Each illy Art Collection can showcases a miniature masterpiece.
The illy Art Collection was first started in 1992, stemming from the idea that art can enter the lives of people through a small object of daily use. After more than 70 series of collectors’ cups were decorated by major international artists and young talents, in 2006 the Collection was extended to coffee cans: exclusive limited-edition works of art released twice a year.
An extraordinary experience of taste combining the excellence of illy coffee with the emotion of contemporary art.
Thanks to illyArtCollection, small, everyday objects become works of art to be displayed. Leading contemporary artists decorate illy coffee cans in precious limited-editionseries to be collected and displayed. KikiSmith stars in this illy Art Collection, with its thrillingly colourfuldecorations. All labels on the 250 g illy cans are on a transparent film, which can be removed so as to show the decorations in all their beauty.
Born in 1954 in Nuremberg, Germany, KikiSmith lives and works in NewYork city. Her creations are rooted in history and feminism, filled with magic elements from individual and wider genres, comprising sculptures, drawings, engravings, ceramics, photographs, and videos, each highly personal and versatile. She was born into a world steeped in art, and has been active since 1980. Her works form a part of the collections of some of the world’s leading museums, such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In recent years, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcellona, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, and the Kunstmuseum in Krefeld have all organized prestigious retrospectives on her work.