In 2013, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the country's government to implement cultural projects, based on programmes identified by the national authorities. The aim was to support education and initiate infrastructure restoration projects to promote culture in various cities across the country. As a result, we have carried out restoration projects on buildings of historical interest to the country: we restored the governor's house in Makoua, transforming it into a multicultural centre, and the Cercle Africain in Pointe-Noire, converting it into the city's first museum. We also enhanced the Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial in Brazzaville.
A permanent art collection in the Congo
In December 2018, we helped inaugurate the Musée Cercle Africain in the city of Pointe-Noire, the city's first art gallery. The museum has UNESCO patronage and dedicates its exhibition space to a permanent collection of traditional and contemporary paintings by Congolese artists, and temporary exhibitions. Eni Congo entirely renovated a large central hall, several small side rooms and a large outdoor space to house the Luca Cosentino collection, a permanent exhibition of masks, statues and objects from rituals, all from the Congo, alongside more recently acquired work. A second room displays photographs tracing the history of Pointe-Noire, the construction of the Congo-Océan railway and the development of the oil industry. Finally, a large portico is dedicated to a permanent exhibition of local contemporary art and temporary exhibitions. To mark the inauguration of the museum, the area hosted the first Painting Exhibition in the Congo, with works by over 30 artists. Concerts and screenings will also be organised in the large open-air space, making it a place for gatherings and culture, as well as a museum.
A cultural space for Congolese artists
Inauguration of the Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial Extension in Brazzaville
The event was held in February 2021 in the presence of the authorities. Dedicated to the explorer Pietro Savorgnan di Brazza, after whom the city of Brazzaville is named, the building has a total area of about four thousand square metres and features a fully equipped 600-seat auditorium, a library, an exhibition hall, a shop, green spaces and other services. The Memorial is owned by the Ministry of Culture and Arts and aims to add to the range of cultural spaces in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo.
This is the story of Pietro Savorgnan di Brazza, the explorer from whom Brazzaville takes its name.
The multicultural centre in the city of Makoua
In the context of providing access to culture for the whole country, an inaugural ceremony was held on 8 November 2019 to officially hand over the works of the cultural centre and multimedia space in Makoua, a city located on the equator line in the north of the Congo. The work involved the renovation of the old Governor's House, creating a library, conference room, reading centre and computer room with internet access. The main aim of the project is to train young people in multimedia-related areas. The Centre is currently managed by the Municipal House of Makoua.
Obiettivi per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (SDGs)
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action programme signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states, which includes 17 goals aimed at the socio-economic development of communities and countries. With the extension of the Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial, the creation of the Congolese Art Museum in Pointe-Noire and the Cultural Centre in Makoua, with Eni Congo, we are contributing:
- to the development and preservation of Congolese culture, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims to ensure access to quality education for all on an equal footing and to promote lifelong learning opportunities
- to initiating partnerships built on principles and values, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 17 on partnerships to achieve the goals.
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The Musée du Cercle Africain is under the patronage of UNESCO.
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