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Ambassador Paolo Crudele opens exhibition on Leonardo’s genius at ‘The Lume’ museum in Melbourne

Leonardo da Vinci 500 Years of Genius – Museo The Lume, Melbourne
Leonardo da Vinci 500 Years of Genius - Museo The Lume, Melbourne

Ambassador Paolo Crudele, along with Consul General Hanna Pappalardo, visited Melbourne and participated in the opening of an exhibition at ‘THE LUME’ Museum celebrating the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci.

The exhibition, created in partnership with the Webuild group, the Consulate General of Italy in Melbourne, the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Milan, presents authentic artefacts by the renowned Italian master. This includes select pages from the Atlantic Codex, all presented in a multi-sensory digital immersive setting.

The exhibition opening was attended by Monsignor Alberto Rocca, who is a Doctor of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and Director of the Pinacoteca, as well as Antonello Grimaldi, Secretary General of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and Guido Cacciaguerra. Bruce Peterson, CEO of LUME, and representatives from Melbourne’s institutions and civil society, as well as a large audience, joined the Director of Webuild’s PPP and Concessions Division to create the exhibition. Melbourne’s Mayor, Sally Capp, was also in attendance.

In his opening statement, Ambassador Crudele thanked Monsignor Rocca and Dr. Grimaldi for their presence and their contribution to the exhibition. He emphasized the significance of the initiative for promoting our country in Victoria and the importance of strategic links with leading Italian companies present in the Australian market for the promotion of Italian culture.

Ambassador Crudele also held meetings with officials from the Government of Victoria to discuss the teaching of Italian language and assistance for the elderly. These are important issues for the Italian community in Victoria. It was agreed to launch a joint working group to renew the Agreement for the promotion of Italian language and culture in the State of Victoria. The group will also address issues of importance related to the teaching of Italian (recognition of professional qualifications, etc.).

The visit concluded with a discussion on topics of mutual interest with a group of MPs who are members of the Friendship Group of Italy in the Parliament of Victoria.


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