

Best moment: The aggressive reporters from an Italian television show asking provocative questions of the arriving guests

Worst moment: The left-wing intelligentsia of Italian cinema playing hard-to-get with the kings and queens of Italian glamour (and vice versa)

Second photo: Peter Marangoni