San Donato Milanese, 21 November 2011 - To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Attilio Bertolucci, Eni and the National Central Library in Rome are promoting a book exhibition entitled "Business and culture: the literary contribution of corporate publishing" opening today at the National Central Library (Viale Castro Pretorio, 105) and running until 10 December 2011.
The anniversary of the birth of Bertolucci coincides with the Corporate Culture Week promoted this year, as it has been for the past ten years, by Confindustria. The schedule has been benefitted by the inclusion of round tables, film screenings and a book exhibition, each dedicated to the role played by Bertolucci as cultural mediator between the spheres of art and industry in Italy during the second half of the twentieth century, through his close collaboration with Eni, for which he ran the company magazine Il gatto selvatico between 1955 and 1963.
This forms the starting point for a wider exploration of the relationship between industry and literature, focussing on the phenomenon of house organs, fully-fledged cultural magazines, which flourished between the fifties and sixties.
In particular, the exhibition Business and culture: the literary contribution of corporate publishing encompasses some of the important industrial magazines of the times, including Civiltà delle macchine, Esso rivista, Pirelli and La Botte e il violino, as well as Eni's own Il gatto selvatico, paying tribute to the artists, poets and writers who injected life into these works.
This afternoon at 4pm, at the National Central Library of Rome, Lucia Nardi, the head of the Eni Historical Archive, will lead round table discussions on Attilio Bertolucci. Speakers will include: Daniela Brignone, curator of the Historical Archive and of the Birra Peroni Museum, the journalist and essayist Enzo Golino, the professor and literary critic Gabriella Palli Baroni, Giorgio Patrizi, a professor of Italian Literature at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome, the journalist Mario Pirani, the author Raffaele La Capria and Sergio Tuffetti, curator of the National Corporate Film Archive in Ivrea and director of the Animation Department of the National Film School in Chieri.
Following the meeting, the screening of Bernardo Bertolucci's Il Canale (Canal) officially opens the film exhibition Travelling companions. The filmmakers, intellectuals and artists of Corporate Cinema, to be held from 22 to 25 November.
Once again, Eni promotes quality events in a illustration of the beneficial relationship between business and culture.