Curated by: Joan Fontcuberta, Matteo Guidi, Ilaria Campioli
“On a different scale. Luigi Ghirri, Italy in Miniature and new perspectives " is the new and eagerly 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 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 focused 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 installations of the second floor of Palazzo dei Musei, home 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 unitary and universal conception of culture, is in fact proposed as a real "Archive of common goods", or rather as a space alive able to stimulate questions and curiosity in the visitor who becomes an integral part of the Museum itself.
Starting from the end of the seventies, Luigi Ghirri visits Italy in Miniature on several occasions, by which he remains fascinated. 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 square meters - today they are 85,000 square meters - which contains the miniatures of Italian artistic-architectural and landscape masterpieces, Ghirri finds many of the conceptual and aesthetic issues on which he was at work 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 the touristized reality, the viewer's gaze and his 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.