(VELINO) Roma, 16 Sep - Two exhibitions have been organised inBrussels to highlight Italy's contribution to European cultureover the course of centuries, its leading role in the arts andits excellence in the field of culture in Europe and in theworld. Two exhibitions were inaugurated at the Centre for FineArts in Brussels (Bozar), marking the start of the Italian EUPresidency. With European Commission President Jose ManuelBarroso, and Italy's Environment Minister Gian Luca Gallettiattending, an exhibit of 13th-14th century paintings from Sienaand a showcase of contemporary Italian artists, called "TheYellow Side of Sociality", were officially opened. Thepaintings from Siena exhibition was organised under thepatronage of Italy's President and of the royal family ofBelgium. It was set up by the Italian Embassy in collaborationand the country's Cultural Heritage Ministry and comprisessixty paintings of great value and impact that speak to theimportance of the Sienese school of painting in the changesthat occurred in European Gothic painting, and its profoundinfluence on French and Flemish painting. The two exhibitionswill remain open until 18 January 2015. The Bozar has estimatedthat they will be viewed by at least 100,000 visitors by theend of 2014. vel.