ELLIOTT ERWITT RETROSPECTIVE AT FORTE DI BARD, until November 13th 2016

Elliott Erwitt, Finger Up the Nose - self portrait (2009) (MAGNUM PHOTOS)

I recently found out there is another important photography exhibition not to be missed when in (or about) Turin. The die-hard fans of Magnum Photos and black and white pieces can put on their dancing shoes and revel in the news,  there is a magnificent and very comprising Elliott Erwitt Retrospective happening these days, open until November 13th.

Fort Bard, 19th century fortification built by the House of Savoy
Fort Bard, 19th century fortification built by the House of Savoy

It is not in the city per se, not even in the Piedmont region, but in Aosta Valley, some 80 km away from Turin, at Fort Bard (which became quite famous worldwide since a significant part of the 2015 blockbuster  Avengers: Age of Ultron was filmed here, as the real-life setting for the dissolute country of Sokovia). A spot not to be missed during your wanderings, since, at the same time, it also houses an unforgettable event dedicated to Marc Chagall and introducing some of the themes characteristic to the great Russian artist.

Elliott Erwitt, Eiffel Tower 100th Anniversary (1989) (MAGNUM PHOTOS)
Elliott Erwitt, Eiffel Tower 100th Anniversary (1989) (MAGNUM PHOTOS)

The exhibition comprises some 137 black & white and color photos taken from 1948 to 2005, the selection trying to pinpoint the most significant and iconic pieces shot by Erwitt (also going by the names of Snaps Picazo, Andre S. Solidor and many others), divided into nine sections: Beaches, Cities, Abstractions, Museum Watching, Dogs, Between the Sexes, Regarding Women, Kids, and Personalities.

“I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.” (E. Erwitt)

Elliott Erwitt, Cracked Glass with Boy (1955)
Elliott Erwitt, Cracked Glass with Boy (1955)

After all, that’s actually what his photography is really about: life, unadorned or staged, but highly unpredictable, sometimes funny, others quite ironic, but never boring or not worth looking at. It is what makes his works stand out and outlive the moments he so astutely immortalized – nothing of the inevitability, the sadness, or the tragic quietness of his contemporaries interested in the same type of imagery. Surprising as they are, his photos manage to bring at least a half-felt smile and no guilty afterthoughts (as one may prove after seeing Steve McCurry’s heartbreaking pics on display at Venaria nowadays).


WHERE: Bard Fort, Aosta Valley

WHEN: from June 11th to November 13th, 2016

HOW MUCH: admission fee €6; visitors over 65 years old reduced fee €5; owners of Abbonamento Musei Torino, disabled people and children up to 5 years old have free admission

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