Last night at the Mocobo Cultural Center in Rome, Pietro held a special private showing of selected artworks by Ele D’Artagnan (1911-1987), “the painter of the Dolce Vita,” in order to raise funds for the burgeoning ICBIE Theater Project. Besides original artworks, the show also contained beautiful life size reproductions of the D’Artagnan pieces that Pietro sold to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) at the very beginning of the ICBIE adventure.
Between 4 and 9 PM, there was a steady stream of dear friends and staunch supporters of the ICBIE cause, including the architect Andrea Gandolfi, who came from Bologna to explain his design plans for our future theater, our indefatigable friend Alberto Maganzini, who came all the way from Trento, the eminent musicologist Mario Bortolotto and even our dear friend Mary Norris from New York.
Best of all, four original paintings and a good number of prints were sold, and this couldn’t have come at a better time, seeing as next Tuesday a team from the Howard University chapter of Engineers Without Borders will be arriving in Salvador to make their final plans for the construction of our theater. More on that in the coming days!