PASSION FOR LIFE : Biennale Florence 2007

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In December 2007, as one of Canada’s chosen artist, Gaber accepted to represent once again Canada and display his most recent art work design, during one of the most prestigious European exhibition, the 6th Edition Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, in Florence, Italy.

Over 840 artists from 76 nations exhibited more than 2500 artworks. The International Scientific Committee, composed of over 20 members, evaluated the works in the categories of painting, sculpture, graphic, mixed media, installation, photography and digital art.

During the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Antoine Gaber had the opportunity to meet and discuss with several world renown Artists.

Gaber had the opportunity during the Florence Biennale to discuss his art with several Art Critics, Art Historian, Museum directors and art critics.

Some of the Italian and Foreign Government representatives, such as President of the Health Commission and Social Politics of Florence, the Ambassador of Mexico in Italy, and Honorary Consul of México in Florence, specially recognized Gaber artwork and fundraising initiative and program “Passion for Life “.

Stefano Francolini, Art Historian and Critic, Direttore settore restauro Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, Italy, with impressionist artist painter Antoine Gaber.

Internationally renowned artists Gilbert & George from London, England with impressionist Artist painter Antoine Gaber during the Florence Biennale.

Tim Marlow, Exhibition Director of the White Cube Gallery in London, and founder of the Tate Magazine with impressionist Artist painter Antoine Gaber during the Florence Biennale.

From right to left: Dominique Edouard Bacheler, art history professor and art critic, Paris, Prof. Matty Roca, Critic, art Historian (Mexico), and also a Member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA) , with impressionist artist painter Antoine Gaber.

From left to right: Prof. Pasquale Celona, President of the Florence Biennale, Hollywood actress Anne Archer' and founder of “Artist for Human Rights” with Artist and cancer researcher Antoine Gaber founder of “Passion for Life” program.

Prof. Giampaolo Trotta, Art Critic, Exhibition curator, Florence, Italy, with impressionist artist painter Antoine Gaber.

From right to left: Susanna Agostini, President of the Health Commission and Social Politics of Florence, Prof. Giampaolo Trotta, Art Critic, Exhibition curator, Florence, Italy, with Antoine Gaber with one of his Italian model.

Internationally renowned artists Gilbert & George from London, England with impressionist Artist painter Antoine Gaber during the Florence Biennale.

The official Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea 6th Edition Catalogue 2007 distributed to several Art Museum and Art Galleries around the world also containing Antoine Gaber Listing and Artwork.

In 2005, the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea of Florence joined Antoine Gaber as Artistic Partner, bringing art to life in support of cancer awareness and research with Gaber’s “Passion for Life” Program.

As one of the Florence Biennale collateral events, and as a follow up from the last 2 years, Antoine Gaber was invited as one of the key speakers to present an update on his International artistic fundraising efforts immediately following Hollywood actress Anne Archer’s presentation titled “Artists for Human Rights” fundraising initiative.

Prior to the day of conference the President and Director of the Florence Biennale of Florence Prof. Pasquale and Piero Celona invited a few very special VIP guests to a private dinner event to have the opportunity to discuss with the guest speakers the support of the Florence Biennale to the charitable activities such as “Artists for Human Rights”, “Passion for Life” and the role of the Meyer Pediatric Hospital Foundation supported by Gaber’s fundraising initiative “Passion for Life”.

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Antoine Gaber, Canadian artist and cancer researcher, and founder of the Passion for Life Program, amongst other things organizes art exhibitions around the world. International artists contribute to the Program by exhibiting their artworks in prestigious locations with the aim of both fundraising for cancer research, raise awareness and prevention of the disease. In every Country where exhibitions take place, collateral events are organized and funds raised are given to the local Charity related to cancer.

Supporting by their stage presence Antoine Gaber in his lecture were the President of the Biennale, Pasquale Celona, the Director of the Biennale, Piero Celona and Hollywood actress Anne Archer who, in the same day awarded the Biennale with the prize. Artists for Human Rights”, for having sustained the United Nations program “Dialogue between civilizations” to which the Biennale has officially participated since 2001.

Gaber’s presentation on cancer worldwide had an important impact especially during his interactive session with the public. Antoine Gaber asked the public to raise their hands if anyone has cancer, knew someone with cancer in their own Family or friends, and to raise two hands if they knew more than one. The significant show of two hands raised was a chock to all the participating audience and brought the message home and increased the awareness on how cancer affect our lives not only all around us within our Families and friends but as well around the world. The emotion level in the audience was at his highest when Gaber asked if there were any cancer survivors within the audience. A few hands were raised; Gaber took the opportunity to recognize those very special individuals and their amazing achievements to have successfully beat the odds of dying of this terrible disease. Gaber highlighted why Passion for Life Program is important to make a difference in our own life by raising awareness and early prevention of cancer but also through increase research to find a cure.

The emotion level in the audience was at his highest when Gaber asked if there were any cancer survivors within the audience. A few hands were raised; Gaber took the opportunity to recognize those very special individuals and their amazing achievements to have successfully beat the odds of dying of this terrible disease.

Antoine Gaber during his presentation and update about his Program Passion For Life during the colateral events held during the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea of Florence, Italy

Supporting by their stage presence Antoine Gaber in his lecture were Hollywood actress Anne Archer, the President of the Biennale, Pasquale Celona, the Director of the Biennale, Piero Celona.

Antoine Gaber was delighted to be able to acknowledge during his presentation some of the “Passion for Life” artists who were also participating and present during the Biennale.

During his presentation Antoine Gaber highlighted his Passion for life Fashion line as a fundraising tool in support of his program. He also had the opportunity to present on stage one of his Italian Fashion Model who inspired him to produce his first Mixed Media artwork who was featured on stage during his presentation while his Model presented one of his Fashion Line “Passion for Life” silk Shawls.

As a token of Gaber’s appreciation of Hollywood actress Anne Archer, and on behalf of all the participating “Passion for Life” Artists, Gaber presented as a gift to Anne Archer, his Passion for Life art book and one of his most favorite fashion line Passion for Life silk Shawl.

At the end of his presentation, Gaber concluded, that only as a unified International Artistic Force in support of cancer awareness and research we will be able to cure this disease. He invited all other attending Biennale Artists to join and further expand “Passion for Life” Fundraising Program around the world.

Antoine Gaber’s conference on his Program update “Passion for Life”, stimulated the interest of the broadcast Television to take the opportunity to interview the artist and cancer researcher as well as some of the VIP guests such as: the President of the Health Commission and Social Politics of Florence, the Secretary of the Meyer Hospital Foundation, the President and the Director of the Florence Biennale of Florence, and the Biennale Passion for Life event Coordinator.

The main topic of the interviews and discussions were surrounding the use of the art through the Biennale of Florence and the “Passion for Life” Program, as an International vehicle to bring an important message to the world to increase awareness and prevention of cancer and support the fundraising to fight this terrible disease. As a prevention strategy the limitation of use of the nuclear becomes important around the world as still today in Japan after the Hiroshima atomic bomb disaster, 63 years later, the incidence of cancer in children are still a big concern. Some of the Pediatric Hospitals in Japan are currently collaborating through research with the Meyer Pediatric Hospital in Florence, to look at treatment and prevention of cancer in the Japanese children.

Television interview of Fabrizio Borghini from TOSCANA -TV: President of the Florence Biennale, Pasquale Celona, the Director of the Biennale, Piero Celona, Susanna Agostini President of the Health Commission and Social Politics of Florence, Alessandro Benedetti, Secretary of the Meyer Hospital Foundation, Angelina Herrera Florence Biennale Passion for Life Coordinator of events, Vito Abba Press Office, and Artist Painter and cancer researcher Antoine Gaber.

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Prof Piero Celona, Director of the Florence Biennale with Artist and cancer researcher Antoine Gaber with a recognition award”, for his humanitarian effort professed in the fight against cancer.

At the conclusion of the Florence Biennale 2007 Award Ceremony, Prof. Pasquale Celona, President, and Piero Celona, Vice President of the Florence Biennale, awarded Antoine Gaber, Canadian, international impressionist artist painter, and cancer researcher with a recognition award for his humanitarian effort professed in the fight against cancer.