writings include the following books: Mao in prima pagina (Mao on front
page) (1977), Cina, 700 anni dopo Marco Polo (China, 700 years after
Marco Polo) (1980), Gran Catai (Gran Cathay) (1983), Viaggio in Cina
(Journey in China) (1986), Welcome Cina (Welcome China) (1988), Nel
Grande Ignoto Paese al di là della Muraglia (In the Great
Unknown Country beyond the Wall) (1989), Fiori di carta - Poesie dalla
Cina (Paper flowers - Poems from China) (1990), Autunno in Corea
(Autumn in Korea) (1990), Le giornate di Tien An-men (The days of Tien
An-men) (1990), The Boxer rebellion (2001). Peking 1900 ( The Chinese
edition of the "Boxer Rebellion", 2006), An eye-witness of an Italian
journalist in Peking (People's Editions, 2008); “Xinjiang, Where
Once There Was Hell” (China Intercontinental Press 2013); Lao Ma
(Biography: Chinese edition 2014, Italian edition
2015); “China in the 1970s”, catalogue published in
China in 2015.
He is now working on a monumental book devoted to "Peking, capital of the Heavenly Empire".
On February 2002 he is appointed Official Representative of the Chinese Academy of International Culture for Italy and Europe.
July 2002 he is invited to organize a Historical Exhibition devoted to
the Old Peking in the restored imperial studio "Huafangzhai" of Beihai
Park. The Peking Municipal Government was among the sponsors.
May 2003, during the SARS Epidemic, he is in Peking, consultant of the
Information Office of the Municipal Government, as journalist expert on
the international media.
September 2003 he is appointed jointly by the Chinese Academy of
International Culture and the Fondazione Cassamarca of Treviso director
of the Project and of the Great Exhibitions "The Silk Road and Two
Thousand Years of the Chinese Civilisation" to be organized in the
"Casa dei Carraresi" between 2005 and 2011.
October 2003 he is invited by the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry,
through the Italian Cultural Office of the Italian Embassy in Peking,
to partecipate as journalist expert on China to the "Third Week of the
Italian Language in the World", with lectures in the Universities of
Peking and Canton.
autumn 2003 the television channel "Beijing TV" produced two one-hour
documentaries entitled "The Modern Marco Polo" dedicated to the life of
Adriano Màdaro and his cultural activities in Italy and China.
The television crew made a special journey to Italy to film the
sections dealing with his home life.
2005/2006 Màdaro curated the first exhibition, entitled "The
Birth of the Heavenly Empire", in the series "The Silk Road and Chinese
Civilisation" at the Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso. This was followed
in 2007/2008 by the second exhibition, "Genghis Khan and the Treasure
of the Mongols".
In July 2006 People's Editions, Beijing published the Chinese edition
of his book on the Boxer Rebellion, "Peking 1900", which was
distributed throughout the country.
In October 2008 People's Editions
published his work "An Italian Journalist in Beijing: 1976-2008",
including a long introductory essay and a selection of 200 colour
photographs taken by the author during the 32 years of his travels in
China. The work was selected from 3,000 works put forward by Chinese
publishers in order to celebrate thirty years of economic reform.
The third exhibition, dedicated to the Ming dynasty, was held between
October 2009 and May 2010 with the title "The Secrets of the Forbidden
City - Matteo Ricci at the Ming Court".
February 2010 a team from X Stream, a Hong Kong/China television
production company conducted a long interview with Adriano
Màdaro regarding his more than thirty years of cultural
activities in China. The documentary has been broadcasted by the main
Chinese television channels in autumn 2010 to coincide with the
fortieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between Italy and China, celebrations for which Adriano Màdaro
has been chosen as an expert advisor. The team, headed by the
well-known Hong Kong film producer Chow Keung, included the director
Emily Tang and two television operatives from Beijing.
February 2011 the Beijing publisher "China International Press" brought
out a volume of photographs taken by Màdaro in Cina between 1976
and 2008 together with a diary entitled "An Eye-witness in Beijing".
The current edition in English and Italian will be followed by
translations into other languages.
December 2011 Adriano Màdaro has signed in Rome with the
Director of the Museums of Hubei Province the agreement of cultural
exchanges with Italian Museums.
March 2012 he has been elected President of the Italy-China Museums
Alliance, one agreement of collaboration between Italian and Chinese
2011/2012 the fourth exhibition "Manchu, the Last Emperor" concludes
the series dedicated to China. From October 2012 Adriano Màdaro,
once again at Casa dei Carraresi, has curated the exhibition
“Tibet, treasures from the Roof of the World” opened till
September 2013, the exhibition entitled “The Etruscans, the Dawn
Era of Ancient Italy”, organized by Sigillum of which
Màdaro is president, was inaugurated at the Hubei Provincial
Museum in Wuhan. It was later transferred to other museums in Hangzhou,
Canton and Xian (the museum of the terracotta warriors).
October of the same year the exhibition “The Magic of
India”, organised and curated by Màdaro together with
Marilia Albanese and Renzo Freschi, was opened at the Casa dei
Carraresi in Treviso.
November his book "Xinjiang, dove c’era l’inferno"
(“Xinjiang, Where Once There Was Hell”) was published in
Beijing by the China Intercontinental Press.
October 2014, “Japan, from the Samurai to Mazinga”, an
exhibition curated by Màdaro and Francesco Morena, was
inaugurated at the Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso.
In November Màdaro was in Tokyo conducting research in museums
on ukiyo-e, multicoloured Japanese xylographic prints from the 18th and
December, Beijing Time Chinese Press brought out the Chinese version of
his biography Lao Ma, which was distributed to bookshops throughout the
country. This was followed by an Italian edition.
20 January 2015, at the Provincial Museum of Hubei in Wuhan, an
exhibition was opened entitled “The Night Before the Great
Changes”, which presented 120 of the thousands of photographs
taken in China by Màdaro between 1976 and 1979. On 17 March the
exhibition was transferred to the Lu Xün Museum in Beijing.
In March the major exhibition on the Etruscans at the Liaoning Provincial Museum in Shenyang came to an end.
April 2015 the exhibition of photographs was transferred from Wuhan to
Beijing, where the 11th April was celebrated as “Lao Ma
Day” (Lao Ma being Màdaro’s Chinese name) in
recognition of his almost 40 years of travels in China (news, articles
dedicated to him in the Chinese press and photographs can all be seen
on Adriano Màdaro’s Facebook page
May the exhibition “The Night Before the Great Changes” was
opened at the new Liaoning Museum in Shenyang with 22 new photographs
of Shenyang from the early 1980s.
October the exhibition of photographs “Hangzhou and Shaoxing at
the dawn of the 1980s” was opened at the Zhejiang Provincial
Museum in Hangzhou.
In November the exhibition was transferred to the Shaoxing Museum.
From Màdaro’s Facebook page:
“After great success at the Hangzhou Museum, the exhibition of
the photos I took in the Chinese province of Zhejiang in 1981 and 1982
was opened today at the museum in Shaoxing, the ancient and fabled city
of waters. With the help of the local press and television, after 34
years I was able to meet some of the previously anonymous characters
who appeared in the pictures. These photographs from the early 1980s
have become precious historical documents of great anthropological
value. In a ceremony organised at the Museum, during which I met about
15 people whose images I had caught through my lens more than a third
of a century earlier, I donated copies of the photographs to the
director of the city’s historical archive and to each of the
individuals who had been identified. For the youngest, who at the time
were children aged between 4 and 8, the photographs I took –
what’s more, in colour – were the very first of their
lives. For the children of others who have since died, the photos are
the only ones they have of their parents and grandparents. During my
brief visit to Hangzhou and Shaoxing, I retraced the steps I had taken
34 years earlier in the company of journalists and others who had been
there at the time in search of the places and hidden corners I had
photographed, which today have either disappeared altogether or become
unrecognisable due to the huge changes the city has undergone. Before I
left, my friend and interpreter Lu Xin and I took part in the famous
television programme Dream, which is watched by more than 270 million
viewers in every corner of this immense country. Here is the link to
the site of the Museum of Shaoxing where this afternoon the exhibition
of my photos from 1981-82 was opened. By clicking on the Chinese link,
it is possible to see all the photos taken before the opening showing
how the exhibition was set up.
December 2015 and 31 March 2016, another exhibition of
Màdaro’s photographs taken in Shaanxi between 1979 and
1982 took place at the Terracotta Army Museum in Xian. In 2016 and 2017
the exhibition will transfer to other museums in Xian and Shaanxi.
In March 2016 Màdaro and Wang Jichao curated the exhibition
“Wonders of the State of Chu”, organised by Cultour Active
in Treviso. Seventy precious archaeological exhibits from the State of
Chu (771 – 221 B.C.) were displayed for the first time outside
China. The exhibition closed on 25 September 2016 at the National
Archaeological Museums of Este and Adria and with a small section at
the MAO, the Museum of Oriental Art (Ca’ Pesaro) in Venice.
In July 2016, in collaboration with the museums of Tuscany, Campania,
Basilicata and Sardinia, Màdaro organized an exhibition entitled
“The Gold of the Mediterranean”, a travelling exhibition
first held at the famous Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses in
Xian. At the time of writing, the exhibition is due to last 18 months,
and after Xian will transfer to the following museums: the Provincial
Museum of Liaoning in Shenyang, the Provincial Museum of Hebei in
Shijiazhuang, and the Provincial Museum of Hubei in Wuhan. The final
two museums are yet to be confirmed.
In September 2016 the Chinese Postal Service, in celebration of
Màdaro’s forty years of travels in China, in collaboration
with the museum of the ancient city of Shaoxing, issued a set of 12
postage stamps featuring his magnificent photographs from the early
1980s of the city known as the Venice of the East. The stamps were
formally presented to him on Friday 9 September at the Casa dei
Carraresi in Treviso during the opening of the exhibition
“Shaoxing, an ancient Chinese city”.
In the same month, a special issue of the famous magazine
“That’s China” was brought out to mark the occasion
of the G20 meeting in Hangzhou. Six pages were dedicated to
Màdaro highlighting the special relationship he has maintained
with China over many decades. The article contained an account of
his return to Hangzhou and Shaoxing thirty-five years after his first
visit to the province of Zhejiang, which at the time was closed to
November 2016 he participated in Lincang (Yunnan) at the inauguration
of the first exhibition of “Imago Mundi” (Luciano
Benetton’s international contemporary art collection), before 13
show stages in China. The initiative is part of the “Contemporary
China” project, the collection of works of art created by artists
of the 55 Chinese ethnic minorities of which he is the organizer.
Adriano Màdaro lives and works in Treviso and Beijing.
is president of Sigillum Srl, the company which organises the
exhibitions, and the editor of the exhibition catalogues published by
Follow him on his personal facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/adrianomadaro
Màdaro con Li Shuxian,
la vedova dell'Ultimo
Imperatore Pu Yi
Màdaro con Mao Xinyu,
nipote del Presidente
Màdaro con Wang Daguan,
il pittore dei
rotoli "Lao Beijing"