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Interview RUS HM: Following the restoration, do you want to leave everything as it was? IM: Yes, we will keep all the items that have been here since Jean Cocteau and Made- leine Castaing, who was the decorator, were here. Nevertheless, some decor items with no historical value will probably be replaced by the works of young modern artists. This will bring more colour to the mansion and bring it to life. about Santo Sospir have appeared in Vogue US, Tatler, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor and other leading publications. We have held about twenty events, three exhibitions, several con- certs and plan to organize a festival late in September. While the Villa is closed for res- toration, we don’t want it to be forgotten. To this end, we made a photo-shoot in collabo- ration with the Brazilian artist Mauro Restiffe, who has made a series of photos about the Villa. They will be exhibited at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech. There will also be an exhibition in Berlin. And in two years, Villa Santo Sospir will be opened again after the restoration, renovated, but preserving its atmosphere of a cultural salon. HM: How do you want to bring it to life? IM: We want it to remain private property and prevent it from becoming an ordinary museum. Villa Santo Sospir will host different events, primarily those related to art. And, of course, we will be open for visitors. HM: You are a successful businessman, but you had no commercial purpose when you bought the Villa. Why? IM: There is no explanation. This is a project with no specific final objective, but there is a process that captivates not only me, but the whole family. We will hold events and want to be generous in sharing as much information as possible to continually support Villa Santo Sospir’s rightful place in French culture. At the same time we will remain very selective about what we choose to do. During our ownership of the villa, contacts with the press have increased tenfold. Articles Hello Monaco Winter 2018–2019 / 103