Today, the number of Italian cultural and natural sites inscribed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization founded in 1945) is constantly increasing. In 1972 UNESCO adopted the World Heritage Convention. In 1994 the “Global Strategy” programme was announced, aimed at awarding the World Heritage title to the most valuable sites on Earth. Nowadays the list includes about 1000 sites throughout the world, with 49 of them situated in Italy and featured in the exhibition. The project appears as an anthology of the modern Italian photography and unites 150 works by 14 artists who captured historic centres, architecture and monuments of Italy.
The photographic series by Gabriele Basilico, architect by formation, is dedicated to the Colosseum and reveals the contrast between the ancient monument and contemporary life. The traditional trulli of Alberobello, also by Basilico, are unique prehistoric buildings where people still live. Central Italy (Gardin- Assisi, Urbino, Val d’Orcia, San Gimignano) is described both in panoramas and detailed photographs by the great Italian photographer Berengo Gardin. Attention to detail distinguishes Ferdinando Scianna’s photographs of the unique cultural and natural landcapes of the National Park of Cinque Terre. Vittore Fossati’s works are dedicated to the petroglyphic drawings of Val Camonica; William Guerrieri shows prehistoric pile constructions; Luciano Romano explores Langobard architecture and Dario Coletti depicts the megalithic towers Su Nuraxi (nuraghe) of Barumini in Sardegna.
In addition to the classical architectural photography, traditionally black and white, the project includes works combining photography and modern art. For example, Olivo Barbieri and Mimmo Jodice’s pictures of well-known destinations such as Florence and Pompei explore new ways of using colour, artificial and natural light.
The Italian historic, natural and cultural monuments are shown in all their diversity, therefore, photography becomes a way of studying the landscape and, at the same time, an optical mechanism to immortalize the world heritage.
The exhibition is part of the Bilateral Year of Italian Tourism in Russia, which main aim is not only to increase the tourist flow but to show the Russians a different Italy with its small towns and itineraries lying outside the famous tourist and cultural centres. 80% of the Italian UNESCO sites are situated outside the big cities. The purpose of this project is to suggest new cultural itineraries beyond the traditional tourist destinations in order to discover the unknown Italy.
Photographers: Gabriele Basilico, Olivo Barbieri, Gianni Berengo Gardin, William Guerrieri, Mimmo Jodice, Giuseppina Caltagirone, Luca Camigotto, Dario Coletti, Giuseppe Leone, Marc Lesimple, Raffaela Mariniello, Luciano Romano, Vittore Fossati, Ferdinando Scianna
General sponsors of the project::
Information Partners of the Museum:
Архи.ру, Tatlin, Archplatforma, Architime, Архiпипл, Radio “Rossiya”, Radio “Kultura”
Information Partners of the project:
ROSSIYA (TV e radio), Discovery, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, ITALIA, MOSCA OGGI, LA VOCE DELLA RUSSIA, Russia OGGI, Euromag, Vash Dosug, MOSCOWita, Aeroexpress, Travel.ru, STM Italia, lagiage travel, 1 Channel (Perviy Kanal) , Fijet Russia.