The Tuscan Charm of Villa Lena
If you have never heard about Villa Lena, you might re-think twice about your next Italian holiday itinerary. Located in the Provincia of Pisa, Villa Lena is a countryside retreat offering art residencies to a selected range of artists from all over the world. Founded in 2013 by art consultant Lena Evstafieva and her husband Jérôme Hadey, also musician and producer, the villa has become one of the most acclaimed stays for artists in the twenty-first century.
The particular element of exchange and collaboration is at the core of Villa Lena: if other residencies welcome artists from the same discipline, here you can find a wide range of sculptors, musicians, painters,... and so on. The close interaction between each other and the atmosphere of "Bella Vita" created in the villa - which offers swimming pools, yoga studio, a kitchen and gourmet meals cooked by some of the most renowned local chefs - let artists re-find and re-shape themselves.
The selected artists for this year have already been announced: among them Israeli actress Yanni Hen; American writer Julie Iromuanya; Russian painter Vladimir Logutov; American rapper Lewis Hakeem; British artist Florence Peake.
All resident artists are requested to donate a piece of their work to the Villa Lena Foundation at the end of their stay. The donated artworks are displayed throughout the property, giving the historical spaces a visual memory of past residents’ work and their experience of the place.
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