From March 16 to May 5, 2019, the Governor’s Palace of Parma welcomes the exhibition ““IL SORPASSO: QUANDO L’ITALIA SI MISE A CORRERE, 1946-1961”
The photographic exhibition, organized by the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and promoted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Parma in collaboration with the CSAC – Center for Studies and Communication Archive of the University of Parma, is curated by Enrico Menduni and Gabriele D’Autilia and narrates the historical period from the hard reconstruction of the country after the devastation of the Second World War to the resounding economic boom of the 60s.
Il Sorpasso, recalling the film-icon of an era, a memorable synthesis of the journey of the Italy of the time, is the extraordinary story in images of a country when it enters into modernity. The images of the time, coming from extraordinary archives, represent a collective portrait of Italy with its hopes, its achievements, its progress, without hiding the many unsolved problems, injustices, inequalities.
Many of these photos are taken by the “image workers” of the era of illustrated weekly magazines: obscure agency photographers, but capable of representing in a lively, acute and precise way the many realities of the country. Artists often anonymous that the exhibition path puts next to and compared with well-known and acclaimed signatures of contemporary photography, Italian and foreign authors in an era in which Italy is discovered and actively visited by the great international photographers.
We will thus find shots of names such as Gianni Berengo Gardin, Fulvio Roiter, Cecilia Mangini, Federico Patellani, Gaius Mario Garrubba, Pepi Merisio, Wanda Wultz, Tazio Secchiaroli, Ferruccio Leiss, Romano Cagnoni, Walter Mori, Bruno Munari, Italo Insolera, Italo Zannier, and among the foreigners the great Willian Klein, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gordon Parks.
The exhibition is divided into ten thematic sections that develop a fascinating “double glance”, flanking the optimistic vision of the country’s reconstruction towards the economic boom, the often critical look of independent photographers, who observe contradictions, fictions, losses.
In addition to the 160 photographs, Il Sorpasso offers spectacular video-installations made with footage from the Archivio Storico Luce, a visual and necessary visual impact for the story of a period largely dominated by cinema and audiovisual communication.
Parma, Governor’s Palace, Piazza Garibaldi
March 16- May 5 2019
Tuesday and Wednesday 15-19. From Thursday to Sunday and holidays 10-19.
Full price € 7.00; reduced price € 5.00; school ticket € 4.00; free ticket up to 10 years
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