Danny Hilton talks to the stylish, handsome, Italian art-maestro Daniele Mancinetti about his super-cool new gallery in Berlin.
Tell us how the gallery came about.
I opened the gallery initially with two partners; one has been lost along the way. We opened without thinking too much about the recession or things like that.
It all started over a lunch in a park. Carlo Mecchi, my former high school art teacher, proposed the opening of an art gallery. At first I didn’t give it too much thought, but then we kept talking about it for a few months and thought it could be a very fun, challenging adventure, so here we are! We didn’t expect too much. Our first objective is to have fun with what we do, and so far, so good. The gallery is working well, so I can only be happy about it.
What’s your vision for the gallery, and what makes it stand out from the crowd?
MILA is a gallery with a clear fashion background – coming myself from the fashion business. Our program includes fashion photographers and artists that drawn their inspiration from the fashion world in some way.
I think we stand out from the rest, starting from the look of the gallery itself; warm wooden floors, dark gray walls instead of the usual blank white walls, and wooden wall coverings. The whole gallery was conceived more like a living room, a place we could live and feel comfortable in. And, of course, the fashion inspiration behind the art we present is surely going to fill a gap. It’s getting more and more popular, and it’s something that’s missing in a city like Berlin, which is dominated by edgier artists and tastes.
Who would you most like to exhibit?
On my radar are the twin brothers behind How and Nosm, a duo of street artists based in New York. Also the new work by Karl Lagerfeld, featured in his upcoming book Body Freedom, and a solo show of photographer Jeff Burton. The American painter Mark Beard is one of my favorite painters, so a show of his work would also be a great thing.
What’s your favorite work of art?
That we have shown, it has to be the “Falling Down” of Charlie Anderson [image featured]. In general, I really like the work of Mark Rothko, and as I said before, paintings of Mark Beard.
Are art galleries boring?
I think art galleries can be boring at times. Gallerists should learn to have more fun with their work and take the whole gallery business less seriously…just have fun with it!
Who do you have coming up?
We are working on the calendar for 2013, and we are in talks for some really great shows. The calendar will be quite various, including fashion photographers, street artists, installations, and exciting painters. Some names to look forward to are surely Carl Hopgood and How & Nosm.
What kind of guys do you like?
Ha Ha, well it’s very easy in my case: blonds (or red hair) with blue or green eyes, with some rare exceptions. Too superficial? Well then guys that are respectful and generally honest, and able to deal with my crazy schedule.
Address: Linienstrasse 154, 10115 Berlin
Opening times are Tue-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 2pm-6pm