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The collection will be previewed at international contemporary art fairs in London, Parisand Torino

TRIESTE and LONDON, October 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — illycaffè presents the new illy Art collection from Pascale Martine Tayou, one of africa great contemporary artists.

Pascale Martine Tayou has captivated an international audience with his work since the early 90s. Characterized by a very strong versatility and heterogeneity, elusive of any type of pre-established pattern, his work mediates between different cultures by confronting man and nature , social, cultural or political constructions.

The representation of the mask in Tayou’s work is a recurring reference to his native land, and to the issues of identity and concealment, mixed with hybrid materials from all over the world. Indeed, the artist – who likes to define himself as a foreigner, a nomad and a traveler – believes that the notions of encounter, exchange and sharing constitute the future of humanity.

Decorate the espresso cups and coffee tins that make up the illy art collection, Pascale Martine Tayou chose a color palette that represents African landscapes. Creating a stylized mask leaning against a tree whose each branch bears eggs as a symbol of birth and creation, the collection is a reflection on the major issues of our time: conflicts, environmental sustainability, globalization, immigration.

The desire to give voice to the different languages ​​and movements of contemporary art on the five continents through the iconic illy white espresso cup, which becomes a blank canvas available to the great masters of art, has enabled us to get to know Tayoucommented Cristina ScocchiaCEO of illycaffèa versatile artist who has used the shapes and colors typical of his works to express his interpretation of the world through this new illy art collection”.

Pascale Martine Tayou chose to describe the illy Art Collection through the lines of a poem he composed for the occasion:

My sweet illy…
A cup like half an egg.
Its sap on your lips in search of flavor.
Tender buds on blossoming twigs,
A smiling mask guarding the colored eggs.
Corners of happiness in the land of spices,
a saucer as a pleasure oasis for sweets.

The illy art collection signed by Pascale Martine Tayou will be previewed at the following international contemporary art fairs: Frieze London, Asia Now in Parisand Artissima in Torino.

The illy Art collection and the limited edition box of 250 grams of illy 100% arabica blend, available in Classic and Intense roasts, will be available on the illy online store, illy stores (illy Caffè and illy Shop), the main points retail and indirect e-commerce channels.

6 espresso cups at the recommended retail price of €136
6 cappuccino cups at the recommended retail price of €166
2 espresso cups at the recommended retail price of €51
2 cappuccino cups at the recommended retail price of €61

Decorated 250 gr. coffee box at the recommended retail price of €6.99

Pascale Martine Tayou

Born in Cameroon in 1966, Pascale Martine Tayou participated in several prestigious artistic events including Documenta in Kassel in 2002 and the Venice Art Biennale in 2005 and 2009. Tayou is interested in the effects of objects, ideas and people circulating in the world, mixing geographies and combining symbols, techniques and materials from various different cultural traditions with the aim of creating new meanings and new interpretations of reality. He will use almost everything to create his pieces: chalk, glass, textiles, wood, stones, iron and plastic bags, transforming them into sculptures and installations.
Pascale Martine Tayou lives and works between Ghent, Yaoundé and Paris, where he teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts. He is represented by GALLERIA CONTINUA.

illy art collection

For illycaffè, whose distinctive values ​​are Good, Kindness, Beauty, contemporary art embellishes the taste. The beauty that illycaffè strives for is inspired by the ancient Greek concept of kalokagathìawhich combines kalos (which is beautiful) and agathos (which is good) to create a new sense in which beauty and goodness are one, dependent on the other. The illy Art Collection cups are a tangible expression of this concept. This project was launched in 1992, and through it, the company transformed an everyday object into a blank canvas by inviting contemporary artists to express their creativity on the coffee cup designed by Matteo Thun for illy. Over the years, this canvas has featured the work of more than 100 internationally renowned artists, including Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marina Abramović, Anis Kapoor, James Rosenquist, William Kentridge, Yoko OnoGillo Dorfles, Robert WilsonAi Weiwei and others…

illycafe is an Italian family business, founded in Trieste in 1933. Its mission has always been to offer the best coffee in the world. Illycaffè produces a unique 100% Arabica blend, combining 9 of the best varieties in the world, selected by illycaffè: every day 8 million cups of illy coffee are served in more than 140 countries around the world, in cafés, restaurants and hotels, in cafes and monobrand stores, at home and in the office. Thanks to its innovations, illycaffè contributes to the technological progress of coffee worldwide. In 1991, the “Premio Ernesto Illy de qualidade sustentavel do cafè para espresso” was launched in Brazil for a quality espresso coffee. Illycaffè has contributed to the sharing of know-how, paying producers a premium price for the best quality selected by illycaffè. Since 2016, with the “Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award“, the company has celebrated the coffee farmers around the world who, according to illy, have produced the best sustainable coffee. Since 2013, the company has been on the list of The World’s Most Ethical Companies. In 2019, it reinforced its commitment to pursue a sustainable business model integrating the interest of people with the environment, by adopting the statute of Società Benefit and by enshrining this commitment in its own statutes. In 2021, illycaffè was the first Italian company in the coffee sector to obtain the international B Corp certification due to its commitment to complying with the highest standards of social and environmental performance. The company also founded the University of Coffee, which aims to share culture at all levels, providing comprehensive and practical training for producers, baristas and coffee lovers. Everything “made in illy” is about beauty and art, founding principles of the brand, starting with its logo, designed by the artist. James Rosenquist, to the illy Art Collection cups, decorated by more than 120 international artists. In 2021, the company had 1305 employees and a turnover of around 500 million euros. There are 205 illy single-brand stores in more than 40 countries around the world. In 2021, Rhône Capital becomes a minority shareholder of illycaffè with the aim of contributing to the company’s international growth projects.

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