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2 Nov 2014

Québec creates ultimate showcase in Milan!

Albert Leclerc, designer; Claude Pinault, Assistant Deputy Minister at the MRIFCE; Amalia Daniela Renosto, Québec government representative in Rome; James Fox, Canadian Ambassador to Italy; Ginette Caron and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, designers; and Johanne Larivière-Tieri, DQR Cultural and Educational Affairs Attaché

The Québec Government Office in Rome (DQR) and the City of Milan have created the Albert Leclerc, Ginette Caron, Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte: Three Generations, Three Québec Designers in Milan exhibit at the Palazzo Morando, a prestigious location in the city's historic centre.

This event, which will run until December 9, is part of the programming for the 8th Orizzonte Québec Biennial, a major cultural showcase organized by the DQR in cooperation with the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie and du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE), the Ministère de la Culture and des Communications, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Milan and Montreal, cities of design

It is worth mentioning that three Québec designers have been active for a number of years in the world’s design capital. The presence of professionals from other countries in Milan strengthens its capacity to create trends and foster dialogue between creators of different backgrounds.

“That is also true of Québec,” said Amalia Daniela Renosto, the Québec government’s representative in Rome. In the last ten years or so, Montreal, which was chosen as a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, has become renowned for its creativity and ability to draw talent from around the world. That is how the three designers, who were trained in Québec but have been working in Milan for several seasons, emerged.

The exhibit was officially opened on October 23 before an audience of over 350, which included architects, designers and representatives from cultural organizations and businesses from various industries, including:

  • Andonio Calbi, the Director of the Department of Culture, Fashion and Design of the City of Milan’s Councillorship for Culture
  • Roberto Santaniello, Director of the International Relations Division of the Office of the Mayor of Milan
  • Marina Messina, Director of the Palazzo Morando, Museum of Costumes, Fashion and Image

Orizzonte Québec Biennial

It should be noted that the Biennial includes approximately twenty productions and activities showcasing Québec companies, artists and artisans, and will be held until the end of December in a dozen Italian cities, including Rome, Milan, Naples, Bologna, Turin and Venice.

Québec Government Office in Rome
Orizzonte Québec Biennial
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