The appointment with “Invito a Palazzo”, the event promoted by ABI recurring every first Saturday in October, sees the opening of the historical buildings of banks to the public over the entire Italian territory, 100 buildings in 50 cities.
BNL BNP Paribas Group once again joins in the participation of event to be held on October 1.
The Bank will offer free admission to the historic headquarters in Via V. Veneto, Rome, designed by architect Marcello Piacentini between 1934 and 1937.
Visitors accompanied by art historians will be able to view the prestigious interior and the art works of BNL’s collection, and admire ancient, modern and contemporary art, among the most relevant: “Giuditta con la testa di Oloferne” by Lorenzo Lotto, “La cascata delle Marmore” of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto “Capriccio architettonico”, and in this edition, BNL is delighted to display the restored work of “Saint. John the Evangelist” by Bono da Ferrara. Among the modern and contemporary artists: Monachesi, Spalmach and Schifano, plus the two collections “Cinquanta pittori per Roma” and “Cinquanta pittori per Roma 2000”, respectively carried out in the first half of 1900 commissoned by film director Cesare Zavattini, and the second at the threshold of the year 2000; among the artists Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Antonio Donghi, Mario Mafai, Renato Guttuso, Ugo Attardi, Titina Maselli, Arnoldo Ciarrocchi and Renzo Vespignani.
The series of encounters with contemporary artists present in the Bank’s collection continues this year, with Giangaetano Patanè who will exhibit some of his works within the Private Banking premises. In addition to the work “Tevere”, from BNL’s collection, other more recent works of the artist will be shown.
In addition to the guided tour of the headquarters of the Bank, visitors will have the opportunity to learn some interesting aspects of the history of the building. An exhibition will be set up in the atrium of Via Veneto. A visual representation including images and documents from BNL’s archives, will illustrate the Bank’s history from the beginning through the expansion phases and the transformation of the Institute of National Credit for Cooperatives, founded by Royal Decree in 1913 in Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, which occurred between 1927 and 1929 by the will of Arturo Osio, up to the inauguration of the new headquarters 1937.
A focus of an era – the late ’30s, strongly characterized by various artistic trends such as Art Deco, Liberty and Neoclassicism, inspired architect Piacentini, who designed the project of the current headquarters. For the viewers there will be magnifying glasses on hand to highlight certain details. The exhibition will end with some images of the latest evolution of BNL headquarters, the new building constructed near the Tiburtina railway station.
Also, during the visit guests will have the ability to express their experience of exploring corridors and rooms full of history and masterpieces, by sharing photos on Instagram at hashtag #InvitoaPalazzoBNL. A selection of these photos will be reposted on @bnl_cultura, the Bank’s Instagram account dedicated to art, cinema and music.
In order to allow the public to visit as many sights as possible, every year BNL organizes a free shuttle service from BNL Headquarters in Via Veneto to Palazzo Altieri, the headquarters of ABI in Piazza del Gesù, service hours 9:30 – 19:30. Also, by reservation, early entry from 9.00 to 10.00 exclusively for schools and groups.