In addition to the permanent collections of the Gallerie d’Italia, temporary exhibitions are organised based on original scientifi c projects. In 2019, 18 major shows attracted more than 500,000 visitors. The Gallerie d’Italia also serve as training and social integration spaces.
The Careers in Art programme is a work-study initiative for introducing students to professionals in the art world. Programmes dedicated to individuals with special needs aim to give full accessibility to cultural heritage. Numerous international projects have been undertaken with some of the world’s most prominent institutions, which engage with the Bank for collaborations and exchanges of artworks.
These include the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, with which there is a three-year agreement; the Pushkin Museum in Moscow; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the National Gallery in London; and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Many leading Italian cultural institutions have also been involved in Intesa Sanpaolo’s projects, including Palazzo Strozzi, Pinacoteca di Brera, Castello di Rivoli and Palazzo Ducale di Mantova. Since 1989, Restituzioni – a major restoration programme for Italy’s artistic and monumental heritage that is promoted, supported and curated by Intesa Sanpaolo, in collaboration with public institutions and the Superintendencies – has restored over 1,500 artworks that have been given back to the community.
In December 2019, Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development issued a new commemorative postage stamp for Christmas to celebrate the artistic value of the Bank’s collection and the cultural activities linked to the Group’s artistic heritage. The stamp reproduced a painting from Intesa Sanpaolo’s collection entitled Madonna and Child with the young Saint John and Saint Jerome, which was painted by Francesco Raibolini, known as Il Francia, and his workshop in the fi rst decade of the 16th century.
Partnerships and sponsorships
Intesa Sanpaolo supports major public and private bodies throughout Italy to promote a love of culture and familiarity with Italy’s heritage among the general public. This demonstrates the Bank’s pivotal role in the cultural as well as economic development of the country and its communities.
The main areas of activity involve the dissemination of culture through music, theatre, dance, cinema, art, publishing and literature, photography and sport, with a particular focus on young people.
Intesa Sanpaolo has partnerships with Italy’s leading opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala – for which it has supported the La Scala Under 30 project and other initiatives – as well the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino arts festival. The Group also supports a number of theatres and in partnership with the FAI (Italian Environmental Fund) manages the I Luoghi del Cuore project.
The Group collaborates with numerous music festivals, such as MITO SettembreMusica, PianoCity Milano, Torino Jazz Festival, JazzMI, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Opera Italiana is in the Air in Naples and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. In terms of literary festivals, the Bank has links with the International Book Fair in Turin, Capalbio Libri, the Milanesiana and Book City in Milan, the Premio Campiello in Venice and also supports fi lm festivals such as that of Turin.
Additionally, the Bank supports events such as the Biennale Democrazia in Turin, the Festival of Economics in Trento and cultural/artistic events such as “Leonardo: The Machinery of Imagination” scheduled at the Gallery of Modern Art in Palermo and the Jewish Renaissance exhibition at the Meis National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara. Intesa Sanpaolo was also Gold Partner of Matera, the 2019 European Capital of Culture.