The Paladins Revive the Children’s Hospital in Palermo

On the occasion of the completion of the artistic remodelling of the entrance hall and passageways of the Children’s hospital G. Di Cristina, on the 12th of July at 11.30 a.m. in the presence of the Councillor of Culture Adham Darawsha,

the General Director of ARNAM Roberto Colletti, the Director of U.O.C. Staff Salvatore Caronia, doctor Maria Lucia Furnari presented the project ‘La rinascita dei Palladini’, achieved with the support of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale chaired by Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele.

Artworks by Ida Saitta, curated by professor Giuseppe Ussani d’Escobar, will be exhibited in the Children’s Hospital until the 30th of November.

The ceremony ended with the blessing of Father Pierre Kouadio.

Journalists previewed the project before the institutional opening ceremony in autumn to be held in the presence of Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro and Ambassador to Palermo CulturE nel Mondo. The project was created through a partnership between ARNAS Civico Di Cristina Benefratelli and Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, which has always been engaged in the fields of Health, Scientific Research, Welfare, Education, Art and Culture.

Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, who requested the project, declared, “The artist’s strong tie to the history of Sicily and the Mediterranean region is tangible in Ida Saitta’s poetics. The Paladins and Puppets are the expression of the epic, heroic and chivalrous sprit which, from the medieval chanson de geste  to the great poems by Boiardo and Ariosto, characterised entire literary, music figurative and, in particular, puppet theatre traditions.

Saitta’s works, characterised by the typical colours of the Sicilian Cart and her original distinguishing mark, recount with great stylistic knowledge the working class’s reading grid of reality in the Sicilian imaginary between the ninetieth and twentieth centuries, a reference model for everyday actions and behaviour: ‘I Palladini armati (the armed Paladins)’. This is why the project I strongly desired to implement in a children’s healthcare facility of excellence in Palermo is a feast for the eyes as well as a real historical-anthropological document of the traditional Sicilian culture.”

This ambitious refurbishment project is coordinated by the Associazione Mediterraneum, specifically by Stefania Giacchino and Roberta Navarra, has been designed for the Children’s Hospital and aims to build a large infrastructure with the contribution of the language of art and contemporaneity in accordance with the tie with the history of the city, in a place at the edge of the Arab-Norman itinerary.