scheduled RUTH ORKIN.

The show

From December 18, 2021 to May 2, 2022, the Civic Museums of Bassano del Grappa will present the first Italian retrospective of Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), a legendary figure of a photojournalist but also an American filmmaker, author of the independent feature film "Little Fugitive", made together to her husband Morris Engel, awarded the Silver Lion at the 1953 Venice Film Festival.

Orkin's work arrives in Italy to coincide with the centenary of the photographer's birth (1921), recently honored by a retrospective in New York and Toronto and by a monograph by Hatije & Cantz. After Bassano (the only Italian stop), the anthology, created together with DiChroma Photography, will begin a European tour and is expected in San Sebastian, Spain, and Cascais, Portugal.

Announcing this, which for the world of photography is a real event, is the new director of the Civic Museums of Bassano Barbara Guidi: "I am very pleased to present the work of this protagonist of twentieth century photography. Her ability to blend together, in a perfect and mysterious alchemy, the engaging strength of the story and the freshness of the moment captured on the fly, makes her one of the most fascinating artists of the last century ".

Ruth Orkin's images are intense interpretations, whatever the subject of her gaze: illustrious characters from the world of Hollywood or New York - like Robert Capa, Lauren Bacall, Albert Einstein or Woody Allen - or extraordinarily ordinary life situations. Her images taken perpendicularly from the window of her apartment on Central Park or the famous "American Girl in Italy", an icon of twentieth century photography that has the distinction of being the second best-selling poster in the world and still today, at the time of “Mee too”, invites heated discussions on the subject of sexism.

Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Piazza Garibaldi, 34
36061 Bassano del Grappa


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Until 30 May 2022

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