THE MAISON DE LA PAIX

CASA UNIVERSALE DELLE CULTURE

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture is a place strongly representative, in which will convey the knowledge of the different identities and cultures, structuring permanently initiatives aimed at the spreading of peace, necessary for the shared development.

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture (MdP) is a project conceived by Michele Capasso, approved by many Countries and international organizations. It is an architecture that keeps the memory of many Peace activities which created history, often more than the wars, but it is – above all – a space "to build” Peace.

The architectonical complex has an important symbolic worth: it represents the Countries of the World engaged in the Peace process and the Countries victim of the conflicts.

Proposed by the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison des Alliances – together with the main adherent organizations, such as the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the League of Arab States, the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and others, the MdP represents a referent point for all the ones who dedicate their lives to peace.

The symbol of the MdP is the "Totem for Peace", an artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is promoting all around the world, creating the network of the "Cities for Peace".

The first seat of the MdP was inaugurated on the 14th of June 2010 (Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture) in the historical building of the Grand Hotel de Londres in Naples.

The action of the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture aims at improving the main activities of the "Universal Forum of Cultures" in: Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007), Valparaiso (2010) and Naples (2013).

The Maison de la Paix performs most of the initiatives jointly with the Maison de la Méditerranée.

 

The presentation of Michele Capasso’s book "Nostro Mare Nostro" took place in the main hall of the Da Procida Scientific High School. In attendance there were the Governor of Rotary, teachers and students who showed unanimous appreciation of Michele Capasso’s commitment to the cause of peace. In particular, the students declared that “they had had an emotional experience, that had made a positive mark on their learning pathway”.

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Sisters Tatiana and Andra Bucci, who received the "Totem for Peace" award for the section Memories of the Shoah (as part of the event “Memoriae”) visited the offices of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and were welcomed by  President Michele Capasso.

There was a long and friendly meeting, during which President Capasso “stimulated” the sisters, survivors of the Birkenau camp, to write a book with the voices and the eyes of the two children who lived in a concentration camp for a year, recalling their great joy when a German soldier of the SS, in a rare moment of compassion, offered them a packet of biscuits.

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The initiative, now having reached a second edition, started with the purpose of keeping alive the memory of the Shoah  - especially for the new generations - and, through it, also “memories” which, more than others, have marked humanity’s recent past.

Three sections, one connected to the memory of the Shoah, one to Postmemory and one to other memoirs, were the themes of the event which was held in Naples on the 7th February 2011, at the Filangeri Hall of the TAR of Campania.

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The press conference for the second edition of Memoriae was held at the Fondazione Mediterraneo offices. The event, planned by the Associazione Libera Italiana (A.L.I.), the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Fondazione Valenzi, had the objective of keeping alive, especially among the younger generations, the memory of the Shoah and, through this, also memories which more than others have marked humanity’s recent past.

At the event, which shall take place on the 7th February from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the “Gaetano Filangeri” Hall of the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale of  Campania, contributions shall be made by:  Diego Guida, Assessor for Heritage for the Commune of Naples, Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Pietro Valente, President of the Associazione Libera Italiana no-profit organisation, Lucia Valenzi, President of the Fondazione Valenzi and Nico Pirozzi, coordinator of the event.

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On the occasion of the starting of activities of the "Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture" the work by the Turin sculptor Mario Molinari "Totem of Peace", symbol for the peace in the world, was unveiled.

A red sail, symbol for journey and union, chosen by 187 countries in the world as an image of dialogue and union, created and made by the sculptor of colour, Mario Molinari. The work is displayed on the terrace of the Maison de la Paix, but soon it will also be at the Museo Diocesano in Naples, at the Theatre of San Carlo and in more meaningful places too.

Maurizio Poletti, CEO of Akzonobel attended the ceremony and confirmed his company committment as technical sponsor for the "Totem of Peace in the World".

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