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Pistoletto’s “Terzo Paradiso” on show in the EU Council headquarters

The Justus Lipsius building, the headquarters of the Council of the European Union, has been embellished for the Italian Presidency semester with Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Terzo Paradiso” installation. The work, installedin the atrium, symbolises the mathematical sign for “infinity”.

As the Italian artist explained, the “New Sign of Infinity��� consists of 3 circles: the two opposite circles signify nature and artifice, and the central one the marriage of the two, representing the generative power of the “Third Paradise”. A strong symbol for Europe, therefore, and an invitation to place the renaissance of the arts, science and culture at the centre of the political construction, as Ambassador Stefano Sannino commented.

“Italian Presidency conveys a message of rebirth for Europe”

“We wanted the Italian Presidency to convey, through art too, a message of rebirth for Europe”, added the Ambassador. “2014 is a significant year. A year that reminds us just how different the European panorama was 100 years ago, on the eve of one of the bloodiest wars in history”.

The best of Italian design on display

The Justus Lipsius building is also playing host to an exhibition of Italian design organised by Federlegno, Italy’s wood and furniture association, and the Industrial Design Association. On display are 20 winning entries from the “Golden Compass” 2014 competition, along with pieces celebrating 70 years of the design award, Italy’s most prestigious.