Bologna Sister City Italian Excellence Opening Reception

September 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Suzanne Fields Ballroom

Presented in partnership with the Portland-Bologna Sister City Association.

To honor the 15th anniversary of the Portland-Bologna Sister City relationship, Mayor Merola of Bologna is coming to Portland. This visit coincides with the exhibition Italian Excellence: Illustrations for Gianni Rodari, an important exhibition featuring original illustrations for famed author Gianni Rodari’s books, on loan from Bologna.

Join the Portland-Bologna Sister City Association for a reception and visit with Mayor Merola and a tour of the exhibition.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available for advance purchase now. Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and entrance to the exhibition There will also be a cash bar.

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On view September 7 – November 10, 2019, Italian Excellence: Illustrations for Gianni Rodari is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco and Bologna Fiere, with the support of the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, Portland City Hall, City of Bologna, Regione Emilia Romagna, and Portland-Bologna Sister City Association. Curated by Giannino Stoppani Cultural Collective, Accademia Drosselmeier.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Giulia Orecchia, A teatro con Gianni Rodari, digital collage.
Giulia Orecchia, At the Theater with Gianni Rodari, 2018, digital collage.