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Metropolises seen by Gabriele Basilico

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An exhibition now in progress at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome highlights the interest that photographer Gabriele Basilico has always showed towards metropolises.

Gabriele Basilico, among the greatest leaders of international photography, has always showed a special interest towards big cities. This is the theme of the exhibition “Metropoli” now in progress at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome (Via Nazionale no. 194). Through the 250 works selected, made from 1970s to 2000s, some of which are displayed for the first time, the exhibition focuses on some traits that are typical of Basilico’s photographic research: man-made landscapes, historical development and stratification of cities and urban peripheries in continuos transformation.

The exhibition path of the event develops in five main chapters: “Milan. 1978-1980 factories portraits”, “Sections of the Italian landscape”, an analysis of our country divided in six pathways made in 1996 in partnership with Stefano Boeri; “Beirut“, two photographic campaigns made in 1991 in black and white and in 2011 in colour, the first at the end of a war lasted over fifteen years, the second to tell about the city’s reconstruction; “the cities of the world”, a journey through time and places from Palermo, Bari, Naples, Genoa and Milan up to Istanbul, Jerusalem, Shanghai, Moscow, New York, Rio de Janeiro and many more; finally “Rome, the city where Basilico worked repeatedly, developing every time different projects until 2010, on the occasion of an interesting comparison between the contemporary city and the 18th-century engravings by Giovambattista Piranesi. Open until April 13th.

Above: Gabriele Basilico, San Francisco, 2007 © Archivio Gabriele Basilico