The Pino Pascali Foundation in Polignano a Mare continues with the Contemporary Landscape cycle inaugurated in 2014 with the exhibition “The sea and the sky. Pino Pascali and Luigi Ghirri “, proposing an exhibition which displays the vision of the urban landscape and the Mediterranean, thanks to the work of Gianni Leone, a photographer who has helped to create, along with other protagonists and excellent colleagues – such as Luigi Ghirri, of which he was a friend and business partner, Olivo Barbieri, Giovanni Chiaramonte, Mario Cresci, or Mimmo Jodice – the renewal of the iconography of Italian photography, reversing italian stereotypes and clichés.
“Gianni Leone. Inventory: 1979 – 2015”
February 20 – April 3, 2016
Pino Pascali Foundation Museum
Via Parco del Lauro, 119, 70044
Polignano A Mare BA,
On 20th February,(until 3rd April) the Pino Pascali Museum opens the 2016 program, with a retrospective dedicated to Gianni Leone curated by Rosalba Branà and Antonio Frugis in an arrangement made with the artist. It presents the art historian Arturo Carlo Quintavalle. Entitled Inventory: 1979 – 2015, the exhibition traces the work and the artist’s life through more than 100 photographs taken from the 70s to today with a new vision, portraying the urban landscape between Bari and all of Apulia.
The Gianni Leone photographic work is centered on a personal photographic declination of the interior landscape that integrates landscape documentation, image of private memory, critical research on the language of the image, unfolding in more than thirty years of traveling and returning told in black and white and then, from 1994, in colour.
Born in Bari in 1939, Leone began photographing in 1979 in the context of an intense cultural animation activity: from 1981 to 1985 he directs the Space Image gallery where he exhibits the first search, “Readings “, and until 1983 promotes the” Space Encounters Picture “, intense cycles of lectures and readings, accompanied by monographic exhibitions, both national and international. Among others he involves Ghirri Luigi, Mario Cresci, Giovanni Chiaramonte – who invited him to the collective “Place and identity of European Contemporary Photography” (1982) – and Guido Guidi.
The exhibition will be complemented by “Gianni Leone” a documentary edited by Nicolai Ciannamea, developed and produced within the arTVision project – a live art channel. From the ’70s to 2015, through “Journey to Italy”. Curated by Rosalba Branà and Antonio Frugis. Presented by Arturo Carlo Quintavalle.