NeoRealismo. The New Image in Italy, 1932 - 1960


The exhibition NeoRealismo. The New Image In Italy, 1932-1960 examines in depth the key role of photography in the Italian Neorealism period, mostly concentrated on literature and cinema. The exhibition studies the path of the photographic medium from realism in the Fascist era up to the economic boom, which will completely change the cultural scenario. Particular importance is given to the comparison between the intentions and the results of the neorealist authors who, starting from distant cultural approaches, managed to create a corpus of pictures which speaks, in an honest and punctual way, about people of an unknown and fragmented Italy.

With this exhibition, ADMIRA fully fulfills its main mission, which is to bring the Italian photography worldwide.

The exhibition unfolds through different sections, which are all necessary to understand neorealist poetry and its different facets:

Realism in the Fascist era The unsuspected roots of neo-realism

Poverty and Reconstruction The backward conditions and the confidence in the future

Ethnologic Inquiry Major scientific projects and eyewitnesses

Photojournalism and Illustrated Magazines Usage of the photographic image for communication purposes

Between Art and Document Photographic circles: a place for debate and growth in the establishment of photography as a form of art

The exhibition, available for further locations, is curated by Enrica Viganò and organized by ADMIRA and it is enriched with original publications of magazines, photo books, catalogs, posters, as well as clips taken from films directed by Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini and Luchino Visconti, just to name a few.

In 2018 the exhibition has travelled to the United States of America: the corpus of the photographic exhibition was presented at the Gray Art Gallery, New York University, while at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò the section dedicated to the cinema was exhibited.

For the images of Piergiorgio Branzi ©Piergiorgio Branzi/Courtesy Fondazione Forma/Contrasto Galleria Milano; Sante Vittorio Malli © Eredi Sante Vittorio Malli; Cecilia Mangini © Cecilia Mangini / Courtesy Archivio Cecilia Mangini; Fulvio Roiter © Fondazione Fulvio Roiter; Federico Patellani © Archivio Patellani; Tranquillo Casiraghi © Eredi Tranquillo Casiraghi; Gianni Berengo Gardin © Archivio Gianni Berengo Gardin; Mario De Biasi © Archivio Mario De Biasi; Pasquale De Antonis © Archivio De Antonis.

number of works 224 works (more of the half are vintage and later) 
print sizes ranging from 15x15 to 50x60 cm
frames black wood and methacrylate, from 30x40 to 80x100 cm
additional materials documents of various types (newspapers and magazines, posters, books and press photos) 3 DVDs with fragments of films of the period produced specifically by Prof. Gianpiero Brunetta and the University of Padua
set up details 250 linear meters needed to display the photographs all non-photographic additional material takes about 20 sq m display cabinets 
catalogue NeoRealismo. The new image in Italy 1932-1960, DelMonico Books-Prestel-Admira Editions, Milan 2018. English, edited by Enrica Viganò, foreword by Martin Scorsese. Textual contributions from Fabio Amodeo, Gian Piero Brunetta, Bruno Falcetto, Giuseppe Pinna
curator Enrica Viganò