Curated by: Joan Fontcuberta, Matteo Guidi, Ilaria Campioli
“On a different scale. Luigi Ghirri, Italy in Miniature and new perspectives” is the new and awaited appointment of See Beyond , the rich calendar of events and initiatives dedicated to Luigi Ghirri (Scandiano 1943 - Reggio Emilia 1992) on the thirtieth anniversary of his death, promoted by the city of Reggio Emilia with the collaboration of the municipalities of Modena and Parma and supported by the Emilia-Romagna Region and APT Servizi Emilia-Romagna.
Curated by the internationally renowned photographer, lecturer and essayist Joan Fontcuberta together with Matteo Guidi and Ilaria Campioli, the exhibition – which can be visited at the Palazzo dei Musei from 29 April 2022 to 8 January 2023 – is part of the exhibition and theoretical reflection undertaken by the city of Reggio Emilia and centered on the theme of the Archive, whose reinterpretation and reinterpretation is the basis of the recent operation, curated by the internationally renowned architect Italo Rota, which led to the renewed layouts of the second floor of Palazzo dei Musei, site of the exhibition . The New Museum, capable of contaminating and making the works and objects of the collections interact with each other, overcoming the boundaries between disciplines in a unified and universal conception of culture, in fact proposes itself as a true and proper "Archive of the commons", or as a space able to stimulate questions and curiosities in the visitor who becomes an integral part of the Museum itself.
From the end of the 1970s, Luigi Ghirri visits Italia in Miniatura on several occasions, which fascinates him. Inaugurated in Viserba di Rimini on 4 July 1970, in over fifty years of activity the park has been visited by more than 30 million people and has fully entered the collective imagination of entire generations. In that perimeter of just over 20,000 m2 - today it is a good 85,000 m2 - which contains the miniatures of Italian artistic-architectural and landscape masterpieces, Ghirri rediscovers many of the conceptual and aesthetic issues on which he was working in those years: the illusion and the trompe-l'oeil, the distance between reality and its representation, the appearance of an artificial nature, the consumption of touristized reality, the viewer's gaze and its scopic voracity and, above all, the paradoxes deriving from the processes of reduction in scale, according to a mechanism that unites the miniatures of the park with the photograph itself.