Francesco Havez (1791-1882) - The Kiss (1859). Oil on panel, 112 cm x 82 cm. Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. Italy
The canvas was presented at the Brera Exhibition in 1859, which a few months after the entry of Vittorio Emanuele II and Napoleon III in Milan celebrated the success of the Risorgimento struggles, but only entered the Pinacoteca in 1886 thanks to the legacy of Alfonso Maria Visconti. , who had commissioned it. It is one of the symbolic images of the Pinacoteca and perhaps the most reproduced painting of the entire Italian nineteenth century, born from the intention of symbolizing love for the country and the desire for the life of the young nation that emerged from the second war of independence and that they placed so much hope in the new rulers. It was immediately a resounding success both for its patriotic values and for the medieval inspiration of the theme, an example of the romantic taste of the time; The audience was enthusiastic about the audacity of the kiss, but also recognized the patriotic message of the colors: the red stockings and the green cuff of the cloak, combined with the blue and white tunic, evoke the flags of Italy and France. Hayez made other versions, now preserved in various European collections.
The cultural initiative "The Frontiers of Sustainable Art. Paola Giordano, Metropolitan Suggestions between Life and Art", conceived and curated by Marco Eugenio Di Giandomenico, was organized on 10 April 2019 in Milan, on the occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2019, at Palazzo Marino (Sala Alessi), by the ARD&NT Institute (Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and Politecnico di Milano) (www.ardent-institute.it) and the ETHICANDO Association (www.ethicando.it), in collaboration with the School of Design of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. It was an interesting moment of in-depth study on some aspects of the sustainability of art, a subject by its multidisciplinary nature explored by distinguished academics and experts, as well as by various cultural personalities. In particular, the conference analyzed the new expressive modes of the arts in a sustainable key in the era of new technologies, both in terms of bridging (bridges) between the arts themselves, and in terms of values, i.e. in terms of the capacity of work of art to be the spokesperson for a social message and / or sustainable artistic-cultural promotion with positive repercussions on the community and on all stakeholders involved. Marco Eugenio Di Giandomenico, art critic and economist of art sustainability, Roberto Favaro, well-known musicologist and deputy director of the Brera Academy, as well as director of the SOUNDART master of the ARD&NT Institute, Roberto Rosso, illustrious photographer, full professor of photography at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, as well as director of the master THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY of the ARD&NT Institute, Antonio Ciurleo, director of the School of Design and director of the SUSTAINABLE DESIGN master of the ARD&NT Institute, as well as prestigious critics, intellectuals and historians present at the event gave a conference on the subject. Filippo Barberis, Vice President of the International Affairs Commission of the Municipality of Milan, who has always been sensitive to the issues of enhancing the city of Milan, especially in terms of new employment opportunities and expression for young people in an international key, illustrated his experience as a public administrator in subject, while Angelo Turco, President of the Culture Commission of the Municipality of Milan, gave a conference on the main orientations of the Lombard capital in terms of sustainable art. The central moment of the conference was the promotion of the art of Paola Giordano present at the event, some works of which were exhibited in the Sala Alessi Room and in the Sala Arazzi. The artist has been working creatively for years in a sustainable way, both for the pictorial and sculptural techniques used, and for the social messages expressed through her works. Paola Giordano is a sustainable artist as her works have an improved impact on the stakeholders, she uses recycled materials, bridging the arts, osmoticizing photography, painting, design, sculpture. The event was part of the Betting On Italy (BOI) communication platform, directed by Marco Eugenio Di Giandomenico, which promotes research, training and media initiatives on issues of enhancement and promotion of Made in Italy in the world.
Thursday 24 October 2019, at the former Church of San Carpoforo of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, the SOUNDART Master of the ARD&NT Institute (Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and Politecnico di Milano) (www.ardent-institute. it), directed by prof. Roberto Favaro (deputy director of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts), in collaboration with the ETHICANDO Association of Milan (www.ethicando.it), successfully organized the presentation conference of the workshop “Painting of Music, Music of Painting ". The workshop lasted until 31 October 2019 and was curated by the professors of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts Marco Eugenio Di Giandomenico and Elisabetta Longari; it addressed the issue of dialogue between different creative languages in the era of new technologies by exploring some aspects of "sustainability" of contemporary art, with the exhibition of the works of the artist Paola GIORDANO and the sound installations of the students Marius Berardinelli, Marco Gentilini, Jessica Moscaritolo, Ben Ni, Chiara Papera. The solo exhibition of the artist PAOLA GIORDANO was artistically curated by Marco Eugenio Di Giandomenico. During the inaugural event, the presentation of the book "Paola Giordano. Metropolitan Suggestions between Life and Art ”by Marco Eugenio Di Giandomenico, published by Ethicando Editore (Milan, 2019), and the musical performance by the Swiss pianist Silvan Zingg successfully took place. The event was promoted by the communication platform Betting On Italy (BOI), which disseminates the artistic and cultural initiatives with the greatest impact on social improvement through the media.