The much anticipated Leonardo Da Vinci Opera Omnia exhibition kicked off with aplomb yesterday at the Uganda Museum to officially kick-start the Italian Culture and Culinary week which runs till Saturday November 23rd 2019.
The exhibition which is one of the biggest ever held at the museum, is only one of two to be opened to the public in Sub-Saharan Africa with the other coming up in Adis Ababa later in the year.
While officiating at the luncheon yesterday, Italian Ambassador H.E Massimiliano Mazzanti said the exhibition will be one of the biggest this country will ever witness and will be part of the showcase of the rich Italian art and culture.
The ambassador emphasized that the exhibition will be one of the biggest this country will ever witness and will be part of the showcase of the rich Italian art and culture.
17 master pieces including Mona Lisa and The Last Supper from 7 different countries on display at the Kitante-based Uganda Museum.
“Ugandans and tourists will be able to view all high definition and full scale digital reproductions of Leonardo masterpieces that are 17 in total coming from 7 different countries across the globe” all in one place at the same time. He said
The exhibition organised under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy, will therefore be the main activity for this edition of the Cultural and Culinary Week as it features the most iconic figure of Italian culture.
The Ambassador after taking the Vice President H.E Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi who was the chief Guest and other VIP guests through a guided tour of the exhibition then officially welcomed the rest of the guests who included Hon.Ephraim Kamuntu the Minister for Tourism and Antiquities and members of the diplomatic code.
“Kamuntu under whose docket the museum falls thanked the Italian government for choosing Uganda to host the exhibition. : We are proud to host this Leonardo Da Vinci Opera Omnia Exhibition and thank the Italian government for selecting Uganda as a host and only one of two to exhibit the works of the great artiste” The minister said.
He also extended his gratitude to the Ambassador and Italian community for rehabilitation and face lift done on the main hall at the Uganda Museum before welcoming the Vice President.
The VP started by extending his congratulatory message to the Italian community upon celebrating the cultural and culinary week and also appreciation for choosing Uganda to host the exhibition which gives global visibility.
This he said gives Uganda not only economic, cultural but also tourism mileage to the rest of the world and as well extended his gratitude on behalf of government and the people of Uganda for renovating the museum.
“Leonardo’s works extend beyond just art; to science, literature, astronomy and engineering. His work was more of a means than an end which keeps inspiring making positive changes today”. He said
The Italian band Ladri di Carrazolle (Wheel Chair robbers) entertained guests with live performances. The band comprising disabled members is here to inspire Ugandans that disability is not inability. The guests were treated to fine wines and Italian food as they viewed the works.