ILLY Art Collection - Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittadellarte - 1 Espresso Cup Gift Set Box "The Third Paradise"
This coffee cup, in limited and numbered edition, has been presented in Paris, on the occasion of the new Espressamente illy Louvre Opéra boutique inauguration and to coincide with the “Year 1, Paradise on Earth” exhibition of which Pistoletto is curator, open to the public at Louvre Museum, also awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2003 at the Venice Biennial, together with Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella
The Illy Art Collection “The Third Paradise” is signed by Michelangelo Pistoletto, a global project created by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittadellarte, is represented by a new infinity symbol, which aims at replacing the traditional one. The infinity line intersects twice, and therefore makes three circles. The two circles by the sides represent respectively the Earthly Paradise, ruled by the Nature’s intelligence, and the Artificial Paradise, developed by the human intelligence which in time has led to a dimension ruled by artificial needs and pleasures. In the artist’s mind, the Third Paradise is the core of this triad, and it conveys the notion of responsible social transformation, a key ideal that joins in one pledge art, science, economics, spirituality, and politics.
This concept of the Third Paradise finds one of its expressions in this new illy Art Collection: the cup handles represent the Earthly Paradise and the Artificial Paradise, while the cup filled with coffee is the representation of the harmony generated by the Third Paradise.