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Curated by: Walter Guadagnini, Arianna Visani

The show

Palazzo Ducale presents the exhibition L'Italia di Magnum. From Robert Capa to Paolo Pellegrin, an extraordinary roundup of over two hundred images that tell the news, history and customs of our country over the last 70 years.

The exhibition is curated by Walter Guadagnini with the collaboration of Arianna Visani and organized by SUAZES in collaboration with CAMERA - Italian Center for Photography and Magnum Photos.

Twenty are the authors called to tell large and small events, characters and places of Italy from the postwar period to today, in a fascinating intertwining of famous photographs and others less known, of places known all over the world and ordinary citizens, who compose the social and visual fabric of our country. Introduced by a tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson and his trip to Italy in the 1930s, the exhibition begins with two sensational series, one by Robert Capa, dedicated to the end of the Second World War, which shows a country in ruins, destroyed by five years of conflict, and one by David Seymour, who in 1947 instead takes tourists back to visit the Sistine Chapel: the eternal beauty of Italian art that appears as the sign of the rebirth of an entire nation.

The exhibition, organized for decades, continues with the images of Elliott Erwitt, René Burri and Herbert List: the first tells about Rome, its beauties and its contradictions with the affectionately ironic gaze that made it famous; the second takes us inside the historic 1953 Picasso exhibition in Milan, an unforgettable event for Italian culture, which was once again confronted with the great myths of the contemporary world; finally, the third, with a series of sensational shots, takes the viewer inside Cinecittà, where the “Hollywood sul Tevere” was born, which will bring so much fame to Italy in the following decade.

A decade that is told in the exhibition by three perhaps lesser known but no less interesting figures than the history of photography and Magnum: Thomas Hoepker, who presents three images of the triumph of Cassius Clay (later Mohamed Ali) at the 1960 Rome Olympics , Bruno Barbey, who documents the funeral of Togliatti, a central figure in Italian politics, and not only, a figure loved by the people beyond the judgment that will later give the story, and Erich Lessing, with a report that takes us directly back to the times of Economic "boom", with an overview of the beach of Cesenatico, with its rituals and myths.

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Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 9
16123 Genoa


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