HOMAGE TO GABRIELE BASILICO
Homage to Gabriele Basilico
From the Museum’s collection
Curated by Roberta Valtorta
The exhibition was dedicated to Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 1944-2013), master of contemporary European photography, three months after his death. Trained as an architect, Basilico began photographing in the mid-‘60s, first doing reportage and then moving to documentary photography and developing a personal method of reading the city and the metropolis, the urban-industrial complex, the transition of the landscape from industrial to post-industrial. The exhibition, not a proper anthology, makes no claim to completeness with respect to the breadth of Basilico’s work, but it is offers substantial testimony to the weight that his photographs have in the collections of the Museum, which conserves nearly 1,000 of them. The exhibition includes photographs from his first period (Glasgow 1969, Milan’s Low-income Neighborhoods 1970-73, Terni 1976, Dancing in Emilia 1978, Contact 1978, In Full Sun 1978, Milan’s Urban Environment 1978-81) and the core works of some of his most important projects: Milano. Ritratti di fabbriche, 1978-80, Bord de mer 1984-85 (DATAR Mission Photographique); Beirut 1991; Barcelona, Bilbao, Hamburg, Rome, Givors, Cahors 1980s-90s; places of the Province of Milan 1987-1997 (Spazio Archive project); Lorenteggio 1998 (Milan Without Borders project).
Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 1944-2013), an architect by training, is one of the greatest contemporary Italian photographers and one of the best known internationally. Since the mid-‘70s he has devoted his tireless and methodical research to the city as a complex organism and to the transformations of the post-industrial landscape.
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