14 December 2021

Leather like a canvas. CuoinArte is the name of the exhibition that UNIC – Italian Tanneries inaugurated on Thursday 18 November 2021 n Milan, at Spazio Lineapelle. An event with a very high cultural profile, which showcased 15 works made on leather from the Dusini Collection. In other words: “The artistic patronage project created by Oliviero Dusini, exponent of the historic tanning family who founded the tannery of the same name in 1830 in Cles, in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. Article by La Conceria



Leather like a canvas
Joan Mirò, Giò Pomodoro , Umberto Mastroianni and Oliviero Dusini. Alberto Allegri, Antonio Cremonese and Pierre Fernandez Arman. “They are – explains a UNIC note – the authors of the works exhibited at CuoinArte from 18 November 2021 to 14 January 2022 “. The inauguration foreshadowed the critical intervention of Giacomo Santucci, Fashion Industry Expert and Art Historian, as well as current Managing Director of Borsalino.

The cultural mission of UNIC
“The companies that UNIC – Italian Tanneries proudly represent – explains the director of UNIC, Fulvia Bacchi – have been able to create over time a skillful combination of competitiveness, sustainability and economic and social progress. The task of our association is to constantly communicate these values and to do so we choose various paths. The CuoinArte exhibition is one of them. Thanks to the Dusini Tannery, we tell the sector through the works of artists who have used leather and hides for their creations, to express themselves through those natural materials that retain the charm of life, of the environment in which they developed, of history. who have lived”.


The patronage of Oliviero Dusini
“Our father – explain the heirs of Oliviero Dusini – has always had an artistic and creative trait in his character, perhaps hidden by the needs imposed by his entrepreneurial activity, but which in any case expressed himself in his great passion for abstract, modern and contemporary art, a passion that led him to meet and associate with many of the most important artists of his time”. Artists such as Umberto Mastroianni, with whom “he formed a deep, long and fruitful friendship (…) During their frequentation they shared several projects, one of which was the use of leather as a material canvas, almost a material already refined, but to be moulded. Leather, which for our father meant the passion of a lifetime and which was an important artistic experience for Umberto, allowed both, according to their experiences, to see beyond the material “.


The timetables of CuoinArte
CuoinArte can be visited every day from 10 to 16 (Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 13) until Friday 14 January. It will be closed on 8th, 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December 2021 and 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th January 2022. Access is allowed only to Green Pass holders and the booking by email by writing to [email protected]

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