illycaffè inaugurates the exhibition dedicated to its iconic espresso cup and to the 30th anniversary of the illy Art Collection with celebrities and professionals from the world of art and design

Milan, June 8th, 2022 – Celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the illy Art Collection are continuing during the Milan Design Week with an event bringing together celebrities, designers, artists, and curators for the inauguration of illy: 30 Years of Beauty, an exhibition hosted by Around Gallery in Corso Venezia 6.

Featured speakers at the inauguration included illycaffè CEO Cristina Scocchia, Matteo Thun, who designed the illy espresso cup, Elisabetta Illy and her daughter Andrea Dominique Illy, Italian actresses Cristiana Capotondi and Greta Ferro, and the influencer and entrepreneur Carlo Sestini.

The exhibition illy: 30 Years of Beauty, which will run until Friday, June 10th at 18:00, traces the history of the iconic illy cup and details the origins of the creative process that led to its design: sketches, drawings, and other original materials will illustrate for the visitor the spirit and artistic élan of Matteo Thun, who in 1991 was picked by illy to create what over the years has become a veritable icon of design: the illy cup. Since 1992, it has been a blank canvas for internationally renowned artists to decorate as they please

The exhibition will also serve as the backdrop for the launch of the book illy Art Collection - 30 Years of Beauty (published by Silvana Editoriale), which details one-by-one each illy Art Collection and its decorations through essays, explanations, trivia, and a wealth of images. The book, with text in Italian and English, will be available in Italy starting in June from the illy e-shop, single-brand retail outlets (illy Caffè and illy Shop), the website, as well as in major bookstores and museum bookshops.

Photos of the event are available here:

Corso Venezia 6 (third floor), Milan

Opening hours:
Wednesday, June 8 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 9th and Friday, June 10th, from 10.00am to 6.00 pm