Eni: from December 9 to March 11, "The Six-Legged Dog; A symbol of Past and Future" exhibition will be at the Ciasa de ra Regoles museum in Cortina, telling the history of the Borca di Cadore holiday resort.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, 9 December 2011 - "The Six-Legged Dog; A symbol of Past and Future" is coming to Cortina d'Ampezzo. This is a highly important event devoted to Eni's presence in the area. The exhibition has had great success in many Italian cities and even enjoyed a prestigious stint at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels.
In the mountains surrounding the nearby village of Borca di Cadore, in 1996, Enrico Mattei created a huge holiday resort for Eni employees, together with the architect Edoardo Gellner, who designed and built it. The relationship between Gellner and Mattei actually dated back to two years earlier, when the architect built the Motel Agip in Cortina in record time before the Winter Olympic Games commenced. The holiday resort project, which has been renovated and expanded on several occasions over time, consisted of an imposing settlement with 600 small single-family houses, a community for 600 children, a campsite with permanently erected tents, a church, two hotels and a large community centre - all provided for Eni employees.
At this time, important urban plans were pioneered, giving the resort its unmistakable character. When Geller asked Mattei whether he wanted a resort with a strong advertising impact from an architectural standpoint and a building immediately visible from the road, or a facility with subdued tones immersed in the surrounding green area, the businessman decided on the latter. In this sense, the resort, which would later be called "Corte di Cadore", can be considered one of Italy's first experiments in ecologically sustainable architecture .
Another innovation that resulted from the meeting between the architect and the founder of Eni concerned the allocation of the houses. This was to be solely based on the principle of the family composition; in other words, a worker with a large family would be entitled to a larger house. To some extent, this modern concept of corporate welfare existed throughout the world of Eni in those years; i.e., in the cafeterias, the research centres, and on drilling platforms.
In the exhibition in Cortina, the story of the Borca di Cadore resort is told with historical pictures, site plans and original technical drawings signed by Gellner, all taken from Eni's historical archives. Three documentaries have been prepared for the occasion showing the different phases of construction, starting from the preliminary designs to the opening of the resort and its inauguration, as presented in newsreels. The initial steps in populating the facility, which are depicted with several sequences of the film, "A Resort for the Holidays" by Giuseppe Taffarel, are also presented, including an interview with the director which has never been shown before.
The main body of the exhibition at the Ciasa de ra Regoles museum, is divided into three chronological sections following the three restylings of the brand in 1972, 1998, and 2009.
The entire show is accompanied by a collection of comic sketches, and a special area is reserved for the history of the corporate symbol - the half dog, half dragon - which was which was the design particularly selected by the founder of the company.
Finally, at the heart of the exhibition is an infinite collection of objects and memorabilia relating to the "the six-legged dog", ranging from gadgets designed for motorists, to more peculiar trinkets as well as objects designed for everyday use. These have been dug out of employees' cellars or obtained from private collections in various parts of Italy, including from Enrico Mattei's office along with his desk!
The exhibition will be open daily, including weekends, until March 11, 2012, from 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Admission is free.
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