Only seven days remain before 4 November 2013, the day when Milan will be celebrating the inauguration of the New Grande Museo del Duomo and the refurbishment of the very valuable Archives of the Veneranda Fabbrica.
The projects were presented, in a world preview, at the Museum of Contemporary History in Moscow, organised by the Italian Embassy in Moscow and the Italian Institute of Culture, with speeches by the President of the Veneranda Fabbrica Prof. Angelo Caloia, Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Dean of the Duomo di Milano and Studio Canali & Associati, the architectural practice that designed the New Grande Museo, and was attended by a large number of representatives of the press and the authorities, including H.E. Mons. Ivan Jurkovic, Apostolic Nuncio to the Russian Federation, Prof. Adriano Dell’Asta, director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow, Dr. Enzo Marongiu, First Secretary of the Italian Embassy, Sergej Chapnin, director of the journal of the Patriarchate, as well as numerous correspondents and a large public.
“This world preview, seven days before the inauguration on 4 November, is the first of a series of international contact that the Veneranda Fabbrica intends to promote prior to Expo. Indeed, we believe that our welcoming strategy needs to be boosted, to build up authentic relationships with the various Countries taking part in Expo.
The New Grande Museo del Duomo and the refurbishing of the Archives of the Veneranda Fabbrica are the tesserae of a precious mosaic that is entirely Milanese. On 4 November 2013 the symbol of Milan will truly reveal its story.
We could not therefore but begin in Russia, a land of exceptional culture, a country where the people have invented amazing artistic languages, sharing a path in full harmony with
Italian history,” said Prof. Angelo Caloia, President of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano.
The Cathedral Museum will re-open on 4 November 2013 in the complex of Palazzo Reale, provided by Milan City Council and totally refurbished by Veneranda Fabbrica in terms of both architectural space and organisation of the exhibits under a project by the architect Guido Canali. It now houses the Cathedral Treasury and an extensive display of artistic and religious artefacts in 27 rooms, 13 thematic areas and over 2000 square metres of exhibition space. With the same awareness and determination, Veneranda Fabbrica has chosen to open up a hidden treasure of Milan, its precious Archive which, on 16th May 2012, the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities declared to be of particularly important historical interest. The Archive contains over half a million records from the fourteenth century right through to the present time: to all intents and purposes, it is a diary of the city, written day by day by the Milanese people.
The inaugural events of 4 November 2013 will begin at 15:45 with accreditation and a preview tour, reserved for the press, of the Archives and of the New Grande Museo, then the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 19:30 in the presence of the Authorities, followed by a press conference at 20:15; the evening will end with spectacular show at 21:30 in the Cathedral, devised to reassert the values of sharing and active participation which, through the Fabbrica, have launched thousands of men beyond the barriers of time: “History that made History – The mark of Constantine 1700 years after the Edict of Milan” which illustrates, via video mapping projections and music, the history of freedom of worship in the Christian religion.
On 5 November 2013, beginning at 9:30, an international conference will be held, promoted by Veneranda Fabbrica in the Sala delle Colonne of the Cathedral Museum.
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