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Ornaghi & Prestinari

A catalogue focused on the duo’s practice of transforming everyday objects into sculptures.

This second edition was published by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition Ornaghi & Prestinari, curated by Vittorio Calabrese, at New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York City, October 24 – December 9, 2016. The book features essays by Vittorio Calabrese and Marco Sammicheli and contributions by Stefano Albertini, Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari. 

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About the Artists

Valentina Ornaghi and Claudio Prestinari were born in 1986 and in 1984, respectively, in Milan, where they live and work. The former artist has a degree in Industrial Design, the latter a degree in Architecture, both from Milan Polytechnic. They continued their studies at the Università IUAV in Venice In 2016 they had a first solo show in New York, curated by Vittorio Calabrese, at New York University - Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. They have had many group shows and their solo shows include: Galleria Continua, San Gimignano 2014 and 2018, and MAMbo - Casa Morandi, Bologna 2017. In 2012 they were awarded the Premio Regione Veneto by the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation (Venice), and in 2018 the Club GAMeC Prize. In 2017 they presented the public sculpture Filemone e Bauci (Philemon and Baucis) for the new ArtLine park in CityLife in Milan. They have participated in workshops and residences, including ones at the Spinola Banna per l’Arte Foundation, Turin 2011; VIR-Viafarini in residence, Milan 2013; Artista x Artista, the first international residence in Havana 2016. In 2017 they were the winners of a residency at Museo Carlo Zauli in Faenza, with a final show at MIC Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche.


About the Contributors

Marco Sammicheli is curator of design, fashion, crafts sector at Triennale Milano and Director of Museo del Design Italiano. He’s been working as International Relations chief officer at Triennale Milano since 2018, where he’s supervising the International Exhibition program. He’s visiting lecturer at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv.

Vittorio Calabrese is the Director of Magazzino Italian Art. A native of Irpinia, Italy, he specializes in the management of international and cultural institutions, art business practices, collection management, and appraising. Vittorio holds a BA and MSc in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University, Milan, and an MA in History of Art and the Art Market from Christie’s Education New York. He has curated several exhibitions including: Ornaghi & Prestinari, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York, 2016; Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi, Remo Salvadori: From the Olnick Spanu Collection, Hillyer Art Space, Washington D.C., 2017; Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, 2017; Bagnoli, Bianchi, Salvadori, The Garrison Art Center, New York, 2018; Marango, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York, 2018; and Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino, Alice Curtis Desmond & Hamilton Fish Library, New York, 2018. 

Thinking with Your Hands (Pensare con le mani Enzo Mari), Marco Sammicheli



  • Marco Sammicheli
  • Vittorio Calabrese

Editing, Editorial and Production Management

  • Karolina Chojnowska

Exhibition organized by

  • Galleria Continua
  • Magazzino Italian Art Foundation
  • New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò


  • Waterhouse Cifuentes Design


  • Brilliant Graphics


  • Courtesy the artists
  • Courtesy of Galleria Continua San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins/Habana @2016 Ornaghi & Prestinari
  • Paula Abreu Pita

Art Transport

  • UOVO


  • Joy Costello of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.


  • Softcover


  • Art - Collections, Catalog, Exhibitions


  • Magazzino Italian Art Foundation

Trim Size

  • 8.5 x 5.6 (21.6 x 14.2 cm)


  • 40

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