Raphael will be on show in Hanoi with 35 of his works in digital format. The exhibition entitled "Raffaello: opera omnia" (“Raphael: Opus Omnia”) will be displayed for the first time in Asia. It was organised by the Italian Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in conjunction with institutional and Italian partners as part of the celebrations for Italy’s Republic Day. Visitors are ushered through a journey full of the colours, lines and figures that led the Italian Renaissance to be known all over the world and universally acknowledged. Through this exhibition, the organisers hope to bring Italian art and culture to the attention of the Asian public, especially young people. The inauguration was attended by more than 300 people, including Vietnam’s Deputy Culture Minister, Huynh Vinh Ai. On 1 June, the Vietnam-Italy Friendship Association hosted an event in Hanoi to celebrate the 71st anniversary of Italy’s Republic Day. The Ambassador of Italy, Cecilia Piccioni, recalled that Vietnam and Italy have a very fruitful relationship that offers a wide range of opportunities in all fields of activity and underscored that students, researchers and artists are the two Countries’ ideal ambassadors. The president of the Association, Nguyen Van Nam, highlighted Italy’s contribution to maintaining peace in the world and the bilateral cooperation in these last 71 years. He then announced that the Association is ready to help bolster the ties of friendship between the two Countries. The Raphael exhibition is sponsored by several Italian companies operating in Vietnam, including Ariston, Piaggio, Generali, Ghella, Hung Yen, Piaggio and UniCredit.