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September 22, 2014 -

Invito a Palazzo 2014: BNL BNP Paribas Group opens the doors to its historical building in Rome

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Invito a Palazzo 2014Saturday October 4th “Invito a Palazzo” returns once again. The event promoted by ABI foresees free entry tothe historic locations of banks in Italy, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. The 13th edition involves the participation of approximately 100 buildings of 54 banks in over 50 cities. Rome confirms being the participating city of the event with the most sites open to the public.

BNL BNP Paribas Group reconfirms this appointment, offering tourists and passionate citizens an entire day dedicated to art. In the historic building in Rome, project realized by Marcello Piacentini between 1934 and 1937, one will have the opportunity to get to know, with a guide historian, the antique, modern and contemporary collection, through the works of Canaletto, Lotto, Coro, Monachesi, Spalmach and Schifano . New to the 2014 edition, a photographic exposition of artworks recently acquired by the Bank and part of the show “the sea is my land”. Artists from the Mediterranean, conceived and produced by BNL in occasion of the Bank’s centenary (MAXXI, Rome July 4th – September 29th, 2013 and Triennale of Milan June 17th – August 24th, 2014). Remaining in the area of photography, a work by Luca Gilli will be present, winner of the 2014 MIA Fair Milan, the most important photography fair in Italy, which BNL sponsors since 2012.

Also of considerable interest 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 1900 inspired by Cesare Zavattini, the second commissioned by BNL on the threshold of 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 were able to participate in both of the collections with a 50 year time difference. Furthermore Fresco’s by Achille Funi and Amerigo Bartoli Natinguerra, and the Adriano period Roman copy , the Statue of Pugile are featured.

During the visit you will see the Dante and Oriental rooms: the first hosts a large painting attributed to the romantic Venetian artist Francesco Hayez that depicts the encounter between Pope Bonifacio VIII and Dante, and the impressive piece Le figlie di Luciano Bonaparte by the Parisian Antoine-Jean Gros, apprentice of the Napoleonic painter Jean-Louis David, both of the eighteen hundreds. The second contains several works of art collected by BNL during the years, of which the 15th century wooden statue by Guanyin, one of the most worshiped divinities of Buddhism in the extreme Orient, the thirteen good luck figurines of the Chinese horoscope and the seven watercolor painted panels on silk from the eighteenth century that illustrates passages from some of the oldest Chinese poetry.

Further, we continue the cycle of encounters with contemporary artists present in the Banks collection. 2014 features Painter, Sculptor Francesca Tulli who will show some of her works in the location of Private Banking. Also exhibited in the same area are contemporary artworks by artists such as Giacinto Cerone, Roberto Piloni, Maria Dompè, Silvio Lacasella e Giuliano Giuliani, acquired between the end of the ‘90’s and the beginning of the 2000’s.

To consent art enthusiasts to visit a greater number of sights, a shuttle service will be offered and organized as in past editions, from 9.30 am until 7.30 pm, and will travel between Palazzo Altieri, ABI Head Quarters in Piazza del Gesù and the Head Quarters of BNL, in Via Veneto. Advance entry from 9.00 am to 10.00 am is once again dedicated to schools and groups , by reservation.

To know more about this event visit ABI website