Piero Golia 2022 'RenBen' Renaissance Society benefit event



This year’s RenBen has been conceived by Italian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Piero Golia, a “sculptor of situations.” His works—which at times take physical form, often at an architectural scale, and at others are immaterial—are statements aimed at expanding the possibilities of art. His practice is heterogeneous and unpredictable, employing objects, language, actions, or events to create total works of art. 


The evening Golia has designed will unfold across the building and outdoor grounds of the Mediterranean Revival-style South Shore Cultural Center. Pushing the boundaries of a traditional benefit, RenBen 2022 will be a tightly choreographed experience, taking place against the backdrop of Chicago’s lakefront.

To support the Ren, Golia has orchestrated a series of unexpected encounters in partnership with prolific creative figures, among whom are New York-based artist Laila Gohar who is known for intricate, edible installations that fuse the worlds of food and art, and creative movement director Stephen Galloway, best known as principal dancer at the Frankfurt Ballet, a choreographer for the Rolling Stones, and costume designer for the American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera, the Théâtre du Capitole and La Scala in Milan. 


L’Observatoire International collaborated with Piero Golia to create a spectacular lighting moment for the 2022 'RenBen' Renaissance Society benefit event  at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago.


L'Observatoire International's concept was to enhance the surreal magnificence of this soiree by filling the space with moving star-like reflections across the room.

Location Chicago, IL, USA
Date Completed 2022
Artist Piero Golia
Client Renaissance Society
Type Artist Collaborations
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Jenny Ivansson
Photo Credits Adrianna Glaviano and Richard Louderback Courtesy of The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago