HOMAGE TO LUIGI GHIRRI
curated by Roberta Valtorta
Triennale di Milano
with the patronage of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
sponsored by Panasonic
The exhibition pays tribute to the Luigi Ghirri on the 20th anniversary of his death, presenting a synthesis the exhibition Viaggio in Italia, which Ghirri curated in 1984 and became the manifesto of the ‘Italian landscape school’. It is a project designed to ‘re-found’ the image of the Italian landscape, and with it Italian photography, which includes works by 20 photographers: Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Giannantonio Battistella, Vincenzo Castella, Andrea Cavazzuti, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Mario Cresci, Vittore Fossati, Carlo Garzia, Guido Guidi, Luigi Ghirri, Shelley Hill, Mimmo Jodice, Gianni Leone, Claude Nori, Umberto Sartorello, Mario Tinelli, Ernesto Tuliozi, Fulvio Ventura and Cuchi White. Viaggio in Italia offered a new alphabet of the Italian landscape, investigated through an intellectual but also emotional approach, without stereotypes or hierarchies. The photographs are simple but often enigmatic to the point of creating a sense of disorientation, and are an invitation to the presence of the landscape in our everyday lives. The exhibition presents a selection of about 90 exemplary works, divided into ten chapters conceived by Ghirri himself. The Viaggio in Italia Fund, part of the collections of the Museum, includes more than 200 of the 300 photographs of the original show, dating from 1972 to 1983, to which the Museum dedicated a larger exhibition, a publication and a documentary in 2004.
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