Vanity Fair: the first cover of an Italian magazine signed by the French artist JR

Vanity Fair: the first cover of an Italian magazine signed by the French artist JR

Jean René, in art JR, photographer and street artist among the most famous in the world for his works in metropolitan contexts, on the night of Sunday 3 May he realized on a wall in a district of Paris a new installation exclusively for the cover of Vanity Fair Italy.

The work reworks one of the best-known masterpieces in the history of art, the Creation of Adam, the most iconic fresco in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Vanity Fair: the first cover of an Italian magazine
Vanity Fair: the first cover of an Italian magazine

What was the figure of Adam in the original work, in the reinterpretation of JR was replaced by a girl who is in front of God, both with their arms outstretched for a moment before touching each other.

This is the first collaboration that sees the French artist join an Italian magazine.

The new connections to which we will be called after the virus emergency, the theme of the new issue of Vanity Fair, have been the topic of the creative process undertaken by the editorial staff with JR“He says Simone Marchetti, director of Vanity Fair. “We asked the artist to represent the fragility, potential, doubts and bets that we will have to face in the coming months and that we highlighted in the new issue. It was a challenge at a distance and in lockdown, a test of imagination that wants to show a way to create all the new connections necessary not only to get out of this difficult moment, but to build a better future“.

The image of JR’s work becomes the cover of the new issue of Vanity Fair, on newsstands from May 6, dedicated to connections. Connections as new relationships, ties that go far beyond national borders and imposed physical limits; connections like new unions allowed by an innovation that passes through new priorities where technology is enabling to change, an integral part of the new daily system where what was not there before is the new indispensable.

A number that, through the authoritative voices of personalities and experts in the sector, rewrites and outlines the future to tell how our daily habits, relationships, training, culture, entertainment, use of services and have changed and will change our choices.

So the director Paolo Genovese writes a story for Vanity Fair about a platonic love at the time of the lockdown, the professor of Pedagogical Sciences Raffaele Mantegazza of the Milano-Bicocca University reflects on the loss of socialization between students in the middle of school desks, as important in education as learning, Giovanna Melandri, President of the MAXXI Foundation, recounts the changes in the way in which museums are used which will reopen starting May 18. The changes in the entertainment sector will also be inevitable, which will lead to a new way of connecting to performances through streaming, as YouTube number 1 in Europe tells Vanity Fair Cécile Frot-Coutaz. The television and radio host Daniela Collu in his sincere and unfiltered story, he highlights the problem given by the absence of connection that creates isolation. To connect the world of adults with that of children there is the story of the prodigious Mikail Akar, the “Picasso child”, a 7-year-old listed artist as well as a social media star. A connection between brothers, that between Edoardo and Eugenio Bennato, led to the birth of the song Reality cannot be this. The passage talks about the network, the one that cancels every distance but that at the same time the two brothers describe as a prison, highlighting the importance of the real and non-virtual connection. On the same line of thought also the other musical voice of the number: Bob Geldof.

Instead, there is a hint of irony in the half-serious alphabet that Miriam Leone he drew up to demonstrate how coronavirus has temporarily infected our language. Among the various words appear for example gathering, masks, concern and connections, which for Miriam are: “The Net, the Internet, the wi-fi: the platforms in which to enjoy content have saved us from madness … because only the wise do not go crazy alone, in silence and isolated and we know how to be few and rare, like pandas“.

All these items are joined by the reportage on VoEuganeo, the municipality of Veneto where there was the first coronavirus victim in Italy and where, by making unconventional choices, thanks to a connected community that supports and knows how to team up, the epidemic was isolated and the country was transformed into a laboratory in open sky from which, perhaps, the answers for the treatment of the disease will come.

In conjunction with the release of the issue, the #TheConnectors project will also start, a series of virtual conversations featuring the excellence of the new connection in the fields of fashion, art, entertainment and entertainment. 14 videotalk appointments with as many symbols of the new communication, who every day will invite a selection of friends and colleagues to their round table to discuss with them the evolution in the field in which they are innovators. Between them Beniamino Barrese, Elisa Maino, Riccardo Pozzoli, Pablo Trincia, Nico Vascellari, Charley Vezza, Matteo Ward, Zuzu.

The meetings will be online on the Vanity Fair social channels and on the website.

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