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Old April 30th, 2015, 09:22 PM   #981
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Italy’s Second Renaissance.
Beginning this month, artistic openings, milestone anniversaries and other unmissable attractions for globetrotters who appreciate high culture.


Here a brief list:

FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO

“I set up my fondazione in 1995 because I wanted to transform my private passion for contemporary art into an ‘organized’ activity,” says Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, whose Turin-based contemporary arts foundation celebrates 20 years with an exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist of new work by Ian Cheng. Other artists to have shown in the former factory space: Maurizio Cattelan, Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman.

VENICE BIENNALE

Starting May 9, the 56th chapter of this prestigious international art fair gets underway, curated by Okwui Enwezor and themed All the World’s Futures. Performance pioneer Joan Jonas will represent the U.S. at its pavilion.

SAVE VENICE BIENNALE GALA

Save Venice Inc. has raised over $20 million to help preserve La Serenissima’s artistic heritage. This June 14–17, it hosts its biannual gala, complete with historical lectures and masked carousing.

FONDAZIONE PRADA

Established in 1993 by fashion designer Miuccia Prada and her husband and business partner, Patrizio Bertelli, this Milanese arts foundation has put on groundbreaking shows with such banner names as Louise Bourgeois and Tom Sachs. Now it’s set to unveil even more exhibition space, once again conceived by architect Rem Koolhaas. For the May opening, Roman Polanski will debut a new film alongside works by Thomas Demand, Robert Gober and many more.

MILAN EXPO

The city is set to welcome 140 countries and an estimated 20 million visitors as it hosts the World’s Fair—now called the Universal Exposition—for six months, beginning May 1. The theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

ARMANI MUSEUM

In a former Nestlé factory near his brand’s headquarters on via Bergognone, designer Giorgio Armani—a longtime resident (and champion) of Milan—is set to open an exhibition center, Armani/Silos, in partnership with the city’s government. The space will house some of his label’s greatest hits, including structured power suits, as well as textiles, photographs and drawings from 40 years of fashion history.
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Milan Expo 2015 opens with global food, nutrition theme

Years of planning and preparations come to fruition Friday as Milan Expo 2015 officially opens for what organizers hope will be six months of celebrations of Italian culture and global mindfulness. A televised ceremony midday from Milan's Open Air Theatre will include Premier Matteo Renzi, who is slated to give a brief speech, along with Expo Commissioner Giuseppe Sala. The Italian Air Force's Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team will then perform a fly-past with music provided by the band of the Carabinieri police corps. Renzi is expected to later visit the Nepal pavilion, to honour its host country which last Saturday was struck by a devastating earthquake that has taken the lives of at least 5,500 people. Indeed, global issues are top of the agenda for Milan Expo 2015, which focuses on food, nutrition and fighting hunger with the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

It is expected to draw over 20 million visitors overall, and more than 140 countries have signed on to participate in the world's fair which includes 54 pavilions. Festivities for the opening of Expo will end in the evening with the premiere of Puccini's Turandot at the La Scala opera house as well as a concert in Piazza Duomo by Andrea Bocelli. A wide range of activities are also planned on the sidelines of Expo, including a festival with Hollywood stars marking the 40th anniversary of Milan fashion house Armani, founded by Giorgio Armani.

A Milan Charter on food security will be a guiding "act of commitment", for the event, Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina said this week. The Charter will be developed over the six months of Expo before being presented to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "(Expo's theme) Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life is an important title and the global food challenge, with its contradictions and paradoxes, is the mother of all the crucial geopolitical questions of our time," Martina said. "It is a challenge concerning equity, justice and sovereignty, as recent events in the Mediterranean and in Africa have once again dramatically shown," Martina said. The grounds for the charter are "as ambitious as they are urgent", according to the minister. "The right to food must be considered a fundamental human right and widespread mobilisation is required to guarantee equal access to food for all," he concluded.
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Like an Olympic brazier, the 'Tree of Life' has officially opened Expo Milano 2015.

The tower sits at the heart of the Lake Arena, near the Italian Pavilion. Every day on the hour, the structure will offer a five-minute special effects show involving lights, music, pyrotechnics, water shows and other effects such as flowers that open like fans. In the evenings the shows will last 15 minutes every hour, for a total of 1,260 shows over the course of the fair, which opens May 1 and runs until October 31.

The shows will be open to all Expo visitors, but entrance to the inside of the Tree of Life is strictly reserved to youth visitors. Inside the structure, digital tablets will be set up for visitors to leave a 15-second message in a project for the younger generation to explain the Italy that they envision for the future.
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life’s roots lie in one of the most fruitful historical periods for Italian art, the Renaissance. In the late 1530s, the Pope commissioned Michelangelo to re-design Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome. The artist modified its shape and paved the packed-dirt surface. The pavement itself featured a complex, symbolic pattern in which overlapping lozenges formed a twelve-point star indicating the constellations.

Marco Balich, a producer of large-scale events who also serves as the artistic director for the Italy Pavilion, drew inspiration from Michelangelo’s work to design the Tree of Life. In addition to the Renaissance, this grand structure – a monument, sculpture, installation, building, and work of art all at once - also reflects a complex symbology shared by many cultures, so that the Tree of Life becomes an emblem of Primordial Nature, the primeval life force that gave rise to the universe.

The Tree of Life is not merely tradition and religious symbolism: it also reaches out to the future, to innovation and technology. From the outset, it was conceived as an interactive icon that would capture the imagination of visitors and link together Expo 2015’s various pavilions. A series of special effects using cutting-edge entertainment technology will help it come alive. The Tree of Life will be the starting point for all of the Italy Pavilion’s scheduled events.
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Nowadays in the world, about 800 million people are chronically hungry and two billion people are malnourished. Nonetheless more than one-third of the food for human consumption is wasted or lost every year in the food supply chain, while the soil, forests and seas are exploited in an unsustainable way.
One of humanity’s greatest challenges is feeding a constantly growing population without damaging the environment, through participative and inclusive processes. This target should be achieved while preserving the resources for future generations, and asserting firmly that the right to healthy, sufficient and nutritious food is a fundamental human right.

How can we win this global challenge? We have to commit personally, as citizens, as members of the civil society and as businesses, and to take on the commitment of asking local, national and international institutions to take charge of specific initiatives in order to achieve a great commitment, a tool of global citizenship that affirm the right to food as a fundamental human right towards the upcoming UN Millennium Goals.

This is the Milan Charter: a concrete and feasible manifesto that engages everyone, men and women, citizens of this planet, in the fight against undernourishment, malnutrition and waste, while promoting an equal access to natural resources and a sustainable management of production. In fact, the Milan Charter explores the theme of Expo Milano 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” through four interconnected perspectives: food, energy, identity and the dynamics of coexistence.

The Milan Charter begins with the analysis and acknowledgment of our global world today: this is the moment of awareness and recognition of the priorities of the contemporary world. Then the Milan Charter is articulated through reflections and discussions on how we would like the situation to develop and what we ought to do for a more sustainable world: this is the section dedicated to the commitments. The commitments are taken on by citizens, associations and businesses who declare their personal responsibility and firmly ask governments and institutions to undertake measures in order to contribute to the Millennium Developments Goals as stated by the United Nations.

It is evident that the issues singled out by Expo Milan 2015 are of fundamental importance. A different and better future is at stake: signing the Milan Charter is a great deed of active participation to constructing this future.

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Preamble
We, women and men, citizens of this planet, endorse this document, entitled the Milan Charter. In so doing, we make clear commitments concerning the right to food, which we believe should be treated as a fundamental human right.
We consider a lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, clean water and energy to be a violation of human dignity.
We believe that only our collective action as citizens, together with civil society, businesses and local, national and international institutions, will make it possible to overcome the major challenges related to food: combating undernutrition, malnutrition and waste, promoting equitable access to natural resources and ensuring sustainable management of production processes.

In signing the Milan Charter,
- we affirm the responsibility of the present generation to take action and implement practices and choices that also guarantee the right to food for future generations;
- we commit to advocating political decisions that will enable achievement of the fundamental goal of equitable access to food for all.


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MILAN CHARTER
- Arabic version
- Chinese version
- English version
- French version
- German version
- Greek version
- Hebrew version
- Hindi version
- Italian version
- Japanese version
- Korean version
- Persian version
- Polish version
- Portuguese version
- Romanian version
- Russian version
- Spanish version
- Turkish version
- Vietnamese version

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Southeast Asia Pavilion

Indonesia Pavilion


Thailand Pavilion


Malaysia Pavilion


Vietnam Pavilion


Brunei and Laos also participated in the expo but no pavilion is built .
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I'm sure, that everything will at the highest level. Let the Expo begins!
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Italian Prime Minister Renzi officially opens Expo 2015
'Today is the beginning of Italy's tomorrow'


Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday officially opened the six-month Milan Expo 2015. The country's "tomorrow starts today", the premier said of the food-themed event. "The most beautiful enterprise starts today," he added. "Let's demonstrate with Expo that Italy is proud of its roots, of its traditions," he went on. "Our dizzying past calls on us to build and not just remember," the premier added, calling on everyone to "come discover the flavor of Italy's Expo". Renzi expressed pride for what the country has done to prepare for Expo and will do over the next six months, when an estimated 20 million people are expected to visit.

Renzi went on to say that Expo has not been an easy feat in the midst of the Mediterranean turning into a "cemetery" with hundreds of migrants losing their lives while trying to reach Italy by boat from North Africa, problems across Africa, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and the global threat of terrorism. Terrorism "tries to undermine the reasons for our being together," Renzi said in his speech at the opening ceremony in Milan. "We are a great country, we have great strength and a great role to play," the premier said. "Let's stop feeling sorry for ourselves, as the professionals of the 'you will never make it' would like us to do," the premier added. Renzi also thanked national and local authorities including President Sergio Mattarella as well as his predecessor Giorgio Napolitano.

He was then the first to sign Italy's global food deal proposal, the Milan Charter on food security, as Italy's Frecce Tricolori (Tricolour Arrows) Air Force acrobatics team flew over the Open Air Theater hosting the ceremony. The Charter outlines guidelines the Italian government will follow to promote a more sustainable food system. It will be signed by participating countries and handed over to United Nations Ssecretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he visits in October.
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