NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932 – 1960
September 27 - December 29, 2019
Friday through Sunday, 12 to 5 PM
Free of charge
A boy performs a gravity-defying, one-handed cartwheel in a largely empty town square in Venice. A team of men trudges down snowy streets, shovels in hand, to tackle yet another day of grueling work. A woman — channeling her inner child — rides a bike joyously through puddles on a flooded street in Milan.
These are the faces of NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960, an extraordinary exhibition that poignantly portrays life in Italy through the lens of photography before, during, and after World War II.
Experience this free exhibition, the most comprehensive curated collection of journalistic images capturing the faces of Italy after World War II. NeoRealismo toured Europe to great acclaim and recently made its U.S. debut at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery. Exclusively sponsored by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, NeoRealismo has exhibited at the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco — and now at arte italia in Reno.
NeoRealismo documents not only Italy’s economic and social conditions in the mid-20th century, but also its rebirth as a democratic nation. It depicts a journey characterized by chaos and war, to triumph and liberation, and ultimately to rebirth through resilience. This collection of images will form a memorable narrative that will introduce Nevadans to the ancestors of our rich Italian heritage, while also celebrating the many blessings inherent to democracy.
The exhibit features some 110 prints — primarily vintage photographs — captured by more than 50 Italian photographers, paired with the original magazines, photobooks, and newspapers in which they circulated. These are curated from private collections and on view exclusively at arte italia from September 27 through December 29, 2019.
The display also includes film excerpts by such notable directors as Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti, alongside related movie posters.
The exhibit is curated by Enrica Viganò and organized by AMIRA (Milan).