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More than eight million visitors at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Despite the difficult context linked to the pandemic, more than eight million visitors have already been registered for the Expo 2020 Dubai. Concerts and cultural events will enliven the festive weeks, such as the exhibition The Art of Craft in the Italian Pavilion.

Cristina D’Agostino

By Cristina D’Agostino30 décembre 2021

The exterior of the Italian Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai (DR)

Since October 1st, the date of the official opening of the Expo 2020 Dubai, more than eight million visitors have already strolled the alleys of the Expo, and more than 37 million have chosen to connect remotely for a virtual visit (figures as of December 27, 2021), according to the Gulf Business media. This is one third of the attendance already recorded, out of a total of 25 million forecast by the UAE authorities. This is an ambitious gamble given the current difficulties caused by the Omicron variant is paralysing international air transport. But the events organised for the end of year festivities will not fail to attract a record number of visitors. To ring in the new year, two of the world's biggest DJs, Dimitri Vegas and Armin Van Buuren, are expected to perform on the expo's stages, among other artists.

Iconic Bulgari necklace chosen for The Art of Craft exhibition (Gian Paolo Barbieri)
One of the windows of the exhibition offering a dialogue between fashion and Bulgari jewelry (DR)

Several pavilions have also programmed events and exhibitions for these festive weeks, such as the Italian Pavilion, which has chosen to pursue its flagship theme of "Beauty Connects People" with the presentation of the exhibition The Art of Craft: Glamour of Italian Excellence imagined by its sponsor, the Italian jeweller Bulgari. Opened on the 12th of December, the exhibition offers a creative dialogue between sixty pieces of jewellery from the Bulgari Heritage Collection and twenty-one dresses by the great historical and contemporary masters of Italian fashion. Conceived by the brand's curator Lucia Boscaini, the exhibition displays the history of Italian style from the 1950s to the 2000s on three levels over 8 metres high, with a selection of jewellery and garments highlighting the key aspects that have made Made in Italy famous.

Bulgari Monete Tubogas choker in two-tone gold with Greek silver coins and diamonds, circa 1972 (DR)

From Gattinoni to Pucci, from Mila Schön to Krizia, from Giorgio Armani to Moschino, from Gianfranco Ferrè to Dolce Gabbana, not forgetting Giambattista Valli or Marco de Vincenzo, the whole of Italian fashion is on display, in harmony with some of Bulgari's emblematic jewels, such as the Serpenti collection or the sets made up of old coins or coloured cabochons. For Lucia Boscaini: " This journey through the stylistic development in fashion is perfectly in tune with the evolution of jewellery: from the 1950s to the most recent creations, visitors can experience how taste has changed together with volumes, shapes and materials, with continuous research ignited by great craftsmanship. Hence the title 'The Art of Craft'

The exhibition can be seen until 8 January 2022.

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