New Images of the Ancient: Nineteenth Century Photograph in Italy

8 March–29 May 2018

Exhibition Overview

The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents, until May 29, "New images of the ancient: nineteenth century photography in Italy", exhibition curated by Filippo Maggia that collects over seventy historical photographs belonging to the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection. The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has always recognized photography as a protagonist in the restitution and translation of the contemporary context in which we live. The attention to Italian photography has been expressed, since 1998, in the periodic realization of the exhibition project "Da Guarene all'Etna", showcase for young Italian artists, invited by the institution to realize a photographic project dedicated to the landscape and geography social and cultural heritage.

Alongside this commitment to support and promote current research, a collection of photographs dating from 1845-1850 to the early decades of the twentieth century was established, a significant collection that certifies the importance of the historical memory of our country, without which it is difficult to understand the reasons for the present, in addition to the intrinsic value given by the conservation and enhancement of these rare paper documents.

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: " The Collection of Italian Historical Photography was born as a natural extension of my interest in photography. Launched in 1992 with acquisitions by contemporary authors, the Collection has looked back. The ambitious goal of showing in time to the public and to scholars has been proposed, as the photographic language of our country has developed from the beginning to the present. The analysis of the contemporary panorama can not be separated from knowledge and comparison with historical material ".

The selection shown in the exhibition includes many of the most important photographers active in the second half of the nineteenth century, among them: Henri Le Lieure and Charles Marville with splendid images of Turin, Adolphe Godard in Genoa, the aerial views of the Milan Cathedral by Hippolyte Deroche and Francesco Heiland, the Certosa di Pavia by Luigi Sacchi, the Arena di Verona by Moritz Lotze, the salted papers of Venice made by Fortunato Antonio Perini and Domenico Bresolin, the Florence by Leopoldo Alinari and Alphonse Bernoud, Enrico Van Lint in Pisa, Roman monuments portrayed by Robert Macpherson, Pierre Petit and Gioacchino Altobelli, up to the Greek Theater of Taormina immortalized by Giorgio Sommer.

A journey through images in the Italy of the Grand Tour, with a mild climate full of wonderful beauties that artists and intellectuals from all over Europe longed to visit, so much so that they chose it in many cases as their new residence to celebrate historical monuments and uncontaminated nature.

(Photo: Courtesy of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo)

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