150th anniversary of the birth of d’Annunzio

The year 2013 has marked the 150th anniversary of Gabriele d’Annunzio’s birth.

The Foundation has organized many events to pay a tribute to the fervent spirit of a genius who (also thanks to his foresight, international respite and love for Italy) was able to impress the history of our country with a sign of modernity – contributing decisively to the consolidation of its identifying image.

Many Municipalities participated in the celebrations, from Rome to his native Pescara, then Turin, Bologna, Verona, Trento, Genoa, Pisa, the Versilia area and many others. Under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence, celebrations landed in Tokyo, Lugano, Athens, Krakow, Budapest, Cairo. The Foundation counted upon important collaborations, such as those provided by principal Italian universities, Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, Ugo Bordoni Foundation in Rome, Mondadori at the Salone Internazionale del Libro (International Book Fair) in Turin, to La Versiliana Foundation.

The committee promoting celebrations for d’Annunzio in 2013 was chaired by Giordano Bruno Guerri, President of Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation, and its members were:

  • Maestro Giorgio Albertazzi, one of the most important representatives of Italian theatre, who has paid homage to d’Annunzio several times
  • Architect Andrea Alberti, superintendent of Architectural Heritage and Landscapes of the Provincesof Brescia, Cremona and Mantua
  • Lawyer Luigi Albore Mascia, mayor of the city of Pescara
  • Professor Annamaria Andreoli, d’Annunzian scholar, former president of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Valentina Aprea, councillor for Education, training and culture in the Lombardy region
  • Lucia Arbace, Superintendent of the historical, artistic and ethno-anthropological heritage in Abruzzo
  • Lawyer Andrea Arcai, councillor for Culture in Brescia City Council
  • Flavio Arensi, member of the cultural technical committee of the Vittoriale
  • Osvaldo Avallone, Director of the Central National Library in Rome
  • Amleto Ballarini, Chairman of the Society of Studies on Fiume
  • Ugo Gussalli Beretta, eminent representative of the historical Beretta company
  • Francesco Bettoni, councillor of Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Professor Maria Bocci, councillor of Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Professor Gaetano Bonetta, Dean of the Faculty of Education of the University of Chieti
  • Caterina Bon Valsassina, councillor of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Ilaria Borletti Buitoni, Chairman of the Fondo Ambiente Italiano
  • Angelo Bucarelli, curator of the design of the Secret d’Annunzio Museum
  • Silvia Calandrelli, Director of Rai Educational
  • Countess Maria Fede Caproni, donor to the Vittoriale and keeper of an important number of d’Annunzian documents
  • Professor Franco Cardini, eminent representative of the academic world and the creator of the Convention “The Medieval of Gabriele d’Annunzio”
  • Salvatore Carrubba, councillor of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Maurizio Cattaneo, Chif Editor of Bresciaoggi
  • Giovanni Chiodi, President of the Region of Abruzzo
  • Professoressa Giovanna Ciccarelli, member of the technical cultural committee of theVittoriale
  • Andrea Cipani, councillor of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation and Mayor of Gardone Riviera Council
  • Professor Carlo Cresti, curator of th ebook “Gabriele d’Annunzio. Architetto imaginifico” and of the exhibition of d’Annunzio’s wardrobe at the Vittoriale
  • Virman Cusenza, Chief Editor of Il Messaggero
  • Federico d’Annunzio, descendant of the family of d’Annunzio
  • Luigi De Fanis, councillor forcultural, veterinary, food safety and collective prevention policies of the Region of Abruzzo
  • Annarita Della Penna, Director of the Aurum of Pescara
  • Giuseppe De Tomaso, Director of theGazzetta del Mezzogiorno
  • Licio Di Biase, President of Pescara City Council, historian and writer
  • Giovanni di Iacovo, town councillor of the City of Pescara, Councillor of the Events Association of Pescara, writer
  • Augusto di Luzio, Presidentof the Culture Commission of Pescara City Council
  • Licio di Luzio, d’Annunziancollector and Friend of the Vittoriale
  • Alain Elkann, writer and leading exponent of the world of culture
  • Professor Maurizio Fallace, former chief executive of libraries, cultural institutes and copyright
  • PieroFassino, Mayor of the City of Turin
  • Gian Arturo Ferrari, Director of the Centre for Books and Reading of Rome
  • Ernesto Ferrero, Director of the International Book Fair of Turin
  • Professor Giorgio Ficara, representative of Italian academia and scholar of contemporary literature
  • Alberto Folonari, President of the Credito Agrario Bresciano Foundation – Institute of Culture Giovanni Folonari
  • Carla Fracci, councillor for Culture of the Province of Florence and eminent representative of the world of dance
  • Professor Ernesto Galli della Loggia, leading exponent of Italian culture and leading expert of Italian twentieth-century history
  • Alberto Garlandini, President of ICOM Italia
  • Professor Roberto Gervaso, former member of the Board of Directors of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Professor Giordano Bruno Guerri, President of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Professor Giuseppe Langella, representative of Italian academia and scholar of contemporary literature
  • Giancarlo Leone, Director of the Entertainment Area of the RAI
  • Letizia Lizza, expert of music teachingand of cultural organization in Pescara
  • Patrizia Lo Cicero, scholar of d’Annunzioand Friend of the Vittoriale
  • Andrea Lombardinilo, co-ordinator of the National Centre of d’Annunzian Studies
  • Lawyer Alessandro Luciano, President of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation
  • Bernard Lummeaux, councillor for Culture of Arcachon Council
  • AgostinoMantovani, secretary of the Cab Foundation
  • Andrea Margelletti, President of Ce.S.I.
  • Giancarlo Marinelli, councillor of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Professoressa Clelia Martignoni, eminent scholar of d’Annunzio and member of the Scientific Committee for the national edition of all Gabriele d’Annunzio’s works
  • Avvocato Carlo Masci, assessor of Institutional Reforms, Local Authorities, the Budget, Sporting Activities of the Abruzzo Region
  • Professor Nicola Mattoscio, Presidentof the Pescarabruzzo Foundation
  • Clemente Mimun, Director of TG5
  • Franca Minnucci, artistand interpreter of tragedies and pages written by d’Annunzio
  • Daniele Molgora, presidentof the Province of Brescia
  • PinoMongiello, chairman of the Ateneo di Salò
  • Professoressa Gioia Mori, illustrious scholar and art critic
  • Professoressa Mariko Muramatsu, associate professor of Italian literature at the University of Tokyo, eminent scholar of d’Annunzio
  • Daniela Musini, artist and actress of d’Annunzio’sworks and tragedies
  • Mario Nardicchia, co-directorof the newspaper Abruzzo nel Mondo
  • Professor Gianni Oliva, professor of Italian Literature at the Faculty of Humanities at the “G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti, eminent scholar of d’Annunzio
  • Maestro Ermanno Olmi, one of the most important representatives of Italian cinema and winner of the 2011 “Il Vittoriale” prize
  • Isabella Orefice, director of the project for the Ministry for Arts and Culture – “Archives of fashion of the twentieth century”
  • Minister Lorenzo Ornaghi, minister for Arts and Culture
  • Professor Giorgio Orsoni, Mayor of the city of Venice
  • Maestro Mimmo Paladino, one of the major representatives of contemporary Italian art, who has generously enriched the gardens of the Vittoriale
  • Giovanna Paolozzi Maiorca Strozzi, Superintendent of the historical, artistic and ethno-anthropological heritage for the provinces of Mantova, Brescia and Cremona
  • Roberto Papetti, director of the Gazzettino di Venezia
  • Professor Giuseppe Parlato, professor of Contemporary History at the Faculty of Interpreting and Translation of the University for Innovation and Organisations of Rome, eminent d’Annunzian scholar
  • Adriano Paroli, Mayor of the City of Brescia
  • Minister Corrado Passera, Minister for Economic Development
  • Professor Francesco Perfetti, eminent d’Annunzian scholar, former president of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Dianora Poletti, president of the Foundation of La Versiliana
  • Marco Polillo, president of the Italian Association of Editors
  • Giovanna Porcaro, councillor for Culture in Pescara City Council
  • Professor Giovanni Puglisi, Rector of the Libera Università of Languages and Communication IULM and of the “Kore” University of Enna
  • Professor Elena Puliti, curator of the 2010 exhibition inaugurated in Florence “1910 Flight from Capponcina. D’Annunzio in Florence and France”
  • Folco Quilici, eminente writer and documentary film maker
  • Silvia Razzi, Councillor for Culture in the Province of Brescia
  • Antonio Riccardi, representative of the publishing house Mondadori
  • Lawyer Francesco Ruggieri, member of the Board of Auditors of the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation
  • Rossana Rummo, general manager of the Archives of the Ministry for Arts and Culture
  • Alessandro Sallusti, Chief editor of Il Giornale
  • Professor Maria Giovanna Sanjust, professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Cagliari, d’Annunzian scholar and coordinator of the “Gioconda Project” of the University of Cagliari
  • Giacomo Scanzi, Chief editor of the Giornale di Brescia
  • Professor Maurizio Serra, writer and Ambassador for Italy at UNESCO
  • Professor Rodolfo Signorini, member and correspondent of the Accademia dei Sepolti di Volterra – Accademico Virgiliano – Aquila d’Argento del Tirolo – Virgilio d’oro
  • Elisabetta Sgarbi, editor of the publishing house Bompianiand representative of the world of publishing
  • Professor Vittorio Sgarbi, expert art critic and leading figure in the world of Italian culture
  • Architect Nicola Sodano, Mayor of the City of Mantua
  • Paola Sorge, journalist and d’Annunzian scholar
  • Ambassador Antonio Benedetto Spada, creator of the  “D’Annunzio the Hero Museum” and benefactor of the Vittoriale on several occasions
  • Maria Teresa Spinozzi, Superintendent of the Archives for Abruzzo
  • Renata Stradiotti, vice-president of the Rotary Club of Salò and Desenzano del Garda
  • Professor Michele Tamma, associate professor at the Department of Management of the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice
  • Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, former Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Edoardo Tiboni, founder and president of the National Centre of d’Annunzian Studies of Pescara
  • Professor Stefano Trinchese, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy at the “G.d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara
  • Professor Pasquale Tunzi, lecturer in the Department of Science, History of Architecture, Restoration and Representation of the “Gabriele d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara
  • Bruno Vespa, leading figure in the world of culture and journalism
  • Professor Giorgio Zanetti, dean of the Faculty of Educationat the University of Modena and Reggio, eminent d’Annunzian scholar, as well as editor of the Quaderni del Vittoriale
  • Vittorio Pirlo, long-standing councillor of Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation, curator for several years of the theatre season of the Amphitheatre of the Vittoriale, d’Annunzian scholar and grandson of d’Annunzio’s personal doctor at the Vittoriale.
  • The “D’Annunzio e i Grandi Marchi” (D’Annunzio and the Great Trademarks) project has gathered around the Vate’s flair and personality some of the most renowned figures in Italian industry and its corporate universe, who wish to pay a tribute to the taste and refinement of the Poet, choosing him as the spokesperson for their products.

    The following endorsed the project (in alphabetical order):