GREAT EXHIBITION IN SIENA (ITALY): DISCOVERING THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF STEVE MC CURRY THROUGH 200 PHOTOS

 Siena Mostra Steve MC Curry 2013 (2)

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 Siena Mostra Steve MC Curry 2013 (3)

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PRESS OFFICE, CIVITA, OPERA LABORATORI, SIENA (ITALY) 

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The exhibition “Steve McCurry. Viaggio intorno all’Uomo” ( Siena, Santa Maria della Scala, till November 3, 2013) displays over 200 photos, an anthology of McCurry’s entire production, with many of his most famous images, from the portrait of the Afghan girl with green eyes, and the story behind it, to shots never seen before, a National Geographic documentary

projected in a dedicated area, and material collected around the world by McCurry himself.  Featuring alongside his best-known iconic photographs, taken during his extraordinary 30-year long career as a photographer and reporter, there will also be his most recent work, produced since 2010, together with some new images that have never before been on display, which make up almost 50% of the photos in the exhibition.

The project The last roll with images taken using the last Kodak film, his recent trips to Cuba, Thailand and Myanmar, the spectacular series of images dedicated to Buddhism, a selection of photographs taken in his recent and numerous stays in Italy, in Venice, Sicily, Rome and L’Aquila.  We will be given a first glimpse of the images recently shot in Tanzania as part of Lavazza’s sustainability project Tierra!  This is one more chapter in a long series which started in 2002 in Peru, Colombia, Honduras, India and Brazil.  All visitors will receive a free audioguide in which Steve McCurry personally tells us about his photographs and through them his human and professional development. An absolute novelty that will surprise even those well acquainted with McCurry’s work, including anecdotes, accounts, points of view, contexts and exciting stories.

The photos are printed in various formats, the majority being of large dimensions. Epson produced a “behind the scenes” video explaining how the delicate task of colour printing on photo paper is carried out.   The exhibition is curated by Peter Bottazzi, who also designed the layout, and Biba Giacchetti.  The spectacular layout was specially designed for the space (1,000 square metres) within the beautiful Sottoporticato of Palazzo Ducale.  The exhibition is produced and organized by the Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, Comune di Genova and Civita. A new appointment, which continues the exhibition that Civita and SudEst57 began in 2009 in Milan, which went on to Perugia and Rome, attracting a total of 300,000 visitors.

Infos and Bookings: Tel. +39 577 286300

e-mail : stevemccurrysiena@operalaboratori.com

Website: www.stevemccurrysiena.it

ART NOUVEAU “LIBERTY” STYLE IN THE NEW “GUIDE TO THE HISTORICAL PLACES OF ITALY”: THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, TRATTORIE, CAFE’ AND GRAPPA STORES

The Guide to the Historical Places of Italy, published by the Association, is the only one of its kind, and it is reviewed by the Italian press along with the most important national guides.

This year the Guide takes us on a tour of the over seventy historical establishments of Italy which bear witness to the Italian Art Nouveau “Liberty” style.

Seven new establishments now enhance this thirty-seventh edition, almost half of which has been rewritten and expanded. For the first time we also have a place in the open air: the famous “Piazzetta” of the seaside village of Portofino, which – like a grand hotel, café or restaurant by the sea – has been a salon of culture and high society since the early twentieth century.

Devoted to those who enjoy cultural tourism, the Guide presents the two hundred and forty oldest and most prestigious hotels, restaurants, trattorie, pastry-shops, confectioners’, and grappa stores, which have made the history of Italy in terms of their illustrious patrons and the events they have hosted. An exclusive journey to discover and enjoy the finest establishments, which maintain and hand down the delights of tradition, with architecture, memorabilia, furnishings and memories of great artistic, cultural and civic value.

With line drawings in true nineteenth-century style created by the painter Gianni Renna, and directed by journalist Claudio Guagnini, the Guide is published in English and Italian and is 280 pages long. Each page of the Guide is devoted to a single establishment.

Copies are available free of charge at the Association headquarters and from Association members. If you wish to receive a copy by post, at no more than the cost of shipping, please contact the secretary’s office of the Association using the form “Contact Us” at this web site:

http://www.localistorici.it/en/home/index2

DRAWINGS: GIANNI RENNA

STREET ART OR JUST PART OF THE STREET? SCENES FROM A (DISFIGURED?) WALL…

© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Art of the street or only part of the street? Is street art illegal? Is street art vandalism? Yes, these are the usual questions when we see some writings on public (or private) spaces… Here, in the pics, some details from the dock situated in Lenno, on Lake Como shore (Italy). Free art or vandal act? Pop art or just a disfigured wall? Everybody have their answers. But some colors and shapes are really interesting… (Isn’t it?)