STEVE MCCURRY AND HIS MOUNTAIN MEN AT FORTE DI BARD, AOSTA VALLEY – until November 26th, 2017

Steve McCurry's ''Mountain Men'' Exhibition in Aosta Valley - until November 26th, 2017
Steve McCurry, Litang, Tibet, 2005Steve McCurry, Litang, Tibet, 2005
Steve McCurry, Litang, Tibet, 2005

How could one miss it? Steve McCurry  is still in great shape, and still exhibited here in Italy, not too far from Turin.

Until November 26th, 2017, there’s his “Mountain Men” display at Forte di Bard, in Aosta Valley. The exhibition features a selection of 77 images depicting harsh landscapes, interesting portraits and scenes of everyday life, all th a common denominator: the complex altering relationship the people living up in the mountains have with the land they inhabit. The photographs were taken during McCurry’s trips to Tibet, Yemen, India, South America, China, Russia, including his Italian escapades to Aosta Valley from a few years back.


WHERE: Forte di Bard, Aosta Valley

WHEN: from May 28th until November 26th, 2017; closed on Mondays

HOW MUCH: admission fee €9; reduced fee €7 for students, for visitors over 65 years old and for minors from 6 to 18 years of age; free entrance for the disabled and children up to 5 years old

 

VIVIAN MAIER RETROSPECTIVE AT PALAZZO DUCALE IN GENOVA – until October 8th, 2017

Vivian Maier, Self-portrait (1955)

It seems like fate has decided to bring together some of the biggest names in photography here in Italy this year. Apart from the Franco Fontana, Steve McCurry and Peter Lindbergh exhibitions happening in and about Turin, there’s also a Vivian Maier retrospective taking place in Genova, from June 23rd until October 8th, 2017. 

Vivian Maier, New York (1954)Vivian Maier, New York (1954)
Vivian Maier, New York (1954)

Entitled “Vivian Maier. A Photographer Found”, the exhibition features 120 black & white photographs taken between the 1950s and 1960s, along with a selection of colour pictures taken in the 1970s. Also, the organizers promise some Super-8 films on how this special Mary Poppins would approach and “capture” her subjects.

Vivian Maier, Chicago (1956)
Vivian Maier, Chicago (1956)

For those who do not know the full story of how this marvelous artists and her photos achieved international fame and iconic status, there’s a very thorough multi-prized 2013 documentary entitled “Finding Vivian Maier”, written and directed by John Maloof himself – i.e. the one who bought Maier’s box full of untouched negatives during an auction and happily became the very first to introduce her work to the world:


WHERE: Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Mateotti 9, Genova

WHEN:  from June 23rd until October 8th, 2017

HOW MUCH: open ticket €12;  full price €10; reduced fee €8 for the disabled and for those aged from 19 to 27 years old; reduced fee  €3 for under 18 years old, free admission for children under 6.

PETER LINDBERGH EXHIBITION AT VENARIA REALE – from October 7th, 2017

Peter Lindbergh Exhibition at Venaria Reale from October 7th, 2017

“There will never be anything like the era of the supermodel again…” (Peter Lindbergh)

Kate Moss by Peter Lindbergh (2015)
Kate Moss by Peter Lindbergh (2015)

Organizers at Venaria Reale prepare yet another gig dedicated to international high-class photography, and this time it is Peter Lindbergh‘s turn to step into the spotlight. Entitled “A Different Vision of Fashion Photography”, the exhibition comes to Turin via the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, it lasts from October 7th, 2017 until February 4th, 2018 and it features a retrospective of some 220 fashion-related mostly black & white photographs Lindbergh has taken since the early 1980’s.

Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot.


WHERE: Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale

WHEN: from October 7th, 2017 until February 4th, 2018

HOW MUCH: full €12, reduced €10 for over 65 and groups of at least 12 people, €6 for 6 to 21 years of age, free admission for children under the age of 6 and for owners of Abbonamento Musei.

2016 DOCUMENTARY DEDICATED TO ROBERT DOISNEAU SCREENING AT CINEMA CENTRALE ARTHOUSE TURIN

2016 Documentary on Robert Doisneau at Cinema Centrale Arthouse Turin
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)Ro

This summer as always, Turin’s very own (niche) Cinema Centrale Arthouse unrelentlessly keeps on introducing some very interesting pieces of cinematography – in original language. This time, they bring, for the first time here in Italy, a 2016 documentary regarding one of the sacred monsters of photography: Robert Doisneau.

The documentary  – originally entitled Robert Doisneau, le révolté du merveilleux” – was  directed by Clémentine Deroudille, the artist’s own granddaughter, and wishes to acquaint the viewer with some novel (?!) aspects of Doisneau’s life and work. French critics found it a bit redundant and clichè at times, but that doesn’t mean it is not worth seeing it. At least for revisiting, one more time, some of papy‘s insights into the mundane.

Original trailer:

N.B. Screenings, thankfully, in the original French version (for connaisseurs, obviously), with Italian subs.


WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin

WHEN: daily screenings from July 20th, 2017 until July 26th: 20/07 at 7 pm – 21/07 at 9.15 pm – 22/o7 at 4.45 pm – 23/07 at 7 pm – 24/07 at 7 pm – 25/07 at 9.15 pm – 26/07 at 4.45 pm

HOW MUCH: as part of the “Summer of Love” initiative, tickets at € 5 full price and € 3 reduced fee ( for over 65, under 18, university students under 26, the disabled)

FRANCO FONTANA’S LANDSCAPES EXHIBITED AT PALAZZO MADAMA – until October 23rd, 2017

”You find only what you already know and you understand only what you’ve already learned…”  (Franco Fontana)

There is a brand-new photography exhibition in town, and it fully deserves the 8 EURO entrance fee, and many many times more!!! Palazzo Madama’s Medieval Court, right at the very heart of Turin, houses – from July 13th until October 23rd, 2017 – the colorful ”Franco Fontana. Landscapes” Exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by photography expert Walter Guadagnini, Director of CAMERA – Italian Center for the Photography of Turin – and comprises twenty-five large format images borrowed from the UniCredit Art Collection, one of the biggest corporate collections in Europe nowadays.

There would be much more to say about the photographer himself, but I believe that the essence of his artistic credo can easily be grasped simply by analyzing his creations: nature, humanity at large and at small, intimate emotions such as love, joy, sorrow, and ultimately life itself can only be seen and understood in color. Or, as Fontana prefers to put it, ”the purpose of art is to make visible the invisible ”.


WHERE: Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello, Turin

WHEN: from July 13th until October 23rd, 2017; the museum is closed on Tuesdays

HOW MUCH: full €8,00; reduced fee €5,00 for minors under 18 and for people with disabilities; free entry for minors under 6 and for holders of Abbonamento Musei & Torino Card.