Enel brings Italian Art to Brazil

Published on Friday, 27 November 2015

An exhibition featuring the paintings of two of the greatest Italian masters, Guido Reni and Francesco Barbieri, was inaugurated yesterday at the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The transfer of the paintings - depicting the "Saint Sebastian tended by Irene" by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666) and "Saint Sebastian" by Guido Reni (1575-1642) - from the Capitoline Museums and the national art gallery in Bologna, was in fact organized thanks to the commitment of Enel Green Power. The exhibition, that will run from November 27th to March 16th 2016,

It is part of the celebrations of the the Year of Italy in Latin America and those for the 450 years since the founding of Rio de Janeiro.

The Enel Group can boast a strong presence in the Country in the generation of renewable and conventional sources and likewise in distribution. ‘We consider ourselves Brazilian citizens what with our industrial, environmental and social commitments to the Country’, Enel Green Power CEO Francesco Venturini declared. Through this exhibition and other initiatives throughout the world we are supporting the cultural exchange between Countries, as well as the spread of knowledge and awareness of Italy’s cultural and artistic heritage – Venturini went on to say.  Art for us becomes a driving force for the global values that comprise beauty, excellence and history, part of the message to be passed on to future generations as cornerstones of tomorrow’s world’. The exhibition, financed by EGP, is also the result of a partnership between the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Brazil, and is supported by Enel Brazil.

The success of the inaugurative event only goes to confirm the popularity of Italian art in Brazil, a cultural synergy that goes hand-in-hand with the development of industrial activities. Indeed, the bond between Enel and Brazil continues to strengthen, as confirmed by Enel Green Power's securement November 25th of a thirty-year concession for the management of two already operating hydro plants with a total installed capacity of 40 MW. The two power plants, Paranapanema (32 MW) in the State of São Paulo, and Mourão I (8 MW) in the State of Parana, are capable of generating almost 270 GWh per year. Enel Green Power plans to invest more than 160 million reais (about 40 million US dollars) in the concession.

In Brazil, in particular, EGP already manages 93 MW of hydroelectric power, 313 MW of wind and 12 others MW of solar power.