December 17, 2013

On 17 December 2013, the donation ceremony of the work “Confucius” created by Zhang Huan was held at the Florence Airport on the occasion of the “Soul and Matter” exhibition held last summer in Florence in two locations of exception: Palazzo Vecchio and Forte di Belvedere. After three months of exhibition at the Salone dei Cinquecento, the work, donated by the artist to the city of Florence, finds a temporary location inside the Florence Airport.

The event organization agency Once Events, in addition to having managed the relationships with the institutions involved and the forwarding of the invitation to a selected mailing list, was responsible for managing all aspects relating to logistics and set-ups. He also took care of relations with the media and communication of the event by designing and creating the graphic layout of the invitation, information totem and photographic panel.

“Confucius” is the first work created in Carrara marble by Zhang Huan, one of the greatest exponents of contemporary Chinese art: starting from a sketch by the artist, the skilled stonemasons of the Michelangelo Cave Art Studios thus reproduced the image iconography of Confucius, one of the symbolic figures of Chinese culture. With the choice of this material, the artist wanted to pay homage to Renaissance sculpture, which he was deeply fascinated by during his travels in Italy. “Confucius” is the sculptural representation of the meeting between East and West, between very distant cultures and artistic traditions, which find in it a perfect aesthetic fusion.

Among the numerous institutions present at the ceremony, those who spoke were: the President of the Florence Airport Marco Carrai, the Tourism Councilor of the Municipality of Florence Sara Biagiotti, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China Wang Xinxia, the President of the Province of Prato Lamberto Gestri and – representing President Rossi – the Councilor for Infrastructure of the Tuscany Region Vincenzo Ceccarelli.

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