– You do a lot of solo exhibitions, like Anish Kapoor's, and you started research exhibitions.
– Good observation. We did a lot of solo exhibitions in Milan that almost always would be new projects with the artists. Venice became the territory of research exhibitions. Once a year we would do an in-depth research exhibition. Now in Milan we kind of unite research exhibitions with solo shows. In Milan we were able to reintegrate a number of other interests that we had, like cinema, philosophy, music, etc. We will be able to use it for a number of disciplines, because as I said before: art is the main instrument in our DNA, but we always had interest in other disciplines, and here in Milan we can unite them.
– How is the global theme for the research exhibitions being decided?
– Doing the research exhibitions allows us to position the interest that Fondazione Prada has. For instance, if you look at the Small Utopia in 2012 that was about multiples, it had a lot to do with our interest to look into these utopian years, when there was an idea that artworks would not be unique, but could exist on a series of multiples. Because we look at 1975, it was very much linked to many relevant social theories, Russian revolution or the constructivist artists working with porcelain, or Bauhaus, or pop art in America. On the other hand, there were artists that reflected on the uniqueness like Marcel Duchamp. That was the idea that art would be accessible for many people, rather than being only in museums. I see a kind of connection between theoretical inquiries that were linked to the interests of Fondazione Prada and Mrs Prada. Which is relevant, because in the 20th century so many important cultural and social revolutions happened, that changed the perception of art.
– Could you tell us a bit about your plans with Fondazione Prada and future exhibitions you would like to do?
– I cannot reveal a lot about our upcoming program, but we hope that we will keep on having this energy to offer unexpected cultural experiences. I hope that Fondazione Prada can operate as a big new cultural center in a creative and constructive way. I'll point out that it's a huge new headquarters. We are not calling it a museum, and we are not even revealing the next two years' program, because we want to use it in a flexible way.
– The last question will not be about Fondazione Prada, but about you. If you had a chance to go to dinner with any person in the entire world, who would it be, and what would you talk about? This person can be anyone, dead or alive, whoever you wish.
– This is a wonderful question. If I can choose from dead people too, then I would love to go to dinner with David Bowie. He was questioning identities, society and addressing awkward feelings in people that were lonely and detached. I think he went through hell in his personal life and despite that was incredibly poetic and a true artist. I like the way he evolved and managed to change all the time, so I would loved to meet him and I wish him a good journey wherever he is now. É