Navigandum est pro ventorum flatibus
It is necessary to sail in favor of the wind
FONDAZIONE PIETRO BARBARO
In 2007, for the centenary of the birth of Pietro Barbaro, father of Alfredo and Gianni Barbaro, the Pietro Barbaro Foundation was created.
The Foundation’s primary objective is the promotion of Mediterranean culture, which embodies a plurality of cultural identities, constantly moving, arising from ancient traditions.
Through meetings, social and artistic events, projects and temporary exhibitions, collaborating with higher education institutions, public bodies and private partners, the Foundation pursues its objective in the light of the four founding values.
The values of the Barbaro Foundation:
Our roots in the maritime transport sector and our profound connection to the beauty and diversity of Mediterranean culture have led to the creation of the Fondazione Pietro Barbaro, which we and our institutional partners envision as a cultural harbor, a landing where it is possible to exchange ideas.
The Mediterranean Marine Academy
A center of excellence for professional training and skills development, serving the mediterranean countries. The academy established on the 21st of September 2011 has among its founding members: Fondazione Pietro Barbaro, Pietro Barbaro S.p.A., PB Tankers S.p.A., Formez PA, Nautical colleges of Palermo and Rome and CERISDI. The academy aims to provide support and resources to train the professionals for a modern marine industry.
Pride of the Pietro Barbaro Foundation, our headquarters is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Palermo, Palazzo Trinacria.
Palazzo Trinacria belongs to the Italian cultural heritage.
Famous people have walked through its marvellous corridors, from Giuseppe Garibaldi to Falcone and Borsellino.
Its rooms and the view of the placid sea of Palermo have also inspired writers such as Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, who set some of the highlights of his masterpiece “Il Gattopardo” right here.
The possibility of renovating Palazzo Trinacria has been an honour for us, that we intend to repay with the work that our Foundation arranges every day.
Today Palazzo Trinacria hosts art exhibitions and offers the possibility to hold creative residences in its historical spaces, with the goal of promoting Mediterranean culture in all its beautiful facets.
Palazzo Trinacria in 2020 hosted, for the first time in Sicily, the exhibition “Ritratto di ignoto. L’artista chiamato Bansky” with the sarcastic and subversive messages of the British artist.
During Manifesta, the European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Pietro Barbaro Foundation presented “Baida” video of a performance by Russian artist Taus Makhacheva at Palazzo Trinacria in Palermo.
The Manifesta exhibition opened on the evening of 16 June 2018 and run until 4 November 2018. It attracted a considerable audience, reaching a total of 62,000 visitors and confirming the primary role of Palazzo Trinacria as a center for cultural and territorial heritage promotion.
The Library of the Sea
The Library of the Sea collects over a thousand books dedicated to the literature and culture of the marine.
The Library aims to become one of the most comprehensive libraries in the Mediterranean, soon connected to the system of non-state libraries and open to the public as a meeting place for discussion and exchange.