History and Achievements
Luigi Bellini was born in Florence, Italy, and belongs to an 11th generation dynasty of antique dealers. The Bellini family’s love for Florence can be seen through their rebuilding of the bridge of S. Trinita in 1955, which was destroyed during the last war, as well as through their creation of the Florence Antique Bienniale, that brought Florence back into the limelight of the international cultural market.
1968: Bellini's first organized exhibition of modern art, showcasing artists such as Modigliani, Medardo Rosso, and Severini.
1969: Held the first retrospective exhibition of Giacomo Manzu, with over 100 works displayed.
1970: Founded the "Great Contemporary Art Association", and is currently the president.
1973: Organizes the first international exhibition in Assisi titled "Peace Among the Great Artists", which includes over 300 works of the Greek sculptors including Manzu and Moore. Develops cultural, economic, and tourist center for the Region of Umbria. Following its creation, there was a success of over 700,000 visitors, which granted Bellini Honorary citizenship of Assisi along with keys to the city, and a gold medal from the Region of Umbria.
1974: Gold medal from the city of Naples.
1975: Organizes a retrospective of Giacomo Manzu in Rome at the ILA (Institute Italio-Latin American), then headed by his family friend, the President Prof. Amyntor Fanfani. On this occasion he also receives an important recognition from the city of Rome as winner of the gold medal SPQR for tourism, culture, economy, and youth policies. The same year, Bellini was commissioned by President Giovanni Leone as the cultural advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, and proceeded to make numerous trips to the Presidents in Persia, Russia, and America. He guested at the white house in Washington D.C. as the Cultural Counselor of the Presidency of the Italian Republic.
1977: Appointed President of the Commission to the Ministry of Fomento (Ministry of Development) at the official request of the President of the Republic of Venezuela, under which he creates an official organization for anthropological research and study called UPAAV (Union de Arte de Peritos Antiguida de Venezuela) for the purpose of studying the economy as assessing state assets for tourism. He is also appointed the Chair of Italian Renaissance Studies at the University Simon Bolivar in Caracas.
1979: Founded the cultural center "Florence in Flordia" for the development of Italians abroad and their economy. Following its creation, Bellini is deemed an honorary citizen of Miami.
1984: Organizes "The Great Masters and the New Cultural Frontiers", launching the manifesto "New Renaissance", signed by over 100 illustrious painters, sculptors, scholars, economists, journalists, and doctors. Important initiatives followed in 1983 when Bellini was requested by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to exhibit the "Madonna del Parto" by Piero della Francesca. This led to the creation of "Committee Micro-Italy", a structure used to promote "hidden treasures" of the immense cultural and artistic heritage of Italy.
1985: Elected president of the International Medici, as well as the prize "Francesco Datini" City of Prato, for his efforts in economics.
1991: Promotes the international biennial "Antiques of the World" in Rome with 80,000 admissions.
1992: Promotes the International Antiques "Antiques in Venice" with 40,000 admissions.
1993: Promotes Palais des Expositions "Antiques of the World" in Rome.
1994: International Exhibition of Antiques "La Versilia" held in the famous complex of Marina di Pietrasants. Naple's Castel dell'Ovo organizes the International Antiques Biennial "Antiques in Naples" in October. Second edition of "Antiques in Venice" that sees the city engaged in a historic moment. First edition of the European Antiques Biennial at the Doge's palace in Genoa.
1995: Bellini presents his book entitled 900 years, which explains the path followed by the Knight's Templar in the Holy Land from Paris via St. Peter and St. Paul.
1995/1996: His extensive role in international culture and economy led to his collaboration with many TV programs including RAI 1, "One Morning", and TMC.
1996: Fourth International "Antiques in Venice" held in the prestigious Palazzo Morosini Sagredo in Venice on the Grand Canal, with 50,000 attendees. Fifth annual International Biennial "Antiques in Naples" at Castel dell'Ovo, with an attendance of 90,000.
1997: Forth International Biennial "Antiques of the World" in Rome. The International antiques fair in Acona.
1998: Guest on Channel 5 with the program conducted by MT Ruta.
1999: Appointed Director of "Firenze SPA Shows", which deals with the most prestigious exhibitions in the city of Florence.
2000: Began his commitment to CONFARTE as National President. Political head of the NAFC (National Association of Federal Circles). Elected Secretary General for Social Policy and organizational economics. Became National President of AAPA (Association of Professional Register Antiques).
2001: Continues work as lecturer on issues of economy, culture, and development.
August 2004: Signed the contract of collaboration, academic exchanges, and cultural relations between Wuxi Ocean College and CEU.
May 2004: Museum of Imperial Ming Nanjing in China opens its doors to the Bellini Collection of Florence and holds exhibition titled "Bellini Collection Presents the Renaissance of Florence". This is the first exhibition at the Imperial Museum that showcases western art. The inauguration had 2000 guests, and had the highest authorities of the city of Nanjing and the Republic of China in attendance. The collection also toured to the Museums of Shanghai and Shenzhen Canton, Dailian, Macao, and Hong Kong. On May 10, Bellini was appointed superintendent of the city of Tianjin to rebuild an area renovating the original Italian city of 1920.
2004: Began the commercial and cultural relations between Italy and China, making numerous trips between the Chinese provinces and italy. Organizes the first exhibition in the world within a museum in Nanjing Ming called "The Bellini Collection of Florence Presents the Renaissance", with 2000 guests in attendance to the inauguration.
"IL MUSEO BELLINI DI FIRENZE È UNO SCRIGNO DI CAPOLAVORI"
Il popolare magazine ADToday ha intervistato il Professor Luigi Bellini e racconta il Museo Bellini con uno straordinario articolo corredato di splendidi scatti fotografici.