The Barolo Chapel project opened up many new paths for us: it allowed us to meet the leading curator and art critic Bill Katz, who appreciated our whimsical streak, and helped us to transform our restaurants - La Piola and Piazza Duomo - into miniature art galleries.
The next step came naturally: we invited artists to visit us, and set up exhibitions that went on to become village fairs, extraordinary occasions that brought so much to us and to the region we live in. Thanks to our genuine, friendly hospitality and the emphasis on complete freedom of expression, these ties invariably develop into lasting partnerships.
Thus, the Artists’ Plates project was born, brightening La Piola’s dining rooms. 12 artists and 39 different works to colour the tables of our restaurant: Donald Baechler, John Baldessari, James Brown, Lynn Davis, Gary Hume, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Thomas Nozkowski, Ugo Rondinone, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, Terry Winters, Jasper Johns, Gary Hume, and Ugo Rondinone.