San Donato Milanese (Milan), 22 October 2011 - The travelling exhibition of the six-legged dog, a symbol between memory and the future, has come to Genoa. The exhibition, on show at the Palazzo Grimaldi della Meridiana (Salita San Francesco) from the 23 October to 2 November, recounts the history of Eni from 1953 to today, and the evolution of its famous logo designed by the sculptor Luigi Broggini in 1952, through photographs, films and documents from the company's rich historical archives. .
From the project promoted by Enrico Mattei, to supply industrial furnaces with natural gas, to the establishment of Eni, and the years of pursuit of an independent energy policy; the exhibition runs through the stages of a crucial phase in Italian history: the financial boom that contributed to the transformation of a country defeated during World War II into a forward-looking world power.
The result is an exhibition providing an effective overview of the history, customs and society of those years, which will certainly also appeal to the education sector. Plenty of memorabilia “signed‘ by the six-legged dog, including videos and satirical cartoons, contribute to the exhibition's "edutainment" dimension.
Indeed, part of the exhibition is devoted to Eni's commitment in education and research. The Eniscuola project was launched in 1985 to educate students on issues concerning energy and the environment. Over the years, the project has grown, and in July 2010 a memorandum of understanding was signed between MIUR and Eni. As a result, Eniscuola has become increasingly synonymous with multi-media, digital education and interaction, through its portal rich of resources, dedicated above all to scientific subjects and the English language.
Visitors to the area dedicated to education and research can surf the eniscuola.net website and view educational literature on issues such as energy sources, energy efficiency and the environment.
Eni has always had an interest in utilizing scientific and technological research. Illustrating this interest are the many images documenting the geophysical and geochemical research conducted in Eni's Laboratori Riuniti di Studi e Ricerche (United Laboratories for Studies and Research) in the 1960's, and in the Scuola di Studi Superiori sugli Idrocarburi ("School for Higher Studies on Hydrocarbons") set up in 1958, with the aim of training the upper echelons of the energy sector.
Eni is still at the forefront of laboratory research, as can be seen from the work carried out by the Donegani Research Centre in Novara, a point of excellence in the history of Italian chemical research, which underwent a thorough and ambitious reconversion in 2007, and now specialises in the field of solar and biomass renewable energy.
Research and technology are two important words for Eni. Two concrete examples are provided through the company's collaboration with the MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, and the Eni Award, which promotes innovation with regard to the environment and improved use of energy sources.
As in previous editions, Eni has drawn from its Historical Archives to portray the company's relationship with the city hosting the exhibition.
In Genoa, it was impossible not to mention the creation of the Central European oil pipeline system which originated in Genoa itself and travelled right into the heart of Bavaria, carrying the oil of Enrico Mattei’s Eni, extracted in Iran, as recounted by Bernardo Bertolucci in his film, Le vie del Petrolio.
Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the present day, with performances by emerging talents, who inaugurated the new season in ENI communications. The exhibition poster and graphics were also designed by a young artist, Agostino Iacurci, who is also the author of the most recent version of the corporate logo. Spanning almost sixty years of history, the exhibition emphasizes the deep roots underlying this international company present in 77 countries: a company that draws on its past to define its identity and culture.