On 25 June 2021 the ‘ItaliAE: Dagli Alinari ai maestri della fotografia contemporanea‘ (From Alinari to the masters of contemporary photography) exhibition opens to the public in Florence, in the halls of the Forte di Belvedere. It is an original exhibition project conceived by Fratelli Alinari Spa, and produced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the collaboration of the Fondazione Alinari.
Divided into three different sections (Landscapes, Works, Faces), the exhibition is intended as a visual portrait of a multifaceted Italy, and an anthology of the best works of historical and contemporary photography. The images from the Alinari Archive are thus in dialogue with the works of the most important Italian masters of the twentieth century (including Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Mario Cresci, Gabriele Croppi, Franco Fontana, Luigi Ghirri, Mario Giacomelli, Emiliano Mancuso, Fosco Maraini, Paolo Pellegrin and Ferdinando Scianna). A selection, curated by Rita Scartoni and Luca Criscenti, which manages to offer an ideal geographical, historical and artistic journey through a constantly evolving Italy, while at the same time demonstrating the great vitality of its photographic tradition.
Already inaugurated in Minsk, on Italy’s National Republic Day, the exhibition will be open in Florence until 10 October 2021, and will open on 27 July at ROSPHOTO in St. Petersburg, on the occasion of the Italian-Russian year of museums. It will then continue its world tour in Asia and Europe, thanks to the support of the Italian Embassies, Consulates and Cultural Institutes around the world.
Promoted by the Municipality of Florence, the Italian leg of the exhibition is part of ‘Ieri, oggi, domani. Italia autoritratto allo specchio‘ (Yesterday, today, tomorrow. Self-portrait of Italy in the mirror), an exhibition project curated by the Museo Novecento under the artistic direction of Sergio Risaliti, and was made possible thanks to the support of the Fondazione Alinari and MUS.E Firenze. The project was officially launched in Florence in the presence of Tommaso Sacchi, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence, Cecilia Piccioni, Central Director for the Promotion of Italian Culture and Language of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Eugenio Giani, President of the Region of Tuscany, Claudia Baroncini, President of the Fondazione Alinari per la Fotografia, Gabriele Gori, General Director of the Fondazione CR Firenze and Sergio Risaliti, Artistic Director of the Museo Novecento.