GALLERIA ALBERTO SORDI events Gianni Alemanno inaugurates the exhibition on the Eiffel Tower staircase
from 20/04/2012 to 30/06/2012
Gianni Alemanno inaugurates the exhibition on the Eiffel Tower staircase
Rome, April 20th 2012. "Trusting Roman pride in being the first Italian city to get through the financial crisis": this is the wish expressed by the Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno, taking inspiration from the inauguration of the exhibition "Paris 1889, World's Fair: birth of the Eiffel Tower", hosted by the Galleria Colonna and promoted by Sorgente Group
The Tower's staircase thus becomes an ideal launch pad to chase recovery, in the past as in the present. The same concept was at the centre of the speech by Professor Claudio Strinati, Scientific Director of Fondazione Sorgente Group
, who underlined how much the Eiffel Tower and its staircase still represent today the idea of economic growth and progress. In particular, Professor Strinati recalled that Gustave Eiffel, the Tower's designer, and the Galleria Colonna are united by the point in history in which both works were built.
Paola Calegari, of the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD), focused on the simultaneity of the two works, built on the threshold to the new century, dominated by the Art Nouveau movement.
The staircase section exhibited in the Galleria Colonna, from today until June, connected the second and third floors of the world's most famous tower; it was purchased by Fondazione Sorgente Group at a New York auction in July 2011. The staircase is complemented by a series of twenty photos documenting the construction of the 1889 World's Fair pavilions, which proceeded at the same time as the Tower's construction: a romantic journey through period images, provided by the Washington Library of Congress, the National French Library and the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD).