7,000 Islands is a collection of giclées featuring artworks by Italian contemporary artists. The portfolio, printed by the famed Bulla printing studio in Rome, is a limited edition with only 25 numbered copies. The project is initiated by outgoing Italian Ambassador, art collector, and writer, Giorgio Guglielmino, to cap his four-year stint in the country and pay homage to its remarkable culture and resilience.
7,000 Islands is not for sale but is rather gifted to key government officials and individuals who were instrumental in strengthening relations between Italy and the country. These include: Foreign Minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio, DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s Tina Colayco, Margarita Fores who has constantly enhanced and promoted Italian cuisine, Ben Chan and Florence Ko for the importation of the best brands of Italian furniture design by their firms, Nedy Tantoco for the Italian fashion brands at Rustan’s, and Boots Herrera of the Ateneo Art Gallery for the creation of the “Embassy of Italy Award”.
During his time in the Philippines, the Ambassador has been a stalwart supporter of the arts and culture scene. The Embassy of Italy, through the initiative of Ambassador Guglielmino, hosted several art exhibitions (one of the most notable: Arte Povera at Met Museum), supported art events (notably Art Fair Philippines), and wrote/launched the book “The Originals: 30 Artists that Shaped Contemporary Art”.
The portfolio features the works of Italian contemporary artists, including Micol Assael, Ra Di Martino, and Nunzio Di Stefano, who freely interpreted the theme of “island” as a physical and metaphorical place and a cultural tribute to the country of more than 7,000 islands. Ambassador Guglielmino, together with Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat wrote the texts accompanying the artworks of the three Italian artists.
“The prints were made with the highest professionalism and sincere participation on the part of the Italian artists from the point of view of what ‘7,000 islands’ represents. From my perspective, it is a concrete sign of how culture brings two countries like Italy and the Philippines closer,” Ambassador Guglielmino stated.
The “7,000 Islands” limited-edition portfolio is Ambassador Guglielmino’s parting gift to the country for the warmth and hospitality of its people.