FMAV Fondazione Modena Arti Visive presents the exhibition Luigi Ghirri and Modena on September 16, 2022 , at FMAV Palazzo Santa Margherita. A journey backwards , curated by Daniele De Luigi , part of the See Beyond project, a schedule of events that celebrate the great photographer Luigi Ghirri throughout the course of 2022, 30 years after his death. The rich calendar of scheduled events is promoted by the city of Reggio Emilia together with Modena and Parma, and with the support of the Emilia-Romagna Region and APT Servizi Emilia-Romagna. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Luigi Ghirri Archive, Reggio Emilia.
Luigi Ghirri and Modena , until 20 November 2022, retraces the activity of the great Emilian photographer through over sixty photographs present in the Galleria Civica collection of the Municipality of Modena and in the photography collection of the Modena Foundation, both managed by FMAV. Born in the province of Reggio Emilia in 1943, Ghirri lived in Modena from adolescence to shortly before his untimely death in 1992, and it is in this city that his cultural training took place and his artistic career developed, albeit in the very close contacts with Reggio Emilia and Parma.
The exhibition proposes a chronologically inverse path that starts from photographs from the second half of the Eighties taken from the Versailles and The Profile of the Clouds series, which marked a turning point in Italian landscape photography (works that inaugurated the photography collection in 2009 contemporary of Fondazione di Modena), back in time to some extraordinary vintage prints of its initial period, between 1970 and 1973, part of the Franco Fontana Fund donated to the Civic Gallery of the Municipality of Modena in 1991. Along the exhibition path other nuclei important of the collections are those of images dedicated to the historic center of Modena, the photographs that interpret the architecture of Paolo Portoghesi and Aldo Rossi (some of which are unpublished), and a wide series of photographs from Breakfast on the grass , created between 1972 and 1974.
To enrich the exhibition will be exhibited volumes, photographs and archival documents, some of which never exhibited to the public, which testify to Ghirri's cultural path and the decisive importance of his activity carried out in Modena for the culture of photography in Italy: from seminal collaboration with Modenese conceptual artists such as Franco Guerzoni, Carlo Cremaschi, Claudio Parmiggiani, Giuliano Della Casa , in pioneering activities both in the publishing field, with the adventure of the publishing house Punto & Virgola, as well as curatorial, as promoter of numerous photography exhibitions of research at the Civic Gallery in association with Oscar Goldoni , at the time the true soul of the Modenese institution, the same age as Ghirri whose thirtieth anniversary of his death occurs this year.