edited by: Diana LOMEIHING
Inauguration: Wednesday, 12 December, 2012 – 18:00
Duration of the exhibition: from 12 December 2012 to the 15 January 2013
At: Museum of Natural History – Corso Venezia, 55 – 20121 Milan
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9.00-17.30; (last entry 17.00)
Closing: Monday, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
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Exposure, organized by the cultural Zero, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Milan, sponsored by the Municipality of Brixen (Bz), dal WWF ITALIA e da The Asian Elephant Foundation, inspired the journey made by the elephant Suleiman, in the sixteenth century (was a wedding gift of the kings of Portugal, Archduke Maximilian of Austria), across half of Europe, arousing disbelief, awe and wonder among the populations of the countries met along the way.
Since our elephant stopped in the barn of what was then a simple inn, and which today has become a well-known historic hotel in Bressanone, between December 1551 and January 1552, have passed 460 age!
Suleiman had left puppy from Indian lands (in 1542 at the age of 2 age) to arrive at the Royal Court in Vienna 6 March 1552, and to die, still young for an elephant, the 18 December 1553, between people's indifference and nostalgia for his homeland!
Our SAVE THEM project is aimed at all those who want to contribute to saving the Asian elephant. Through the sale of two-dimensional shapes – A2 – of baby elephants, decorated by internationally known artists, by emerging artists, by sympathizers, schools, etc.., collect funds for the foundation.
In this exhibition, at the Natural History Museum of Milan, over the shapes decorated by various authors, participate 14 artists with works of art designed specifically for the subject matter; some of them come from South Tyrol, where Suleiman has left its indelible mark.
Now, after 460 age, they present with works that, while reflecting very different styles and personalities, join together with the common goal to save elephants, using the universal language of art.
Artemisia (Pea Trolli / Francesca Bruni / Rita Feri Carelli / Renata Ferrari / Emanuela Fox) – Mimma Maspoli – Diana LoMeiHing – Sara Montani – Simonetta Ferrante – Christoph Hofer – Gregor Prugger – Hans Peter Demetz – Christian Falk – Ingrid Mair Zischg
Zero The association of Diana Mei Hing
Director of the Museum Domenico Piraina
Coordination of the exhibition Mami Azuma
Under the patronage of:
City of Milan, Municipality of Brixen, Brixen Plose, WWF, The asian elephant foundation.org,
and with the support of General Insurance, Fidea digital printing, Hotel Elephant Bressanone