NeoRealismo – The New Image in Italy, 1932 – 1960

Galerija Fotografija
Ljubljana, Slovenia
29 January – 31 March 2018

The National Gallery of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Galerija Fotografija gallery, is organizing an exhibition of more than two hundred photos of the most important Italian photographers from the period of Neorealism. Curator Enrica Viganò Project leaders Barbara Čeferin in Tina Buh.

The National Gallery of Slovenia, in cooperation with the Galerija Fotografija gallery, is organizing an exhibition of more than two hundred photos of the most important Italian photographers from the period of Neorealism.

The research on Italian cultural movement “Neorealismo” has concentrated mostly on literature and cinema with little acknowledgement of the field of photography of the era. But it is exactly in photography where it has probably produced its highest and most coherent expression.

“Neorealism – the new image in Italy 1932–1960” analyses the existing relationship between photography and other fields of art, such as cinema and literature. The inspiration and reasons that drove the various authors are addressed in order to show the way they worked. Although they started from many diverse points of view and cultural approaches, their work led to an outcome which became coherent. This project also introduces a new interpretation of the phenomenon based upon the idea that the roots of neo-realism can be found in the fascist period.

The exhibition unfolds through different sections, starting from the privileged standpoint of photography with nearly three hundred items of diverse typology. Next to the mostly vintage photographic prints are the original forums through which they were transmitted, such as illustrated magazines, photo-books and catalogues of exhibitions that have deeply influenced the evolution of photographic expression. The section devoted to the literature of the period illustrates the works that marked and influenced the epoch and presents profiles of the major authors. The world of cinema is represented with the most renowned movie posters and through significant film cuts of the period, acting as didactic material throughout the exhibition. Three DVDs have been created specifically by Professor Gian Piero Brunetta in conjunction with the department of Film Studies of the University of Padova for this exhibition.

All images and additional materials, such as related publications, are organized by themes in order to highlight the main characteristics of the neo-realistic image and to present the work of the photographers who were active at the time in the right perspective.

In the Galerija Fotografija gallery the exhibition entitled “The Fifties” will present  works by one of the most important photographers of Italian neorealism, Nino Migliori.

Photographs are by Carlo Bavagnoli, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Piergiorgio Branzi, Alfredo Camisa, Mario Carbone, Mario Carrieri, Tranquillo Casiraghi, Alfa Castaldi, Cesare Colombo, Carlo Cosulich, Carlo Dalla Mura, Pasquale De Antonis, Mario De Biasi, Nino De Pietro, Mario Dondero, Ernesto Fantozzi, Tullio Farabola, Mario Giacomelli, Giancolombo, Mario Ingrosso, Alberto Lattuada, Giuseppe Leone, Sante Vittorio Malli, Cecilia Mangini, Nino Migliori, Ugo Mulas, Federico Patellani, Franco Pinna, Stefano Robino, Fulvio Roiter, Chiara Samugheo, Tazio Secchiaroli, Enzo Sellerio, Roberto Spampinato, Pablo Volta, Ugo Zovetti and many others.