San Donato Milanese (Milan), 8 April 2011 - After its success in Rome, Stresa, Milan, Venice, Mantua, Cortemaggiore and Florence, Eni’s touring exhibition entitled “The six-legged dog: a symbol of memory and the future‘ comes to San Donato Milanese. The exhibition, supported by the municipality of San Donato Milanese, will be at Cascina Roma Art Gallery (Piazza delle Arti 2) from April 9 to May 8.The Exhibition will be free of charge and open to visitors from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:30 Monday through Saturday and from 10:00 to 12:00 and 16:30 to 19:00 on Sundays.
A vast collection of photographs and memorabilia documenting the company’s history, on loan from numerous private collections, brings to life key moments in the history and growth of Eni, and of the country as a whole. The exhibition also offers an opportunity to learn more about Enrico Mattei, a man whose courageous choices and vision of the future laid the foundations of a company that now plays a key role in the global energy industry.
The idea of building the company’s administrative offices near San Donato Milanese first emerged when Eni was founded in 1952 with the specific intention of establishing an orderly, rational industrial organisation in Milan’s green hinterland, a true lever for growth destined to promote large-scale industry after years of depression in northern Italy.
The exhibition includes a special section on the history of “Metanopolis‘, as the town has been nicknamed, with an important contribution from the Association of Eni Pioneers and Veterans, including a historic collection of minerals, core samples and oil samples.
Films and images selected from the company’s historic archives detail the stages in construction of the office buildings, homes and service facilities for employees in one of the biggest office complexes ever to be built in the history of enterprise in Italy.
The exhibition allows visitors to look back at key moments in Eni’s history, marked by the milestones of three brand restylings (1972, 1998 and 2009). Another special section focuses on the 1952 logo competition, reconstructed on the basis of original documentation, while the final part of the exhibition focuses on the present, with performances by emerging talents (www.enizyme.com), such as the work by sand artist Ilana Yahav which inaugurated the new Eni communications campaign.
Carousels and archive films from Eni’s collection bring back not only the history of this prominent energy company but its values and culture, its love of challenges, international character and its ethos of constantly striving for excellence.