• The project

    30th April 2016

    In order to forge closer and closer ties with the local area, the Bracco Foundation and Spin collaborated with the City Council of Torviscosa on the digitisation of the Historical Archives SNIA, which represented a milestone for Italian social and economic history, as a genuine "new town" complete with residential buildings and all the services a community would need was built around the factory. The digitisation of architectural drawings and historical photos, documenting all that creative fervour, will create a lasting memory of the impressive work undertaken.

    The impressive archive, now open to the public, consists of over 2,000 drawings, 7,700 photographic sheets and 1,200 negatives from photographic film. A "sample" of this heritage is presented in the exhibition "Labor omnia vincit", inaugurated on 30th April and open until 2nd October 2016 in the space of the CID of Torviscosa, accompanied by the backstage of work in progress, in order to show everyone how much care and attention is required to carry out the preservation and keep our past alive. 

    On the 15th July 2016, to celebrate the end of the digitisation project, the Bracco Foundation organised a free concert for the city of Torviscosa with the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala conducted by Maestro Pietro Mianiti.


    Conclusion of the digitisation project and concert of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala

    The Bracco Foundation along with Spin and the City Council of Torviscosa presented in 2016 the vast project of iconographic archive digitisation of the SNIA Viscosa.


    Diana Bracco presents the SNIA digital archive

    As part of the project to relaunch the Torviscosa industrial site in Friuli, Diana Bracco, president of the Bracco Foundation, illustrated the project for computerising the archives of Snia and CID (Centro Informazione Documentazione).

  • What we have done
    14th November 2015

    Announcement of the project as part of the "XIV Settimana della Cultura d’Impresa di Confindustria"

    The digitisation project of the historical archive SNIA in Torviscosa was described by the President of the Bracco Foundation, Diana Bracco on Saturday the 14th of November 2015 within the Conference "Prospects for Torviscosa, between industrial revival and preservation of historical heritage" which was attended, among others, by the Minister of the Environment Gian Luca Galletti together with the President of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Debora Serracchiani. The SNIA and CID (Centro Informazione Documentazione-Documentation Information Centre) archives are composed of more than 1800 drawings and 10 thousand slabs which will soon be accessible in digital format.

    During her speech, Diana Bracco said: "I think the case of Spin in Torviscosa represents an emblematic example of the positive osmosis between industry, the local area and the environment. We have re-launched a strategic production area for Italian manufacturing, and the arrival of new investment and jobs rewards the courage that we have had to tackle such a large operation of industrial archaeology". 

    The day in Torviscosa, organised as part of the Confindustria's 14th week of business culture, also saw the inauguration of two exhibitions entitled "When Italy had factories" and "Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Torre Viscosa". 

    30th April 2016

    Opening of the exhibition "Labor omnia vincit. Portraits of life and work from the photographic archive of the SNIA Viscosa"

    The photographic exhibition traces the peculiar history of the origin of the self-sufficient town-factory of Torviscosa and at the same time presents an exceptional historical, artistic and socio-anthropological heritage. The materials on display belong to the photographic archive of the SNIA Viscosa, collected since the early 1930s to document the activities of its factories and, in the particular case of Torviscosa, also the transformation of the small rural village of Torre di Zuino into the new and industrial "città della cellulosa" (city of cellulose). The most important subjects of the exhibition are the women and men, labourers and workers, who took part in this transformation, portrayed during their work or breaktimes, but also in the private and daily life. The photos were taken by well-known and revered photographers: Vincenzo Aragozzini, Studio Crimella of Milan, the Agenzia fotografica internazionale of Venice.

    15th July 2016

    Conclusion of the digitisation project and concert of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala

    The Bracco Foundation along with Spin and the City Council of Torviscosa presented the vast project of iconographic archive digitisation of the SNIA Viscosa, around which the town of Torviscosa was built, current seat of the SPIN facility of the Bracco Group, in collaboration with the City Council of Torviscosa, with Debora Serracchiani, President of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region.

    The foundation offered the city a concert from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, to celebrate with the talented young musicians the value of memories, of historical narration, of our past, which everyone can now enjoy.

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