The Fondazione Kenta, founded by Marco and Giorgio Alverà together with their cousins in memory of Kenta Alverà, writer, art historian and women's rights activist, works as a platform for the promotion and study of the relationship between ethics and technology, to promote arts and scientific research, and to fight educational poverty.
From March 2019 the Foundation's activities are housed in Fabbrica Sassetti, a factory built in the 1930s in the Isola district of Milan.
The cultural program of the Fondazione Kenta will open with the event Alcova Sassetti during the Salone del Mobile in Milan from 7 to 14 April 2019. It will host a program of exhibitions, debates, performances and events with 20 international designers, as a continuation of an experiment proposed at the former COVA & G panettone factory for the 2018 Salone del Mobile (alcova.xyz/about).
The Fondazione Kenta, with the Creative Director Roberto Gerosa, will present during the year at Fabbrica Sassetti three photographic exhibitions, meetings and debates, a program of support for education and well-being sessions. At the Fabbrica, since 2018, Giorgio Alverà, musician, composes electronic music tracks produced with the technique of Sound Synthesis, utilising one of the most complete collections of modular synthesizers available. All the activities of the Foundation will be free of charge, in the spirit of contributing to the city and the district a space of tradition, inspiration and education with a quality cultural program.
A large room on the first floor for exhibitions, meetings, music and dance performances; the entire ground floor divided between studios for artists, ceramics workshops, photography, music, and environments dedicated to yoga and therapeutic activities; and a temporary library, an exhibition gallery, and six rooms to host artists and students in residence: 4 floors, 19 rooms, a garden and a courtyard for over 1,000 square meters of multi-purpose spaces.
The Fabbrica Sassetti was a woolen yarn factory, founded in the 1930s in a hidden courtyard in the center of Milan, in the Isola district.
In the 1950s, the factory staff were active in neighborhood life, including the strenuous defense of the area from the construction of a six-lane highway that would have destroyed Isola.
This survival gives the unique character of this district of Milan, which is really like an island that is accessed via two bridges. Once inside, the urban chaos gives way to an atmosphere of peaceful serenity, and the latest architectural projects, realized among others by Stefano Boeri, Zaha Hadid and Arata Isozaki, have given a further push towards a new lifestyle attentive and sustainable.