In 1980, Samonà was commissioned by ANED (Association of former deportees) and the architect Lodovico Barbiano Belgiojoso (founder of the famous Studio BBPR) to realize an Italian Auschwitz Memorial.
He created a gigantic set up inside the camp, in honor of the Italian victims of the Holocaust. The Memorial, also realized with the help of texts by Primo Levi and the music of Luigi Nono, has recently been enhanced.
In 2004, the Council of Ministers’ Presidency gives Samonà the “Culture Prize.”
In 2006, Palermo devotes a large retrospective exhibition entitled From the departure to the return, following a year the exhibition at the Vittoriano in Rome, the capital’s tribute to his artistic career.
Pupino Samonà dies in Palermo September 14, 2007.