domenica, novembre 19, 2006

History, Art and Fashion of Italian Footwear

"Arte Che Cammina" exhibition or Walking Art

The Seoul Times, Sunday, November 19, 2006
The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute will host "Arte Che Cammina" exhibition or "Walking Art: History, Art and Fashion of Italian Footwear" at Seoul Olympic Museum in Bangi-dong, eastern part of Seoul on Nov. 23-17, 2006. Curators for the "Walking Art" exhibition are Luciano Calosso and Enrica Barbano.

There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 (Thursday), 2006 in the Lobby Lounge on the first floor of the Seoul Olympic Museum.

This exhibition, which was presented in Seoul in the previous months, has added in its new version hosted at the Seoul Olympic Museum some very special footwear: a pair of shoes belonging to internationally famous football player Francesco Totti, hero of all soccer fans worldwide.

Moreover in this special edition of the exhibition "Walking Art" two pairs of women's shoes by ROSSIMODA will be offered as prizes in a lucky draw.

The exhibition offers a five-century tour in the history, design and creativity of Italian footwear. Aiming at appreciating and preserving the handicraft history of Our Country it presents the historical and sociological development of the Italian footwear industry.

The exhibition – in its three sections: History, Italian Handicraft and Haute Couture - offers an overall unprecedented and interesting journey into the history of costume and tell of the development of footwear as objects of design and fashion as well as showing how inventions and projects have modified the way of considering them more and more as necessary accessories. They also present film and advertisement posters that by showing the customs and lifestyles of an era have become part of our cultural heritage.

Our ancestors started wearing some sort of "shoes" to protect their naked feet when moving from place to place. However it is impossible to determine precisely when man started to produce them.

Italian footwear is the result of high level handicraft as to manufacturing technique, creativity and research of new materials, which shows that artists have always been in tune with the atmosphere of the times. The Italian style is based on the awareness that our ancient civilization relies on art, culture, region, handicraft and manufacturing ability.

Italian man and woman's haute couture footwear charmingly represents the Italian style at its best, highly appreciated everywhere for its refined details, choice of materials and ability to adapt an ever-changing technological research to handicraft manufactures .

The exhibition avails itself of the contribution of the Italian firms : ROSSIMODA SpA and ARDITI.


From a small workshop on the shores of the river Brenta to the temple of French luxury. Luigino Rossi, owner of ROSSIMODA, has built up history around his shoes creating innovative as well as practical models. ROSSIMODA currently creates, produces and distributes luxurious footwear worldwide for: Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, Loewe, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, Donna Karan Collection, Celine.


Since 1950 Ulderico Arditi has supplied with his shoes the major Italian theatres that use models created by the greatest Italian and foreign costume artists and has manufactured footwear of all kind for costumes in films and dramas. His shoes stand out in the show-business as "works of art" thus showing the Italian genius, inspiration and intuition at their best.

For further information, articles on the exhibition or interviews, please contact:

Seoul Olympic Museum
Tel: 02-410-1051~5

Italian Cultural Institute
Tel : 02-796-0634


venerdì, novembre 17, 2006

1st Int'l Seminar on Dyslexia on Nov. 25

Director Luigino Zecchin of the Italian Cultural Institute in Seoul

The Seoul Times, Friday, November 17, 2006
With this event the Italian Cultural Institute enters a field which is not part of ts own activities, mainly related to the promotion of music, art, design and cuisine. The seminars organized up to now have been scientifically and technologically oriented.

This event however has a different character and the attention towards such an important social and educational issue deserves to be appreciated and supported. Korea and Italy are together to deal with the problem of dyslexia. According to some surveys about 4% of the global population is affected by dyslexic isturbances with a higher percentage in those countries where the writing system is more complex or irregular. The same surveys also state that in Italy the rate in schooling age is around 5%. In the USA the percentage is up to 8-10%.

It is clear that this phenomenon affects us all in some way or other, therefore first of all it has to be recognised, then analysed and dealt with in the right way so as to help those who suffer from these neurological symptoms. The diagnosis of these disturbances is more delicate as the most frequent signs of dyslexia are revealed during the first school years. If they are misinterpreted they produce misjudgements of disability in learning which in turn generate generic labelling of "difficult learning cases." Dyslexic disturbances however are not accompanied by intellectual deficit; on the contrary dyslexic children have an above average IQ.

The seminar consists of a lecture by Prof. Giacomo Stella, Director of the Institue of Research on Dyslexia at Modena-Reggio Emilia University, and other speeches of Korean experts in various medical fields.

This can be considered as a first step in the cooperation between the two Countries in a sector where there is still much room for research and further investigation on the field.

The main objective is to make the professional and educational workers, as well as the public opinion, aware of the problem of dyslexia, promote research and training in the health service and in schools, offer the dyslexic patients and their families a reference point to get information, assistance and rehabilitation opportunities.


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