Chronological Summary of the

1998-1999 International Cultural Meetings in Florence organised by

FONDAZIONE ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO

  • November 15-26 1998:

Participants: a representative of the NHK Culture Centre Yokohama (Japan), an architect from the Japan Institute of Architects Tokyo (Japan), and a professor from Tama Art University Tokyo (Japan).

  • November 16-23 1998:

Participants: groups from the Schools of Architecture, Prague (Czech Republic), Warsaw and Krakow (Poland), Budapest (Hungary) and the Art History Institutes of Krakow (Poland) and Budapest (Hungary) met to work on the project entitled "Research on Interrelations in Architecture of the 15th Century". The aim of this project was to respond to some of the challenges that are emerging in Europe at the dawn of the XXI century, such as the discovery of common roots, beyond any political boundary and/or generation gap, or the expansion of communications between peoples and cultures thanks to improved mutual knowledge and awareness, or the active contributions from different cultural fields in order to reach common goals.

During the week the groups visited the "Opificio delle pietre dure" and specifically the sculpture restoration laboratory, and the German Art History Institute. They also had an opportunity to visit the "Castello di Trebbio" and the "Castello di Caffagiolo". On 20 November 1998 they attended a presentation by various representatives of the Faculty of Architecture of Florence, of "Progetto Europeo per le cittą d’arte" [The European Project for Art Cities].

Furthermore, during their stay in Florence, thanks to the courtesy of the Government Service for Artistic and Historical Assets of the Provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia, the groups were able to visit the Uffizi Gallery, the Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace) and the Academia Gallery. The works by the teams of students from the various schools were presented on the evening of 20 November 1998 and this event was attended by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic and representatives from the Institute of Architecture of Tokyo, the NHK Culture Centre Yokohama and Tama Art University of Tokyo. On 21 November, some professors and students had an opportunity to visit the "Giardino della Gherardesca".

  • November 23-30 1998

In co-operation with the Municipal Authorities of Bydgoszcz and the City of Florence a group of 35 young musicians from Poland, Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, co-ordinated by the Felinska Nowowiesjskiego International Academy of Music of Bydgoszcz (Poland) performed a splendid concert on 26 November in the Florentine church of San Felice in Piazza. These guests, too, had an opportunity to visit the Uffizi Gallery, the Palatine Gallery and the Academia Gallery. The customary farewell evening honouring the guests was held at the Vivahotel Alexander on 27 November.

  • December 5-12 1998

An international group of 10 painters from Moscow (Russia), Warsaw (Poland), Minsk (Bielorussia), Odessa (Ukraine) and Prague (Czech Republic) attended this meeting. They met for the first time in Florence. Their project was entitled "Art Show: the influence of Florence Environment on Artists". During their stay, under the influence of the city landscape and the Florentine Renaissance heritage, these artists produced works that were displayed in an interesting exhibit held at the Vivahotel Alexander. The exhibit included other paintings the artists did in their home countries, to provide more insight about their personal styles. The exhibit, that met with public acclaim was also visited by many representatives of Florentine cultural institutions and the public administration. These artists were also able to see the masterpieces in the Academia Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery and the Palatine Gallery thanks to the co-operation of the Government Service for Artistic and Historical Assets of the Provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia. The traditional dinner was held at Vivahotel Alexander on 11 December 1998, and was attended by the president, Paolo del Bianco.

  • December 7-14 1998

Participants: two representatives of the Kreisvolkshochschule of Wasterstede (Germany).

  • December 11-21 1998

Participants: one professor from the Department of Art History of the State University of Tokyo (Japan) and one professor from the Department of History of Architecture of the State University of Tokyo (Japan).

  • December 13-27 1998

Participants: the chairman of the Department of Italian Language and Literature of the University of Moscow (Russia).

  • December 14-21 1998

Participants: one professor from the Volkshochschule of Neumunster (Germany)

  • December 19-27 1998

Participants: one professor from the University of Tokyo (Japan)

  • January 5-13 1999

Participants: one professor from the Ritsumeikan University of Tokyo (Japan).

  • January 25 - 1 February 1999

Participants: groups of professors and students from the Faculties of Architecture of Warsaw (Poland) and Minsk (Bielorussia), and from the Academies of Fine Arts of Prague (Czech Republic), Krakow (Poland), Zagreb (Croatia), Bratislava (Slovak) and Budapest (Hungary). The groups’ project was entitled "Collage in Firenze". Essentially, the aim of the project was to deepen knowledge and friendships among the participating students.

On 27 January the groups visited the Centro Culturale di Arte Grafica "Il Bisonte". During their stay, thanks to the courtesy of the Government Service for Artistic and Historical Assets of the Provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia the groups were able to visit the Uffizi Gallery, the Palatine Gallery (Pitti Palace) and the Academia Gallery. The students from the various schools presented their works on the evening of 29 January 1998, at the Vivahotel Alexander. The event was attended by a professor from the Sougoushikaku Gauking - Institute of Architecture of Osaka (Japan) who was also a guest during the week.

  • February 1-8 1999

Participants: a group of professors and students from the Faculties of Architecture of Warsaw (Poland) and the Department of Monument Conservation of the Faculty of Torun (Poland). The project was entitled "The Panorama of Historic Town. The protection of cityscape as an element of its sustainable development". The students tried to determine how it is possible to conserve the volume and unity of the urban landscape and harmonise old and modern structures. On 3 February the groups participated in an interesting meeting with the Director of the Town Planning Service Management. That same day the guests visited the "Univercity" exhibit, along with a representative of the Department of Construction Engineering Processes and Methods of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence. Theses guests too, also had an opportunity to visit the Palatine, Uffizi and Academia Galleries. The farewell evening was held on 5 February at VivaHotel Alexander, and awards were presented to the guests of the Foundation project participants for their works. Two representatives of the Stadische Volkshochschule of Magdeburg attended this special evening.

  • February 1-8 1999

Participants: two representatives of the Stadische Volkshochschule of Magdeburg

  • February 6-25 1999

Participants: one professor from the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Tokyo.

  • February 8-15 1999

Participants: a group of professors and students from the Department of Monument Conservation of the Faculty of Architecture of Budapest (Hungary). On 10 February the group attended a lecture by two faculty members from the Department of the History of Architecture and Restoration of Architectural Structures to discuss the week’s project that was entitled "Application of Up-to-Date Monuments Restoration Methods by the Turn of the Millenary". The professors from the Faculty of Architecture invited the guests to a meeting with Italian students that was held on 12 February. On the same day the group visited the Centro Culturale di Arte Grafica "Il Bisonte". The day ended with the farewell ceremony at the Vivahotel Capitol. During the week the students worked on the structural elaboration of the project entitled "Gli influssi del Rinascimento Fiorentino del XV secolo nei Paesi Europei" [XV Century Florentine Renaissance Influence in European Countries], in order to insert it in the Community Program "Raffaello". Two guests from the Volkshochschule of Muenster (Germany) and one professor from the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Tokyo also attended. The guests were also able to visit some of the national museums in Florence.

  • February 11-21 1999

Participants: one representative of the National University of Fine Arts of Tokyo (Japan) and two representatives of the Japan Institute of Architects (Japan).

  • February 12-22 1999

Participants: one professor from the Faculty of Letters of the State University of Tokyo (Japan).

  • February 19-28 1999

Participants: one professor of History of Architecture and Urban Development from the Tokyo National University of the Fine Arts and Music (Japan).

  • February 22 - March 1 1999

Participants: a group of professors and students from the Faculty of Art History of the University of Krakow (Poland). Thanks to the courtesy of the Government Service for Artistic and Historical Assets of the Provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia the groups were able to visit some of the national museums in Florence. The traditional farewell and award presentation evening was held on Friday 26 February at the Vivahotel Fleming, along with the ceremony that concluded the 1998/1999 series of International Cultural Meetings in Florence. These students, too, worked on the structural elaboration of the project entitled "Gli influssi del Rinascimento Fiorentino del XV secolo nei Paesi Europei" [XV Century Florentine Renaissance Influence in European Countries], in order to insert it in the Community Program "Raffaello". A representative from the Kohgakuin University of Tokyo (Japan), a professor from Waseda University of Tokyo (Japan) and two representatives from the Volkshochschule of Magdeburg (Germany) also attended the evening’s events.

  • February 22-28 1999

Participants: one representative of Kohgakuin University of Tokyo (Japan), one professor from Waseda University of Tokyo (Japan) and two representatives from the Volkshochschule of Magdeburg (Germany).

  • February 28-March 2 1999

Participants: a famous string quartet from Krakow, that also performed two fine concerts.