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The Banca del Gottardo and Its Commitment to Social Development

    Lugano (ots) - The Banca del Gottardo is pleased to sponsor the photography exhibition "Gotthard, via subalpina" by Maurice Schobinger showing at the Swiss Camera Museum in Vevey from 1 February to 20 April 2003.

    The Banca del Gottardo has chosen to sponsor Maurice Schobinger's exhibition, "Gotthard, via subalpina" for the following reasons:

    For centuries, the San Gottardo has been both a point of convergence and a point of divergence: a physical and meteorological barrier between North and South, but also a place where different cultures and languages meet.

    Human attempts to overcome this physical barrier have gone hand in hand with technical progress, advancing beyond the first hardy stone bridges to today's motorway tunnel.

    We are now in the midst of a further step: the Alptransit project, which, with the carving out of a basic train tunnel, is designed to spare the mountain range the consequences of increased road traffic.

    The San Gottardo embodies the contrast between nature and human attempts to tame it to suit our needs.

    At the foot of this imposing range, strategic as only few in Europe are, is the headquarters of our institution, which identifies with the mountain in so far as the mountain represents the corporate values of solidity, security, and dynamism.

    In addition, the Banca del Gottardo has always been involved in the visual and photographic arts, an area in which our institution has for some time owned the most significant collection of Swiss contemporary art and one of the biggest collections of late twentieth-century photography by Swiss artists. The Galleria Gottardo (a Banca del Gottardo foundation) has dedicated a considerable part of its activities to the art of photography. Its collection and exhibition space are available to a wide-range of national and international audiences.

    It is with profound conviction that the Banca del Gottardo supports cultural activities in Switzerland and abroad; such activities reflect social development and provide the impetus necessary to move ahead.

    Banca del Gottardo, with head office in Lugano (Switzerland), relies on a well expanded national and international network. Thanks to its highly qualified teams of experts and its affiliates, subsidiaries, branches and representative offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bellinzona, Chiasso, Locarno, Bergamo, Milan, Athens, Luxembourg, Monaco, Vienna, Prague, Hong Kong, Nassau (Bahamas), as well as an important participation in Paris, the bank offers top level financial services to its local and international clientele.

ots Originaltext: Banca del Gottardo
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