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Mission of Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Giorgio Silli to Mexico City

Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Giorgio Silli carried out a mission to Mexico City – the third within a year – to mark the start of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Mexico. The Undersecretary inaugurated at the Museo de Arte Moderno the exhibition “La Grande Visione Italiana — Collezione Farnesina” and held in-depth meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Undersecretary Maria Teresa Mercado) and at the Chamber of Deputies (Foreign Affairs Committee and Italy-Mexico Friendship Group) of Mexico.

The opening of the exhibition, consisting of 70 pieces from the largest collection of modern and contemporary Italian art routinely exhibited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was attended by Culture Secretary Alejandra Frausto, Undersecretary Mercado and Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies, Karla Almazán, among others, in the presence of the Collection’s founder, Ambassador Umberto Vattani, and curator, Achille Bonito Oliva.

In his remarks, Undersecretary of State Silli noted how “the exhibition has aroused admiration and curiosity everywhere during its previous stops in Asia,” stressing that “the circulation abroad of works from the Farnesina Collection is an exceptional tool for promoting dialogue and exchange between countries”.

Commenting on the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Undersecretary Silli pointed out that in the current phase, bilateral relations are stronger than ever: “Italy increasingly looks to Mexico as a leading partner, with political cooperation framed in a Strategic Partnership, with steadily growing economic relations and exemplary cultural cooperation,” concluded the Undersecretary.