Report of the activity of International Integration of the

ROMUALDO DEL BIANCO FOUNDATION

1999 - 2000

International Integration Meetings in Forte dei Marmi International Integration Meetings in Florence Restorations
Competitions Concerts Exhibitions
Catalogues Conferences Other events
Brief summary of the Foundation activities    
 

We thank for their co-operation the Archivio di Stato of Florence, the Twinship Councillor’s Office of Florence, the cultural association "Il Punto" of Florence, the Italian-Polish cultural association of Tuscany, the U.N.E.S.C.O. centre of Florence, the college of Engineers of Tuscany, the Music State Conservatory "L. Cherubini", the National Research Council of Florence, the University of Florence with the Faculties of Architecture (and particularly the Department of Process and Methods of Buildings Construction, the Department of History of Architecture and Restoration of Architectural Structures, the Department of Planning), the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Economics, the bank "Monte dei Paschi di Siena" the cultural association "Progetti Associati Toscana", the Rectorate of the University of Florence, the International School for Graphic Arts "Il Bisonte" of Florence, the Italian Society for Pharmacology, the Monuments and Fine Arts Office for the provinces of Florence, Pistoia e Prato.

 

1. International Integration Meetings Forte dei Marmi Summer 1999

During these meetings, together with people involved in our initiatives, we define details of winner time activities of international integration.

    • 1st Week (3rd-10th July 1999)

Participating Professors: 3
Other participants: 3

Provenance: Czech Republic, Hungary

    • 2nd Week (10th-17th July 1999)

Participating Professors: 4
Other participants: 4

Provenance: Czech Republic, Poland, Russia

    • 3rd Week (31st July-7th August 1999)

Participating Professors: 4
Other participants: 2

Provenance: Poland

    • 4th Week (7th-14th August 1999)

Participants: 6

Provenance: Poland

    • 5th Week (14th-21st August 1999)

Participating Professors: 2
Other participants: 7

Provenance: Albania, Czech Republic, Poland

    • 6th Week (21st-28th August 1999)

Participating Professors: 3
Other participants: 5

Provenance: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland

    • 7th Week (28th August-4th September 1999)

Participating Professors: 3
Other participants: 4

Provenance: Poland

    • 8th Week (4th-11th September 1999)

Participating Professors: 3
Other participants: 5

Provenance: Czech Republic

    • 9th Week (11th-18th September 1999)

Participants: 7

Provenance: Czech Republic

    • 10th Week (18th-25th September 1999)

Participating Professors: 3
Other participants: 5

Provenance: Poland

 

2. Carried out activities to develop International Integration in Florence

 

2. International Integration Meeting in Florence Winter 1999-2000

 

  • 1° Week of Faculties of Architecture (8TH 15TH November 1999)
    International Integration Meetings involving professors and students from the faculties of Architecture of Bratislava, Budapest, Cracow, Prague and Warsaw. Theme of the week: "Carrying on Eurenaissance Project: Influences of Renaissance Florentine Art of the second half of 15th century, in many European cities. Students' works exhibition and prize - giving".

    Participating Professors: 10 Participating Students: 41

    This project wanted to be an answer to some of nowadays European challenges: such as the discovery of common roots, which overcome any political border and/or generation gap; the development of communication among people of different cultures, thanks to a better mutual knowledge; or the active contribution of people coming from different cultural areas, in order to reach common goals.

    While staying in Florence, students and professors visited the Uffizi Gallery, The Palatina Gallery (Pitti Palace) and the Accademia Gallery. This was possible thanks to the co-operation of the Monuments and Fine Arts Office of the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia.

    Students and Professors also visited the garden of Villa Corsi Salviati, thanks to the co-operation of the garden management.

    Works realised by guest students, together with works carried out by students of the Faculty of Architecture of Florence (who were coordinated by Prof. Carlo Canepari), were showed and introduced in the premises of VivaHotel Alexander, on Friday 12th November 1999. On that occasion, there was the prize - giving of the work group, where people of different countries best worked together.

     

  • 2° Week of Fine Arts and Music Academies (15TH 22ND November 1999)
  • First Event: opening ceremony of the exhibition "The Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow: 180 Years of Tradition" - Archivio di Stato of Florence - in the presence of many people and particularly the Twinship Councillor of Florence, the Vice Rector of the Fine Arts Academy of Cracow, the Ambassadors of Czech Republic and Latvia and some representatives of Poland and Lithuania Embassies.
  • Second Event: international concert of students of the Music Academy of Bydgoszcz and pianist Jiri Kollert from Czech Republic, in the premises of "L. Cherubini" Conservatory of Music (see above).

    Participating Professors: 3 Participating Students: 6

    In the previous week there had been another concert by "Cracow Quartet", carried out to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s death.

    Participating Musicians: 4

  • Third Event: International Round Table about International integration Meetings, with the presence of diplomatic and academic authorities coming from Central and Eastern Europe and authorities from U.N.E.S.C.O. national and international centres. (see above)

 

  • 3° Week of Fine Arts Academies (22nd 29th November 1999)
    International Integration Meetings among professors and students coming from Fine Arts Academies of Cracow, Prague, Riga and Torun. Theme of the week: "The bridge of friendship and peace. Students' works exhibition and prize - giving"

    Participating Professors: 9    Participating Students: 32     Other participating guests: 9

    This project wanted to rouse students' artistic expressiveness, about important topics for the Foundation's mission, such as friendship, brotherhood and peace.

    While staying in Florence, students and professors visited the Uffizi Gallery, The Palatina Gallery (Pitti Palace) and the Accademia Gallery. This was possible thanks to the co-operation of the Monuments and Fine Arts Office of the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia.

    Students and Professors also visited the International School of Specialisation in Graphic Arts "Il Bisonte" and its Art Gallery, thanks to the co-operation of its management.

    Works realised by guest students, were showed and introduced in the premises of VivaHotel Alexander, on Friday 26th November 1999. As usual, on that occasion there was the prize - giving of the work group, where people of different countries best worked together.

    After all that, Arch. Takahiko Saitou (Japan Institute of Architect) introduced the work done about the main architectural features of Japanese ancient buildings compared with western ones.

 

  • 4° Week of Faculties of Architecture (31ST January - 7th February 2000)
    International Integration Meetings involving professors and students from the faculties of Architecture of Cracow, Minsk, Riga and Torun. Theme of the week: "Protection of cultural values as an element of a sustainable urban development. Students' works exhibition and prize - giving".

    Participating Professors: 8     Participating Students: 22    Other participating guests: 4

    During this week students dealt with problems connected with restoring buildings located in the cities historical centres, without damaging the respective urban, cultural, historical and human context. Students dealt with these topics through a case - study about the modernisation of Hotel Laurus.

    While staying in Florence, students and professors visited the Uffizi Gallery, The Palatina Gallery (Pitti Palace) and the Accademia Gallery. This was possible thanks to the co-operation of the Monuments and Fine Arts Office of the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia.

    Students and Professors also visited the International School of Specialisation in Graphic Arts "Il Bisonte" and its Art Gallery. Mrs Guaita, Director of "Il Bisonte" School, gave to the students catalogues and lithograph copies as a present.

    Works realised by guest students, were showed and introduced in the premises of VivaHotel Alexander, on Friday 4th February 2000. As usual, on that occasion there was the prize - giving of the work group, where people of different countries best worked together.

    At the end of that evening there was a Bielorussian dresses and dances exhibition and typical dishes sampling, followed by a presentation about some examples of classic Bielorussian architecture, carried out by Prof. Wladimir Trazewskij (Faculty of Architecture of Minsk).

    During this week, we had as a guest Dr. Martien Lathouwers (Duch National Youth Council Association "Vereninging 31"), who was introduced by Prof. Galina Polyanskaya, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of Minsk.

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  • 5° Week of Architecture (7th 14th February 2000)
  • First event: opening ceremony of the exhibition: "Cracow - Florence: a common architectural heritage" - Cultural Association S.Jacopo Soprarno "Il Punto" - in the presence of many people and particularly Mr Eugenio Giani (Twinship Councillor of Florence), Prof. Francesco Gurrieri (Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of Florence), Ms Elzibieta Jogalla (Polish Ambassy Minister of Cultural Heritage) and Prof. Kazimierz Flaga (Rector of Cracow Polytechnic). (see above)
  • Second event: 2° International Round Table about International integration Meetings, with the presence of academic authorities coming from Central and Eastern Europe. (see above)

    Academic Authorities: 42   Other guests: 15
  • Third event: International congress on the theme "Rehabilitation", with the co-operation of the Department of Planning (Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence) and the co-operation of the cultural association S. Jacopo Soprarno "Il Punto". (see above)

 

  • 6° Week of Faculties of Architecture (14th 21st February 2000)
    International Integration Meetings involving professors and students from the faculties of Architecture of Budapest, Cracow, Minsk, and Torun. Theme of the week: "The bridge of friendship, the bridge of Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation: virtual bridges for international integration among European Faculties, in order to develop mutual knowledge and friendship. Students' works exhibition and prize - giving".

    Participating Professors: 7    Participating Students: 28     Other participating guests: 7

    This project wanted to rouse students' technical expressiveness, about important topics for the Foundation's mission, such as friendship, brotherhood and peace.

    While staying in Florence, students and professors visited the Uffizi Gallery, The Palatina Gallery (Pitti Palace) and the Accademia Gallery. This was possible thanks to the co-operation of the Monuments and Fine Arts Office of the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia.

    Students and Professors also visited the International School of Specialisation in Graphic Arts "Il Bisonte" and its Art Gallery, thanks to the co-operation of its management.

    Thanks to the co-operation of Prof. Gennaro Tampone (Faculty of Architecture of Florence) students could attend a lesson about architectural restoration and could also visit a restoration yard at Mozzi palace in Florence.

    Works realised by guest students, were showed and introduced in the premises of VivaHotel Alexander, on Friday 18th February 2000. As usual, on that occasion there was the prize - giving of the work group, where people of different countries best worked together.

    In the same evening, Dr. Shuji Ishikawa and Dr. Juinichiro Higaya introduced the work done about a restoration project of a building located in Osaka.

  • 7° Week of Faculties of History of Art (6th 13th March 2000)
    International Integration Meetings involving professors and students from the faculties of History of Art of Bratislava, Budapest, Cracow, Danzica and Torun. Theme of the week: "Imitation and assimilation: two ways of using the Florentine patterns in the art of central Europe. Students' works exhibition and prize - giving".

    Participating Professors: 8    Participating Students: 42     Other participating guests: 4

    This project wanted to rouse students' technical expressiveness, about important topics for the Foundation's mission, such as friendship, brotherhood and peace.

    While staying in Florence, students and professors visited the Uffizi Gallery, The Palatina Gallery (Pitti Palace) and the Accademia Gallery. This was possible thanks to the co-operation of the Monuments and Fine Arts Office of the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia.

    Students and Professors also visited the International School of Specialisation in Graphic Arts "Il Bisonte" and its Art Gallery, thanks to the co-operation of its management.

    Works realised by guest students, were showed and introduced in the premises of VivaHotel Alexander, on Friday 17th March 2000. As usual, on that occasion there was the prize - giving of the work group, where people of different countries best worked together.

     

3. Sponsoring of restorations

During this period, thanks to the co-operation of Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, following restorations have been carried out:

  • "St. Luke Painting the Virgin" – Domenico Cresti called Il Passignano (Passignano 1559 – Florence 1636) - Uffizi Gallery
  • "Pietà" - Alessandro Allori (Florence 1535 – 1607) - Uffizi Gallery
  • "Portrait of man" attributed to Bernardino Campi (Reggio Emilia 1521-1591) - Uffizi Gallery
  • "Portrait of learned man" - Giovan Battista Moroni (Albino 1520/4-1578) - Uffizi Gallery
  • "San Miniato and scenes of his life" - Jacopo del Casentino (Firenze 1297 - Pratovecchio 1358) - Basilica of S. Miniato al Monte
  • "Portrait of poet Giovanni Antonio Pantera" - Giovan Battista Moroni (Albino 1520/4-1578) - Uffizi Gallery
  • "Portrait of musician" attributed to Giulio Campi - Uffizi Gallery

 

4. Announcements of competition

 

 

5. Concerts

  • 31st March 1999, 13th April 1999, 27th April 1999, 11th May 1999

Series of concerts of young musicians from Conservatory "L. Cherubini" of Florence, in the premises of Galleria dell’Accademia

  • 30th May 1999

Concert of saxophones quartet "Paul Gauguin" - in the premises of Museo degli Argenti Palazzo Pitti

  • 18th October 1999

Recital to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s death - pianist Ewa Poblocka

  • 8th November 1999

Concert of Cracow Quartet to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s death - in the premises of Galleria dell’Accademia (with the support of European Parliament, the U.N.E.S.C.O.’s Centre of Florence, the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence)

  • 11th November 1999

Concert of young musicians of Academy of Music of Bydgoszcz in Sesto Fiorentino to celebrate the Polish independence day

  • 17th November 1999

International concert of young musicians of Academy of Music of Bydgoszcz and Czech pianist Jiri Kollert at Conservatory "L. Cherubini", to celebrate the opening of the exhibition "The Academy of Fine Arts Jan Matejko of Cracow: 180 years of tradition", the 150th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s death, the anniversary of Czech "Student’s Day"

  • 17th April 2000

Support to "Il Conservatorio fa musica nei musei di Firenze"; a series of concerts by young students of Conservatory of Music of Florence "L. Cherubini", played inside the most important Florentine museums

6.Exhibitions

  • 17th-27th November 1999

"The Academy of Fine Arts Jan Matejko of Cracow: 180 years of tradition"
in the premises of Archivio di Stato of Florence

  • 9th-19th February 2000

"Cracow - Florence: a common architectural heritage"
in the premises of the Cultural Association S. Jacopo Soprarno "Il Punto"

7. Catalogues and other publications where the activity of Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation is mentioned

 

8. Conferences and meetings

  • 20th-23rd June 1999

"24th Pharmacology International Congress"

Supporting this initiative, we could strengthen our relationships with Prof. Giancarlo Pepeu, Vice Rector for international relationships and scientific research at the University of Florence.

  • 13th-17th May 1999

Support of a series of initiatives named "Fabbrica Europa 1999", developed in the fields of figurative and visual arts. This initiatives were proposed by Progetti Associati Toscana.

  • 29th-30th October 1999

Support to the Conference "The Air that we breathe", proposed by Luigi Sacconi Foundation, University of Florence and C.N.R. of Florence.

  • 18th November 1999

Organisation of the 1° International Round Table with the co-operation of U.N.E.S.C.O. Centre of Florence - F.M.A.C.U., and the presence of:

    • Authorities of Fine Arts Academies of Cracow, Riga and Torun
    • Authorities of Music Academies of Bydgoszcz, Bratislava and Kyoto
    • Diplomatic Authorities coming from Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
    • Authorities of U.N.E.S.C.O. Centres of Dakar, Florence, Minsk, Paris, Sarajevo and Tokyo

During this event we collected proposals and projects concerning Fine Arts topics, to be included in the Foundation's future programs. This proposals will help to strengthen our mission of international integration among youths of different countries.

  • 4th December 1999

Support to the Congress "The right to have peace: U.N.E.S.C.O.'s engagement for a peace culture in the 21st century". This congress was suggested by U.N.E.S.C.O. Centre of Florence, with the presence of Tuscany Local Government, province of Florence Local Government, Florence Town Council and the Provincial Education Super-Intendency.

  • 9th February 2000

Support and contribution to the Scientific Seminar "Cracow - Florence: a common architectural heritage" run by Prof. Andrzej Kadluczka (Director of Institute of History of Architecture at Cracow Polytechnic). During the seminar there were speeches by Dr. Eugenio Giani (Florence twinship Councillor), Prof. Emma Mandelli (University of Florence, Faculty of Architecture), Prof. Zbigniew Bialkiewicz, Kazimierz Kuzniers, Ewa Gyurkovich (Krakow University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture).

  • 10th February 2000

Organisation of the 2° International Round Table with the presence of Academic authorities coming from the faculties of Architecture of Bratislava, Budapest, Cracow, Istanbul, Moscow, Montpellier, Minsk, Odessa, Strasbourg, Tirana, Tokyo, Torun, Warsaw.

During this event we collected proposals and projects concerning Architecture topics, to be included in the Foundation's future programs. This proposals will help to strengthen our mission of international integration among youths of different countries.

  • 26th - 28th January 2000

Support to the meeting with Rectors of six Taiwanese Universities and the President of the European Cultural Exchange Foundation, invited by the Vice Rector for international relationships at the University of Florence, Prof. Giancarlo Pepeu.

During this event, we started to come into contact with the Taiwanese Universities that attended the meeting. These contacts are considered to be the starting point to develop the future involvement of Taiwanese students in our Foundation international activities.

  • 11th - 12th February 2000

Support and contribution to the international congress on the theme "Rehabilitation", with the co-operation of the Department of Planning (Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence) and the co-operation of the cultural association S. Jacopo Soprarno "Il Punto". During the congress there were speeches by Prof. Francesco Gurrieri (Dean of Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence) and by some professors coming from the faculties of Architecture of the Universities of Budapest, Minsk, Montpellier, Odessa, Strasbourg, Tirana and Warsaw

  • 5th - 9th March 2000

Support to the Italy - Japan Conference: "Conservation of the Ancient Timber Load Bearing Structures", with the co-operation of the College of Engineers of Tuscany, the CNR Institute for Wood Research and the Japan Foundation. The Conference was suggested by Prof. Francesco Gurrieri (Dean of Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence) and all the co-operating institutions were invited by the Department of History of Architecture and Architectural Structures Restoration of the Faculty of Architecture of Florence.

Exhibition: "Maquettes and Documentation of relevant ancient timber structures" in the premises of Fine Arts Academy of Florence. Next on line publication of the exhibition catalogue, in the Foundation's web site.

  • 13th-17th April 2000

Support to the meeting among a delegation of Kyiv National of Economics University, Kostanz University and Faculty of Economics of Florence

During this event, we started to come into contact with the Rector of Kyiv National of Economics University Prof. Anatoly Pawlenko, Pro Rector Prof. Sergei Stepanenko, Dean Prof. Volodymyr Khlivny that attended the meeting. These contacts are considered to be the starting point to develop the future involvement of Taiwanese students in our Foundation international activities.

 

9. Other important events

During this report referring period, some other important events stressed the importance of the international integration activities carried out by the Foundation. Among these events, we would like to mention:

  • 21st May 1999

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Cracow University of Technology establishment, the Rector of this University invited Mr Paolo Del Bianco, President of the Foundation, to Cracow, and gave him a gold medal in recognition of the activities of international integration carried out by the Foundation.

  • 15th June 1999

Support to the farmers’ co-operative "La Fonte O.N.L.U.S.", which assists and helps handicapped people.

  • 16th June 1999

Sponsorship of the ceremony "Homage to the hospital care of Santa Maria Nuova"

  • 10th February 2000

Receiving the medal given by the Mayor of Prague 8 City Hall

  • 13th February 2000

President Paolo Del Bianco and the Cracow Polytechnic delegation, that was guest of the Foundation on the occasion of the exhibition "Cracow - Florence: a common architectural heritage", obtained a private audience with the Pope.

The Pope expressed his thanks to the Foundation for its social and cultural commitment in developing relationships between Poland and Italy, especially among youths who live in these countries.

  • 6th April 2000

The Kosciusko Polytechnic of Krakow dedicates to the President of our Foundation a bronze sculpture realised by Stefan Douza

  • 30th April 2000

Sponsorship of the publishing of 50.000 booklets on the theme "Health Services in Florence", distributed for free to the tourists who visit Florence.

This initiative was carried out in co-operation with Rotary Club "Firenze Est", the Hotels members of Vivahotels, Assindustria (hotel section), and A.I.A. (Italian Association of Hotel Keepers).

 

10. A brief summing up of the "1999 - 2000 International Integration Programme" carried out by Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation

Number of people who took part in the programmed activities:

446 Foundation Guests (including 284 Students)

for a total of:

2.975 days of International Integration

till May 2000 the total number of people who took part in the programmed activities:

1.446 Foundation Guests

for a total of:

9.975 days of International Integration