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13 May 2011

Québec City welcomes the exhibition ROME: From the Origins to Italy’s Capital

Photos: Musée de la civilisation de Québec

The exhibition ROME: From the Origins to Italy’s Capital officially opened on May 10 at Québec City’s Musée de la civilisation to a crowd of over 1,500 people.

Attending the opening were Québec Premier Jean Charest, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Ambassador of Italy to Canada, Andrea Meloni, Guest Curator Professor Giovanni Gentili, and the museum’s Executive Director, Michel Côté.

The exhibition stems from collaboration by the Musée de la civilisation and the Québec Government Office in Rome with museum communities in Italy and Vatican City, especially the Capitoline and Vatican Museums. Dr. Giandomenico Spinola, Vatican Museums Curator of the Greek and Roman Antiquities Department, spoke at the opening on behalf of the Director of the Vatican Museums.

Nearly 300 works from major periods of Roman history comprise the exhibition which is officially part of activities marking the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.

Culture is a special area of cooperation between Québec and Italy. This project is part of the programming of the 7th Québec-Italy Joint Sub-Committee agreed upon recently by the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

ROME: From the Origins to Italy’s Capital exhibition
Québec Government Office in Rome
Québec-Italy Relations
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