BNL BNP Paribas Group believes strongly 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.
In the art field BNL sponsors numerous exhibitions, but is also involved in the restoration and loaning of works of art.
BNL is today the proud owner of a collection of about five thousand works, including masterpieces of classical and modern art, ancient Roman sculptures and paintings by Canaletto, Lotto, Schifano and De Chirico. 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.
The sea is my land. Artists from The Mediterranean
Among the initiatives organize to celebrate BNL Group BNP Paribas ‘s 100th year of activity, an exhibition, “The sea is my land, Artists from the Mediteranean was presented last July at Spazio D of MAXXI. (On the left Cour Intérieure by Marie Bovo)
The exhibition curated by Francesco Bonami and Emanuela Mazzonis on the subject, the area of the Mediterranean viewed not only geographically but above all as a cultural basin that brings together civilizations very different from each other. 140 digital artworks were exhibited of which photographs and video-art by 22 emerging artists all coming from countries that border this sea. The exhibition included the photograph “Dream01/La mia casa” by the artist Rori Palazzo from Palermo, winner of the on-line contest launched by BNL to the artists under 40. (Picture below)
From Syria to Israel, from Spain to Algiers , passing through Egypt and Albania, the message that we receive from “The sea is my land” is that the universal code of photography/art, that’s in this exhibition describes the never ending changes of the Mediterranean and its ability to go beyond social barriers, religious pluralism and ethnic dispersion to favor peaceful communication among all involved.
Besides organizing the exhibition the bank wanted to give an ulterior sign of involvement towards “The sea is my land”, by acquiring one of the works present at MAXXI. An international jury made up of Fabio Gallia BNL CEO, Francesco Bonami Curator, Giovanna Bertazzoni (Head of the London Impressionist and Modern Art Department, Christie’s), Daniel Birnbaum (Director Museum, Moderna Meseet Stockholm), Cristiana Collu, Director of Mart (Museo Arte Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto) and Gregor Muir (Executive Director, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London) selected the photo “Two Palestinian Riders, Ben Shemen Forest” by the Israeli artist Dor Guez which is now part of BNL’s artistic collection.
Next June the exhibition will move on to the Triennale in Milan, and as in Rome, can be visited gratuitously.
In 2010 BNP Paribas celebrated its 150th anniversary in India. For this occasion, the Group decided to organize five major exhibitions and to publish a catalog edited by Indian authors, focused on the vital role played by women in India today.
The exhibitions were held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, at the Habitat Center in Delhi, the Sevika Hall, the Hall of Kochi Durga ,the Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai and finally at the Tagore Centre in Kolkata. On the left in image of Alessandra Sanguinetti – Magnum Agency)
In 2011 ” Women changing India” went on tour in Europe at the Galleria Forma in Milan, the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Museum Belvue Brussels, and the Petit Palais in Paris. BNL BNP Paribas Group collaborated with BNP Paribas for the realization of the Milan exposition.
Galleria Forma exhibited more than 130 images of six photographers who were asked to capture the true strength of the Indian women who have had the ability to change and revolutionize their country. These images reflect women engaged and determined to reach their personal fulfillment and show us yet an unpublished profile of the Indian society today. These faces are proud and awakened, never resigned to the obvious difficulties they’ve found along their way to emancipation. Therefore, this exhibition has the task to discredit many clichés and to show the constantly evolving face of the new India.