San Donato Milanese (Milan), 24 July 2013 – The Boxer at Rest has returned to Italy at the National Roman Museum (Rome) after enchanting the Unites States. More than 90,000 visitors attended the exhibition The Boxer: An Ancient Masterpiece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) from June 3th to 18th July. The exhibition was the first time the masterpiece has been shown in the United States. The event was organized by Eni in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Washington as part of 2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States.
The Boxer at Rest, exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum’s Mary and Michael Jaharis Gallery, is an ancient bronze sculpture from the 4th century B.C. The statue was excavated in Rome in 1885 on the south slope of the Quirinal Hill near the ancient Baths of Constantine, where the piece had most probably been situated as a decorative element. The sculpture was buried intentionally in late antiquity, possibly to preserve it against the barbarian invasions that ravaged Rome in the 5th century A.D. The broad - shouldered, muscular pugilist is shown seated, resting after a match.
Eni has put culture at the heart of its relationships with people and territories. Disseminating and supporting culture is one of Eni’s "modi operandi‘ in societies to which the company feels strongly connected. Eni offers its own projects, always bearing in mind a word – innovation – that underlies everything the company does. Supporting the exhibition of the The Boxer at Rest and taking on such an important role in the Year of Italian Culture in the US was a way of expressing a Eni’s identity value, which adds to the constant and fruitful interaction that has always characterised the relationship between Eni and the US.
Eni in United States
Eni has been operating in the United States since 1962, when Agip USA Inc. was set up in order to promote the purchase of material of interest to Eni in the U.S. Eni has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2005. In 2007, Eni completed the purchase of Dominion Resources’ upstream operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The Company holds interests in 393 blocks in the U.S.: 281 in the Gulf of Mexico, 111 in the North Slope of Alaska and one in the Barnett Shale in Texas. In addition, Eni is operator of the Nikatchuq field in Alaska and holds a 30% stake in Oooguruk field, which has been in production since 2008. Eni’s daily production in the U.S. stood at 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent, of which 60% come from fields operated.