From Romanian artist Alexandra Pirici: art for coffee and a new exhibition

She is a Romanian performer, choreographer and artist. She has an impressive installation at Art Biennale at Venice. And she is the first (and the only) Romanian artist selected to design pieces for this collection – illy Art Collection Biennale, “The Milk of Dreams”. A little bit of Alexandra Pirici work, the idea behind the design of the coffee cup from illy Art Collection Biennale and what is going to see next from her side (spoiler – a very cool installation in Bologna), read below. 

* Work of Alexandra Pirici, “Encyclopedia of relations” at Biennale – (Central Pavilion, Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun, 2-6 pm, until the end of the exhibition on November 27th)
* The cups from illy Art Collection Biennale, “The Milk of Dreams” – can be bought on
* A new work by Alexandra Pirici is going to be at the exhibition MAMbo in Bologna ( 
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Coffee with a drip of art  

To be part of a legendary collection could be the dream for all the artists. Therefore, Alexandra Pirici is the Romanian name proudly added to the list of Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Olimpia Zagnoli, Robert Rauschenberg, Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Francis Ford Coppola, David Byrne, Maurizio Galimberti, Marc Quinn – all of them part of illy Art Collection (initiated in 1992).

“Although linked to such an iconic shape as the illy cup, each of the artists managed to transform this small everyday object into a window into their own images. Alexandra Pirici, in keeping with her training as a dancer and choreographer, used her fingerprints to create a plant motif that unites human beings and nature”, says Cecilia Alemani, the curator of “The Milk of Dreams” special edition of Art Biennale of those famous coffee cups. 

This year, the artists invited to create illy Art Collection are Felipe Baeza, Giulia Cenci, Precious Okoyomon, Alexandra Pirici, Aki Sasamoto and Cecilia Vicuña.

About Alexandra Pirici at Biennale

Pirici’s new ongoing performative action Encyclopedia of Relations (2022) is hinged on embodiments of collective relations as seen in biology and botany, as they are in constant stages of reconfiguration. Taking inspiration from symbiotic and parasitic interactions between individuals, as well as those negotiated in more abstract types of relations – between humans and technology, rocks and waves, plants and animals – performers choose to move through space according to a set of possible actions, which can be infinitely combined and recombined.

What is next for Alexandra Pirici?

The MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna opens the autumn season of exhibitions with The Floating Collection, a collective that stems from the desire to study the very rich collections of the Bolognese museums – of the Civic Museums Sector of Bologna and other city museum systems – through the look of six artists and artists: Alex Ayed (Strasbourg, 1989), Rä di Martino (Rome, 1975), Cevdet Erek (Istanbul, 1974), David Jablonowski (Bochum, 1982), Miao Ying (Shanghai, 1985), Alexandra Pirici (Bucharest, 1982).

Photography: illy, MAMbo.