Curated by: Alessandra Guerrini, Luca Leoncini
He tells it, using architecture, art, design, photography… a grandiose fresco-exhibition that will open from 14 April to 31 July 2022 at the Palazzo Reale in Genoa , in the Teatro del Falcone. The exhibition is promoted by Palazzo Reale (Ministry of Culture), curated by Alessandra Guerrini and Luca Leoncini with Benedetto Besio, Luisa Chimenz, Leo Lecci and Elisabetta Papone. The goal is to tell the great transformations of Genoa in the sixties of the twentieth century, a decade of profound changes due to the eruption of new ideas and renewed cultural stimuli, of significant social changes, economic innovations and new languages that have marked an acceleration in the productions of the visual arts.
It is a city in magmatic ferment that in the decade of the Italian Great Boom wants to leave the wounds of war definitively behind to give itself a European face and role, focusing on industrialization and services, powered by new communication arteries and new neighborhoods. designed to house a workforce from the South. In a few years old Genoa is transformed, attracting great professionals from outside but also galvanizing its own cultural resources, to transform visions into reality. The energy of growth stimulates creativity in all sectors, from art, to design to music, to culture, to the economy. Physiologically, it is a story of lights and shadows, a photograph of an Italy that in that fateful decade was looking for its not easy new path.
Today, 60 years after those 60s , the news has made history and it becomes less unrealistic to trace analyzes, highlighting the regenerative power that pushed towards futures considered to be better, without neglecting the many contradictions of an era that , however it is evaluated, it continues to affect, if not connote, the Genoa of today. An exciting journey into that forge of energies and existential visions that was the Genoa of the sixties punctuated, along the entire exhibition path, by the shots of some of the great Genoese photographers active in those years - Lisetta Carmi and Giorgio Bergami above all - with architectural drawings , designer furniture, advertising graphics, industrial objects, paintings and sculptures by leading authors, from Lucio Fontana to Andy Warhol, from Mimmo Rotella to Vico Magistretti, from Gio Ponti to Franco Albini, from Angelo Mangiarotti to Eugenio Carmi.