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Saturday, April 2nd

'First the egg or the chicken?', is an art event dedicated to urban agroforestry methods in dialogue with creativity. The organizations at the new space ‘Viafarini Work’ (Soulfood Forestfarms; Terzo Paesaggio; Phoebe Zeitgeist; Open Studio TreTre) on the occasion of MIART (Milano Art Fair) present a series of artistic and performative interventions dedicated to the symbolism of the egg. The artists will activate a series of installations and actions, unusual recipes, collaborative interventions on the territory, aimed at sharing knowledge and active participation of the public. A special installation by Atelier del Paesaggio/GREEN ISLAND, entitled 'AGRESTE', will cover the walls of the 'Garage' space. 

A project curated by Claudia Zanfi.


Saturday, April 2nd

Viafarini Work + Vettabbia Park, Milano (Italy)

Sunday, March 27th

COSMOGARDEN, the event dedicated to the design and maintenance of gardens and public spaces, presents a series of meetings and conferences on the theme of environmental sustainability. On this occasion there will be the presentation of the special project 'Botany for pollinators', a narration through images of the melliferous flora useful for pollinators, bees and small insects. Claudia Zanfi (GREEN ISLAND director) will be describing design methods for urban gardens and flowerbeds useful for biodiversity.


Sunday, March 27th

COSMOGARDEN, Brixia Forum, Brescia (Italy)



Sunday, March 20th

We are pleased to announce the publication of the book: On bees, Art and the City  (LE API, L'ARTE, LA CITTA') , edited by Claudia Zanfi (Corponove Editrice). The book aims to develop actions of dissemination and awareness in the field of environmental protection and eco-sustainable development, as a cultural and educational heritage necessary for future generations. Reflecting on the many ways to practice urban beekeeping can guide us towards the preservation of our territory. The presentation will be followed by the collective planting of botanical species useful to pollinators, from the art project ‘The Winter Garden’, by artists Rebecca Agnes + Vera Pravda (ViaFarini Art Archive).

Sunday, March 20th

San Faustino Garden, Milano (Italy)

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It is well known that nature needs pollinators every day. Flowers, fruits and vegetables would not exist without the painstaking work of these useful insects. GREEN ISLAND, with the international program ALVEARI URBANI/Urban BeeHives deals with these issues through the encounter of languages: art, design, music, agriculture, botany, sociality. To better communicate these fundamental messages, we are creating a special platform, in collaboration with University of Milano Bicocca.



ALVEARI URBANI/Urban BeeHives organizes for this winter a training course dedicated to the urban beekeeping and botany for pollinators, open to all citizens, to young people and women, starting January 2022. The program is in collaboration with Parco Cascina Merlata Milano.


ALVEARI URBANI/Urban BeeHives project, started in Milan in 2014, has created the first Artist's Beehive in Europe, with beehives created by artists and designers from all over the world. The project is dedicated to the valorization of biodiversity, to recover abandoned green areas, to the awareness of the pollinators’ relevance, to the sharing of knowledge and sociality.

24th-26th September

Friday 24th September

Giardino San Faustino + CasciNet, Milan

Urban itineraries and narrations: how the new green areas of the contemporary city are conceived? How to cross it and experience them in a different way ? A new journey by bike, from Giardino San Faustino to Cascina Sant'Ambrogio Milano, between memory and contemporaneity of the Ortica district, to discover new aspects of the urban reforestation project 'Soulfood Forest Farm'.


Saturday 25th e Sunday 26th September,

Cascina Merlata Park, via P.P. Pasolini, Milan

For the Sustainability Week organized by ASVIS, ALVEARI URBANI will carry out workshops for citizens on urban ecology and beekeeping in the city, with the special transparent educational beehive, which allows to see the wonderful life of bees, their social organization, pollen collection and honey.

17th-19th September


The project 'THE MOBILE HERBARIUM’ proposes artworks by international artists on the theme of herbariums and vegetation in motion. All the works, created specifically for the occasion, built the idea of ‘herbarium’ as fragile although relevant art work to be collected. 'This vegetation is free to across borders with spores and seeds; is narrated through images and drawings by international artists; is an unprecedented puzzle of botanical, naturalistic and creative forms', says curator Claudia Zanfi.

4th-12th September, 2021

Art & Nature, are the themes proposed this year by the international program 'GREEN ISLAND', during Milano Design Week. An urban journey dedicated to creativity and eco-design, in the area of Isola District. In particular, this edition involves the collaboration with Garibaldi Train Station/ Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, for a special public art project inside train stations.

With the support of BPER Banca and media partner ARTRIBUNE.

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New works by international artists on the theme of 'Art and Nature', vegetation in motion, herbarium in voyage.

The project, conceived for the Sociology Fest of Modena, is configured as a real journey, a path for images that will be articulated in three Italian cities (Milan, Mantua, Modena), ending in an exhibition at the Botanical Garden of Modena. The aim is to promote the concept of beauty and slow mobility (traveling by train), combining cultural subjects and practices, projections and public exhibitions, to raise awareness of urgent issues such as art, society, landscape.

A project by Claudia Zanfi



Simone Berti (Italy); Fabiana De Barros (Swiss); Paul Clemence (USA);  Judith Cowan (UK); Sergio Leitao (Portugal); Dorna Lofti (Iran);  Achilleas Kentonis (Cyprus); Jacopo Natoli (Italy); Sabrina Notturno (Italy);  Piet Oudolf (Olanda); Vera Pravda (Balkans); Anne Pellissier (France); Rossella Pezzino (Italy); Mezgeen Rashid (Iraq); Oliver Musovik (Macedonia); George Salameh (Libano); Lorella Salvagni (Italy); Vincenzo Zancana (Italy); Lois Weinberger (Austria); Xurban Collective (Turkey); Zafos Xagoraris (Greece)