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UniCredit and the Galleria Borghese, partners in art

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May 2006

Between past and present: a new collaboration between UniCredit Group and one of the most important institutions of Italian art.

Cultural promotion is among the social responsibilities embraced by UniCredit Group. From its commitment over the years to FAI, the La Scala Philharmonic, the Arena of Verona, the Torino Filarmonica del '900 - to name just a few - today UniCredit's dedication to art is strengthened further by the launch of a new partnership with the Galleria Borghese, expression of the excellence of an enlightened vision.

The new venture offers contemporary artists the possibility to produce works that dialogue with the masterpieces of the past conserved at the great Roman museum. Each year, contemporaneously with an exhibition dedicated to a major master, a young artist selected by the director of the Galleria Borghese and the technical committee of the UniCredit & l'Arte project will receive a commission for a work that will enter the Borghese's permanent collection, updating its patrimony and invigorating its communication.

"We are confident that the cultural dimension of society is where the values of ingenuity, and therefore of innovation lie, and these are fundamental for economic development and civil progress. Historically we have always been committed to music and the conservation of the artistic heritage, which we are now updating with a project dedicated to the art of our own time", said the CEO of the Group, Alessandro Profumo, regarding the strategic project on the languages of contemporaneity, launched last year by UniCredit.

The long-term project, organised into diverse phases and areas, is the fruit of overlapping relationships with all the main components of the system: artists, institutions, museums, gallerists, auction houses, publishers, art schools and universities.

The crux of this new commitment is represented by the creation of a new collection of contemporary art, focused on artists active since the '80s. Starting with Italy just two years ago, the collection has already grown to 220 works by 70 artists.

The new acquisitions are integrated into the artistic and historical patrimony of the Group, a corpus of more than 15,000 works, a selection of which can be viewed online through the virtual museum on this site and in the Galleria di Palazzo Magnani in Bologna.


UniCredit Press Office

Carlotta Magnanini

Tel 02.886222920

Head of the Progetto UniCredit & l'Arte

Catterina Seia

Cell 348.3175060