Exhibition - The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union - Liceo Classico R. Franchetti in Mestre-Venezia


Exhibition opening

11.00 Liceo Classico R. Franchetti
Corso del Popolo 82, Mestre-Venice
Free entry

Opening of the show: Monday 6 May at 11.00am

From 6 to 31 May 2019 the showThe Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union at the Liceo Classico Franchetti of Mestre-Venezia. Entrance is free from 8.00 to 14.00, from Monday to Saturday.

Europe Direct Venezia Veneto, the information point of the European Union active in the Venetian territory, proposes the didactic exhibition “The Founding Mothers and Fathers of the European Union”, which merges two exhibition paths: that of the Founding Fathers on official documentation of the European Commission and that of the Founding Mothers of a project of the University La Sapienza of Rome, fruit of the work of the researcher Maria Pia Di Nonno (with portraits of Giulia Del Vecchio), for which the Department for European Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers collaborates in the national circulation.
The opening of the exhibition is held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11 am at the Aula Magna of the Liceo Classico R.franchetti in Mestre-Venezia. The inauguration is open to citizens and is an opportunity to talk about the European Union between past and future.

Programme of the Opening:

- Davide Frisoli, Dean of the Bruno-Franchetti Institute
- Francesca Vianello of the Europe Direct service of the City of Venice
- Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Director of the Venice Office of the Council of Europe
- Animation by students of classes IV and II of the Institute.


The exhibition is dedicated to the 9 women and 11 men who inspired the creation of the European Union in which we live today.

Founding Mothers:

Louise Weiss
Ada Rossi
Maria De Unterrichter
Ursula Hirschmann
Sophie Scholl
Eliane Vogel Polsky
Fausta Deshormes
Simone Veil Jacob
Sofia Corradi

Founding Fathers:

Konrad Adenauer
Joseph Bech
Johan Willem Beyen
Winston Churchill
Alcide De Gasperi
Walter Hallstein
Sicco Mansholt
Jean Monnet
Rovert Schuman
Paul-Henri Spaak
Altiero Spienelli

The main intention of the exhibition is to emphasize how these women and men were convinced that the people of Europe, while remaining proud of their identity and their national history, were determined to overcome the old divisions and build together their common destiny.

The exhibition is divided into 17 panels which combine drawings and photographs to a series of bilingual texts, written in Italian and English, in order to reach national and international audiences.
The exhibition was produced and launched on the occasion of  Europe Day on May 9, 2014 in Venice. From that date it is touring around the territory:


Opening hours of the exibition:
6-31 May 2019
08.00-14.00 from Monday to Saturday
Corso del Popolo 82
Free entrance
Some photos of the opening cerimony:
For information:
Europe Direct del Comune di Venezia
numero verde 800 496200
fax 041 2748182