04 May 2022 > 18 September 2022

Gianni Berengo GardinThe eye as vocation

extra MAXXI
curated by Margherita Guccione, Alessandra Mauro


opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday last entry at 5:30 pm

the ticket office closes at 5:30 pm
• Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 April
• Thursday, 2 and Friday, 3 May

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The humans and their social space in the concrete and analogue nature of the reportage photography and social investigation’s master.

The story unfolds along a path of more than 150 photographs, including the most famous, the lesser-known and the previously unpublished ones: a unique visual heritage, from the post-war period to the present day, characterised by coherent linguistic choices and a ‘craftsman”s approach to photographic practice.

From Venice captured in his first photographs to Milan, with its industries, intellectuals and workers’ struggles; from places of work (reportages made for Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Pirelli and especially Olivetti) to sites of everyday life; from psychiatric hospitals (with Morire di classe in 1968) to the world of gipsies; from many small rural villages to large cities; from L’Aquila hit by the earthquake to the MAXXI under construction photographed in 2009.

Through a fluid and non-chronological itinerary, the exhibition offers a reflection on the distinctive features of Berengo Gardin’s research: the centrality of man and his place in social space; the concrete but also poetically analogue nature of his ‘real’ (uncut, unmanipulated) photography; the power and specificity of his way of constructing the narrative sequence, which leaves no room for simple descriptions of space but naturally builds stories.

header: Gianni Berengo Gardin, Treno Roma-Milano, 1991, (c) Gianni Berengo Gardin/ Courtesy Fondazione Forma per la fotografia, Milano 

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