In 2014 EUART obtained the institutional recognition of the City of Miami and the Consulate General of Italy in Miami for the activation of
ITALY-MIAMI: A Friendship in Art, on the occasion of the celebration of October – Italian and Italian American Heritage Month in Florida.
Introduction by Liborio Stellino, Consul General of Italy in Boston, 2009
EUART is, for Boston, a bet already won two years ago, when – under the whirlwind of energy originated by Ilaria Niccolini – we decided to host the 2007 selection, starting the glorious itinerary that from the Consulate moved such an ambitious challenge to elegant galleries and showrooms of Beantown. At that time, the Globe quoted my provocative words pronounced at the opening reception when – with the frustration due to some general persistent perceptions on my Country – I declared that “in the minds of many, Italian culture begins and ends with spaghetti and meatballs and Michelangelo”. To disprove that Italy lacks alternatives to its inevitable, eternal portrait as only a traditional restaurant or a classic museum, it was therefore a pleasure and a privilege to provide space and voice to a talented group of emerging artists who launched a warm, dissonant and colorful message to the Boston audience. That message simply tells us that Italian artists and designers are still able to perpetuate the awareness, deeply rooted in the past and constantly adapting itself throughout the centuries, of being the best manufacturers of emotions in the world. When, on the occasion of the 2009 Italian National Day, I will be given the honor to unveil once again the joyful and vibrant canvases of the young EUART “titans”, it will be my pleasure to renew my heartfelt thanks for their passionate efforts to affirm worldwide a more updated and lively image of Italy in the international current cultural landscape.
Bentornata a Boston, EUART, with your fresh breath of enthusiasm, made of enlightened creativity and gifted dreams!
Introduction by Renato Miracco, Director, Italian Cultural Institute in New York, 2008/2009
It is an honor for me to write these few words to salute the 2009 edition of the EUART tour. As the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, I cannot help but admire an initiative aimed at promoting and exporting the exceptional value of “Made in Italy” to the United States.
EUART represents an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the prestige of our established and emerging artists at the international level. But EUART is not simply an art show: its partnership with a high-profile fashion appointment and with several other international events under the umbrella of Ilaria Niccolini Production creates synergies that add value to the wonderful works of all the artists, designers and professionals that are represented here.
Introduction by Liborio Stellino, Consul General of Italy in Boston, 2007
Winston Churchill used to divide humanity into pessimists and optimists, accusing the former of being only able to find, behind every obstacle, further difficulties, while crediting the latter with the virtue of turning problems that may arise into new opportunities. I think this is the most appropriate key to understand a global and exciting experience like EUART, and in this case optimism and tenacity have a name: Ilaria Niccolini, whom I wish to thank for having included Boston in the American itinerary of such a prestigious event. The Italian General Consulate has decided to support, with equal resolve and generous energy, the privilege of being a part of this ambitious project, for at least two main reasons. First of all, Boston is – for us who have just started loving it and have already been fascinated by it – an undisputed cultural capital that, thanks to its refined ambience and to the mature and enthusiastic taste of its people, is eminently suited to receive new horizons and original influences with enthusiasm. Italy, on its part, motivated by the need to constantly renew its universal reputation that gives it a preeminent position in the arts, is called on to accept every challenge to revisit ancient traditions and its future potential. A potential that is still intact, as clearly demonstrated by the extraordinary concentration of talent and the wonderful lightness of the artists that compose the fascinating mosaic that is EUART. The encounter of the stimulating reality of Boston with the warm, ironical, dissonant, wonderful and intense traits of the works selected by Ilaria realizes therefore the perfect synthesis of a brilliant and reciprocal admiration, one that will carry on in time, in the name of shared, authentic values.