The Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie together with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in France have established a circle of Italian businesses that would like to support the institution’s projects in acknowledgment of the close links between our two countries. It is also about these businesses affirming their social commitment to support culture.
It was natural, therefore, in 2013, for the Italian Patrons’ Circle to be involved with the exhibition The Macchiaioli 1850 - 1874. Italian Impressionists? presented at the Musée de l'Orangerie from 10 April to 22 July 2013.
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in France (CCIF) was established in Paris in 1886 and is recognised by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry for Economic Development. The CCIF, which, since its creation, has received the support of the great Italian industrial and financial organisations that operate in France, is committed to encouraging and developing commercial and industrial relations between France and Italy, as well as to promoting the 180 Chambers of Commerce in Italy and throughout the world, and promoting the Regions and their specific food, industrial and artisanal products.
To achieve these objectives, the CCIF helps SMEs by offering assistance from businesses operating in French and Italian markets, as well as comprehensive on-site training, in Italian, in commercial and legal matters. The CCIF has offices in Metz, and on 1 February 2013 opened a business and exchange network between Italy and the West coast of France. The CCIF also acts as a rallying point and intermediary for business sponsorship. It is within this context that it has created the Italian Patrons’ Circle, in partnership with the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie.
The Italian Cultural Institute is part of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs whose role is to disseminate and promote Italian language and culture. Directed by Marina Valensise since last summer, it is located in the heart of Saint-Germain in the Hôtel de Galliffet, a famous mansion that was formerly the home of Talleyrand, and subsequently, from 1794 to 1821, the headquarters of the Ministry for External Affairs, before being purchased, in the early 20th century, by the Italian State. With a library of 40,000 books that includes an information and cultural documentation service on Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute offers courses in Italian language and culture, as well as events with Italian cultural, artistic and intellectual themes, and organises lectures, debates and exhibitions at the Hôtel de Galliffet or in partnership with other institutions.
As the French subsidiary of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, a bank created in Siena in 1472 that has actively supported art and music over the centuries, we are pleased, as the only Italian bank in France, to continue this tradition by participating in cultural initiatives in the many towns and cities in the North, Centre and South of France where we have branches. It follows of course that we should be associated with the Italian Patrons’ Circle in order to support the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie in the production of the wonderful exhibition “The Macchiaioli”, a magnificent expression of the social, cultural and artistic life of 19th century Italy.
The Piaggio Group is Europe’s largest manufacturer of two-wheeled motor vehicles, and plays a leading role in this sector. The Group is also a global player in the sector of light commercial vehicles. Founded in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio, the Group was taken over in 2003 by IMMSI SpA, an industrial holding company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange. The Piaggio Group has been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2006. The Piaggio Group’s range of products includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds from 50 to 1200cc under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Scarabéo brand names. The Group also manufactures three- and four-wheel light commercial vehicles: these include the Ape, Porter and Quargo brands. The Group is based in Pontedera (Pisa, Italy).
On the premise that civic and cultural development is a necessary condition for a country’s economic and social growth, Intesa Sanpaolo regards cultural projects as a tangible means of ensuring active participation in the life of that country, in order to contribute to its economic, social and cultural development. Intesa Sanpaolo’s commitment is demonstrated above all through:
RINA is a multi-national group fully capable of supporting its clients in the development and management of the various phases of their activities. RINA supplies engineering and certification services as well as testing and inspection services.
With a turnover of 280 million euros, over 2,100 employees and 140 offices in 49 countries worldwide, RINA meets the needs of its clients, and is recognised as an authoritative member of key international organisations, and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.
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