On Saturday 17th March 2012 at 6pm, the Galleria Civica di Modena will reopen the rooms of Palazzo Santa Margherita to show more of the photographs and drawings held in its Permanent Collection, in keeping with the exhibiting policy laid out last year.

The Photography Collection will be displayed in the Main Hall, featuring a selection of portraits of great artists captured by both Italian and international photographic masters. The protagonists of these images include Alighiero Boetti, Salvador Dalì, Max Ernst, Franco Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Piero Manzoni, Pino Pascali, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, photographed by photo-artists such as Claudio Abate, Lucien Clergue, Giorgio Colombo, Robert Doisneau, Carlo Fei, Gianfranco Gorgoni, Annie Leibovitz, Silvia Lelli, Uliano Lucas, Roberto Masotti, Arnold Newman, Paolo Pellion di Persano, Roger Pic, August Sander, Alberto Schommer and Paolo Terzi.

The display also features a number of works documenting major artistic events of which various Italian artists were protagonists during the 1960s and ‘70s. These include the shot by Claudio Abate of the installation by Jannis Kounellis ‘Cavalli’ presented in 1969 at the Galleria L'Attico in Rome; or that by Giorgio Colombo of the ‘Vascello Fantasma’ with which Mario Merz took part in the Venice Biennale in 1972. Some portraits – like for example those by Peter Phillips, Peter Blake and Allen Jones – instead have a direct link with the history of the Galleria Civica as they were produced during exhibitions held here.

Among the works selected there are also images that the general public are already familiar with, which have become an integral part of popular imagery, yet which most people do not realise belong to the Gallery Collection. Such images include the famous portrait of ‘Yoko Ono and John Lennon’ taken by Annie Leibovitz in 1980 only a few hours after the murder of the ex-Beatle. The display also includes the famous shot by August Sander taken in 1927 portraying the German painter Anton Räderscheidt, and which now has its own place in the history of photography.

The photos displayed will be interspersed by two film documents of great interest: the short film on Pablo Picasso shot by Luciano Emmer in 1954, and Pop goes the Easel, an early study of British Pop Art made by Ken Russell in 1962.

The Upper Rooms, on the other hand, will feature drawing works from the first half of the 20th century. The display is the first in a series which will show the works of the collection in historical and chronological terms. Among the key protagonists chosen from the Italian art scene, there are Filippo De Pisis, Ferruccio Ferrazzi, Renato Guttuso, Mario Mafai, Alberto Martini, Arturo Martini, Ubaldo Oppi, Fausto Pirandello, Enrico Prampolini, Antonietta Raphael, Ottone Rosai, Mario Sironi and Alberto Ziveri. The collection display is open – free of charge – from Wednesday to Friday, 10.30am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the exhibition remains open from 10.30am to 7.30pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Heritage of the Galleria Civica

Since 1959, the Galleria Civica di Modena has served as one of the most authoritative centres of culture on the national scene. It organises temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and photography, as well as conferences, debates and study days, with opportunities to meet and discuss the themes and protagonists of the art of our own era.

Over some 20 years of careful and constant collecting activity, it has put together two major collections: the Drawing Collection, which now features almost 5,000 paper-based works by some of the key representatives of Italian art of the 20th century. This collection is also enhanced by the permanent loan of the Don Casimiro Bettelli Collection, featuring more than 1,000 drawings and graphic artworks, by artists of international renown from the second half of the 20th century. Furthermore, the Photography Collection of the Gallery features more than 3,000 images by some of the most famous photographers in the world.

Event type Mostra
When Mar 17, 2012 to
Jun 10, 2012
Venue Palazzo Santa Margherita

Wednesday – Friday 10.30am – 1pm; 4pm – 7.30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10.30am – 7.30pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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