Luciano Violante, President of the Foundation
Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo
Rome, 4 February 2019 - The Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation was officially presented today. Its purpose is to promote dialogue with civil society, promote industrial and business culture in the areas of reference, enhance the cultural and museum heritage and disseminate knowledge.
In the presence of the Prime Minister, Prof. Giuseppe Conte, the Chairman of Leonardo, Giovanni De Gennaro, and the CEO of Leonardo, Alessandro Profumo, Luciano Violante, President of the Foundation, outlined the project areas and objectives at a ceremony held at the MAXXI in Rome. Guest of the event was Bernd Roeck, Prof. Dr. Historisches Seminar der Universität Zürich (University of Zurich), who gave a lectio magistralis on Leonardo da Vinci, entitled "Leonardo and the age of mechanisation, ideas, screws, machines". The Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, closed the speeches.
"The Foundation's commitment is to contribute to a renewed humanism for the dissemination of knowledge at the service of our country and for the benefit of all”, commented Luciano Violante, President of the Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation, "Leonardo da Vinci showed us how important it is to combine science, technology and art while always keeping man and his future needs at the centre".
"The launch of the Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine Foundation marks an important moment both in the history of our Group, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, and in the path of dialogue and mutual engagement that has developed in Italy between Industry and Culture, Science and Art", said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo.
The Foundation's numerous initiatives in the pipeline are aimed at: i) promoting projects to enhance the historical and technological heritage, ii) fostering a new "industrial humanism", combining a past rich in industrial successes with an increasingly technological future and promoting the idea of technology at the service of the common good, and iii) increasing territorial attractiveness and development by spreading industrial culture and training.
Palazzo Grazioli - Fondazione Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine
The historic magazine "Civiltà delle Macchine", the official house organ from January 1953 to 1979 of the then Finmeccanica, will begin publication again on a quarterly basis as from May. "Civiltà delle Macchine" – whose contributors included names of the highest prestige such as Giuseppe Ungaretti, Alberto Moravia and Carlo Emilio Gadda - represented, for many years a bridge between humanistic and scientific cultures. The new editorial project has the same objective, with the aim of encouraging dialogue between humanistic and scientific knowledge, and its ambitions run parallel with the future of the Foundation as the ideal place to compare and promote dialogue between Humanism and technology.
Giovanni De Gennaro is Honorary President of the Foundation, while Lorenzo Fiori has been appointed General Manager.