(Italian-English version only)
Duration: 42:16 Minutes

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The launch of PASSION FOR LIFE fundraising event in Florence under the patronage of City of Florence was initiated in June 2006 in support the Meyer Paediatric Hospital, Department of Hemato-Oncology to raise cancer awareness and raise additional funds for cancer research.

Antoine Gaber with the spectacular view from the Terrace of the Baglioni Hotel, Florence

PASSION FOR LIFE Exhibition at the Baglioni Hotel, Florence

Gaber’s PASSION FOR LIFE program received a significant Italian media coverage, and support from important Government Authorities and corporate Sponsors. Most importantly 18 internationally recognized artists from 13 Countries joined Gaber’s PASSION FOR LIFE fundraising program in support of cancer research. A PASSION FOR LIFE art catalogue containing all participants was created especially for this event and was made available during the whole period of the event.

Gaber’s PASSION FOR LIFE press conference about the Program was held in Florence was covered by an important number of journalists. Gaber speech deeply resonated with the journalists. Gaber’s PASSION FOR LIFE program later received a significant support and coverage from the Italian media.

Antoine Gaber during the PASSION FOR LIFE Press Conference Launch and some of the TV interviews with the Italian Media in Florence.

Gaber had the opportunity to also visit the Meyer Paediatric Hospital, Department of Hemato-Oncology and meet with the Chief of staff of the department as well as the Foundation management to discuss the ongoing paediatric cancer research and Hospital expansion project.

During Gaber stay in Florence, an exclusive personal invitation was made by the President of the Health Commission and Social Politics of Florence to Gaber to visit the very exclusive section the Palazzo Vecchio Museum, section generally reserved to the Head of States visitors. Gaber was honoured by this kind gesture of recognition by the officials of Florence and their support of the PASSION FOR LIFE fundraising Program.

One of the first key event for the PASSION FOR LIFE fundraising official inauguration was an exclusive Gala Dinner on the splendid terrace of the famous Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence. Several distinguished guests and corporate sponsors attended the event which was also hosted by one of the famous Italian Radio broadcaster.

During this Gala Dinner, the Management officials of the Meyer Paediatric Hospital Foundation and Hospital presented to Gaber a Recognition Award for Gaber’s PASSION FOR LIFE fundraising program in support of cancer research for the paediatric Hematology-Oncology department.

Gaber was also invited to meet some of the famous art critics and Historian of Florence to discuss his art and PASSION FOR LIFE fundraising program in support of cancer research.


(available only in Italian)
Duration 2:10 Minutes
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Dott. Prof. Stefano Francolini famous Art Critic and Historian, Director of the Restoration Department at the Opificio delle Pietre dure in Florence with Artist Antoine Gaber

In preparation of Gaber’s Fashion Line launch during the exclusive Grand Gala evening in Florence, Gaber was invited to attend the rehearsal of the very specially created choreography incorporating gaber Fashion line, by the famous Directors of the Florence Dance Festival Marga Nativo and Keith Ferrone at the Villa Medicea della Petraia.

View of Villa Medicea della Petraia in Florence, official Launch location of Gaber’s Passion for Life Fashion Line.

The well known choreographer Keith Ferronne originally from New York who’s work was influenced by famous people such as Igal Perry, Benjamin Harkarvy and John Butler. Ferrone worked also very closely with internationally renowned Prima Ballerina Etoile dancer Marga Nativo for this special Gaber Fashion Line Choreography. Marga Nativo, danced in the most famous world theathers and was directed by the famous international choreographers such as Bejart, Butler, Massine, Millos, Russillo, Araiz, Perry and had famous dance partners such as Nureyev, Donn, Bortoluzzi, Gades and Madsen. Gaber was honored to have this choreography specially created by the Directors of the Florence Dance Festival for the PASSION FOR LIFE Fashion Line launch.

Over 250 special guests attended the exclusive Grand Gala evening held at the Villa Medicea della Petraia, during the Florence Dance Festival, XVII edition including several Government officials such as the Consul of the USA, UK and other important guests.

Directors of the Florence Dance Festival, renowned Prima Ballerina Etoile dancer Marga Nativo and well known choreographer Keith Ferrone at the Villa Medicea della Petraia during the rehearsal of the very specially created choreography incorporating Gaber Fashion line.


(Only in Italian)
Duration 2:56 Minutes

July 2006 marks the first significant PASSION FOR LIFE art exhibition opening of Antoine Gaber Art works at the exclusive Museum and Cloister “Museo Diocesano della Chiesa di Santo Stefano”in Florence. Media and art critics and guests attended this special opening in the most exquisite art Museum in the historical site of the City of the Arts, Florence.

Official opening of Antoine Gaber’s PASSION FOR LIFE Art Exhibition(1st-10July, 2006) at the exclusive Museum and Cloister “Museo Diocesano della Chiesa di Santo Stefano”, Florence. Dr. Giampaolo Trotta, art critic was commenting about Gaber Art work during media interview.

Exhibition of all participating artists who have joined PASSION FOR LIFE continued until October 2006:

Official opening of Herwig Maria Stark, Bertha Valenzuela, Zoltan Vasanits PASSION FOR LIFE Art Exhibition(11-20July, 2006) at the exclusive Museum and Cloister “Museo Diocesano della Chiesa di Santo Stefano”, Florence.

stark Herwig Stark


valenzuela Bertha Valenzuela


zoltan Zoltan Vasanits

Official opening of Inoue Sumio, Gina Brezini, Shim Jung Rhee, PASSION FOR LIFE Art Exhibition (21-30July, 2006) at the exclusive Museum and Cloister Chiostro del Museo Diocesano della Chiesa di Santo Stefano, Florence.

gina Gina Brezini


sumio Inoue Sumio


shim Shim Jung Rhee

Official opening of Leonardo Pereznieto, Romero Britto, Andrzej Jerzy Lech, Mary Brilli, PASSION FOR LIFE Art Exhibition (15-24September, 2006) at the exclusive Museum and Cloister “Museo Diocesano della Chiesa di Santo Stefano”, Florence.

britto Romero Britto


brilli Mary Brilli


leonardo_nieto Leonardo Pereznieto


andrzej Andrzej Jerzy Lech

Official opening of Jackie Sleper’s PASSION FOR LIFE Art Exhibition (25 September- October 4th, 2006) at the exclusive Museum and Cloister Chiostro del Museo Diocesano della Chiesa di Santo Stefano, Florence.


jackie Sleper


Official opening of Brenda Charles, Leticia Leal Hinojosa, Barbara Alcalde Necochea, PASSION FOR LIFE Art Exhibition ( 5-18 October, 2006) at the exclusive Museum and Cloister “Museo Diocesano della Chiesa di Santo Stefano”, Florence.

charles Brenda Charles


hinojosa Leticia Leal Hinojosa


alcalde Barbara Alcalde Necochea

Exhibition PASSION FOR LIFE at Village Hotel “San Lorenzo and Santa Catarina” in San Lorenzo di Pescia

Gaber’s PASSION FOR LIFE International Fundraising Program for cancer has now reached new grounds in the advancement of Sciences and Arts, bringing new hope to cancer patients around the world while supporting research and awareness of the disease.