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“Il Racconto della Bellezza”, a project of the Italian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture on travelling exhibitions, kicks off

On 5 July, the exhibition “Forme e colori dall’Italia preromana. Canosa di Puglia” (Shapes and Colours from Pre-Roman Italy. Canosa di Puglia), the result of the cooperation programme between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Ministry of Culture entitled “Il Racconto della Bellezza” (The Tale of Beauty), which, through the network of Italian Cultural Institutes, aims at promoting the Italian artistic heritage stored in museum repositories, will be inaugurated in Santiago de Chile in the presence of Head of State Sergio Mattarella.

The exhibition, as curated by the Director General of Museums at the Ministry of Culture Massimo Osanna and the Regional Director of Apulia Museums Luca Mercuri, will be on show at the Cultural Institute of Santiago de Chile until 1 October 2023, to be then transferred to Buenos Aires (October 2023 – January 2024), São Paulo (February – May 2024) and Mexico City (May – August 2024).

The materials selected for the exhibition largely come from the repositories of the archaeological museums of the most important cities in Apulia, as well as from Canosa itself. Some of the exhibits were recovered by the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in operations to combat the clandestine trade in archaeological finds.

“”Il Racconto della Bellezza” is a great tale of promotion of the country, another piece in the diplomacy of growth, in a sector, that of the cultural economy, which moves almost 90 billion GDP”, explains Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani.

Over the period 2023/2024, thanks to the agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, two more exhibitions will be held in Central and Eastern Europe, each for about three months. The scientific project of the first one will be developed in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Basilicata Museums and the National Museum of Matera, while that of the second one, which will focus on the monumental urbanism of Imperial Rome, will be curated in collaboration with the Colosseum Archaeological Park.


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