Entrepreneur, philanthropist, researcher, lover of the fine arts in all its expressions, Marino Golinelli is a man who has an optimistic vision of the future and believes that knowledge is the foundation of all human progress
He firmly believes that successful entrepreneurs have a moral duty to give back part of their fortune: the company he founded in 1948, has evolved over time, becoming Alfasigma. Continuously growing over the years, thanks to constant investments in research and development, it has become one of the most important pharmaceutical companies in the world.
With this in mind, in 1988 - when the ninth centenary of the University of Bologna was being celebrated - he gave life to the Foundation that bears his name, with the aim of promoting education and professional development, spreading the culture of science, and fostering the intellectual, ethical and responsible growth of young individuals.
Marino Golinelli's interest in art has continued to grow over time, as has his art collection, curated together with his wife, Paola.
He is one of the first members of the Advisory Committee of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. His entrepreneurial activity, supported by a multifaceted personal curiosity that he shares with his wife, has led them to travel all over the world, from Africa to Asia, passing through the main capitals of the world, allowing them to experience different cultures, visit museums, galleries, international fairs and meet several artists.
He prefers the term "researcher" rather than "art collector" to define himself, because he considers the works of art that he has acquired over time to be instruments, keys to open the fundamental interpretation of reality and decipher the world. He feels the same way about music, especially classical music, which holds a special place in his heart: a source of emotions, discoveries, passions, and questions that have yet to be asked.
It is not all not just aesthetic, it is the ethics of art.
In this context, his philanthropic activity is carried out in the daily practices of Fondazione Golinelli, and his support is extended to important institutions such as the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, the Venice opera house Teatro La Fenice, and with the "Nuova Musica" project dedicated to young composers, and the Teatro alla Scala with the Fondazione "Milano per la Scala".