Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Italy's hidden side revealed in ANSA photo show


Washington, May 12 - Dressed in full Medieval
regalia, the Italian national flag-wavers marked the official
opening this weekend of Tour Around Italy, a selection of ANSA
photographs featuring the lesser-known angles of the country.
To the delight of thousands of spectators at the Italian
embassy in Washington Saturday, the standard-bearers added the
American and European Union flags to their choreographed routine
performed to the music of the ocarina, the beguiling egg-shaped
wind instrument that was modernized by Bolognese craftsman
Giuseppe Donati in the 19th century.
Unknown to much of the world, the instrument in many ways
symbolized the scope of the current exhibition, which goes a
step further than typical photo reportage of the 'Bel Paese', so
often limited to postcard images of the Colosseum or the Leaning
Tower of Pisa.
Tour of Italy, which runs through May 25, features 100
images of Italy from the ground up, so to speak - from a woman
handling a ruby-red tomato as gently as a newborn, to the
Sicilian sky reflected in crystalline waters, and the triumphant
expressions of restoration artists as they admire a Giotto cross
sparkling like new.
"It is a beautiful collection that reflects the
unfathomable beauty of our landscapes, as well as the highlights
of Italian society, our culture and our passion: images of the
highest emotional impact," Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero
told ANSA.
The exhibit is divided into six sections: arts and culture,
style, fashion and design, food and wine, science and hi-tech,
green energy, and travel and leisure, with testimonials
accompanying the images.
"While creative and artistic Italy still holds a hegemonic
position in the public's eye, when it comes to design,
small-medium enterprise also enjoys undisputed leadership,"
celebrated Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas said.
Renowned contemporary artist Michelangelo Pistoletto said
the show comes from the same tradition that made Italy a
"teacher of art and culture during the Roman Empire, the
Renaissance and beyond".
The opening coincided with a day in which all European
embassies in the United States opened their doors to the public,
as well as the Year of Italian Culture, promoted by the foreign
ministry and various institutions.
"As always, our embassy is the most crowded and most
appreciated by Americans," said the ambassador. "People are
drawn to it, they like it. Today's crowds prove as much.
"In addition to the ANSA exhibit, we have a show dedicated
to Giovanni Falcone," an anti-Mafia prosecutor killed by a
massive bomb under the highway from Palermo to its airport this
month in 1992, two months before his friend and fellow
magistrate Paolo Borsellino was assassinated by a huge car bomb
outside his mother's apartment block.
Bisogniero also pointed out an exhibit on Italy's armed
forces currently serving in peace missions around the world.
"Then of course we couldn't go without showcasing our
national products beloved by all," he added.
Hundreds of people lined up beside the ambassador, inside
what has been transformed into a virtual Italian piazza, to try
samples of coffee, gelato, and pizza fresh from an oven
installed in the embassy garden.
Nearby hung the 19th-century period costumes worn by Burt
Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in Luchino Visconti's 1963
classic The Leopard.
Also on show was a selection of Italian automobiles, from
Lamborghini and Maserati racecars to a Fiat 500, as well as a
300 model by Michigan-based Chrysler, which is majority owned
and controlled by Fiat.
Next to them were five fire-engine-red performance
motorcycles by Ducati.
Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori was on hand explaining
astrophysics and space travel to children, while a costumed
fairy draped in the Italian flag gave free language lessons.
Tour Around Italy can also be attended virtually using a
free Apple Store application.
The show is sponsored by the foreign ministry and the
Italian Embassy in the United States, as well as Milan Expo
A twin exhibit featuring prints opens Tuesday at the
Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) headquarters in New
York and runs until June 2.

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