The Jakarta Post
A long red dress is currently on display at the Glass Lobby of the National Museum in Central Jakarta. At a glance, it looks similar to other leather dresses, but the caption reads that it is actually a VegeaTextile product made from wine industry residues.
The Ecologicdress is among the installations featured at an exhibition titled “Italy: The Beauty of Knowledge”.
Opened on Tuesday, the exhibition will run until March 31 and it marks the beginning of a series of activities held by the Italian Embassy in Jakarta to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indonesia-Italy bilateral relations.
Italian ambassador to Indonesia Vittoria Sandalli said during a press conference on Tuesday that they had planned other events involving art and culture, mentioning that the “Italy: The Beauty of Knowledge” exhibition was chosen to introduce a different side of Italy to Indonesians.
While Italy is well-known for its art and culture, the country also made contributions in science and technology. For instance, 50 percent of the pressurized volume of the International Space Station was built by Italian industries and scientists.
“Here, at the National Museum of Indonesia, we are proud to present the contributions of Italian research and innovation to the creation of new possibilities [to] enhance social well-being and awareness, both locally and globally,” said Sandalli.
Speaking about the exhibition, curator Carla Giusti explained that “Italy: The Beauty of Knowledge” featured five scientific areas, namely health, environment, space, food and nutrition and cultural heritage.
Each area comprises both past achievements and current technologies, such as replicas of Galileo Galilei’s telescope and Cosmo Sky-Med, an Earth observation satellite space-based radar system, in a Space area.
Moreover, the exhibition also features other interesting science and technology products, including the Azzurra Robotic Hand and Thumbio.
The former is a robotic hand with sensory and control systems embedded in palm and fingers, while the latter is a bioplastic immobilization bandage made from starch and waste of mozzarella.
These installations came from four science museums in Italy: Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza (Naples), Museo Galileo (Florence), Museo delle Scienza (Trento) and Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci" (Milan).
“We do not [highlight] a single project, researcher or brand. Instead, we want to tell a story [and] show the process,” said Giusti.
She referred to the Cinturato P7 tire by Pirelli, saying that despite it being produced by Milan-based multinational company Pirelli, the tire was an achievement in technology as it was able to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
In regard to the 70th anniversary of Indonesia-Italy bilateral relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Europe I Affairs director Dino R. Kusnadi said the Indonesian Embassy in Rome would also host several events focusing on Indonesia’s creative economy, such as fashion, food, handicrafts and small and medium enterprises.
"Italy: The Beauty of Knowledge" is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (wng)
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