“The Map and the Territory” Luigi Ghirri at Museo Reina Sofía Madrid

“The Map and the Territory” is the first major Luigi Ghirri retrospective to go on show outside the artist’s native Italy. The focus of the exhibition rests on the 1970s, a key period in the expansion of the suburbs and the service economy, the emergence of conceptual art and the mainstreaming of Pop and its strategies of appropriation.


"The Map and the Territory" Luigi Ghirri © Luigi Ghirri

“The Map and the Territory” Luigi Ghirri © Luigi Ghirri


Framed inside this context, Ghirri, who used tools and processes from amateur photography — a small Canon camera, colour film – began to photograph the suburbs of Modena, thus creating an unmatched body of work inside the prevalent art photography of the time. (more…)

“Luigi Ghirri: The Landscape of Architecture” at La Triennale di Milano

The display includes about 200 original prints and over 100 images on screen, some never previously shown, in three sections: Italian Landscape, Domestic Design, and Architectural Images commissioned by the magazine, and there is also a series of photographs of the Palazzo dell’Arte and the Parco Sempione taken in 1986.


Some of Luigi Ghirri’s photos on show at the Triennale di Milano. © Eredi di Luigi Ghirri Courtesy Editoriale Lotus

Some of Luigi Ghirri’s photos on show at the Triennale di Milano. © Eredi di Luigi Ghirri Courtesy Editoriale Lotus


The exhibition highlights the importance of Luigi Ghirri’s work in the field of architecture, through his decade-long contribution to Lotus International magazine. Ghirri has given architecture a new way of looking, making it possible to understand design in relation to the conflicting aspects and internal contradictions in contemporary landscapes. The exhibition shows the fruitful relationship between Ghirri and Lotus, with a whole array of original photographs from the magazine archives, many of which have never been shown before, together with some work materials. (more…)

Landscapes of air: a conversation between Yona Friedman, Luigi Ghirri and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle

Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice invite the Friedman/Decavèle duo to readress the Vigne Museum from Ghirri’s perspective: “a frame that allows to find the museum works among buildings and squares, glimpses of towns and countryside, identifying them in the folds of history”.


Paesaggi d'aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Cittanova di Modena. Paesaggi d’aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia


The Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice has recently inaugurated the exhibition “Paesaggi d’aria“, both a conversation and photography display between Luigi Ghirri, the famous Italian photgrapher, Yona Friedman, architect and critic, and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, French artist and photographer.

Both Friedman and Decavèle had previously worked together on many occasions, and the interaction between photographer Luigi Ghirri and the Friedman/Decavèle duo occurs in a common context of many art studies after the Second World War: the need is to demolish a perception of works and places structured by means of frames, showcases, pedestals and architectures, and to subvert the distinction between the object and its containers, the building and the environment. (more…)