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NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932 – 1960

NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932 – 1960
Free exhibit at arte italia, September – December 2019 

Reno, Nev. (September 2019) – NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960, the most comprehensive curated collection of journalistic images capturing the faces of Italy after World War II, will be on display at arte italia (442 Flint Street, Reno) September 27 through December 29, 2019.

This free exhibit 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 more than 110 images captured by more than 50 Italian photographers, forms a memorable narrative that introduces Nevadans to a rich Italian heritage, while also celebrating the many blessings inherent to democracy.

Images include a boy performing a gravity-defying, one-handed cartwheel in a largely empty town square in Venice; a team of men trudging down snowy streets, shovels in hand, to tackle yet another day of grueling work; and a woman — channeling her inner child — riding a bike joyously through puddles on a flooded street in Milan. The photos are paired with the original magazines, photobooks and newspapers in which they circulated. The display also includes film excerpts by such notable directors as Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti, alongside related movie posters. 

The traveling exhibit was organized by Admira, Milan, and curated by Enrica Viganò. It 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 Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco — and now at arte italia in Reno.

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About arte italia:

As Nevada's premier Italian Cultural Arts Center, arte italia is dedicated to preserving the traditions and heritage of old Italy through a myriad of educational opportunities. arte italia's unique programming, including exhibitions of classic Italian art and culinary classes taught by distinguished chefs from Italy, touches thousands of visitors each year.

Media Contact: Jackie Shelton | 775-772-6543

Event Contact: Tiffany Roller | (775) 333-0310 x.109



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