Hitachi Executive Honored at Reception Ahead of “Virtual” Uffizi Gallery Project


Guam – The Guam Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy, Roberto Fracassini with the Rotary Club of Northern Guam hosted a cocktail reception in honor of Mr. Takayuki Morioka, Director of Digital Image Systems, Hitachi Ltd., Japan. 

Mr. Morioka is on Guam to iron out final preparations for the presentation of the Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum Project.  The Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum is a traveling museum that showcases life-size replicas, touch-screen navigation of art pieces, and a digital theatre.

The project features 10 life-size replicas of works by Italian Art Masters utilizing the finest and most detailed technologies in the presentation of notable works by Da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello, Caravaggio and other Italian Renaissance artists.  Visitors will also have the capability to experience an intricate view of 92 other works from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence via a touch-screen navigating system.

Fracassini, in collaboration with Hitachi Digital, the University of Florence, Centrica of Florence and Polo Museale of the City of Florence, Italy are making it possible to experience these masterpieces that would otherwise never be possible without the technology.

[The Office of the Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy, Guam and the Rotary Club of Northern Guam hosts Hitachi Executive at the Hilton Resort Gallery, Guam in preparation for the Uffizi Virtual Museum exhibit set for October. (L-R), Marvin Manibusan, Project-Coordinator, Office of the Honorary Vice-Consulate of Italy; Robert Paulino, President Elect 2013-2014, Rotary Club of Northern Guam; Anna Gera, President, Rotary Club of Northern Guam; Takayuki Morioka, Director of Digital Image System Project, Global Business Planning and Operations Division, Hitachi; Roberto Fracassini, Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy, Guam and CNMI; Monica Guzman, CEO, Galaide Group; Hon. Vice-Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz, 32nd Guam Legislature; Joseph Cameron, President, Department of Chamorro Affairs; Francis Guerrero, Senior-Manager, Promotions and Community Affairs, DFS Guam; Morishige Nishihira, President, Micropac Inc., Guam.]

It has always been Fracassini’s dream to share his culture with island residents, “it’s a perfect time to showcase this special exhibition, 2013 has been designated the Year of the Italian Culture in the United States, what a great way to share my home with Guam” he said.

The Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum presentation is a nonprofit cultural exchange event, “Bridge Continents-Connect Cultures”  is the theme for the exhibit of Italian Renaissance Art and Guam’s Modern Day Art.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of October at the 2nd floor, Underwater World complex, Tumon (across from the DFS Galleria).