On Monday 25 January ’21, in the magnificent setting of the Maison Des Arts of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of the master Franco Summa, the Summa Ars was celebrated with the President of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation Nicola Mattoscio, the Mayor of Pescara Carlo Masci, the Superintendent of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Abruzzo, Rosaria Mencarelli, and, of course, the President of the Summa Foundation, Ottorino La Rocca.

Life is a dream life is a sign”. The words of the master Summa materialize thanks to a prestigious recognition mentioned by the Superintendent of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape Rosaria Mencarelli, or the recognition of cultural interest obtained for the ‘Franco Summa’ Artist Studio in via G. D’Annunzio, 81 in Pescara. The introduction, by the president of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation Nicola Mattoscio, highlighted the synergies between a virtuous and noble private social artist and the institutions, underlining how the city of Pescara is preparing to act as a “national model and beyond. Pescara defines a real model in the management dynamics of national and international cultural chains”.

The intervention of the Superintendent of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Abruzzo, Rosaria Mencarelli followed, who reiterated the reasons that led the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Chieti and Pescara to award the recognition of cultural interest the Artist Studio ‘Franco Summa’ in via G. D’Annunzio, 81 in Pescara, stating that: “Franco Summa’s studio is important for the community in general, because it lets us know how his art has evolved, always in a dialogue with the city”.

The importance of color in this historical moment was instead the opening speech of the mayor of Pescara Carlo Masci:

“Summa was the man of color, the world, especially today, in this delicate historical moment, needs colors”. The mayor’s speech continued with the memory of the inauguration of Piazza Caduti del Mare: “We inaugurated his square with the wind tower, built in collaboration with the citizens. Because Summa wanted to insert his art in an urban context shared with the city”.

In addition, the mayor confirmed that the city council “unanimously voted on an agenda that provides for the construction of the Porta del Mare in Pescara”.

With a view to sharing with the city, the presentation by President Mattoscio of Franco Summa’s Maidens was central; they will be made of steel and decorated with color codes indicated by the master. Maidens by Summa will be exhibited in Piazza Sacro Cuore, in which we want to reconcile modernity with the depth of classicism. Two works of about 5 meters located in the beating heart of the city.

Ottorino La Rocca, president of the Summa Foundation, after recalling a long applause for the deceased Master, spoke of “To fulfill what we promised Franco Summa is a moral obligation: to revive his art constantly”. And he announced the Summa Ars award, – PACU, Contemporary Urban Art, Franco Summa and Adina Riga award. The international award is intended for young artists who will present projects for the redevelopment of urban places, city spaces but also schools, communities and social activity centers. The notice of the Award will be disclosed in the coming weeks and the selected projects will be presented during the SUMMA ARS DAY to be held in Autumn. An opportunity for a meeting between art and society, for projects, innovations and confirmations, in the memory of one of the great masters of Italian contemporary art.