Italian roaster Illy is opening a new pop-up space in London, combining a coffee shop, a gallery and an event space, following on from similar pop-ups in Milan, New York, Trieste, Berlin and Istanbul. Entrance is free (& you get one free Illy coffee), but events need to be booked in advance
"Michelangelo Pistoletto has been invited, along with Cittadellarte, his Foundation, to provide artistic direction at this autumn’s Galleria illy with a range of works and projects linking London to the Mediterranean and southern more to Africa. Pistoletto's Mediterranean Mirror Table Love Difference (first revealed at the 2003 Venice Biennale) will act as a meeting place, a symbolic and yet concrete representation of different cultures united by a common sea, an in between continent where to aknowledge oneself and each other in an all-welcoming mirror.
The temporary exhibition space will play host to a programme of art, literature, science, design and food & wine events presented by internationally renowned personalities. Participants already committed include Marina Abramovic, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Carlito Carvalhosa.
Additionally, the artist Francesco Clemente will be revealing his take on the espresso cup as part of the illy Art Collection. His contribution will be added to a new installation that showcases illy coffee cups interpreted by some of the greatest artists and most influential contributors to film and music of our generation.
illy baristas from the Università del Caffè will provide free courses to help people master the art of coffee preparation and serve world class drinks. And the premium Italian coffee maker will be giving all visitors the opportunity to enjoy a delicious coffee from a purpose-built London Galleria bar, to ensure the coffee-themed aesthetic prevails throughout."
When - 13th September - 16th October, Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Where - 15 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4SP
Link 1 - About the Galleria
Link 2 - List of events & booking
Link 3 - Booking page