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FEDERICO GAROLLA
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FEDERICO GAROLLA:

People of Italy Photographs 1948 – 1968

From 24 April to 27 October 2024

National Museum of Villa Pisani

National Museum of Villa Pisani

Via Doge Pisani, 7, Stra

Opening soon: at 09:00

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Villa Pisani in Stra, along the Brenta Riviera, is the perfect setting for Federico Garolla's great monograph, edited by Uliano Lucas and Tatiana Agliani, proposed with the title “Gente d'Italia. Photographs 1948 – 1968”. The sumptuous villa frescoed by Tiepolo, with its famous labyrinth and magnificent park, becomes the place for staging a cross-section of our post-war society through the sensitivity of Federico Garolla. Years of restart but still full of difficulties as represented by the difficult daily life in the towns of the Riviera of the Brenta river, where ordinary people tried to escape a difficult survival.


The one effectively captured by a reportage by Garolla made in 1956 and which, reproduced in large images, populates the park of the Villa within the stables space with memories. “A selection of photographs taken by Garolla precisely in the places adjacent to the Villa complex Pisani and which we wanted to exhibit in an installation inside the Park" underlines Loretta Zega, director of the National Museum of Villa Pisani. A section which integrates with the exhibition (around 100 photographs) and which captures the spirit of Italy in the second post-war, the years in which, with difficulty, we tried to heal the divisions and wounds of a lost war and from the past tragedy we drew strength and creativity to start what would later be recognized as the "Italian Miracle".


Federico Garolla's goal was to range, with promptness and clarity, from the glitter of the first fashion shows, to the nascent star system, to ordinary people. A work that makes us the image of a people in need of rediscovering the awareness of belonging to a nation and of participating in the reconstruction through a new history of optimism and modernity. With his unmistakable style Garolla observes this transformation, capturing modernity, but at the same time also its profound contradictions. “Garolla photographs people, those who are together, reconciled and reunited, the people who participate in the collective rites of fun, of the joy of having survived. His work is attentive to the facts and gives us its soul and essence”, underlines Daniele Ferrara, owner of the Regional Directorate of Venetian Museums of the Ministry of Culture, an institution which, with the Directorate of the Villa Pisani Museum in Stra and the collaboration of Suazes and the Federico Garolla archive promotes this great exhibition. The lens of this giant of Italian photography from the last century immortalizes landscapes, common people, famous people, fashions and traditions, always with a light and never indiscreet touch. It was the fifties with the golden age of illustrated magazines and the spread of television was still a distant phenomenon. Garolla will become the main witness to the affirmation of the great Roman high fashion tailors of which he will become one of the protagonists, making a posing service a reportage inserted into everyday life.

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Via Doge Pisani, 7, Stra, Italy

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Opening hours

opens - closes last entry
monday Closed now
tuesday 09:00 - 14:00
wednesday 09:00 - 14:00
thursday 09:00 - 14:00
friday 09:00 - 18:00
saturday 09:00 - 18:00
sunday 09:00 - 18:00

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