05-31.05.2023 Exhibition "The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union"- Venezia #FestaEuVenezia2023


From May 5th to  May 31st 2023 the exhibition "The Mothers and Founding Fathers of the European Union" has been held at the Portego delle Colonne of the Scuola Grande di San Marco, Civil Hospital SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, which can be visited by citizens every day from 6.45am to 9pm. The exhibition is organized by Europe Direct Venezia Veneto of the Municipality of Venice in collaboration with theScuola Grande di San Marco and the Ulss 3 Serenissima company.

The inauguration was held on Friday 5 May at 12.30 in the presence of the authorities and citizens.

The initiative is included in the official program of the Europe Day in Venice 5-31 May 2023

Inauguration program:
Edgardo Contato
, Director General of ULSS 3 Serenissima
Andrea Tomaello, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Venice
Mario Po', Director of the Cultural and Museum Pole of the Scuola Grande di San Marco
Francesca Vianello, Head of the Europe Direct Venezia Veneto service of the Municipality of Venice
Presentation of the exhibition, students of the Liceo Stefanini of Venice
The exhibition is an exhibition itinerary made up of twenty-two panels in Italian and English that illustrate the figures of women and men who have contributed, with their constant commitment, to transforming the European Union from a dream into reality.
The Europe Direct Venezia Veneto service, an information point of the European Union active in the Veneto region, offers the educational exhibition "The Mothers and Founding Fathers of the European Union", based on official documentation from the European Commission.
Citizens have been able to visit the exhibition with free admission every day from 6.45am to 9.00pm.

The exhibition is dedicated to the 8 women and 13 men - visionary leaders - who inspired the creation of the European Union we live in today.
Without their commitment and motivation, we could not live in the context of peace and stability that we take for granted today. Resistance fighters or lawyers and parliamentarians, the pioneers of the EU were a diverse group of people moved by the same ideals: peace, unity and prosperity in Europe.
In addition to the pioneers presented below, many others inspired the European project and worked tirelessly to realize it.

The Founding Mothers:    

Marga Klompé,
Nilde Iotti,
Anna Lindh,
Melina Mercouri,
Nicole Fontaine,
Ursula Hirschmann,
Louise Weiss,
Simone Veil

Founding Fathers

Konrad Adenauer,
Joseph Bech,
Johan Willem Beyen,
Winston Churchill,
Alcide De Gasperi,
Walter Hallstein,
Sicco Mansholt,
Jean Monnet,
Robert Schuman,
Paul-Henri Spaak,
Altiero Spinelli,
Helmut Kohl,
François Mitterand

A common thread running through the exhibition is the conviction of these men and women that the peoples of Europe, while remaining proud of their national identity and history, were determined to overcome ancient divisions and build their common destiny together. The exhibition consists of 21 panels and combines drawings and photographs with a series of bilingual texts, written in Italian and English, in order to reach national and international audiences.

Visit the official page of the European Commission

For more informations:

Europe Direct del Comune di Venezia
Via Spalti 28, Mestre-Venezia
numero verde 800 496200

Scuola Grande di San Marco
tel. 041 5294323


Ultimo aggiornamento: 26/05/2023 ore 09:37