BNL BNP Paribas Group strongly believes that culture and art are a means of stimulating growth and the economic and social development of the country. For this reason, it has always been committed to promoting and fostering cultural initiatives in which it leads the way, alongside major cultural and artistic institutions, stimulating and developing talent and creative thinking. (On the left Lorenzo Lotto painting “Giuditta con la testa di Oloferne)
Today, BNL is proud of its collection of almost five thousand works including statues of the Roman age, masterpieces of classic and modern art (Canaletto, Lotto, Corot, Monachesi, Spadarino, Morandi) photographic works, paintings, sculptures and engravings created by contemporary artists such as (Mario Schifano, Giacinto Cerone, Claudio Verna, Maria Dompè, Mario Ceroli, Elisabetta Benassi, Adrian Paci and Marie Bovo).
Also of considerable interest are the two collections Cinquanta pittori per Roma and Cinquanta pittori per Roma nel 2000, carried out in two different periods, the first in the middle of the 1900’s inspired by Cesare Zavattini, the second commissioned by BNL on the threshold of the new millennium in 2000; among the artists present Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Antonio Donghi, Mario Mafai, Renato Guttuso, Ugo Attardi, Titina Maselli, while Arnoldo Ciarrocchi together with Renzo Vespignani participated in both of the collections after a 50 year time difference. In the art field BNL is also involved in the restoration and loaning of works of art.
It also has a Historical Archive open to the public, which preserves the identity and past memories of a bank whose industriousness has made a significant contribution to the evolution and growth of various sectors of Italian civil society. (On the right Corot painting “La cascata delle Marmore)
Over the years, BNL has promoted several socio-cultural initiatives, as a further tangible sign of its commitment to support and promote culture in its many facets, as a factor of growth and development both for the individual and the community.
In 2013, among the initiatives organized to celebrate BNL Group BNP Paribas ‘s 100th year of activity, the Bank conceived and produced “The sea is my land, Artists from the Mediteranean” which opened at the MAXXI Museum of Rome. In 2011 BNL collaborated with BNP Paribas for the realization of the Milan exposition of Women changing India. More recently, the Bank has been main sponsor of MIA PHOTO Fair, the event dedicated to photography; which also promotes the “BNL BNP Paribas Group Award”, a concrete acknowledgement awarded to the best artist by a qualified jury. The winner is selected from those who present their work through art galleries. Every year the selected piece is acquired by the Bank to expand its own collection.
In 2017, the famous artist Anish Kapoor was back at long last for his first exhibition in an Italian museum in 10 years. BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas was the main sponsor of this extraordinary show in the spaces of the museum MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma. BNL was also the main sponsor of “La Grande Madre”; curated by Massimiliano Gioni, promoted by the City of Milan/Cultural Office, conceived and produced by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi together with Palazzo Reale on the occasion of Expo 2015. The exhibition, through the art works of over one hundred international artists, explored the iconography and representation of motherhood, also as a generating and creating power, in XX century art, from the avant-garde movements to date.
BNL shares its commitment to culture and art also on @BNL_CULTURA the instagram account dedicated to the Artistic Heritage and the Bank’s Historical Archive, to the initiatives, sponsorships and partnerships of BNL in the cultural field, in particular in the field of Art, Music and Cinema.