G7 in Puglia, a summit of excellence between art and politics

In 2024, Puglia will be the scene of a unique G7, where art and culture will merge into an extraordinary experience. From June 13 to December 8, the Norman-Swabian castle of Mesagne will host the exhibition “G7 – Seven centuries of Italian art”. The idea is to offer a journey through the masterpieces of Giotto, Donatello, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci and many others. In Borgo Egnazia, during the summit, this extraordinary exhibition will be inaugurated, a tribute to the magnificent Italian artistic history from the 14th to the 20th century.

The G7 returns to Italy

Since January 1, 2024, Italy has assumed the presidency of the G7 for the seventh time, a group that includes Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. America, with the participation of the European Union. The Italian Presidency has a full program of technical meetings and institutional events that will take place throughout the national territory. And it will culminate with the G7 Leaders’ Summit on June 13-15 in Puglia. On this occasion the Norman-Swabian castle of Mesagne will host the exhibition “G7 – Seven Centuries of Italian Art”offering a journey that develops through seven centuries of history.

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G7 in Puglia, from world leaders to art history

The exhibition was born from the idea of ​​combining a global political meeting with a cultural proposal on Italian art, celebrating the latter through presentation of some of the greatest Italian artists. Giotto, Donatello, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Antonello Da Messina, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, Canova, Pino Pascali are just some of the names present in this chronological journey in which spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves.

The exhibition presented at the BIT in Milan is part of an ambitious tourism development plan for Salento, with Mesagne as a central point. The network of Companies Micexperience Apulia, led by Pierangelo Argentieri, is committed to consolidating an alternative tourist circuit during the summer period. The Castle, dating from the 11th century and restored in the 15th century, offers an ideal setting for high-level cultural projects. The objective, in fact, is to integrate high-level cultural programming in a context rich in history and charm, taking advantage of the evocative landscape of the Norman-Swabian castle of Mesagne.

The exhibition at the Château de Mesagne

Last summer, the Château already successfully hosted a project on the naturalism of Caravaggio. In 2024, with the geographical proximity of the G7, it offers the opportunity to further develop the cultural offer, aiming for in-depth understanding of Italian art through its most famous masters. The exhibition will offer a journey through the main artistic movements and stylistic developments, providing an educational and engaging experience for the public. The presentation of the works will be accompanied by contextual information, allowing visitors to explore the evolution of artistic techniques and the influence of Italian artists on the international scene.

The exhibition, curated by Pierluigi Carofano, will be divided into six sections, stretching from Giotto and the dawn of the Renaissance to the 20th century, with a final focus on Pino Pascali. The initiative, hosted at Château de Mesagne from June 13 to December 8, represents an extraordinary showcase of the history of Italian art across seven centuries. The exhibition will draw on major loans from public and private collections, offering visitors a unique opportunity to admire works by great masters.

This cultural project, in addition to celebrating Italian art, aims to promote awareness and appreciation at the national and international level, against the backdrop of the extraordinary setting of the G7 Summit.

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