Edizioni Olivares, a publishing house founded in Milan in 1986 by Federica Olivares, plans culture. It creates, develops, and produces innovative cultural projects and products characterized by a strong design concept, by a contemporary design aesthetic, and by a strategic approach based on careful guardianship in the development of every single phase of a project’s creation. It is a real “project architecture” that guarantees high quality standards, enjoyment across different platforms, and international appeal.
Edizioni Olivares is present on the international scene thanks to extensive expertise gained across diverse platforms:
- Publishing, with catalogues that span from volumes on art and Italian and international film to reference books dedicated to new media, economics, and business management. The publisher also takes advantage of two prestigious publishing partnerships with the English publisher Thames & Hudson, and the American publisher MIT Press.
- Planning and production of art exhibits, film festivals, and cultural events intended for large international settings. Edizioni Olivares’s collaborations on publishing projects and the planning of exhibitions have been numerous: with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles.
- Design and production of videos on art and programs on cultural current events and new audiovisual formats, which are designed for use across different platforms including digital television channels and streaming video.
- Planning and consulting for policy makers on the local level on topics relating to new urban policies regarding Place Branding and cultural planning.
- Designing, planning, and development of Corporate Social Responsibility strategies for the business world.
Edizioni Olivares’s aim is to help enrich the “quota of Italy in the world” through cultural projects and events planned on an international scale and in collaboration with institutions and companies in the United States in particular.
Edizioni Olivares’s activity is not limited to the creation of products, but extends to include the conceptualization and design of entire cultural projects that are bearers of a global experience. Federica Olivares has focused her own activity on her passion for everything that looks toward the future and allows us to glimpse new images and new visions of the world.
Edizioni Olivares thus bases everything that it offers on a concept of Infotainment (information + entertainment).
Federica Olivares is contract professor of “ Cultural Events management” in the graduate program Communication for Business, Media, and Organizations at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She designed and directs the Master’s degree, “Progettare Cultura- Planning Culture: Staging Art, Culture, and Design Events for Enterprises, Cities, and Communities” offered jointly by the Università Cattolica and the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano.
She conceived City Innovation Lab in ALTIS (Alta Scuola Impresa e Società -Postgraduate School of Business and Society) part of the Postgraduate Schools of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where she is also a member of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts.
Since 1998, Edizioni Olivares, the publisher created by Federica Olivares, has been part of the circuit of large American institutions of art and culture, establishing collaborations on publishing projects and exhibitions with: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles.
Institutional Roles and Recognitions
As a member of the RAI Board of Directors from 1996 to 1998, Federica Olivares handled international agreements and the creation of thematic channels for RAISAT and for the World Television Forum of the United Nations in New York.
She was Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy from 2006 to 2008, and a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1998 to 2008.
In 2009, she was nominated as one of the “30 Experts for Reviving Culture in Milan” for the upcoming Expo 2015. In 2010, she was called on to be part of the Expo 2015 Art and Culture Committee of the Milan Chamber of Commerce and of the Advisory Board for “Women and Expo 2015.”
From 2011 to 2013, she was the Advisor on Cultural Relations to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In that role, she designed and coordinated the initiatives for the 2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the United States as well as for fundraising and partnerships with Italian companies involved in the initiatives. She also coordinated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs–RAI project for the redesign of RAI news on foreign affairs.
From March to September of 2013, she directed Team Olivares–Lord Culture for the Candidacy of Bergamo as the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
She is also a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, of the Advisory Board of the Casa Italiana at New York University, of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Commission, of the Board of Directors of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano–Teatro d’Europa, and of the UNESCO Scientific and Cultural Council–Venice.