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Part of the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition.
The Azienda Speciale Palaexpo (ASP) is a not-for-profit, public corporation belonging to and controlled by the City of Rome. It was founded in 1997 with the purpose of managing Palazzo delle Esposizioni, an 1883 historical building designed by Pio Piacentini, which is one of the city's major exhibition venues and cultural centers. ASP also runs the Scuderie del Quirinale, another key exhibition venue in Rome, thus creating one of the leading poles of integrated cultural services in Italy, with Palazzo delle Esposizioni devoted mainly to multicultural languages and Scuderie del Quirinale to classical art and old masters painting and sculpture. This institutional structure allows ASP to pursue its main mission, which is to diffuse and promote knowledge and understanding of visual cultures, performing arts, history, and science through the organization and production of exhibitions and related events (symposiums, conferences, music and film programs), that focus on different and faraway historical and cultural contexts.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni reopened to the public in 2007 after an extensive renovation that created three different exhibition areas, two auditoriums, children's labs, a 'forum' area and commercial spaces, which allow for multiple and flexible programming that serves broad and diverse audiences, whether individuals, families, members of the learning community, or experienced professionals.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni with Codice Cultura recently presented the successful exhibition Charles Darwin 1809-2009 (Feb 12 - May 3, 2009). Traveling the Silk Road will run at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, in the main exhibition area, from November 2012 to March 2013.
ASP is led by a Director General, Mario De Simoni, and is administered for the public benefit by a Board of Directors.
Codice. Idee per la cultura, a private company based in Turin, was established in 2002 to promote a new form for the dissemination of knowledge, with a particular attention towards scientific and technological knowledge.
Codice. Idee per la cultura has created a planning process that takes into consideration the necessary elements for a successful cultural product-planning the content, territorial marketing, benchmarking with the international realities relevant for the project's objectives, communication strategy, and identification of potential financial partners.
Since its founding, Codice has managed many successful events such as the Genoa Science Festival, the Festival of Sciences in Rome, Innovation in Udine, Siena Biotech, and others. The production of scientific exhibitions is the main focus of the Codice's activity, with more than 24 exhibitions in seven years (Mirrors, Four Elements, Light, Earthsong).
Codice collaborated with the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in presenting the AMNH Darwin exhibition in Italy, marking the first major travelling exhibition dedicated to the famous English scientist that has gone on exhibit throughout Italy (Rome, Milan, Bari) until the end of March 2010.
Vittorio Bo is the founder and CEO of Codice.
"Australia has had close relations with China since the earliest days of settlement and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the American Museum of Natural History on the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition" says Craddock Morton, Director of the National Museum of Australia. "The story of the exchange of ideas, knowledge, religions, and goods that flowed to and fro along the Silk Road for millennia will deepen our understanding of the significance of an intriguing chapter in world history."
Art Exhibitions Australia, a non-profit organization established by the Australian Government, is the National Museum of Australia's partner in the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition. This exhibition is the third in a series being brought to Australia from the American Museum of Natural History. Art Exhibitions Australia is delighted to be participating in these major partnerships, which not only contribute new scholarship but also embrace the professionalism and experience of our American colleagues.
The Silk Road is a household name in Taiwan and every school child has some understanding of the Silk Road from their history classes. Over the last decade, there have been Silk Road-related exhibits in Taiwan, such as the Dunhuang's cave art exhibit developed by the National Museum of Natural Science in 1999 and the most recent one from Xinjiang which was completed in May 2009. But most of these exhibits examine the Silk Road from the perspective of the arts. After learning that the American Museum of Natural History is working on a Silk Road exhibition that places more emphasis on the technological innovations along the major cities on the journey, the National Museum of Natural Science decided to join the project and become a collaborator with the goal of shedding new light on this well-known historical trading route weaving it into the current context of globalization, and bringing a new understanding of the Silk Road to its audience.
Since beginning publication of the United Daily News in 1951, the UDN Group has expanded to become the largest media group in Taiwan and a proponent of cultural and educational enrichment that is influential throughout Asia. With headquarters in Taipei, the newspapers that are part of the UDN group have gained a dominant position among Chinese-language newspapers around the world in terms of circulation, influence, and profitability. The group is also renowned for their organization of exhibitions, professional forums, conventions, and performances. Previous exhibitions hosted by the UDN Group include exhibits on the works of Millet from the Musèe d'Orsay, the 18,000 year old mammoth Oymiakon, Egyptian art from the Louvre, and the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The UDN Group is pleased to collaborate on Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathways to the Modern World, and looks forward to bringing this exhibition to their audiences in Taipei.