NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960
Thursday September 5, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The exhibit explores Italian Neorealism in photography, as it documented Italy’s economic and social conditions in the mid–20th century and its rise as a democratic nation. Though neorealist photography reached the height of its popularity in the 1950s in the wake of the success of neorealist cinema, the documenting of reality had begun to forge a new path in the language of photography decades before. Photographers who documented life in Italy before, during, and after World War II, provided a powerful portrait of their country and helped to effect monumental social change. The images and publications displayed thematically throughout the exhibit celebrate the role of photography in the democratization and rebirth of a nation destroyed by war.

The exhibit was curated by Enrica Viganò, organized by Admira, Milan, and sponsored exclusively by E. L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nevada.

Photo: Mario De Biasi, Sunday in August, Milan, 1949. ©Archivio Mario De Biasi

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