One of the Italian works exhibited in Mexico (photo: Ansa)
17:35, March 24•MEXICO CITY•ANSA Editorial Office
(ANSA) – MEXICO CITY, MARCH 24 – Italian Design Day celebrations in Mexico this year will include a parade of “historic” Italian cars not even found in Italy, as well as the traveling exhibition “We Love Arte” and various music activities and conferences, among others.
The series of lectures began with the presentation of this year’s program by the Italian Ambassador Luigi De Chiara and the inauguration of two exhibitions at the headquarters of the Italian Institute of Culture, in the traditional and bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, in south of the capital. Entre las muestras destaca “We Love Art. Vision and Creativity Made in Italy”, a project of cultural mecenazgo of the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación Internacional (MAECI) de Italia and the Fundación Cassa Depositi e Prestiti para apoyar y fomentar la creación de obras of art.
These are pieces made by eight renowned Italian artists under the age of 35, through meetings with eight major Italian companies, organized by the art critic Ludovico Pratesi.
This exhibition aims to “represent a new form of patronage, created in synergy between public and private, with the aim of developing dialogue and collaboration between artistic creation and industrial production”, according to the Italian Embassy.
Among the companies participating in the initiative are Ansaldo Energia, Snam, Terna, ENI and Webuild and some of the participating artists are Namsal Siedlecki, Amedeo Polazzo, Tomaso de Luca and Giulia Cenci.
The eight works in the collective exhibition have been presented in South Korea, China, the United States and now in Mexico, to then continue their journey in Egypt and Berlin.
Presenting the program for Italian Design Day, which this year is called “Re-Generation. Design and new technologies for a sustainable future” and actually takes place over several weeks, Ambassador De Chiara noted that Mexico as Italy “have very compatible characteristics”. .
“Italy’s experience in these sectors can help Mexico bring out its treasures and talents even more forcefully,” he said.
This year, the architect Matteo Origoni, expert in design and renowned museographer, is the ambassador of Italian design in Mexico.
Origoni told ANSA that after a long “time out” of two years away, he is very honored to return, indicating that Mexico and Italy “have a lot to share” and have “a almost infinite potential of abilities, culture and techniques such as craftsmanship”.
The architect of the Milan Furniture Fair claimed to have worked some time ago, at the invitation of the Italian Embassy, on a project in which he worked with silver artisans in Taxco, Italy. southern state of Guerrero, and pointed out that “there is a lot to learn about Mexican craftsmanship.”
“Creators of modern culture can also transmit their knowledge to artisans, so the exchange can be very useful and they feed off each other, since both come from ancient cultures,” he said. .
De Chiara said that this year there will be a “quite varied schedule” at Italian Design Day, which began with a series of master classes that Matteo Origoni gives in Mexican universities and academic institutions.
Next, a celebration of Pininfarina, the great automobile designer, is planned, and the donation to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs of a 4-meter high version of the famous Tolomeo lamp, designed by Michele de Lucchi, protagonist in Mexico of the celebrations from 2021 .
One of the highlights is the parade of Italian cars sold in Mexico at Lincoln Park in the diplomatic district of Polanco on April 10, and a parade of historic vehicles, which includes former models from legendary brands such as Alfa Romeo , Fiat, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.
“Here in Mexico there are real gems, which I don’t think you can find anymore, not even in Italy,” the ambassador said.
At the Angela Peralta theater in the capital, there will be music, jewelry workshops, an exhibition of design objects and, of course, Italian cuisine.
The other exhibit at the Italian Institute of Culture consisted of historical photos from Interni magazine, the backbone of Milan’s Fuorisalone, illustrating the evolution of this famous event which dates back 30 years and is held simultaneously with the Salone del Mobile in the Lombard capital. (ANSA).
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